It’s All Downhill

Hit the slopes this winter with the only hot list you’ll need.


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An à la carte menu for childcare on your winter break? Yes please! No need for tiring snowy walks or bus rides to a village creche, instead the in-chalet team of nannies and teachers comes to you, six days a week. Choose from Mini Marmots (four months up) to Mountain Marmots (up to 12). Book into the Chalet Nicole in La Plagne and get out for an evening meal with help from the new Pyjama Patrol, an all-evening babysitting service.

Chalet Milou is all about family fun. An outdoor hot tub on the same level as the bedrooms means easy access. They’ll love the quad bunk beds with curtains for games of bedtime hide and seek. There’s a yoga and treatment room for you, and a games room for them. Your personal chef will cook up your favourites, and expect nanny service on tap. The chalet is in the Chemin de Clambin in Verbier, 200m from the piste.

Luxury play palace Chalet JJ in Morzine, in the heart of the French Alps, was founded by a British husband and wife team and sleeps up to 10. Little legs won’t get tired, being within walking distance of the town, and after a day’s powder-surfing they can all pile into the outdoor hot tub on the terrace-with-a-view. Chalet hosts are on hand to arrange ski school and transfers, and the in-chalet chef service means meals are cooked onsite, with make-your-own-pizza options early in the evening. Travel cots, WiFi, iPads and walkie-talkies are included.


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The brand-new Six Senses Residences Courchevel are the height of five-star luxury. Kids will love the Explorers Club and the Stargazers Club, and there’s an evening babysitting service for you. A 24-hour ski concierge means you never have to lug those skis to and from the slopes again. Each apartment comes with Apple TV, unlimited WiFi and iPads. If that’s not enough, head to the Six Senses Spa for some extra R&R.

Just launched by luxury ski operator Carrier, stay at the quirky Artic Tree House Hotel in Finnish Lapland, with pod-style rooms raised on stilts. Arctic adventures await, from dog sledding to snowmobiling, plus a visit to Father Christmas. Or try the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Colorado, for ski-in, ski-out luxury, or the Schlosshotel Fiss in the Austrian Tyrol, one of the best kids’ ski areas in the Alps, with a free kids’ club and Waterworld.


Head to one of the best-kept secrets in the alps, fly in a chef, and visit the ski show.

Sainte Foy is where the ski instructors go on their day off. With 35km of piste, from quiet slopes perfect for first-timers (with free under-five skiiing) to the big guns for powder hounds. Kick back at a Premiere Neige chalet at the heart of the resort with ski-in, ski-out, great for kids. Go catered or self-catering and enjoy the hot tub, sauna and games rooms. Book onto a family ski safari or hit theSnow Cub Creche, a fun factory for children, leaving you time for an Aperol or a spot of heli-skiiing.

If budget’s no problem, take your ski holiday to another level with the in-chalet ‘Flying Chefs’ private dining experience. New for this season, Scott Dunn will fly in your chef of choice from a prestigious list of European chefs, so you can enjoy a bespoke dinner – perfect for a special occasion. Book the likes of Pierre Koffmann or Monica Galetti. You get exclusive access to your chosen chef over dinner for those burning questions, and a kitchen masterclass, too.

Find tons of inspo for your snowy getaway at the Ski & Snowboard Show in Battersea Park. London’s alpine festival is a one-stop shop for tailored advice. There’s ice skating in the mountain village for the whole family and free entry to the event for under-11s. Book your place on a one-to-one session at the Travel Genius Bar and meet GB athletes before they head off to the Winter Olympics 2018!26–29 October.

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