The best resorts, chicest chalets and leading travel specialists guaranteed to make your holiday in the snow one to remember.
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S U N D A N C E M O U N T A I N R E S O R T, U T A H
Sundance Mountain might be more famous for its annual film festival than family skiing, but this Utah resort has its very own film star credentials. Founded by Robert Redford in 1969, Sundance Mountain Resort caters for multiple generations. The ski school has developed a simplified teaching technique that breaks down the skiing basics into four elements, so it’s easy for children to pick up. Older relatives can join the Senior Ski Group, which caters specifically for skiers aged 65 and over.
At the end of the day, re-group as a family in one of the luxurious mountain cottages, where warm wood and soft furnishings give a cosy finish. Extra beds can be added and a fully-fitted kitchen means you can prepare meals at a time to suit everyone. Scott Dunn offers seven nights at Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah, from £2,125 pp. based on a family of four sharing a Mountain Loft Cottage, travelling at February half term. Includes return flights and private transfers.
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C H A L E T L E C O R B E A U, L E S B R U Y E R E S
If you’re looking for great amenities and attractions, both on and off the slopes, then look no further than Chalet Le Corbeau. Situated in a prime location in the 3 Valleys ski area of the French Alps, Le Corbeau – which is new this season – has everything
you could possibly want from a luxury chalet. With room for up to 17 people, it has breathtaking views across the mountains,
en-suite bedrooms, a cinema room and fireside pool table, hot tub on the outdoor terrace, a sauna, heated ski boot warmers and a playroom, as well as easy access to brilliant childcare. Local amenities – including a swimming pool, shops, bars and restaurants – and the ski school are just a short stroll away and the piste is, quite literally, on your doorstep.
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E S P R I T S K I
Tour specialists Esprit Ski – which operates in resorts in France, Austria and Italy – provide holiday perfection, however young your children. Their recently launched Baby Welcome Packs include nappies, wipes and baby toiletries, and are a godsend after a long journey. New parents will appreciate that the nurseries start caring for babies at 17 weeks and cater for little ones up to the age of 40 months. The superb ski school limits class sizes to a maximum of eight children and, because ski holidays can get expensive with kids in tow, Esprit Ski offers free children’s ski, boot and helmet hire, and lift passes, too. They also have a supervised lunch for children aged 3-12 and a supervised evening club for children aged 6-12.
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V A L D ’ I S È R E, F R E N C H A L P S
More of us Brits get our annual snowsports fix in Val d’Isère than anywhere else in the world, and visitors will benefit from a new attraction in the resort this season. December saw the opening of a state-of-the-art gondola that rises from the heart of
the resort, transforming mountain access in Val d’Isère for all standards of skier. The Solaise Gondola is the biggest innovation in France’s top resort for a decade and the final phase of a two-year £13 million redevelopment of Solaise, one of the resort’s two iconic mountains, reached from the front de neige base area. The new, secure, beginner slopes created at the top of the gondola – and served by three covered magic carpet lifts – have been re-graded to provide the perfect pitch for beginner skiers or snowboarders. Beginners can swiftly progress from these slopes to the easy, rolling terrain reached from the adjacent Madeleine chair-lift.
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H O T E L H U B E R T U S, S O U T H T Y R O L
Italy’s South Tyrol region has become as well-known for its wellness resorts as it has for its incredible snowscapes, and now the four-star Hotel Hubertus has taken relaxation to a whole new level. Visitors can now experience the sensation of swimming through the sky in their dramatic new 82ft outdoor heated infinity pool overlooking the Dolomites. Protruding out from the sun terrace 40ft above the ground and with a glass window at the end and in the floor this is the perfect place for skiers and hikers to recharge and unwind. The incredible pool is part of a new extension at Hotel Hubertus, which includes 16 new Alpine suites, a restaurant and lounge. The scenic hideaway also boasts a sun terrace, six indoor and outdoor swimming pools, as well as the Alpenreych Spa. With all this opportunity for indulgent relaxation, the danger is you may never actually pull on your skis at all! From £240 per person per night, including breakfast, light afternoon buffet and evening meal.