Time to hit the ski slopes

Fancy getting back on the slopes? Margaret Hussey rounds up some of her favourite ski destinations.

New heights

Very much back in business, Alpine favourite Val d’Isère has a wealth of new slope offerings like The Lost Village, an adventure area for all ages, Ice Floating, a new wellness experience from Finland, and Moon Biking on electric bikes. There’s also updated panoramic maps to guide skiers and non-skiers around the French Alps. Nestled in the heart of Val d’Isère’s village is the brand-new Alaska Lodge. Designed as an authentic mountain chalet, it houses six apartments in one single wood and stone building combining mountain style with comfort and modernity.

Rates at Alpine Collection’s Alaska Lodge chalet start from 377€ per night. alpine-lodges.fr/en/development/alaska-lodge

Ice, ice baby

Iceland is for skiers who have been there, done that –  the country offers something different and in some cases, otherworldly. Where else can you ski down to the Arctic Ocean or at nighttime to see the Northern Lights? There’s also cross-country skiing, sport tours and extreme sport experiences. Its unique character is a huge draw, as is the lack of crowds. Why not try a taster three day trip at a mountain hotel in Laugarfell with hot pools, spacious cabins and breathtaking scenery?

Rates at Laugarfell from £225pp including accommodation and meals (flights not included). wilderness.is/is/afthreying/gonguskidahelgi-i-laugarfelli/

Swiss role

Nestled in the Swiss ski resort of Arosa, Hotel Valsana has incredible mountain views, luxurious interiors and green credentials. It was built using local materials and some of its sustainable features include geothermal heating and an ice battery which recycles energy. And if skiing isn’t your thing, there’s also ice fishing and the Girls Yoga Winter Retreat. This two-night break includes yoga classes, guided snowshoe walks and a 150 minute massage in the Valsana spa. Bliss. 

Rooms from CHF 420 based on two adults sharing a room on a B&B basis. Price includes access to the spa. valsana.ch/en

Big in Japan 

Often overlooked as a skiing destination, Japan has so much to offer. Higashiyama Niseko Village is the newest resort in the Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio at the top winter sports destination of Niseko. The resort is a ski-in/ski-out 50-bedroom property that combines high levels of personalised service and the charm of Japan’s local history, culture and cuisine. You can even have a Starlight Sushi On The Slopes experience, where sushi is served on a handcrafted snow table.

Nightly rates at Higashiyama Niseko Village start from JPY 65,000 in the summer season and JPY 120,000 in the winter. ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/japan/higashiyama

License to thrill 

If you’re a James Bond fan, head for Sölden in Austria. The scene in Spectre where James meets Madeleine Swann for the first time was shot here. The Peak Chalets and Apartments is a great place to base yourself. It’s a luxury self-catering option with an idyllic ski-in/ski-out location. You’ve got the privacy of a detached chalet but the feeling of staying in a hotel. There’s also wonderful views of the mountains in this area of the Tyrol.

Ski Solutions offers a seven night stay self-catered at The Peak from £1,175pp, which includes flights and transfers. This price is based on two people sharing. www.skisolutions.com

Norwegian good 

Escape the crowds and make for the lesser-known destination of Norway with its wide open slopes. The modern resort of Myrkdalen, set in a serene region of fjords and frozen lakes, should be at the top of your list. It’s one of the most snow-sure in Europe, meaning you can ski right up until May. With its enviable ski-in/ski-out location, the Myrkdalen Hotel has three on-site restaurants. Après ski activities include sledging and sleigh rides.

Ski Solutions offers seven nights half board at Myrkdalen Hotel from £1,015pp. This price includes accommodation, flights and transfers. www.skisolutions.com