The beautiful Swiss village of Gstaad is one of Europe’s most exclusive ski resorts; no place epitomises its glamour quite like The Alpina Hotel. This chic hotel has been a firm favourite since it opened in December 2012, attracting a steady stream of discerning holidaymakers and skiers who appreciate its luxurious and discreet surroundings. In fact, the distinctive newcomer has already made quite an impression and distinguished itself from its peers by winning a host of awards including the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler Gold List 2016.
Shortly, the ski season will come to an end. Rest assured, however, as there’s still time to hit the slopes if you choose your destination wisely. There are plenty of advantages to late season skiing and snowboarding, including longer, sunnier days and fewer people to crowd the mountains. Most of the Alpine ski resorts keep … Read moreClosing Dates of Alpine Ski Resorts
Courchevel is famous amongst skiers as the premier winter resort in the French Alps. Its location in the heart of the Trois Vallées ensures excellent skiing conditions, but it can take a long time to access by road from the main commercial airports. Fortunately, there is an altiport, which receives private, small, fixed-wing aircrafts and helicopters, although it is infamous for its precarious position. The Courchevel altiport is considered by some to be dangerous, due to its difficult approach in an area that is dotted with ski runs. Pilots often have a hard time navigating to and from Courchevel Altiport because of the deep valleys and high elevation. However, the skilled pilots of Heli Securite are exceptionally well trained and are seamlessly able to land in safety time and time again.
After a slow start to the ski season, snow has finally arrived at the European ski resorts and the 2016 ski season is well underway. The French and Swiss Alps have received the bulk of the recent snowfall and now is a great time to take a luxury helicopter transfer to one of Heli Securite’s landing spots. The weather has remained unsettled, yet plenty of snow has fallen at high altitudes. Here is a more in-depth snow report for the main ski resorts (11th January 2016).
It might be hard to believe but in less than a one-week’s time some of France’s biggest ski resorts in the Alps will opening for the winter season.
As the South of France experiences one of the warmest autumns for years, with many people in Nice choosing to spend All Saints Day sunbathing on the beach so glorious were the temperatures, communities in the nearby Alps are preparing the slopes for the first visitors.
Skiing is a particularly emotive subject, with many skiing fanatics favouring one resort over all the others. But if you have never ventured on to a French mountain side, how do you know where to go?