Our top ski resorts with something for everyone
If you’re getting excited and making plans for your next ski trip, already getting your friends together and researching the best ski resorts and chalets, then you’re probably starting to discover that everyone has different needs on their ski holiday. From beginners looking for gentle pistes, experts wanting steep and deep to the non-skiers looking for a charming resort with oodles of atmosphere and activities.
It can be an absolute minefield but don’t panic, that’s what we’re here for, to find the ski resort that best suits everyone in your group. Read on for our top resorts for everyone:
Val d’Isere really does have it all, an extensive ski area suitable for every ability with some incredible off piste to enjoy, steep imposing runs such as Face along with cruising runs. In fact, enough to amuse any skier for several weeks. The resort is renowned for its Après with the famous Folie Douce taking centre stage when it comes to partying.
If you’re looking for other adrenalin rich activities then you’re in the right resort, Evolution 2 have an abundance of activities on offer from gentle snow shoe days to ice diving in the frozen lake at Tignes. You can even enjoy traditional Savoyard fayre at a Yurt camp in the woods.
Being in the World's Largest Ski domain, the 3 valleys, Courchevel had to make this list. The skiing terrain of this area is second to none with vertical couloirs to test the experts nerve, cruisey blues to show off your carving skills and an abundance of beginner terrain, you’d never be disappointed with choosing this resort.
For the non-skier the resort is lovely for a wonder with oodles of charm. Aquamotion, one of the largest aquatic centres in a ski resort is a must with a variety of swimming pools for all the family to enjoy including the surf area where you can surf indoors on a standing wave or maybe you prefer to just relax in the spa and enjoy a luxurious beauty treatment.
We can’t forget that Courchevel also has some of the finest dining experiences to be had, with 7 Michelin star restaurants in Courchevel valley alone. Restaurant Le 1947 provides a stage for chef Yannick Alleno, the only restaurant in Courchevel to hold 3 Michelin stars.
With an ideal location at the centre of the Portes du Soliel ski area, Morzine has a lot to offer groups of mixed ability. With 650km of ski slopes and an enviable location only an hour from Geneva airport this ski area definitely makes our top 5. The beginners in your group will find wide nursery slopes and plenty of gentle piste to progress to, the intermediates will find the extensive terrain provides new runs daily and the ability to travel the mountain in search of new challenges and for the expert in the group the infamous steep mogul run the Swiss wall will certainly test your nerve.
For the non-skier, a wander through the pretty resort and along by the river is a great way to unwind. There are also plenty of beautiful walking trails in the area and the chance to visit maybe Chatel or Les Gets. For a day of relaxation, the sports complex of Parc des Dereches is well worth a visit with 3 swimming pools, spa and an ice rink or if you’ve more energy and fancy something new why not try the Scandinavian sport of Ski Joering, skiing whilst being pulled along by a horse.
A favourite with the Luxury Chalet Book team, Zermatt has an authentic ski resort feel coupled with mountain views that will leave you breathless. The resort offers skiing year round with an enormous ski terrain and a staggering ski elevation of 3899m, you can even ski to Italy for lunch. Whilst recently visiting the resort, as a non-skier on this occasion, I took a leisurely stroll alongside the piste (about an hour) to reach Restaurant Findlerhof and wow was it worth it! The food was delicious, the staff attentive and friendly and the views unforgettable.
I’d highly recommend the world’s highest clay pigeon shoot for those looking for something more adrenalin fuelled. For skiers of all abilities this resort is a must and for non-skiers the chance to explore on foot, by cog railway or horse drawn cart makes it one for the bucket list.
We at Luxury Chalet Book lived in Chamonix for over a year so we certainly know the resort well. The first thing to strike you about Chamonix of course would have to be Mont Blanc, ever present no matter where in the valley you are. The resort has all the buzz and vibrancy of an international town with bars and restaurants for every taste and budget. Our top tip is Bar du Moulin for a relaxed glass of wine in a sophisticated setting. The resort is spread over four main ski areas offering everything from gentle slopes in Les Houches and Le Tour to the extremes of the world famous Vallee Blanche.
Taking a taxi to Italy and skiing in Courmayeur for a pizza and some prosecco is highly recommended. For the non-skier there are numerous walking trails, a sports centre with swimming pool and an ice skating rink. For those of you brave enough then Step into the void – located at the Aiguille du Midi this glass room with glass floor allows you to step out over nothing at 3842m, it’s not for the feint hearted.
Luxury ski chalet holidays for everyone
With so much choice and fantastic catered and self-catered chalet options available we fully recommend you call us at the Luxury Chalet Book office to discuss the details of your holiday. We have lived and worked in a great many resorts across Europe making us well placed to offer you impartial and practical advice to ensure you pick the right resort and have the best holiday experience for you.
For further information on the above resorts or to make a general ski chalet holiday enquiry please contact us on [email protected] or call on 0207 117 2085 or from outside the UK on 00 44 207 118 2085.
Posted by Simon Gill on
4 May 2017 at 1:04 PM
Chamonix, Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650, Courchevel 1850, Courchevel Le Praz, France, Morzine, Switzerland, Val d'Isère, Zermatt
Chamonix, Courchevel, Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650, Courchevel 1850, Courchevel Le Praz, France, Morzine, Switzerland, Val d'Isère, Zermatt