Ski trips will forever be one of my favourite adventures of the year. I love being outdoors. I love being up high. I love the real sense of escapism, and the true luxury of dedicating long, open days to nothing but going up and down the pistes. I swear it’s the reset button that keeps me sane…
We were lucky enough to squeeze in a quick trip to Chandolin this year, a teeny tiny resort up in the Val d'Anniviers valley in Switzerland, adjacent to St Luc (which your lift pass covers too). You can get there easily via a train and a bus, from either Zurich and Geneva airport (trains are pretty regular, connecting buses run every 2 hours). We stayed at the absolutely perfect Chandolin Boutique Hotel, a Design Hotel and one of the very few hotels in Chandolin. You could ski straight down to the hotel at the end of the day, the breakfast spread each morning was nothing short of epic, and our room was perfect, with a balcony that looked out over the mountains. Bliss.
We went in March — my favourite time to hit the slopes as you get the best probability of good snow and sunshine. And boy, did we get good snow. Perfect perfect powder and blissfully empty slopes: that’s my other top tip, avoid Easter, Christmas and NYE skiing like the plague for both less people and less £££.
Though Switzerland is, yes, eye-wateringly expensive (one night we did walk an hour in the snow because a taxi was €60...) it’s crazy beautiful, the resorts are pretty and super traditional, and most importantly it has the best alpine food… hello cheese fondue! I swear, I’d dive into a bowl of that stuff if I could fit… You also can do it on the cheap(ish) if you try: I’d recommend a self-catering trip should you be trying to keep costs way down, or doing what we did and having our 'après-ski' at the hotel with a bottle of supermarket wine on the balcony!
More of the very best adventure in pictures….