December is here and it is the best start to the winter that we have had in the Alps in years. Temperatures remain very cold across the Alps and there has been widespread snowfall (see our blog on early snowfall in November). With more snow in the forecast later this week, this is set to be the year that you want to plan a luxury Christmas ski holiday. And with a good selection of options available it’s not too late to do so.
We have selected the most exclusive resorts in Europe to operate in, picked for each having extensive, exciting terrain with jaw-dropping horizons, and unique enchanting village atmospheres. Now imagine these same destinations with sparkling festive lights, fresh-fallen snow laden over trees, street lamps and roofs, and the sound of carols playing in the village … could there be any more romantic a picture for Christmas?
Now find yourself by a roaring fire, vin chaud in hand, those you love around you, and your own private chef cooking the most fantastic feast for supper.
But there is so much more to discover on a luxury Christmas ski holiday. Here, we take a look at some of the popular activities our guests like to participate in over the Christmas period in the resorts in which we operate, as well as highlighting some of our fantastic properties that are still available.
Whichever resort you are staying in, starting Christmas Day by heading out onto the slopes is a fabulous way to kick off the celebrations. The slopes are generally quiet on Christmas morning and by the time you come home for a big Christmas lunch or dinner you will have worked up a massive appetite!
If you decided to book the beautiful Crux Penthouse in St Christoph in the heart of the St. Anton and Lech piste network, you are best suited to do just this. Located just metres from the piste Crux Penthouse is a super option for those who love their skiing. After skiing Christmas morning, return to the highly reputed Hospiz Alms restaurant where they’ll be offering a special Christmas menu featuring roasted goose as the main course.
Crux Penthouse is available from December 20 – 27.
Self-catered: EURO 28,550.00
Catered: EURO 45,000.00
Let us organise (together with out partner Kando Events) a special afternoon lunch on the mountain with a snow-table picnic where you will be greeted by a butler in a tailcoat with champagne on a silver tray and then guided on skis to your secret dining location with spectacular views. This is an ideal way for a group of friends or family to be exclusively entertained in the incredible mountain setting of Verbier.
Choose to swop your ski boots for some walking shoes and embark on an adventure to St. Christoph. The journey there will take you through an enchanting forest where you may even be lucky enough to spot some of Verbier’s other local residents; marmots.
Envelope your senses in the incredible smell of fresh pine, and the sublime silence found on this hike. As if that is not enough, you will not be disappointed when you reach the top. St. Christoph is famous for having breath-taking views encompassing the length of the valley, and vistas across towards France and Italy. Take in the expansive views or, step inside the traditional Swiss mountain chapel where you can enjoy a few quiet moments of contemplation.
If you haven’t booked your luxury Christmas ski holiday to Verbier, we still have the following fantastic options available from December 20 – 27:
Fully serviced luxury chalet: CHF96,020.00
Food and drink is charged separately at cost plus TVA.
Self-catered – CHF34,400.00
Catered – CHF50,000.00 reduced from CHF56,000.00
Self-catered – CHF18,000.00
Allow our dedicated chauffeurs to drive you to Lech’s most exclusive shops. Enjoy a charming shopping experience looking for beautiful gifts in this sophisticated village atmosphere where there are many luxury boutiques. Invest in the latest designer clothing or meet the experts at Strolz who can offer their advice on the latest ski gear;
Normally these wild native deer are very shy forest dwellers which you seldom get a chance to see. But with the winter set in they venture closer to settled areas and forget their fear of people. Take advantage of expert local knowledge and take a hike to a hide in the forest surrounding Lech, from which to take shelter and observe the wildlife first hand.
We have availability in our brand new Nidus Residence from December 20 – 27.
Self-catered: EURO 28,360.00
Self-catered: EURO 26,600.00
After you have finished your day of skiing on the fantastic pistes of the Méribel, Val d’Isère and Les 3 Vallées, why not try your hand at the adrenalin-packed activity of driving a 500cc two seater snowmobile. Whether you are a beginner or you have experience you will receive expert instruction and tuition so that you can quickly get to grips with handling the machine and enjoying the buzz and adrenalin of being in control of these ‘snow motorbikes’ on a moonlit evening.
We currently still have Chalet Valentine available from December 20 – 27.
Self-catered: EURO 39,500.00
Catered: EURO 57,500.00
In Zermatt, weather permitting, you could ice skate on Christmas day at the Obere Matten outdoor ice rink. Young and old will delight in this classic past time and it’s a fabulous way to spend time together as a family while being active. The rink is located in the centre of the village and the atmosphere never fails to be jovial. Reward yourselves with a festive hot chocolate or a gluwein in one of the cosy cafes on the high street before returning to the lavish comfort of the chalet to indulge in more Christmas cheer.
Chalet McKinley is our exceptional last remaining chalet in the exclusive Seven Heavens development. The chalet is available from December 20 – 27 on a fully serviced basis at a cost of CHF95,000.00
Stay exactly where you are, unwinding in the ultimate luxury of one of the most exquisite, and exclusive private chalets in the world.
Wake up in The Alpine Estate to unparalleled panoramas of Verbier village below and indulge your soul in the breath-taking views of the mountains from your bedroom balcony. Spend the day finding some tranquillity in the magnificent pools (there are two) and relax those aching ski legs with an expert pampering in the privacy of one of the two spas’ four treatment rooms. Then enjoy soaking up some beautiful, winter mountain sun in the hot tub, or keep yourself, family and friends entertained in the games room or cinema.
End your day with friends and family creating lasting memories with a dinning experience, adapted to your tastes and using the finest ingredients, lovingly prepared by one of our five star chefs. Dinner is served in style with the most exquisite and professional service provided by our expert chalet staff.
Whatever your dreams are this Christmas, we have a number of options available for small and large groups, so give us a call and let us help in curating a Christmas that will be remembered for years to come.
Bramble Ski and Haute Montagne operate the finest collection of luxury apartments and chalets in the Alps. With a portfolio of over 75 properties in Switzerland, France and Austria, we are the go-to solution for the ultimate luxury tailored ski holidays. If you are interested in a white Christmas please contact our sales team on [email protected] or call +41 22 534 9774 to discuss your requirements.
We set up our sister company Haute Montagne to cater to the exacting demands of our clients looking for the ultimate chalet holiday experience, expecting the finest luxury properties accompanied by the very best of service levels.
It is not by accident that the Haute Montagne experience has come to be known as superyachts in the snow.
Haute Montagne chalets are among the finest properties available to rent in the ski industry. They are the best properties in resort and are all stand-alone mega-chalets with beautiful furnishings and decadent spa facilities.
You will be looked after by a team of highly trained professionals, each selected for excellence in their field, attention to detail, and discretion.