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Winter Wonders: Unveiling the 30 Pinnacle Ski Holidays of the Season

Winter Wonders: Unveiling the 30 Pinnacle Ski Holidays of the Season
Friday, 29 December 2023 10:13

Embark on a Winter Wonderland: Unveiling the Top 30 Ski Holidays of the Season

The crisp air, the freshly fallen snow, and the promise of perfectly groomed corduroy under your skis – the new ski season is upon us, and the mountains beckon with excitement. As resorts open their gates to eager snow enthusiasts, it's time to secure your spot for an unforgettable winter adventure.

Picture yourself gliding down the slopes, surrounded by the majestic peaks standing tall against the azure sky. Inhale the invigorating chill of the mountain air, and relish the satisfying crunch of untouched snow beneath your skis as muscle memory kicks in after months of anticipation.

Amidst the flurry of excitement, we bring you 30 of the best ski holidays tailored to cater to every type of skier and snowboarder. Whether you're a tentative novice finding your ski legs or a daring thrill-seeker craving the adrenaline of off-piste adventures, our curated selection has something for everyone.

Families, too, can find their ideal winter escape with options ranging from child-friendly accommodations equipped with crèches and supervised activities to destinations offering English-speaking ski schools and independent après activities for older children.

For those mindful of their budget, discover how to maximize value in the unassuming Haute Maurienne region of France, the scenic Spanish Pyrenees, or the enchanting Italian Dolomites. On the other end of the spectrum, indulge in luxury with spa retreats in Switzerland or high-end experiences in North American gems like Aspen, now boasting a new 60-hectare ski area this season.

For a truly unique experience, consider a lavish eco-lodge nestled in the untamed beauty of northern Iceland. The options are as diverse as the snowflakes themselves. So, what are you waiting for? Dive into our selection, find the holiday that speaks to you, and get ready to make the most of the winter wonderland.

Click below to discover your dream winter escape:

Find Your Snow Legs with Crystal Ski Holidays:

Join fellow first-timers on a tailor-made beginners' week in the charming resort of Flaine with Crystal Ski Holidays. While the newly introduced program in Andorra's Arinsal is already sold out, there's still availability for beginners in Flaine.

Crystal Ski Holidays (020 3451 1821) offers a Slope Starter week at the three-star Hotel Le Flaine, boasting scenic views and a cozy spa, starting from £1,095. Departure on March 9.

Don't let this season pass you by – seize the opportunity to carve your own path through the snow and create lasting memories in the heart of winter's embrace.

Discover Your Skiing Nirvana: Unraveling Exceptional First-Timer Destinations

Unleash the thrill of your inaugural skiing experience with our carefully curated selection of first-timer resorts, each promising an unforgettable introduction to the world of slopes and snow. Whether you're a novice seeking wide, treeless lower slopes or an adventurer craving a challenge, we have your perfect winter escape.

1. Hotel Edelweiss and Gurgl — Obergurgl, Austria

Nestled among the highest ski villages in Europe, Obergurgl beckons with Austrian charm and two top-notch beginner areas. With English-speaking ski school instructors and wide, treeless lower slopes, this classic first-timers' resort promises an ideal setting for learning. I-Ski (020 3666 1896) offers stays at the five-star ski-in/ski-out Hotel Edelweiss and Gurgl, complete with a spa and indoor pool, starting from £2,032. Departure on January 6.

2. Résidence Neige et Soleil — Les Deux Alpes, France

Embrace the thrill of a new green slope winding down from 2,100 meters under the Vallée Blanche lift in Les Deux Alpes. This snow-sure resort offers high-altitude beginner pistes, providing great views and reliable snow for first-timers. Sno (020 7770 6888) offers stays at Résidence Neige et Soleil, just four minutes' walk from the ski school meeting point, starting from £908 for self-catering based on full occupancy of an apartment sleeping six. Departure on April 6.

3. Radisson Blu Resort — Trysil, Norway

Embark on a relaxed introduction to skiing in the Norwegian resort of Trysil, where gentle slopes and English-speaking ski schools create a serene atmosphere for beginners. Friendship Travel (0289 446 2211) offers stays at the four-star Radisson Blu Resort, a ski-in/ski-out hotel with a swimming pool and four restaurants, starting from £2,995 based on sole occupancy. Departure on February 24.

4. Chalet Alaska — Morzine, France

Families seeking a welcoming atmosphere will find solace in Morzine's family-friendly resort. VIP Ski (0203 820 0030) offers stays at Chalet Alaska, accommodating 12-16 guests and overlooking the Pleney nursery slopes, from £1,245. (Excludes travel; departs on January 14.)

