Try husky sledding
Eagle’s Nest in Val d’Isère, France, is a luxury chalet perfect for living out “your Wham! video-inspired fantasy of a snowbound group holiday”, says Lonely Planet Traveller. The traditional timber building sleeps 12 and has antique furnishings and a log fire, as well as an indoor pool and a hot tub on the sunny balcony, plus the services of a private chef. From here you can also try heli-skiing, husky sledding, ice skating or driving a BMW over ice.
• From £1,950 a head for seven days with flights and transfers (Scottdunn.com).
Take family and friends
The Patrice, in Meribel, France, is a “beautiful beast of a chalet” (as Condé Nast Traveller describes it) and has space for 23 guests. There’s “a large fireplace to congregate around, an outdoor sun terrace and a hot tub” – though as the magazine points out, “all 23 of you could not fit into the latter simultaneously”. The chalet is at the centre of the resort, so “guests can clomp quite easily” from the chalet over to the main square and the piste.
• Seven nights from £599 per person, including full catering and house wines (Powderwhite.com).
One for daredevils
Verbier has “some of the most challenging off-piste skiing in the Alps, as well as an array of frightening black runs”, says The Daily Telegraph, so it’s ideal for daredevils. CK Verbier offers Le Ti, “which combines the Swiss chalet ideal of rustic charm with every modern convenience one could possibly wish for”. The property, perfectly situated for both the town centre and the main Médran gondola, also “has spectacular views”.
• Sleeps six adults plus three children from £2,211 a head per week (Ckverbier.com).
Up and coming resort for snow fiends
Courchevel 1550 is the French ski village to watch right now, as more and more hot properties pop up there, including Scott Dunn’s Chalet Le R, says Condé Nast Traveller. It sleeps 12 and has an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and gym. A driver awaits “ready to take snow-fiends to the slopes whenever they’re ready” – but in any case, “the Grangettes gondola is but a few snowboot-steps away”.
• From £950 a head for seven nights with flights and transfers (Scottdunn.com).
A ‘super chalet’ with sauna
Chalet Husky in Val d’Isère, France, is one of two new ‘super chalets’ Scott Dunn is opening in its Petit Alaska Estate – the other is Chalet Jupiter. Chalet Husky has “both the catchier name and the longer list of credentials: with space to sleep 14 in seven en-suite bedrooms, it houses games rooms that include a climbing wall as well as space for archery and rifle shooting – so you certainly won’t be bored should a snowstorm hit”, says Condé Nast Traveller. The chalet’s wellness area includes a pool and sauna.
• Seven nights from £1,275 per head, based on full occupancy. Includes flights, transfers, an in-resort driver service, private chef and host (Scottdunn.com).
A boutique outfit with stunning views
Le Chardon Mountain Lodges in Val d’Isère is a boutique outfit offering bespoke holidays to five ski-in/ski-out properties, says The Daily Telegraph. Le Chardon is the signature chalet sleeping 20 in ten en-suite rooms. It has two hot tubs and a sauna and stunning views.
• From £995 per person, not including travel (Lechardonvaldisere.com).