5 great news in the Alps, for this winter !
Skiing has returned for the 2021/22 season, and it’s time to see what the 5 great news in the Alps are. We offer you the latest news from the slopes, from brand new lifts and events to exciting new ski lines to conquer…
1. What’s new in resorts
The new Medran IV gondola lift in Verbier, which will take you up the mountain to Les Ruinettes in only six minutes, is one of the most exciting developments in the Swiss Alps this season. Enjoy views of Verbier, the valley, and the ski region from the elegant 10-seater fully-glazed gondolas that transport you to the summit of the slopes.
Speaking of slopes, why not break up your skiing with a gourmet break or two on Crans Montana’s Ski Food Safari, which is returning in 2022. Speed down the slopes, stopping at various restaurants that will serve you one of their specialties with a glass of local wine !
The widely anticipated new ski run, Eclipse, will open this season in Courchevel, making it one of the most anticipated openings. The course, which has an unrivaled track that is already intimidating skiers, will have its first taste of action at the World Cup 2022 Finals and the 2023 World Championships.
Skiers in Meribel will appreciate the new high-speed chairlift, Bouquetin, which will replace the Plattieres 3 gondola. This new six-seater chairlift will take you 302 meters to the top of 3 Marches in under 2.5 minutes! The Belleville Valley Premium Pass is another nice addition to the Three Valleys. For an additional 50 EUR, you may participate in a variety of optional activities in Val Thorens, Les Menuires, and St Martin de Belleville, such as speeding down the Cosmojet and Speedmountain sled lines and using the facilities of the valley’s sports centers.
If you enjoy ski touring, you should visit Val d’Isere, which is establishing a new track in La Daille. Go 450 meters in the Trifollet over 2.5 kilometers, taking in the woodland, Lost Valley bridges, and snow-covered ruins. There’s also the Solaise ski touring track, which provides a 400m ascent through the Rogoney forest. Another feature for 2021/22 in the resort is the possibility to attempt cross-country skiing and biathlon with Lena Arnaud, a former top-level pro athlete and part of France’s biathlon team.
2. New chalets in Switzerland
Chalet EastRock, Verbier
Chalet EastRock is a beautiful mountain chalet with magnificent mountain views. Access to the ski area couldn’t be easier, since it’s only a short walk from the Le Rouge piste, and the center of town is only three minutes away by vehicle. The chalet has five levels and a wonderful open plan living space with views across the valley to Mont Rogneaux. EastRock features plenty of seating around a huge central fireplace, an exquisite dining space, and a well-equipped kitchen, making it ideal for social gatherings. Step out onto the wrap-around balcony to take in the breathtaking views from the hot tub.
The five bedrooms sleep eight people and two children; visitors will flip a coin to see who gets the spectacular master suite with its gorgeous bathtub and huge dressing room, while the youngsters will enjoy the quiet twin room located under the eaves.
The chalet is available for long-term rental, so why not spend the winter here taking in the scenery?
Chalet Lycka in Saas Fee
Chalet Lycka, a stunning luxury chalet in Saas Fee surrounded by mountains and next to a forest, is brand new for the 2021/22 winter season. It’s the ideal setting for an Alpine holiday. The chalet is a short distance from the Hannig lift station and a ten-minute walk from the village center. It is possible to ski straight from the chalet to the neighboring lifts. The use of panoramic windows allows natural light to enter the inside, while the use of antique wood creates a wonderful Alpine ambiance.
The open plan main living room includes a spacious lounge area with white sofas and a massive fireplace, as well as a dining table near the open fully equipped kitchen.
The living area opens onto a south-facing balcony from which to enjoy views of the mountains and the hamlet of Saas Fee.
The chalet sleeps 17 guests in 6 en-suite bedrooms.
3. New chalets in France
Chalet Bacchus, Courchevel 1650
This ski-in/ski-out chalet on the Belvedere piste has five stories of ultimate luxury. Chalet Bacchus, named after the Roman God of Wine, is spread across five levels and has a double-height open-plan living room with a big wine cellar on show. Full-length glass windows give unrivaled panoramic mountain views, which may be enhanced by the massive hot tub on the balcony.
The chalet is designed for leisure, with a 10-metre pool and adjacent deep Jacuzzi, as well as a sauna and hammam. A home theater room outfitted with cutting-edge equipment is ideal for a movie night.
Chalet Bacchus sleeps 14 people and is suitable for large family parties or a reunion with friends.
Chalet Les Airelles, Courchevel 1850
Les Airelles, the legendary Courchevel Palace Hotel, is expanding as of December 10, providing visitors a new collection of sophisticated and magnificent alpine chalets. The Chalets, which consist of 19 rooms in total, allow you to experience Courchevel in complete privacy. The three chalets are just a few steps away from the hotel and are committed to providing visitors with a magnificent experience with attentive and personalised service.
4. New restaurants in the French Alps
Ski vacations are back, larger and better than ever in 2020 and most of 2021, for those who haven’t had enough time on the slopes. There’s a lot to look forward to this season, including a slew of new places to explore. Take a peek at some of our favorite spots in the Alps.
LOULOU has arrived in Airelles Val d’Isère this winter after appearing on the beaches of Saint-Tropez and on the terraces of Paris. This new restaurant, with its elegant and welcoming ambience, skillfully mixes Italian flavors with Alpine heritage. For the restaurant, Chef Benoit Dargère has devised a sun-drenched, Mediterranean-style menu with winter accents. From December 8th, LOULOU will greet visitors in the dining room or on the new 800m2 terrace.
Discover (re)discover the piste-side restaurant La Grand Ourse next to Airelles Val d’Isère. It has been recognized for its traditional cuisine of characteristic Savoyard meals such as fondue, raclette, and the famed local dessert Bolet de Solaise since 1936. Opening on December 8th.
Also in Val d’Isère, Cucucina, a new restaurant in La Folie Douce Val d’Isère, is set to open soon. The restaurant pays tribute to Leonardo da Vinci with figures and sculptures sprinkled about, including a four-metre-tall horse inspired by Italian Renaissance painters. Simple but hearty meals are made using locally sourced French and Italian ingredients.
La Cave des Grands Crus, located just a few steps from the Palace hotel and created specifically for Airelles guests, is the latest gourmet destination to visit this winter. In a pleasant, intimate setting, you’ll be able to sample the finest wines. The private chef and master sommelier will expertly pair wine and cuisine for you, creating a one-of-a-kind gourmet experience.
5. New restaurants in the Swiss Alps
Zermatt has definitely delivered in this aspect, with its fresh new Diner’s Club at the Backstage Hotel. The Diner’s Club, which opens in December, is planned to thrill its customers with a la carte service in the famed Vernissage Club’s cinema. Guests at the Diner’s Club will be treated to worldwide culinary classics as well as concerts, fresh new blockbusters, and self-produced local flicks. Unlike the Michelin-starred restaurant After Seven (three stories up), the Diner’s Club will be open all year and will focus on high-quality cuisine.
Black Tap, the renowned real American burger restaurant, will open its doors on Col des Gentianes in Verbier. At over 9,800 feet, enjoy CrazyShakes®, a cool craft beer, or an award-winning burger. « 22, » Verbier’s first speakeasy, is also a must-see this winter. We’re quite confident this address won’t be kept a secret for long, given it’s hidden behind a secret door and focuses on local and seasonal items.
Should you have any further questions, or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or give us a call on +41 77 521 66 34. We will be delighted to assist you planning your next ski vacation!