5. Chalet Arpette 1 — La Plagne, France

Soar to new heights in La Plagne, a resort within the giant Paradiski ski area celebrating its 20th anniversary. Ski Beat (01273 855100) offers stays at Chalet Arpette 1, sleeping up to six near the chairlift in Plagne 1800, from £1,069. Departure on January 27.

Embark on your skiing adventure with these exceptional first-timer destinations, where every slope tells a story and every turn is a step toward mastering the art of skiing. The mountains await – are you ready to carve your path?

Embark on Unforgettable Ski Adventures: Unique Escapes for Every Level

Experience the thrill of the slopes with our handpicked selection of ski getaways, catering to every skill level and craving. From the legendary St Anton to the alpine wonders of Canada, these resorts promise exhilarating adventures and unforgettable memories.

1. Chalet Rendl Mountain Lodge — St Anton, Austria

Embark on a newly launched rail package with Inghams, journeying from London St Pancras to St Anton via Paris and Zurich. Arrive around 9pm and head straight to the Rendl sector, perfect for honing your ski legs. Inghams (01483 319598) offers stays at the four-star Chalet Rendl Mountain Lodge, complete with a wellness area, starting from £1,399. Departure on February 3.

2. Chalet Hotel Edelweiss — Milky Way, Italy

Boost your confidence in this great-value resort overlooking the Susa valley in the linked Milky Way area. Neilson (0333 014 3351) provides stays at Chalet Hotel Edelweiss, just 120m from the nearest lift, starting from £929. Departure on January 14. Free guiding is a bonus, and open cruising pistes for intermediates combine with sheltered, tree-lined lower slopes.

3. Hotel Daniela — Zermatt and Cervinia, Switzerland and Italy

Embark on a thrilling journey on the newly opened Matterhorn Alpine Crossing between Swiss Zermatt and the Italian resort of Cervinia. Ski Solutions (020 7471 7761) offers stays at the four-star Hotel Daniela, featuring two restaurants, from £1,995 B&B. Departure on January 27. Explore a paradise of wide, snow-sure, and uncrowded blues and reds.

4. Chalet Renard Blanc — Les Gets, France

Discover new developments at these intermediate-friendly slopes, including a six-seater chair and a mile-long red run. Just under two hours from Geneva, this snow-sure resort is an ideal option for a quick break. Flexiski (01962 587777) offers a three-night stay at Chalet Renard Blanc, with a private chef, starting from £603. Departure on January 22.

5. Aava Hotel — Whistler, Canada

Rise to the challenge of alpine bowls, chutes, and tree skiing in Canada's most famed resort. Ski Safari (01273 224060) presents stays at the three-star Aava Hotel, including a two-day Extremely Canadian Steep Skiing Clinic with video analysis, free-riding tuition, and an experienced guide, from £2,359. Departure on March 14.

6. Warren Smith Academy — Verbier, Switzerland

Sharpen your skills in a five-day course at the world-famous Warren Smith Academy in Verbier. Tailored for advanced skiers, the course includes individual assessments to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses. Elevate your skiing prowess surrounded by the stunning Swiss Alps.

Embark on a winter adventure tailored to your skill level, from the enchanting Alps to the breathtaking slopes of Canada. The mountains are calling – are you ready to answer?

Unlock Your Skiing Potential: Exclusive Escapes for Every Adventurer

Embark on a journey to elevate your skiing prowess with our meticulously selected range of ski experiences. From the iconic slopes of Verbier to the newly unveiled trails in Cortina, these destinations promise exhilarating adventures and unmatched thrills.

1. Warren Smith Ski Academy — Verbier, Switzerland

Join the Warren Smith Ski Academy for a transformative five-day course starting from £819. Accommodation is available at the three-star Hotel Rotonde (at an additional cost). Departure on January 29. Sharpen your skills surrounded by the stunning Swiss Alps and experience skiing like never before.

2. Limelight Hotel — Aspen, Colorado

Explore Colorado's smartest resort with the newly opened high-speed quad chairlift accessing the north face of Aspen Mountain. American Ski Classics (020 8607 9988) offers stays at the centrally located four-star Limelight Hotel, starting from £6,134, room only. The resort's significant expansion includes new chutes, glades, and trails, increasing skiable terrain by over 20%. Departure on February 24.

3. Hotel Parc Victoria — Cortina, Italy

Be among the first to experience the newly opened touring itinerary in Cortina, the chic Italian resort co-hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics. Skiline (020 8313 3999) offers stays at Hotel Parc Victoria, a charming chalet-hotel dating back to the 1890s, starting from £929. Departure on January 6. Explore the Torri ski area from Mount Lagazuoi to Tofane, featuring challenging black runs and exhilarating off-piste terrain.

