Renowned for its hardcore terrain Chamonix is not for the faint hearted and if you are looking for challenging skiing and long steep descents it is one of the greats. It’s a proper mountain town in its own right with plenty of après ski and other things going on. It is not a convenient resort with travelling required to reach any section of the disparate ski areas. Its proximity to Geneva makes it popular for weekends but make sure you rent a car and expect to use it. Everyone should ski Chamonix but only once they are ready – particularly true of the resort’s best mountain, the Grands Montets which comes to life in March.
Brand new for winter 2018-19 the famous après party brand made their first foray into hotels. Taking over what was once the Grand Hotel Savoy this is Chamonix’s only ski in ski out hotel, albeit onto the nursery slope, nonetheless it means easy access (no buses!) to the main Brevent and Flegere ski areas that sit above the town. Although there’s a terrace bar (with incredible views of Mont Blanc!) the après with all the entertainment associated with Folie Douce happens inside where you’ll find a full-blown nightclub. The hotel also has 5 eateries selling everything from pizza and snacks, to Savoyard specialities. There’s a 640sqm spa area including heated outdoor pool and the décor throughout is a cool blend of stripped back walls and art deco giving the whole place a suitably contemporary feel. All that and it’s only a couple minutes’ walk to the vibrant town centre.
Val Thorens is a functional purpose built resort but pleasantly so and is becoming increasingly upmarket as more luxury hotels open bringing with them a burgeoning high end gourmet foodie scene. At 2300m altitude it is the highest resort centre in the alps so it is as snowsure as you can get. Most properties are ski in ski out or very close to being so and there are great nursery slopes in the centre for somewhere so high. We think Val Thorens has the best of the skiing in the 3 valleys for all levels but of course you are linked to Meribel and Courchevel as well. The one downside of the altitude is that being above the treeline it is very exposed in bad weather but you can always retreat down the valley to Les Menuires and St Martin de Belville.
The Fahrenheit 7 features modern styling with a vintage twist and a low key, relaxed atmosphere with friendly, helpful staff. The location is perfect being ski in ski out and easy walking distance to the resort centre. There are 2 restaurants, 3 bars and two wonderful terraces but the crowning glory is their in house ski shop and ski room with its own bar for pre ski coffees, post ski hot chocolates or a beers while you get your gear fitted. There is even table football and an entrance straight onto the piste.
Ski in Ski out with stunning views down over the resort and to the slopes beyond. Modern in design with lots of natural light and nods in the styling to its Persian name, the hotel has 3 restaurants and an 800sqm spa area with 2 swimming pools. They also offer a shuttle service within the resort.
Hugely popular with the British, many of whom never go anywhere else! The chalet style architecture makes for an attractive town that has a good mix of bars to compliment the lively early evening après ski on the mountain. Being at the centre of the 3 valleys offers great access to this truly vast ski area. There is a huge selection of weekly let chalets but ski weekends are also possible in low season at some of the hotels.
One of the few hotels in the 3 Valleys that works as a genuine value ski weekend option. Very conveniently placed right in the centre of Meribel next to the tourist office. The accommodation is simple but perfectly located for the mountain – ski in, ski out with immediate access to the piste, which runs right behind the hotel and continues down to the rest of the resorts’ lifts at Le Chaudanne. It’s above the popular live music bar Le Pub – ideal if you intend to join in the après-ski but not the right option for peaceful early nights!
A wonderful mountain with the best skiing in the 3 valleys for all abilities – you may not even need to make use of the other two valleys of the world’s largest ski area! The main village of Courchevel 1850 boasts an extraordinary portfolio of wonderfully hedonistic ski in/ski out hotels and private chalets. If it is just the skiing you are after you can always stay in one of the lower sections of the resort at 1650, La Tania and Le Praz but take your credit card with you.
Ski-in/ski-out, super luxury, boutique hotel in the centre of 1850! An absolute favourite and one of the best! A phenomenal amount of praise has been given to the Grandes Alpes by our previous guests staying there. The Grandes Alpes is a collection of 9 exceptional suites and deluxe rooms. Each suite boasts a dining room, sitting room, wine cellar, 3 or 4 bedrooms and your own butler. When you’re not skiing, relax in Bellini’s Lounge and Bar des Grandes Alpes or enjoy a range of carefully selected teas in the Salon des Grandes Alpes overlooking the Courchevel 1850. Alternatively, indulge in the well-being treatments at the Spa Valmont.
Located in the exclusive Jardin Alpin area overlooking Courchevel 1850 the hotel offers direct ski-in ski-out access to the vast 3 valleys ski domain. There is also a convenient rental shop with direct access from the hotel and a spa with indoor pool, sauna and hammam. The attractive bar and lounge are spread across multiple levels so you can always find a private corner and there is a lovely sunny terrace.
Big, bold, but still charmingly alpine! Val d’Isere and Tignes make up the Espace Killy, a phenomenal ski area with a vertical drop of 1,900m. Experts revel in the off-piste, intermediates are endlessly challenged by terrain and mileage on well-groomed pistes, and for beginners the quality of the many British-run ski schools are excellent. Après on the mountain is all about the Folie Douce, a must! The resorts altitude makes it a great early or late season option.
Situated in a snowy micro-climate at the heart of the vast playground of the Grand Massif area. Flaine is a compact and convenient purpose-built village at the foot of a big snowy bowl. It’s snow record is hard to beat and you can see why our European friends & Flaine enthusiasts keep this one quiet! The extensive ski area is perfect for intermediates with wooded slopes immediately above Flaine and lots of cruisy blue and red runs back to the village but the off-piste terrain is also unexpectedly good. Nightlife is fairly quiet but there are a few lively bars & restaurants in the village.
This is what we’ve been waiting for – a contemporary hotel in the apartment dominated and underrated resort of Flaine, 75mins from Geneva. The Terminal Neige is a brilliant choice for an easy, convenient, short ski break. Excellent ski-in/out location in Flaine Forum. Contemporary design and comfortable rooms (the standard Classic rooms are on the small size at just 15sqm – we’d recommend the superior Club Rooms at 25sqm). Spa area with massages, treatments, outdoor hot-tub, sauna, steam room, relaxation area and fitness room as well as an in-house ski shop.