Discover Some Lesser-known Ski Resorts.
Discover Some Lesser-known Ski Resorts.
Discover Some Lesser-known Ski Resorts.
Discover Some Lesser-known Ski Resorts.
Discover Some Lesser-known Ski Resorts.
Discover Some Lesser-known Ski Resorts.

Discover Some Lesser-known Ski Resorts.

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Though many favour the large and well known ski resorts such as Val d’Isere, Courchevel, Verbier or St.Anton (to name just a few), there are quite a few smaller villages, often only known to a privileged few, that offer a refreshing change to the larger resorts.

 

Usually more traditional in style, they tend to be quaint villages with a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere. And whilst they may not boast the same lively après ski scenes, they certainly make up for it in charm and local hospitality.

 

So where are these villages to be found?

 

Many of these pretty little villages are located within the same huge ski areas that you may already know, such as the 3 Valleys or the Portes du Soleil. With fast access to hundreds of kms of slopes at your feet, there is plenty of choice for all level of skier.

 

Or if you prefer to stay local, many of the surrounding slopes nearby are often much quieter, allowing you to glide freely down the pistes as you please.

 

It certainly pays to not follow the crowd, so here are some of our top hidden gems, not to be overlooked...

 

 

Chatel, France

 

Characterised by pretty traditional chalet-style buildings owing to its 15th century farming heritage, combined with its position in the upper reaches of the Abondance Valley, Chatel offers a beautifully scenic backdrop for a luxury ski holiday.

 

Part of the world class Portes du Soleil ski area in the French Alps, its southerly aspect high in valley lends itself to receiving plenty of sunshine and of course utterly stunning views.

 

Chaletneuf du Tenne, the highest chalet in the resort offers the perfect place to take in those mountain vistas from its floor to ceiling windows and decked terrace. Located on the border, you can even ski into Switzerland from Chatel.

 

Though it has a thriving all year round community, its lively and friendly atmosphere during the winter months keeps those in the know coming back each year.

 

>> See why Chris Keeping who works at Chaletneuf du Tenne, makes Chatel his home.

 

>> See our collection of luxury ski chalets in Chatel.

 

 

 

St. Christoph, Austria

 

They say good things come in small packages and St.Christoph is no different. Home to just a handful of luxury chalets, hotels and fantastic restaurants, the village itself has an exclusive and intimate feel. Yet with ski lift access to the vast Arlberg circuit, which includes the lively neighbouring resort of St.Anton, there’s certainly no shortage of wonderful skiing to be had.

 

A resort altitude of 1800m makes it one of the highest ski resorts in the area, which means it tends to have great snow conditions throughout the season.

 

After a busy morning working up an appetite on the pistes of Arlberg, don’t miss dining in the fabulous Hospiz Alm restaurant on the piste in St Christoph. Dine on gourmet Austrian fare in front of a crackling fireplace or on the terrace, accompanied by a bottle chosen from the world famous wine cellar. What better way to spend the day?

 

St. Christoph has a relaxed family friendly atmosphere and is the ideal mountain retreat for those looking for a peaceful getaway.

 

>> See our collection of luxury ski chalets in St. Christoph.

 

 

 

Sainte Foy, France

 

Think traditional alpine village perfect for families and you’ve got Sainte Foy. Giving you a taste for old Savoyard charm, this quaint ski resort is nestled just a short drive from the Espace Killy ski area.

 

The village itself is attractive - scattered with charming wood and stone chalets, complete with pitched roofs and wooden balconies. And, being set below the tree line makes meandering your way down the slopes a lovely experience.

 

With wonderful local hospitality to welcome you, a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, as well as uncrowded slopes, Sainte Foy is undoubtedly one of the best resorts for families.

 

The bigger name resorts of Val d’Isere and Tignes are just on your doorstep, but with some great skiing in Sainte Foy itself, we can understand why you wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.

 

Beginners are well catered for here with some excellent nursery slopes, the blue Grande Soliet that winds under the Marquise chair lift has even been voted the 5th best run in the world. However, it’s also a backcountry skier’s paradise for those looking to get their hit of untouched terrain and fresh powder.

 

>> See our collection of luxury ski chalets in Sainte Foy.

 

 

 

St.Martin de Belleville, France

 

A luxury ski holiday in St.Martin de Belleville puts you right at the heart of the enormous Three Valleys ski area. Famously known as the biggest ski area in the world with a whopping 600kms, you’ll have fast access to fantastic skiing for all abilities here, yet without the crowds of its larger neighbouring resorts like Meribel and Courchevel.

 

Locally however, there are plenty of long gentle and quiet slopes in the immediate area that are ideal for beginners and intermediates wanting to build their confidence.

 

Though neighboured by the buzzing resorts of Courchevel and Meribel, St.Martin de Belleville has maintained its traditional good looks and unspoilt Savoyard charm. A pretty old church sits at the centre of the village, whilst attractive chalets line its old streets. Many have been lovingly converted from old barns giving a nod to traditional style.

 

If you’re looking for a heart-warmingly French village, this one’s for you.

 

>> See our collection of luxury ski chalets in St. Martin de Belleville.

 

 

 

Tignes les Brevieres, France

 

The oldest and prettiest resort of the five villages that make up Tignes, Tignes les Brevieres is a charming little resort.

 

The village centres around one main street, lined with traditional farmhouse style buildings. Originally dating back to the 13th century, walking around you really get a sense of its authentic history.

 

At lunch you can’t beat heading to one of the bistros to sample classic Savoyard specialities, or raclette by the fireplace.

 

Located near the Tignes dam and nestled between the tree lined Isere valley, there are lovely scenic views all around, though it’s still high in altitude at 1550m. Most of the chalets extend up the sunny side of the valley above the village, offering wonderful views.

 

Linked to the Espace Killy ski area via a fast gondola and chairlift, Tignes les Brevieres is a great choice for those looking for a relaxed luxury ski holiday, with first class skiing on your doorstep. No wonder people come back year after year!

 

 

>> See our collection of luxury ski chalets in Tignes les Brevieres.

 

 

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