4. Japanese Ski Safari — Nagano, Japan

Venture east and try out Powder Byrne's newly launched Japanese Ski Safari programs, designed for the most experienced skiers with extensive black run and off-piste experience. Powder Byrne (020 8246 5300) offers an eight-night Nagano Ski Safari, including stays in Hakuba, Nozawa, and Tokyo, starting from £4,995. Departures between January 22 and 30 promise legendary powder snow and private, English-speaking guides.

5. Chalet Hotel Cocon des Neiges — Les Menuires, France

Enroll your kids in Ski Famille's new Monty's Ski Club lessons, designed for family-friendly fun in the Trois Vallées resort. Ski Famille (01252 365495) offers stays at the newly opened Chalet Hotel Cocon des Neiges, complete with 19 family suites, by the Bruyères gondola. Enjoy off-piste activities, including the Aqualudique swimming pool and a one-kilometer toboggan run on rails. From £774, including childcare. Departure on January 20.

Embark on a winter journey tailored to your skill level and preferences, from the towering peaks of Aspen to the charming streets of Cortina. The mountains await – are you ready to conquer them?

Discover Winter Magic: Tailored Ski Escapes for Every Family

Unveil the wonders of winter with our selection of family-friendly ski destinations, each offering a unique blend of adventure and relaxation. From the enchanting slopes of Obertauern to the quiet charm of Champoluc and the cultural allure of Baqueira, these resorts promise unforgettable moments for families of all sizes.

1. Valamar Obertauern — Obertauern, Austria

Escape to Austria's only purpose-built ski resort, Obertauern, a haven for beginner and intermediate families seeking ski-in/ski-out convenience away from the crowds of France. Crystal Ski Holidays (020 3451 2821) invites you to stay at Valamar Obertauern, located in the village centre, from £2,297. Departure on February 10. Enjoy tailored ski circuits for younger and older children, a snowpark, toboggan runs, and sleigh rides.

2. Chalet Hotel De Champoluc — Champoluc, Italy

Make the most of the pre-school years in the Italian resort of Champoluc, nestled in the large Monterosa ski area with sheltered tree-lined slopes. Family specialist Esprit Ski (01483 944516) offers stays at Chalet Hotel De Champoluc, next to the Crest gondola, from £593. Departure on January 7. Kids' clubs for babies and toddlers, supervised lunches for children over three, and a peaceful January escape await.

3. Club Med Kiroro Grand — Hokkaido, Japan

Indulge in luxury at the new Club Med Kiroro Grand resort on the northern island of Hokkaido, opening its doors on December 1. Club Med (0345 3676767) offers stays with spa access from £3,638 all-inclusive. Departs April 6. Enjoy Petit Club Med for ages two to three, Mini Club Med for ages four to 10, and Junior Club Med for ages 11 to 17, with lessons and lift passes included, allowing parents to relish Japow (Japan powder).

4. Chalet du Berger — Val d'Isère, France

Explore the sophistication of Val d'Isère, a French resort that caters to families with children of all ages. Le Ski (01484 548996) presents Chalet du Berger, accommodating up to 16 guests, from £1,690. Departure on March 24. Teens can embark on a tree-top adventure course, while younger children can meet farm animals in the snowy landscapes of Ferme de l'Adroit.

5. Chalet Salana — Baqueira, Spain

Discover an affordable home-from-home in the Spanish resort of Baqueira, nestled in the Val d'Aran in the northern Pyrenees. Ski Miquel (01457 821200) offers stays at the 11-room Chalet Salana from £911, including wine with dinner and complimentary ski hosting. Departure on March 3. Experience a convivial house-party atmosphere, low-priced mountain restaurants, and a value-packed ski school.

Embark on a winter adventure with your loved ones, creating memories that will last a lifetime. The mountains beckon – are you ready to answer the call?

Embark on Affordable Ski Escapes: Uncover Hidden Gems and Luxurious Retreats

Discover the thrill of the slopes with our curated selection of ski getaways, offering both budget-friendly options and indulgent escapes. From the traditional Austrian village to the chic Swiss resort, these destinations promise a winter adventure for every taste.

1. Hotel-Pension Schattberg — Traditional Austrian Village

Uncover the charm of a traditional Austrian village with Sunweb (02031 708206), offering stays at the three-star Hotel-Pension Schattberg. Enjoy a games room and sauna, with self-catering and self-drive options starting from £734. The package includes a free Ski Alpin lift pass, allowing you to explore the vast 270km ski area. Departure on March 23.

