With Christmas fast approaching, we’ve rounded up some of the most picturesque ski resorts for a Christmas time ski trip with the fam.
November 8th, 2022
With Christmas fast approaching, we’ve rounded up some of the most picturesque ski resorts for a Christmas time ski trip with the fam. Step into any one of these winter wonderlands and let the magic of Christmas come alive in the form of snow-capped chalets, sensational mountain cuisine and cosy nights spent by the fireplace with your loved ones…or hit the slopes for some much-needed winter fun (we all deserve it!)
Megève, widely known as one of the Alps’ most stylish resorts, combines incredible skiing with breathtaking alpine scenery, making it a perfect pick for a Christmas time getaway.
Just over an hour’s drive from Geneva airport, access to the resort is quick and easy, but once you immerse yourself in Megève village, you’ll feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life. With smart boutiques, alluring bars and incredible restaurants, it's the perfect place for a spot of Christmas shopping and seasonal festivities.
The ski resort has plenty of old-world charm and is extremely scenic, with cobbled streets, old baroque clock towers and cosy wooden chalets. The skiing in Megève is as scenic as the town itself; most of the slopes are lined with beautiful and large wooded areas, perfect for snowy Christmas days of weaving between the trees.
Nestled in the heart of the Alps in Megève, L'Alpaga offers a breathtaking view of Mont Blanc. One of the most beautiful five-star hotels in Megève, Hotel L’Alpaga has just 26 rooms and seven suites along with five luxury chalets. The hotel sits just five minutes away from the centre of town, so is close to the fantastic restaurants and cosy bars of the Megève.
What’s more, La Table de L'Alpaga, the hotel's on-site restaurant has recently been awarded its second Michelin star for its amazing food, which really does speak for itself, and guests are welcome to experience the culinary delights throughout their stay. Can you say 'book now'?
HOW: Ski Solutions offers a seven-night stay on a bed and breakfast atHotel L’Alpaga on a bed and breakfast basis, priced from £4,730pp, departing on 24th December 2022. This price includes flights and transfers.www.skisolutions.com / 020 7471 7761
Zermatt ski resort has unrivalled scenery and an extensive variety of high-quality restaurants and hotels. Over the years, the town has retained its traditional charm which lures guests back again and again and as the resort is car-free. There's a wonderful and relaxed atmosphere, allowing visitors to enjoy the mountain air.
With traditional charm, cosy restaurants and a laid back lifestyle, it's the perfect choice for a Christmas spent with the family. The world-famous Matterhorn speaks for itself; this stunning peak has become Switzerland's trademark around the globe. Whether you are skiing the slopes or in the village, the peak can be noticed everywhere and dominates the skyline. At an altitude of 3,883m, the Matterhorn Ski Paradise is Switzerland's highest ski area, guaranteeing fabulous skiing conditions all season long which truly live up to the magic of the town.
Situated on a plateau high above Zermatt, enjoying a panoramic view of the Matterhorn, the ski-in ski-out location of this hotel is second to none. The hotel is the true definition of luxury and the magnificent property offers a unique experience of five-star luxury in a superb setting, and it is now a member of Leading Hotels of the World.
Each room in this fantastic hotel offers superb views of the Matterhorn, offering guests a real taste of life in the mountains. There's plenty to do at the hotel aside from skiing with entertainment facilities including restaurants, a bowling alley, a spa, and a swimming pool making it the perfect choice for a Christmas getaway for families.
HOW: Ski Solutions offers a seven-night stay on a half-board basis at Hotel Riffelalp Zermatt, priced from £3,070pp, departing on 24th December 2022. This price includes flights and Swiss Rail transfers. www.skisolutions.com / 020 7471 7761
Gstaad, known for being a glamorous Swiss ski resort, is surrounded by well-groomed slopes and tree-lined mountains, a real Christmas paradise brought to life. The charming town has traditional chalets, luxurious shops and award-winning restaurants; yet despite its growing popularity as a celebrity hotspot and one of the world’s most exclusive resorts, it maintains an understated charm with its pedestrianised centre and wooden chalets, meaning Christmas time is a truly magical time of year.
With over 200km of slopes to explore, the varied skiing options guarantee an unforgettable Swiss ski holiday. A prominent feature is the resort’s picturesque castle which sits on a hill overlooking the village. One key feature which makes this resort an obvious choice for a Christmas time escape is that, at night every building is illuminated by small strings of white lights, creating a truly charming and magical setting for a Christmas getaway.
