What’s new and cool on the slopes this season? Where are the best places to go, eat and stay? Gabriella Le Breton and Felix Milns round up the skiing trends to know this season, including our style edit to look sharp on the slopes this winter.
Skiing Trends 2022/23
Those with a passion for skiing, adventure and fine food need to add time well-spent with the Norwegian company 62° Nord to their bucket list. Experts at creating high-octane trips around Norway’s spectacular fjords and mountains, its customisable six-day Ski the Fjords trip combines resort skiing, sea-to-summit ski touring in the Sunnmøre Alps and accommodation in two of the country’s most lauded hotels, the historic Hotel Union Øye and boutique Storfjord Hotel. Closer to home, Scott Dunn has put together a luxury hut-to-hut ski safari in the Dolomites.
The Italian resort of Cervinia, which shares its high-altitude ski area with Zermatt, welcomes Valtur Cervinia Cristallo Ski Resort this winter. Formerly a Club Med, the refurbed property has 92 bedrooms and suites, multiple dining venues, kids’ clubs, a vast spa and a boutique. At the other end of the size scale, Shed. HOTEL in Verbier has just 16 bedrooms, ranging from singles and doubles to groups. The latest venture from the Swedes behind Verbier’s prized burger joint, The Shed, the hotel is tipped to be packed with hip Scandi types.
My Chalet’s Bigger Than Yours
In chalet news, the lavish Palace Hotel Les Airelles Courchevel is launching two suitably jaw-dropping chalets in the piste-entwined Jardin Alpin area. Linked by a secret passageway, Chalet Airelles 1992 and Chalet Airelles 1946 each span six floors and can be taken together (sleeping 26–28 guests) or individually (eight and six bedrooms respectively). In addition to offering access to the amenities of the hotel, including three restaurants and La Mer Spa, guests will find state-of-the-art facilities in their own private palaces, including spa-worthy wellness facilities, private cinemas, games rooms and playrooms.
Glamming Up The Dolomites
Sports lovers looking to get ahead of the curve should take note of this skiing trend. As the Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics draw closer, the cosmopolitan town of Cortina d’Ampezzo is preparing to put on the show of a wintertime. For all its charming blend of Italian and Austrian mountain hospitality, Cortina has been slightly lacking in the contemporary luxury stakes. Spurred on by the coming Olympics, however, a flurry of hotel and chalet openings indicate a change of pace. Notably, the Hotel de LEN, in the heart of Cortina, channels its local heritage (len, meaning wood in the indigenous Ladin language, features throughout the property) while also delivering impressive designer and sustainability credentials.
Set just outside town, the four-bedroom Chalet Serge boasts a playful mix of traditional timber beams and contemporary artwork as well as access to the facilities of the neighbouring Dolomiti Lodge hotel. Further newcomers include the freshly renovated Chalet Doss (leotrippi.com), a secluded 400-year-old chalet just outside Madonna di Campiglio that sleeps up to 23 guests in nine bedrooms; the quirky 33-bedroom Badia Hill in Alta Badia, which boasts a room with its own humidor, some with private saunas and others with cinema-style plasma screens and beer fridges; and Corvara’s Movi Family Apart-Hotel which, as the name implies, offers apartments and hotel rooms ideally suited for families.
The Hox Arrives In Town
From Shoreditch to Morzine: The Hoxton will be opening Hox Chalet for the first time this season, in partnership with Treeline Chalets and GREY GOOSE® Vodka, with six luxury en-suite bedrooms across three levels 1000 metres up in Portes du Soleil. Complete with a barrel sauna, wine cave, hot tub, private plunge pool and on-hand private chef ready to cook up Hoxton classics, the chalet can host up to 12 between 25 February–15 April 2023. From £2,000 per person for seven nights; thehoxton.com
Five Star Arrives In St Martin De Belleville
No longer a sleepy village tucked away in Les Trois Vallées, St Martin de Belleville is continuing its rise into world-class resort status with the launch of its first five-star hotel, M Lodge. With 25 bedrooms and suites, a Valmont spa and suave wine bar and restaurant, the ski-in ski-out property injects a hefty dose of luxury into this quaint village in the heart of the world’s largest ski area.
What a Wonder
In the Austrian resort of Ischgl, an old Paznaun dialect word for family togetherness, Zalwonder, is set to become a byword for luxury. With a rooftop infinity pool, 36 chic bedrooms, suites and apartments, the Zalwonder hotel sits on the bank of the Trisanna river, a five-minute stroll from the Silvretta cablecar.
We all love to return from holiday looking and feeling refreshed, but if you want to return home looking younger, Méribel now offers some of the best spas in the Alps for pioneering cosmetic beauty treatments. Refuge de la Traye is a charming cluster of traditional Savoie chalets on the slopes of Les Trois Vallées, whose rustic appearance belies a high-tech spa offering treatments including Vivace microneedling and HydraFacial, Mostleds light therapy and Iyashi Dôme infratherapy. New this winter, Antarès Méribel comprises a collection of piste-side chalets sleeping four to 18 guests with expansive wellness facilities and a non-invasive medical spa clinic featuring Biologique Recherche products and treatments.
Sleep and Play
Good kip is an important part of your holiday but good play is equally so. With the new Mountain Academy kids’ afternoon club from family specialist Esprit Ski, you can enjoy adult playtime safe in the knowledge that your kids are equally content, learning new activities such as snowshoeing, transceiver training and igloo building. Travel to La Rosière during the New Year week for the opportunity to meet Team GB’s World Cup ski-cross athlete Ollie Davis, who learned to ski with Esprit and will launch the Academy on 5 January 2023.
White Out: Ski Style 2022/23
Keep up with this year’s skiing trends and look sharp on the slopes with our ski style edit…
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