Clever ski companies in Europe are taking a leaf out of the book of cruise lines, and offering not one luxury hotel base for skiers, but a different Alpine experience every night. Accompanied by an experienced instructor/guide, guests ski, or occasionally drive and ski, to the next resort, stopping for a gourmet dining experience along the way.
These well-planned ski safaris combine some of the best resorts in Switzerland, Italy and France and the emphasis is as much on the local gastronomic experiences as the skiing itself.
Imagine spending a long weekend enjoying the powder and pistes of Villars-sur-Ollon in Switzerland, Courmayer in Italy’s Aosta Valley, and Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France’s first winter Olympics site. Not only will you get to ski some of the best pistes in the Alps, participants are also assured of the best luxury hotels each night in this skiing mecca while getting to sample the typical gourmet specialities of Switzerland, Italy and France.
Quite how easy it is in practice to ski on a stomach full of handmade ravioli and rich chocolate mousse at lunchtime, I’m not sure. One thing however is for certain; guests will have to take it easy on the French wine and myrtle grappa if they are to reach their overnight stop safely!
On the positive side, alternating the rich fare which this region is famous for with some calorie-burning exercise has to be the only way to enjoy it all and not pile on the pounds. Ski safaris seem to have hit an excellent balance between exercise and indulgence and when planned around a series of luxury hotels, this idea is sure to take off.
by Gillian at Luxique Luxury Hotels