The Huus Hotel in Gstaad is classic, charming and has a wide range of amenities including an indoor pool, two saunas, steam room, gym and beauty treatments. The hotel has 136 rooms which have all been finished with natural materials to create a comfortable and cosy feel throughout, perfect for a Christmas escape.
With multiple on-site restaurants and bars, guests are spoiled for choice. The ideal location of this hotel, its cosy interiors, fantastic dining options and practical child-friendly facilities make for a brilliant Christmas-time getaway in one of Switzerland’s most desired resorts.
HOW: Ski Solutions offers a seven-night stay with bed and breakfast at Huus Hotel Gstaad, priced from £2,475pp, departing on 24th December 2022. This price includes flights and transfers.www.skisolutions.com / 020 7471 7761
Nicknamed Italy’s answer to St Moritz and Aspen, Cortina is a stylish destination that is a favourite for its luxurious ambiance. At an altitude of 1,220m, Cortina is an idyllic village surrounded by magnificent peaks and about six more separate ski areas.
From the south-facing area that comprises mainly wide open pistes, to the many ski schools and instructors, Cortina really has something for everybody. Food and drink equally play an important role in Cortina’s appeal, with some truly wonderful little wine bars for aperitivo, an abundance of good restaurants and several lively nightclubs.
Cristallow Resort & Spa Hotel
Built in 1901, the Cristallow Resort & Spa Hotel is one of the most luxurious hotels in Cortina. With grandeur and well-appointed decor, Cristallow is a magnificent place to stay in the mountains. With a state-of-the-art fitness spa, a luxury pool and treatment rooms, this hotel is named one of the top five-star hotels in the Dolomites where guests can truly unwind. It also has four restaurants offering a gourmet experience with different styles, skiers have the opportunity to have fantastic dining experiences waiting for them once they come off the slopes.
Located in the Austrian Arlberg region, Lech is often referred to as one of the most exclusive ski resorts in the Alps. Situated in the heart of a valley, Lech is a magical village that has benefited from careful and meticulous planning over the years.
Lech’s snow record shows that the area receives more snow than anywhere else in Austria and can boast one of the best snow records in the Alps, making it ideal for a Christmas ski trip. With a range of skiing to choose from, such as off-piste skiing, adrenaline-inducing slopes, or wonderful nursery slopes, Lech can cater for all abilities making it the perfect place for family and friends of varying ski abilities.
Hotel Post Lech Arlberg
Hotel Post Lech Arlberg is one of the finest luxury hotels in Austria, containing a delightfully relaxed atmosphere aimed to achieve maximum levels of comfort for the guests. Originally owned by the Moosbrugger family, and now run by Florian and his wife Sandra, the Post Lech Arlberg is the ultimate luxury home away from home. The restaurant’s excellent and extensive wine list means that visitors can indulge in local Austrian wines. After a long day on the slopes, skiers can enjoy the opportunity to relax in the hotel’s swimming pool and the ultimate wellness spa.
Experience the quintessential ski holiday in Méribel, the Three Valleys. This beautiful ski resort boasts a combination of thrilling skiing, a prime location and a stunning chalet-style village, all of which make Méribel a desirable ski destination for all kinds of winter fun-seekers.
With over 600km of skiable area, snow cover all season and a good mix of runs for every skier, Méribel is the perfect place to ski all season long. The bustling atmosphere of the lively town can be enjoyed by skiers as they explore what Meribel has to offer. From the bi-weekly street market to a host of lively après ski bars, there will always be something exciting to delve into.
Le Coucou Hotel
Situated in an enviable piste-side location, Le Coucou Hotel promises to be a luxurious hideaway that benefits from a ski-in ski-out experience. With the whole property boasting magnificent views across the snow-kissed peaks, skiers are met with an unforgettable five-star experience from a hotel that blends seamlessly into its environment.
Le Coucou strives to offer the ultimate luxury experience to guests, with its selection of rooms and suites that have wonderful terraces, where guests can sit and admire the incredible mountain scenery. After a day on the slopes, skiers can come back and unwind in the spa and wellness area which features pools, a fitness centre and a sauna. All before heading down to dine in the hotel’s Italian restaurant or Beefbar, which serves up the rarest meats from the most prestigious of origin.
HOW: Ski Solutions offers a seven-night stay at Le Coucou Hotel, priced at £3,680pp, departing 24th December 2022. This price includes flights and transfers. www.skisolutions.com / 020 7471 7761