As the long-awaited 2022/2023 winter ski season approaches, we round up some of the best new ski destinations. From a new slope-side restaurant in Meribel and two ultra-luxe new chalets in Courcheval 1850 and Megeve, to the reopening of Japan’s resorts following the ease of restrictions, this season is set to be bigger than ever.
Faern, a collection of lifestyle alpine resorts in Switzerland are set to open two new properties; Faern Arosa Altein and Faern Crans-Montana Valaisia this December. Every guest will have the chance to explore both of the properties’ various captivating elements including a variety of wellness concepts, destination food & beverage outlets and ski-in-ski-out access to the unparalleled Swiss slopes.
Faern will offer curated experiences for hotel guests, prompting exploration and memorable moments. These will range from picnics for the slopes, Strava-curated running and skiing routes, kite-making and flying workshops, and a variety of holistic wellness routines. Guests staying at Faern Arosa and Faern Crans-Montana, along with visitors will also have the opportunity to celebrate the season with Apres Ski DJ sets, paired with craft beers and cheese boards, as well as the chance to revel in the selection of homemade cakes and herbal teas.
Six Senses Spa Courchevel
Le Coucou Reopens in Meribel
Maisons Pariente’s Hotel Le Coucou will be reopening its doors for the winter season on 9th December 2022 with exciting upgrades to the food offering, including a new alpine restaurant, Le Fumoir. Located in the cosy eaves of the hotel, Le Fumoir will seat up to 16 guests, serving a delicious selection of mountain favourites from raclette and fondues, to tartiflette and smoked meat dishes. New dishes are set to enhance the already mouthwatering menu’s at the BeefBar and the Italian Bianceneve. Also new for the season, guests can expect a whole new host of spa experiences from mother-daughter and father-son treatments alongside the organic brand Minois to tailored treatments for mothers-to-be and men to ensure a rejuvenating alpine break for all. The hotel’s indoor and outdoor pool, six massage treatment rooms with specialist treatments from Tata Harper and sauna area offer guests a deeply relaxing experience after a long day of skiing. The pool areas, divided by a bay window create a stunning, trompe-l’oeil effect with views of the striking vista outdoors. Your alpine haven in the heart of the Three Valleys awaits. Nightly rates at Hotel Le Coucou from £440.
A Home Away From Home In The French Alps
Oliver’s Travels has an incredible selection of chalets in France, from Val D’Isere to Courcheval. For an extravagant alpine stay in the French Alps, Chalet Jour, offers a stunning slope side base perfect for a large family or perhaps even two families. The cosy accommdation offers five exceptional bedroom suites, sleeping up to ten guests. After a long day skiing, guests can wind down in the brilliant home cinema room with sumptuous sofas, a huge screen, an excellent choice of movies and channels and Playstation. The swimming pool is always a massive hit with families. Oliver’s Travels has plans to increase its portfolio up to 200 ski chalets in France – watch this space! Weekly rates start from £14,639.
YTL Hotels’ Niseko Village, Japan – Relaxed Restrictions in Time for an Exhilarating Winter Season
With Japan’s borders closed for the past two winters, the 2022/23 ski season will finally welcome back international visitors looking to hit the slopes of Niseko, Hokkaido. Japan relaxed travel restrictions from 7th September 2022, allowing travellers to enter the country without guided package tours and quarantine upon arrival has been lifted. Niseko Village sits within the Niseko United ski area that accesses inter-linked ski resorts boasting a combined 2,191 acres of skiable terrain. Located at the base of Mount Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Village offers award-winning hotels with spa and Onsen facilities including luxury resort hotel Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, which opened in 2020, with luxury a dining and retail village hub, luxury residences, an international snow school and alpine activities.
