We have had enough, had enough of following all those pages on Facebook and Instagram that are constantly posting those beautiful images of early season life in the Alps! We simply cannot hack the bubbling jealousy that lives deep with in us and makes us want to throw our phone against the wall. So for your health and the health of your family and friends, we have put together a little blog to let you know which resorts you visit for a last minute Christmas getaway.
If you book a holiday to spend Christmas under the snow covered peaks of Europe’s mountains then you should, just promise not to post on social media too much! Now, we have it directly from the horses mouth (some in resort friends and experts) who have told us first hand that these spots and groomed and ready for your skis and boards to ride! So here are our top 3 options. You have our word that the resorts are serving up delicious hot chocolate, the slopes are skiable and the sun is shining!
Cervinia is looking absolutely wonderful at the moment. All lifts are currently open and all runs are open from top to bottom. Cervinia is always a solid choice for early season skiing due to its location on a glacier. Even if, like last year, the snow conditions were terrible at town level, at the top of the mountain and all the runs surrounding “Plateau Rosa” are a sure fire win! Cervinia is a great resort to live the “Dolce Vita” without breaking the bank, some of their best mountain restaurents only rival mid level resorts price wise, in say France or over the boarder in Zermatt. Zermatt is incredible but why stay there when you can board in Cervinia and enjoy the Swiss life during the day.
Where to fly too: Milan or Turin.
Where to stay: 3* Hotel Breuil.
– 3* Hotel Mon Reve
– 4* Hotel Principe Delle Nevi
Where to eat: Mountain- Chalet Etoile
– In town- Lo Copa Pan
Ski Hire: Nol Ski
Verbier is one of the most famous resorts in the Alps but for good reason. Incredible skiing regardless of your ability, from Freeride to piste cruising. Sadly the only down side is the price tag that comes with it. However, Verbier can be done on the cheap. You just need some secret knowledge, some tricks of the trade and you too can enjoy Christmas in Verbier. The snow cover has been pretty good so far this season. Not as good as Cervinia but long with some cold temperatures, the resort has artificially made snow to cover a lot of the resort and supplement the natural snow.
Where to fly too: Geneva
Where to stay: Hotel Le Chable
Where to eat: Mountain-Cuckoos Nest
– In town- Off Shore
– Pub Mont Fort
Ski Hire: Ski Service
Now I know we have gone for another Italian resort and one in the Aosta Valley but we must pass on the info as one of our secret #LiveToSki agents was there only a week or so ago. We have been told that Courmayeur is incredible at the moment. It’s eerily quiet and is offering some wonderful groomed, undisturbed skiing. We are talking, totally empty piste and tree lined runs. Of course it will be more buy around Christmas Day and the 26th but up until then and between Christmas and New Year (before the tourists arrive) you can experience that same feeling. The lifts are open from top to bottom with the lower runs artificially made but still groomed to perfection and the higher runs have been blessed with plenty of early season snow fall. Courmayeur has increased in price recently but again, we got have the inside knowledge to ensure this trip doesn’t break the bank.
Where to fly too: Milan, Geneva or Turin
Where to stay: Hotel Walser
Where to Eat: On the mountain- Christiania Restaurant
-In the town- Cadran Solaire
Ski Hire: Alpineve
So there you have it, our top recommendations. Let us know what you think, ask us your questions and we will answer as best we can. Most importantly, Merry Christmas and wherever you spend it, at home or in the alps- make it wonderful!