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13 February 2019
Valentine's day is creeping up rather quickly and what says romance more than a Valentine's adventure in the Alps. A perfect time of year for the snow, the quiet slopes and for lovingly kissing your significant other at the top of a viewpoint whilst pretending you’re not freezing and secretly wishing for a spa and glass of red wine. Sound dreamy? You will gain top partner points, so I will do the hard work and give to you the top 10 most romantic ski destinations- thank me later.
Oh and also, this is totally non-denominational, you can make strangers uncomfortable with your public displays of affection on a chairlift/gondola/apres ski bar with anyone you damn well, please!
When you think of romance and love, you think of Italy. So of course, an obvious choice would be the glamorous village of Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley. Stay at the Hotel Svizzero and enjoy sipping on prosecco and gazing at the mountain views (and each others eyes) in their outdoor pool. As we all know, Italy is a foodies heaven so get yourselves a cosy candlelit table and taste some of the Valdostana region classics at Pizzeria L’ Etoile. After dinner take a hand-held stroll down the designer-clad main street and get those extra Valentines points with a Hermes scarf or a Gant jacket.
Why not surprise your loved one with a ski adventure somewhere a little different, such as Ruka in Finland. A pedestrianised quaint village for undisturbed hand holding down the main street and ski between snow-capped forests for a winter wonderland experience. Away from the slopes, the activities are endless here but you must spend a romantic night in a glass-roofed hut under the famous Northern Lights at Isakki Glass Village with half board and take part in a moonlight snowshoeing tour. Doesn’t get more romantic than when one with nature!
Courchevel can still be enjoyed whilst not blowing the yearly holiday budget if you head further down the valley to Le Praz. It has cobbled streets and dark wooden chalets to give a super cosy and traditional vibe. Stay at Le Chalet des Peupliers in the centre of the village with almost immediate access to the world-class ski area. Make epic memories together by trying parapenting from the top of Courchevel. Whilst down on the ground, in fact go underground and you will come across Cave des Lys which a cosy wine bar with excellent tapas food, cheers to that!
If you and your other half are longing for a secluded stay in the mountains, quite simply skiing, eating, drinking and relaxing then this resort above the already quiet village of Champoluc has it all. A deal with Hotellerie de Mas de Mascognaz includes flights, transfers (a skidoo up the piste!), accommodation and half board so you both have more time for yourselves. Experience alpine luxury with stunning chalets and a state of the art wellness centre all on your doorstep. Champoluc is a perfect place to get away from the crowds and truly enjoy your romantic break.
Nothing says romance like the alpine villages of Austria, so obviously we think Lech has to be on the radar. It is a lot calmer and civilised than its buddy St Anton but still with the challenging skiing area and quick access from Innsbruck airport making it perfect for a short but special valentines break. Stay at the Hotel Basur and experience rustic alpine charm to warm the cockles and dine at the oldest chalet in the village at Hus No.8. Stop and relax from the epic skiing and explore the resort by horse-drawn carriage; tuck under a blanket together and look super cute.
The Eiger north face towers over Grindelwald to create some jaw-dropping instagrammable shots and epic views. The skiing in the largest in the Jungfrau region but make sure to spend a day going to Jungfraujoch by mountain train to 3454m to witness the spectacular sights of Europes largest glacier. Stay at Hotel Spinne Grindelwald for some serious alpine chic vibes and eat at Barrys restaurant in the centre of the historic town for tasty traditional food; we don’t want fancy we want alpine!
Cortina ‘the queen of the Dolomites’ and what better way to treat your queen than going to the Dolomiti Super Ski Area. It has the Italian glam and romance but the ultimate slopes! Its said to be expensive but don't be fooled, you can find reasonably priced accommodation at Hotel Trieste and Tyrolean delicacies at Trattoria Ski Bar. Once you have both skiied and surely eaten to your heart's content, you can unwind in one of Cortina’s many luxurious spas, such as at Rosapetra and frolick in the pool surrounded by spectacular views of the mountains.
It has got to be on the bucket list to go to Kitzbuhel with its epic mix of a medieval chocolate box town and endless skiing potential as part of the Salzburg Super Ski Area. Spend an evening slightly differently by doing a moonlight ski tour, where on a Friday night the cable car and some mountain cafes stay open, so reach the summit and enjoy a warming mulled wine and a mountain meal together. Kitzbuhel can be expensive but get yourself onto the last minute deal hype and you will find some gems like Hotel Kitchenwirt, so more money for Austrian beers during apres at Pavillion Bar.
Megeve in the French Alps is not so far from Geneva airport and is giving all the Parisian chic vibes, much more Valentines appropriate than the apres- ski and club centred resorts in the area. It is a medieval town with views of the Mont Blanc. Get cosy in La Ferme Du Golf, a short walking distance to Les Grands Crus De Fondues where you can lovingly share cheese fondue on the big day. Work off all that cheese by trying your hand in guided Ice climbing up frozen waterfalls.
Zermatt one of the more famous Swiss resorts and it's easy to see why! It's not that simple to access but once you get there you will be engulfed in rustic alpine perfection towered over by the Matterhorn. The skiing allows access to both Switzerland and Italy (Cervinia) so you will be both spoilt for choice, but once off the slopes enjoy the snow and views with husky sledding. To warm up, go have a drink and some indulgent Swiss delights by the open fire at Bar 55. Although you may have to go basic, you can still stay in this amazing resort for a reasonable price at Hotel Mountain Paradise.
So there you have it... sorry if the choice is now too difficult!
We have been truly inspired by Powder Magazine and their series entitled "Passing Through", they visited some fantastic places in USA and we dreamed of the chance to experience some of these very destinations for ourselves.
When the opportunity came around to visit some of the sensational resorts in the Midwest, from my own bucket list, I thought I would take the same concept as our friends at powder magazine and instead create a written series to inspire you guys to take a well-deserved trip to the US to ride. Skiing, snowboarding, apres ski and more in cowboy country, seeing insane views, eating, drinking and riding. First stop is Jackson Hole, read to learn more. . . .
Thrillism teamed up with Global Shots to learn more about the untold story of the French mountain rescue team of La Clusaz. Global shots tell the story of the trails and tribulations of the mountains, skiing, powder, people and more. We got our hands on the official trailer. . . watch it here now and get stoked for the full movie, dropping next week!
Thrillism teamed up with Global Shots to learn more about the untold story of the French mountain rescue team of La Clusaz. Global shots tell the story of the trails and tribulations of the mountains, skiing, powder, people and more.
From the mountains to the valley and across to the ocean, one can find solace, thoughtfulness and peace. Now Breathe In are well underway with their retreats, skiing, hiking and surfing, we spoke to them about their brand, their story and why their retreats are so unique. If you and your friends, partner or indeed alone, want to discover yourself and get in touch with nature, Breathe In retreats are for you. Grab a coffee, sit back and read our interview below.