Bramble Ski launches in two resorts in France
Luxury chalet provider Bramble Ski has announced an expansion into two resorts in France for 2023-23; Courchevel 1850 and Megève, with the addition of Chalet Carat and new-to-market Chalet La Connivance to its portfolio. Nestled in one of the Alps’ most famous resorts and part of the extensive Trois Vallées ski domain, Chalet Carat offers timeless accommodation for up to ten guests. Situated in the exclusive Bellecôte area of the resort, the timeless alpine style of Chalet Carat seamlessly blends the beauty of the landscape with its floor-to-ceiling windows and a traditional wooden aesthetic, plus is has all the latest modern facilities including swimming pool, spa area and cinema room. Just a ten-minute walk to both the heart of Megève and the nearest ski lifts, Chalet La Connivance is both central and secluded, in an exclusive neighbourhood overlooking the resort. Sleeping 10-12 people, on entering the chalet guests are welcomed by the beautiful open-plan living space, with far-reaching views over Megève and to the mountains beyond. The outdoor spa is a truly unique place with a landscaped garden flowing harmoniously around a wooden hot tub and barrel sauna. Weekly rates on a self-catered basis start from €30,190 for Chalet Carat and €27,460 for Chalet La Connivance.
Val d’Isère’s Winter Season
Renowned for its year-round mountain adventures, Val d’Isère Tourism is thrilled to announce that the French ski destination will reopen for the winter season on 26th November 2022. Completely redesigned, Club Med is launching the first Exclusive Collection mountain resort in the Alps this winter. Offering 215 deluxe bedrooms and suites, guests can look forward to a luxury stay focused on experiences, from gourmet to wellness, in an exceptional setting. Also new on the accommodation front, Hip Hideouts is opening two new serviced apartments adding to its portfolio of 16 outstanding properties. Each sleeping 10 people, Chalet Cala Slopeside will open in the heart of Val d’Isere and Chalet Loup in Le Fornet. In gourmet news, guests can look forward to two new restaurants; René, Edelweiss restaurant’s second establishment in Le Fornet, which will offer an open plan kitchen, charcoal oven and panoramic views across the valley from its fully glazed dining room. Meanwhile on the Bellevarde, L’Empreinte Avaline will open offering a snack bar, patio and gourmet bistro serving seasonal dishes made with fresh local produce in a modern and cosy setting.
Ramada Residences by Wyndham Saalfelden, Austria
Austrian holiday resort, Ramada Residences by Wyndham Saalfelden offers guests 500km of snow-covered ski slopes and is ideally located between Saalfelden and Zell am See resorts. The Ramada Residences by Wyndham Saalfelden offers the perfect base to explore the area and skiers, snowboarders, no matter the age or level have plenty to do after a day out on the slopes. From trying the Austrian cuisine, ice skating, tobogganing, sleigh riding, a massage from the on-site masseur, or simply relaxing in the resort-based residence, there is something for everyone. Nightly rates at Ramada Residences by Wyndham Saalfelden start from 72 euros.
Courmayeur Mont Blanc
Courmayeur Mont Blanc is welcoming back its culinary month, Peak of Taste, for a second series in March 2023. More than 10 culinary events will take place across the gastronomic resort, and Courmayeur is inviting guests to meet and eat at altitude in the heart of the Italian Alps with some of the most prolific chefs in the region. Events are likely to include Michelin Star curated dining experiences at Super G, an aperitif tasting at the highest peak in Europe – Punta Helbronner Station in Skyway – followed by a descent of 2,173 metres to the Pavilion for dinner in the mountains. Wine tastings and pairings will also take place throughout at recently opened restaurants with fresh and local ingredients.
Severin*s Lech & LOUIS Munich
With a sister hotel in Munich centre, we are seeing an increase in interest from guests wishing to have a ‘city hit’ before arriving in the Austrian mountains. Munich is just 3 hours drive and we can arrange private transfers for guests who can then either fly back out of Munich or, alternatively Innsbruck or Zurich which are just 2 hours drive. That combination of city culture and shopping, with its antidote of fresh air and exercise – joined up with our warm service and brilliant food in both locations – are ticking boxes for making the most of travel this year. Package: 2 nights in LOUIS and 3 nights in Severin*s Lech, with airport transfers, from E2245 per room, including breakfasts and a 3-course dinner at each hotel. Private car transfers between Munich and Lech can be booked separately if needed.
Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.