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Five Destinations That Offer the Perfect Chalet Break

Have you ever considered taking a chalet break? Can you picture yourself surrounded by untouched white snow in the French Alps, or enjoying a mulled drink in an Après Ski bar?

If so, a trip away to one of our top five chalet destinations could be the perfect holiday for you, and your family or friends.

We’ve reviewed some of the most popular ski and chalet destinations from around the world.

And here are the best five we found…


Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Cortina d’Ampezzo forms part of the Dolomiti Superski area in the Italian Dolomites, and is the ultimate resort for a luxury ski experience.

This stylish destination has been attracting tourists for over a thousand years and, depending on the annual snow fall, these slopes are celebrated for their difficulty.

Along with the crisp white backdrop of the Dolomites Mountain Range, you’ll find antique jewellers and all the fur you could ask for in this desirable little chalet resort.

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants in Cortina, with most places serving up authentic local Italian dishes, along with contemporary favourites from around Europe.

This sophisticated little spot can be reached from Venice, Verona or Milan and is popular for ski and snowboard holidays. It has even been home to the Winter Olympics, as well as a number of other international winter sporting events.

Les Arcs, France

Les Arcs is home to 106 runs, which are spread across four main ski areas - all aptly named Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 1950, and Arc 2000 due to their height.

It is located just outside the town of Bourg Saint Maurice, and first rose to popularity in the 1960’s with the introduction of a cable car that runs directly from Bourg Saint Maurice to the nearby La Plange resort.

This place is one of the largest and most popular ski resorts in France, and often dubbed the ‘original’ among the newer French ski locations.

With only low-rise buildings and many authentic wooden structures, Les Arcs manages to maintain a quaint chalet resort charm despite its large size.

The picturesque setting and abundance of tourist amenities makes this mega resort the ideal setting for first-time ski and snowboarders.

St. Anton, Austria

St. Anton has played host to a range of winter sporting events, including the Ski World Championships, and is known for its appearance in the 2011 romantic comedy film ‘Chalet Girl’.

It is a small and charming - but fun-filled and, of course, alpine location

The resort of St. Anton is located an hour outside of the Austrian city of Innsbruck, making it the perfect location for a short weekend ski trip.

If Après-ski and after-ski socialising is more your cup of tea, then don’t hesitate to indulge in the popular nightlife of St. Anton.

The chalet resort of St. Anton, and ski area of Ski Arlberg, are best suited to visitors with intermediate to advance skills, due to its less-frequently groomed slopes.

For advance skiers and non-skiers alike, St. Anton is an attractive and welcoming alpine resort with enough bars, restaurants, nightlife and activities to suit all itineraries.

Sun Peaks, British Columbia, Canada

If a long-haul ski destination is something you dream about, then Sun Peaks is the ideal resort for you.

Seasoned pros and beginners are both welcome at Sun Peaks, which is a relatively new chalet resort that first became popular in the mid 1990’s. It is now the second biggest ski resort in Canada.

For frequent alpine skiers, the local village may not be to your taste. But for first timers, or those looking for something a little different, this large Canadian chalet resorts ticks many boxes and can be easily accessed from Kamloops, British Colombia.

The skiing here is regarded as modest compared to the mega-resorts and challenging pistes you can find across Europe, but by Canadian standards Sun Peaks is the best of the best.

With scenic views from the resort, and low-rise wooden buildings, the picturesque Canadian setting mimics many of the most popular French ski spots.

With three mountains to enjoy, and 135 runs in total, along with budget ski school packages - Sun Peaks is the ideal resort for first-time family chalet breaks.

St. Mortiz, Switzerland

St. Mortiz is well-known for its Swiss elegance, and has been enjoyed by tourists since the 19th century, with its repute for winter glamour.

Situated within the stunning Engadine alpine valley of the Swiss Alps, St. Moritz has been home to not one, but two Winter Olympic Games.

With its very own airport and a wealth of star-rated restaurants and hotels, offering fine dining cuisine, there’s a reason that this place is so popular with tourists.

If the restaurants aren’t enough to impress you, then the lake certainly will. During the winter months and peak ski season Lake St. Mortiz remains frozen solid.

During January and February you can expect to see sports played on the icy surface.

Like Cortina in Italy, St. Mortiz has the reputation of a stylish and luxurious ski resort, but unlike Cortina, St. Mortiz can expect up to 300 days of sunshine a year.

If you’re planning a chalet break or ski trip this winter, and need some help getting the right medical travel insurance policy, or just need some advice, don’t hesitate to contact us.  

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