What’s New For Skiing Season

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Despite a rocky start due to abnormally high temperatures, the ski season is now in full swing. If you’re heading to the slopes, consider this your guide on where to go and what to buy before you get there. From new openings and events across the Alps to the essential kit to invest in, here’s what to have on your radar.
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THE HOTEL

Airelles Val d'Isère

One of the best luxury resorts to open in Val d'Isère in recent years, Airelles is a top choice for a blow-the-budget trip. Set at the Place de Neige in the middle of the village, the hotel has ski-in-ski-out access and panoramic mountain views. After an extensive renovation, it now has 41 rooms including plush suites and five private penthouses. Inside, there’s a mix of contemporary and more traditional décor, with antique furniture throughout. New this season is slope-side restaurant The Relais which serves steak frites and other traditional French dishes – open to guests and those skiing in from resorts like Les Santons and L’Épaule du Charvet. The hotel also has four other restaurants, a cigar lounge, a Guerlain spa with a pool, and a reputable kids’ club. 

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THE RESORT

Hafjell

If you’re after perfect weather this season, it’s worth heading to Scandinavia for reliable snowfall. Norway might not be your first choice for a skiing holiday, but it has world-class slopes and excellent conditions. Just two hours from Oslo, with 50km of varied terrain connected by 18 lifts, Hafjell is one of the country’s best resorts. There are three nursery slopes and a ski school at the top for beginners and kids, plus 600km of cross-country trails. There’s also a snowboard park for all abilities, as well as a newly developed visitors’ area with cafés, restaurants, bars and accommodation.

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Airelles Val d'Isère
Maribel Hotel

THE GROUP EXPERIENCE

Hox Chalet

In the middle of Morzine in the French Alps, 1,000m up in the world-famous ski region of Portes du Soleil, Hox Chalet is a three-level, six-bedroom luxury mountain lodge complete with barrel sauna, wine cave, hot tub and private plunge pool – plus a Grey Goose vodka bar. From the team behind the Hoxton hotel group, the lodge accommodates up to 12 adults, with six en-suite bedrooms kitted out with ‘Hox from home’ touches including bespoke bedding, Roberts radios and Blank toiletries. Guests can book seven-night stays with a team of hosts, including a private chef and mixologist who can shake up drinks at the Grey Goose vodka bar. Open for a limited time this season from Saturday 25th February to Saturday 15th April. 

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THE RESTAURANT

Alpinn

This restaurant in the Italian Dolomites opened back in 2019 but it was recently listed as one of Forbes’s coolest restaurants to visit in 2023 – it’s been getting a lot of attention on social media thanks to its breath-taking views. At an altitude of 2,000m, the remote location means that diners have to take a cable car from Riscone then walk through the snow to reach the restaurant. Headed up by Michelin-starred chef Norbert Niederkofler, each dish is made with top Italian produce and represents a different part of the mountain. Expect dishes like ash-cooked onion with sasso nero cheese, hay-glazed pork belly with mustard sauce and puffed pork crust, and bread and milk ice-cream.

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Wein Am Bergn
RUDI WYHLIDAL

THE LODGE

Maribel Hotel

Ever fancied skiing in Spain? Close to the southeastern city of Granada  is Sierra Nevada, one of the country’s most scenic resorts. The newest hotel there is Maribel, offering access to the Águila and Maribel slopes, both of which have varied ski routes and fun après ski. There are 29 rooms and suites spread across three floors, all with traditional alpine décor and homely touches. Guests can ski in or out before enjoying local Spanish dishes at the mountainside restaurant. There’s also a slick Nordic-inspired spa with a Turkish bath, sauna and heated swimming pool, as well as a bar and lounge.

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THE LONDON POP-UP

Beyond Retro House of Ski Pop-Up at Coal Drops Yard

Beyond Retro has launched a skiwear pop-up at its Coal Drops Yard store in King’s Cross. Open until the end of February, the ‘House of Ski’ edit includes over 350 retro items for men and women, including vintage ski jackets, salopettes, ski suits, goggles and fluorescent accessories from the 1940s up to the 90s. Don’t miss the vintage knitwear edit which includes colourful sweatshirts and jumpers to help you stand out on the slopes. 

Unit 79-81, Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, N1C 4DQ

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THE FOOD FESTIVAL

Wein Am Berg

Austria’s top food and wine festival Wein am Berg will take place from Monday 20th to Thursday 23rd April. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the festival attracts some of Austria’s best sommeliers, wine growers and chefs for a weekend of food and wine tastings. The festival will be hosted at the five-star Das Central Hotel and Europe’s highest gourmet restaurant, ice Q – you might recognise it from the James Bond film Spectre. Skiers will get the chance to hit the slopes with world champions and former Olympians, while non-skiers can enjoy wine tastings at the restaurant. You can even try a bespoke pinot noir created especially for the event, made from grapes collected across Italy, Germany and Austria.

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Hox Chalet
La Grande Ourse

THE KIT

Dalbello Veloce Ski Boots

Seasoned skiers will be familiar with award-winning Italian ski boot brand Dalbello. Created by a pro skier back in the 70s, it produces everything at a small warehouse in the Dolomites. It’s about to launch a new model of its classic ski boot. The Veloce is a mid-volume classic overlap alpine boot made for those serious about their technique who want to pick up serious speed on the slopes. The boots include an easy step-in lock and a clever ‘walk mode’ so you can easily transition from the slopes to snow. A hefty wedge of memory foam helps keep blisters at bay. 

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THE PRO COMPETITION

2023 Alpine World Ski Championships

From Monday 6th to Thursday 23rd February, the 2023 Alpine World Ski Championships will be held in Méribel and Courchevel. One of the most important winter sports events in the world will bring together the best male and female athletes from around the globe, including pro skiers Marco Odermatt, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and Matthias Mayer. Book experiences in both resorts, including ski routes around the ten best views in Les 3 Vallées, and family friendly activities like pony trekking in the snow.  

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THE WATER SPORTS VENUE

Alaïa Bay Switzerland

Alaïa Bay is the Alps’s first and only in-land surfing destination. The wave pool is open year-round for those brave enough to enter the water during winter. At Sion in Switzerland it’s suitable for beginners and pros alike, as two parts of the pool simulate waves for varying abilities. Before a 90-minute session, you’ll be given a winter wet suit, plus boots, gloves and a hood for extra insulation. Need somewhere to stay? The modern Alaïa Lodge is a 30-minute drive from the pool and just a short walk from Crans-Montana resort.

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