2. Les Chalets de Flambeau — Val Cenis, Haute Maurienne, France

Escape to the lesser-known Haute Maurienne region in the French Alps, bordering the Parc National de la Vanoise. Peak Retreats (023 9283 9310) presents the four-star Les Chalets de Flambeau, starting from £681 self-catering. This hidden gem in Val Cenis offers 125km of piste, including beginner-friendly greens and blues. Departure on February 24.

3. Hotel Pralong — Sëlva, Dolomiti Superski, Italy

Embark on the Sellaronda skiing circuit from the well-located resort of Sëlva in the Dolomiti Superski area. Inghams (01483 319 545) offers stays at the family-friendly Hotel Pralong from £1,069. Immerse yourself in the limestone monoliths of the Gruppo Sella while enjoying a large network of cross-country trails and a thrilling six-kilometer toboggan run. Departure on March 16.

4. UCPA Val Thorens — Val Thorens, French Alps

Indulge in a week of ski and spa at UCPA Val Thorens, a purpose-built centre by the French non-profit organisation UCPA. Action Outdoors (0203 328 5443) offers full-board stays from £832, including a lift pass, equipment hire, and half-day ski classes. Enjoy ski-in/ski-out accommodation and a sports centre with a swimming pool. Departure on January 6.

5. Six Senses Crans-Montana — Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Combine ski and spa at the newly opened Six Senses hotel in the south-facing Swiss resort of Crans-Montana. Scott Dunn (020 3131 8395) offers stays at Six Senses Crans-Montana, near the Cry d'Er gondola, from £6,215 with breakfast included. Explore the linked villages of Montana and Crans, known for luxurious hotels, top-notch spas, and fine-dining restaurants. Departures from January 22 to February 3.

Embark on your winter adventure, whether it's a value-packed ski trip or a luxurious retreat in the heart of the mountains. The slopes await – where will your journey take you?

Indulge in Exclusive Winter Escapes: Unveiling Unforgettable Luxury Getaways

Embark on a winter journey like never before with our handpicked selection of luxurious escapes, promising opulence, gourmet delights, and breathtaking settings. From the chic slopes of Méribel to the off-grid wonders of northern Iceland, these destinations redefine winter elegance.

1. Chalet Harmony — Méribel, French Alps

Discover Méribel's 150km of pistes or explore the vast Trois Vallées ski area from Purple Ski's new-build chalet, Chalet Harmony. Opening its doors for the forthcoming season, this stylish retreat in the Dou du Pont area offers unlimited champagne and gourmet dining. Purple Ski (01885 488799) presents stays from £2,429, accommodating 15 guests, with a swimming pool and in-chalet ski and boot fitting. Departure on April 7.

2. Deplar Farm — Northern Iceland

Escape to the spectacular snowy valleys of northern Iceland on a heli-skiing break at the 12-suite Deplar Farm in the Fljot Valley. Built from local materials, the lodge offers top-notch cuisine, a spa, and a naturally heated outdoor pool. Oxford Ski (01865 817420) offers stays and heli-ski breaks from £11,000, full board, including equipment hire. Excludes flights. Departures on selected dates from November to mid-March.

3. Grace La Margna Hotel — St. Moritz, Switzerland

Experience the glamour of St. Moritz, the world's first winter sports destination founded in 1864, with a stay at the newly refurbished art deco Grace La Margna hotel. This five-star retreat in the Engadin Valley features a spa, fine-dining restaurant, and a spectacular setting. The Swiss Holiday Company (0800 619 1200) presents stays from £4,816, including bed and breakfast. Departure on February 1.

4. Four Seasons Hotel — Megève, French Alps

Immerse yourself in the atmospheric cobbled streets and central square of Megève, a favorite of affluent visitors since the 1920s. Elegant Resorts (01244 897581) offers stays at the Four Seasons Hotel, nestled at the foot of Mont d'Arbois, from £6,655, including bed and breakfast. Indulge in the hotel's three restaurants, spa, and proximity to renowned dining establishments. Departure on January 20.

Embark on a winter of indulgence, where luxury meets the pristine landscapes of the Alps and the enchanting beauty of northern Iceland. Your exclusive winter adventure awaits – are you ready to bask in the lap of luxury?

Embrace the enchantment of winter with our carefully curated collection of exclusive escapes, where luxury intertwines with the breathtaking landscapes of the French Alps, Switzerland, and the remote valleys of northern Iceland. From the stylish slopes of Méribel to the opulence of St. Moritz and the off-grid wonders of Deplar Farm, each destination promises a unique and unforgettable winter experience. Whether you seek gourmet dining, spa indulgence, or heli-skiing adventures, these handpicked retreats offer the epitome of winter elegance. Your journey into the lap of luxury awaits, where the thrill of the slopes meets the allure of refined living. Winter has never been so captivating – are you ready to write your own chapter of winter enchantment?

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