The best ski holidays are about more than the action on the slopes. Of course you need incredible snow-covered runs to weave down, but it’s also about vistas from thousands of metres high, memories made during convivial apres-ski sessions, and the unexpected extras that make a trip special – whether gourmet meals or hours spent in a spa.
One of the most important elements of a successful ski holiday is where you’re staying. When it comes to skiing, there’s one type of property that is synonymous: the chalet. These wooden Alpine huts can be found is various shapes and sizes but are an excellent choice for groups small and large, and there’s usually one to suit every budget. Many of the options offer ‘chalet board’, which sees staff on hand to treat you to make meals, from breakfast to three-course evening meals (and sometimes afternoon tea).
Alpe d’Huez, France
Alpe d’Huez is a vibrant, more affordable alternative to some of the renowned French resorts, with 250km of pistes – including a variety of red and black slopes, such as Sarenne, the longest black run in Europe. It’s an excellent resort for beginners too, with the Les Bergers area containing 12 green and seven blue runs. The altitude ranges between around 1,000 metres to 3,300 metres, and with around 300 days of sunshine per year, you’ll likely get great conditions for at least part of your stay. For apres-ski, Alpe d’Huez also has the on-piste La Folie Douce, while options in town include Sphere Bar and Freeride Cafe.
Inghams offers the Secret de Neige chalet for the ultimate antidote to post-Christmas blues. There is space for up to 14 guests spread over six bedrooms, with a south-facing terrace that provides views of the mountains. It has an ideal location, too, just 150m from the resort centre and only 100m from the lifts.
From £1,282pp, including seven nights’ accommodation, chalet board and return flights from London Gatwick. Departing 6 January 2024.
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