Skiing is not only an exciting winter break, but also a chance to have a romantic escape, snuggled up in cosy and secluded catered chalets set against drastic winter landscapes. As a short getaway, it is also the perfect option for a celebration, be it for an anniversary, a honeymoon, or simply a well-deserved break. Below are some ideas for taking your skiing holiday to the next level of luxury.
Choosing the Perfect Catered Chalet
Staying in a catered chalet is a more personal and intimate experience than your standard accommodation. You have everything you need: attentive staff, full board, ensuite services, Wi-Fi, and a cosy log fire. In the evening, join the staff chalet couple as they host a dinner party furnished with a freshly prepared and hearty home-cooked meal. It’s a great way to meet people, but you still have the privacy of your own room and everything – cooking, cleaning, logistics – is taken care of. Many companies also offer luxury catered chalets offering extras, such a slightly more daring menu and extra alcoholic drinks or lavish hot tubs. Make sure you shop around and find one that suits your needs (let’s face it, we all need a hot tub).
Luxury Activities: Heli-Skiing
With the best accommodation sorted, it’s time to think about exclusive activities. And what’s more chic than heli-skiing? This adventure is straight out of a James Bond film; a private helicopter takes you to the peak of a mountain so that you can traverse back down on the ultimate off-piste track. Heli-skiing is for expert skiers with a sense of daring who want to tread new ground. Let the stunning views (and perhaps thrilling adrenaline) wash over you before zooming down immaculate, untouched powdered snow. Amazing experience aside, it is certainly going to give you bragging rights, and makes for an unforgettable couple’s experience.
If you’re looking for something a bit calmer, why not indulge in a classic winter activity: husky sledding. Snuggle up under a blanket as 8 excitable husky dogs lead you through a tranquil winter forest. Animal lover or not, husky sledding makes for a magical afternoon.
Hot Tub Heaven
Heading back outside after you’ve had a day on the slopes may not be initially appealing, but once you’ve settled in the bubbling warmth of a mountain-top hot tub, you’ll soon get over the outside chill. With a glass of champagne in hand, it’s the ideal place to relax, take in the views (which you aren’t whizzing past, for once) and let the water work its magic on tender muscles. Those in a catered chalet will be lucky enough to have one on their very doorstep.
Pampered to Perfection
Normally on a skiing holiday you have to take yourself to the activities, so let this one come to you! There’s a whole wealth of services that can be ordered to your catered chalet for the ultimate indulgent afternoon: massages, facials, wellness treatments and plenty more. The only problem with this luxury is it makes it all the more difficult to head back out to the slopes.
There are plenty of ways to elevate your skiing holiday from a fun work out into a luxurious treat. Find some excellent accommodation, check out the unique alternative activities on offer and give yourself the ultimate pampering treat for the end of the day!
Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has been helping avid skiers craft their perfect winter holiday for over a quarter of a century. If you're looking for the best catered chalet accommodation in the Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is the go-to company for winter sports fans searching for the holiday of a lifetime.