Looking for some inspiration for this year’s winter holiday? We’ve searched high and low for some of the best holidays to suit budgets high and low and requirements far and wide.
Best self-catering apartments: Le Village – Arc 1950, France
Attractive low rise blocks surrounding a central hub of shops and bars with ski-in/ski-out access from virtually every door. Stock up on supplies at the large Super U supermarket in Bourg St Maurice on your way up to the resort to help save some pennies. You’ll be able to rack up plenty of mileage on Les Arcs’ 200km of pistes and be sure to work out before you arrive if you plan to try the challenging 2000m run down from the top of Aguille Rouge to Villaroger.
Best chalet break: Chalet Rikiki – Courchevel 1650, France
If you want plenty of slopetime and a relaxed, tranquil environment to retreat to after a long day this ticks all the boxes. It boats a spacious living/dining area, sleeps 22 with all rooms ensuite and when conditions are right you can slide right back to the door. Set just above the village centre so you can wander in if the mood takes you but stay tucked away in your own little haven should it not. www.leski.com
Best North American hotel: The Arrabelle – Vail, Colorado
If you’re a powder hound, Vail is one of the best places to lap it up with its avalanche-protected back bowls in which every descent leads you to a lift. Making the most of it comes in the form of The Arabelle, a mere two-minute walk from the gondola and boasting unabashed luxury, ideal for recharging for the next day.
Best B&B: Aparthotel Zurbriggen – Zermatt, Switzerland
Zermatt is a resort where staying B&B is a logical decision as once you’re faced with the array of mountain restaurants you’ll be glad you haven’t got a slap up dinner to return to fit in later in the day. But B&Bs don’t have to be basic – this one is close to the Klein-Matterhorn lifts, offers gob-smacking views and delivers breakfast to your open-plan room each morning.
Best adventure: Lyngen Lodge – Olderdalen, Norway
This season it’s all about touring with brands bringing out kit to help us mere mortals get a little further from the beaten track (read our feature here). A fantastic place to do it is the Lyngen Alps on the Arctic coast of Norway where you can take guided trips into the remote surroundings with some routes accessed by boat. The lodge itself is snug and comfortable and has sensational views to boot.
Best all-inclusive break: UCPA – Val d’Isere, France
If the purse strings are tight this is a great way to get your snow fix at a bargain price. The UCPA is a French sport-for-all organisation which has pioneered affordable all-inclusive holidays in the Alps for years. You might have to bunk down with three others in your room at night but included in the price are gargantuan amounts of food, tuition, lift pass and kit hire – it’s slap bang in the middle of the resort too.