Le Bachel Spa at Chamonix’s 5* hotel Albert 1er is state of the art with Mont Blanc views to boot. Book a body or face treatment and enjoy free use of the luxurious spa and swimming pool. We dare you not to leave refreshed and revitalised.
Ease away the ski aches with a trip to the thermal baths at Pré-Saint-Didier near the Italian ski resort of Courmayeur. Open Mondays to Thursdays, 10am to 9pm, Fridays and Saturdays, 8.30am to 11pm and Sundays from 8.30am to 9pm, relax in the warm waters of the alpine spa while admiring the Mont Blanc view. Bliss.
Fitness is essential to get the most out of your ski trip – and to outski your friends! Get a headstart with the personal trainer app, Fitness Buddy. With it you can train individual muscles, such as those all important gluts, and strengthen your core.
Get into the swing of Alpine après, with a night out at the Bodo Schloss old-fashioned ski disco. Based in London’s Kensington, this farmhouse-style restaurant and bar brings the Alps to the City. Lederhosen, schnapps and melted cheese guaranteed.
…the beautiful photographs of ski slopes and mountain vistas in Tim Hall’s “Above the Clouds” book would be a welcome addition to any coffee table. Capturing the best of the landscapes of the Arlberg mountains in Austria in colour and black and white, the book is a must for any fans of Lech and Zurs. Available from Amazon.
It’s that time of year when ski companies get benevolent and our friends at Ellis Brigham are no exception. With no more reason than the launch of the new Mammut Eiger Limited Edition collection, they’ve teamed up with the Hotel Derby in Grindelwald and Switzerland Tourism to offer a holiday to Grindelwald and some lovely new clothes. Cosy toes!
Check out the cost of your ski or snowboard carriage on your flight to the Alps with Skyscanner’s handy guide to each airline’s charges.
Ski Dubai is about the only cool place in the UAE in July. As you’d expect in a shopping mall, you can ski, snowboard, toboggan, roll in a giant ball and meet penguins. And don’t worry if you forgot to pack your ski clothes for the desert, you can hire them.
Africa, a land of deserts, lions and ski resorts. Well, one at least. Afriski in Lesotho has operated as a ski resort since 2014. Sitting at 3,000m altitude it is open from June to September and offers everything from accommodation to ski rental, ski schools and apres.
Winter may be over in the Northern Hemisphere, but it’s just beginning south of equator. Why not continue winter in style, with a drop of heli-skiing in the Andes Mountains in Chile. Book through Ski Portillo.
… with Ski Scott Dunn for holidays to some of their ski chalets. Choose between the contemporary Lodges Adler and Danube in St Anton, luxury catering at Chalet Chincilla in Courchevel, Chalet Solyneou’s indoor swimming pool in Val d’Isere and Matterhorn views at Chalets Chamois and Paradies in Zermatt for stays departing in March 2014. Departures are from London, flying British Airways Euro Traveller. Need we say Ts&Cs apply and subject to availability!
With lots of lovely fresh white stuff on the peaks, Crystal Ski’s February ski holiday sales couldn’t come at a better time. Take advantage of offers on ski holidays to Andorra, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Italy and the USA with discounts of up to 30% on flights, accommodation and transfers to snow-sure French resorts like Les Deux Alpes, Tignes, Val Thorens and Chamonix or more far-flung ski destinations like Whistler in Canada and Breckenridge in the USA. Book by 28th February 2014.
Still searching for the ideal skier in your life? Head to Les Ruinettes in Verbier this Friday, Valentine’s Day, for the ultimate in ski-dating. All skingles (sic) will be given a green armband and “Voila!” like a baboon in mating season you’ll be able to check out your propsective date’s carves…
Calling all snow divas, for the SCOTT Women Powder Days on February 15th & 16th in St. Christoph, Arlberg and March 8th & 9th in Chamonix, France. Only €69 per day (€39 for season pass holders) for professional guiding at all levels, technique training, the latest SCOTT test skis and a SCOTT goodie bag. Whoop, whoop.
Tomorrow is the first full moon of 2014. Make it unforgettable by skiing the Vallee Blanche, by moonlight. Book guides and dinner through Prestige Outdoor. (Miss this month’s lunar light? Try again 15th February, 16th March and 15th April).
Get a 10% discount off a Portes du Soleil lift pass bought before the end of today . It’s valid for all lift passes for 5 days or more bought online (excluding season pass and Family Pass). There is also a 10 % discount on a family Portes du Soleil lift pass, for at least 6 days for 2 adults maximum and 2 children.
Not strictly a recommendation (and we can’t claim to have visited), but North Korea is due to open its first ski resort, Masik, this December. Boasted to have 110km of piste, 2 hotels and a heliport, getting a visa may be the only problem for a holiday there.
Today’s the last day to benefit from an early bird discount for Chamonix season or annual passes. What are you waiting for?!