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Synonymous with old school glamour and historic mountain luxury, St Moritz conjures up images of fur coats, dinner jackets and cigar rooms. After enjoying a long weekend at the iconic 5* Badrutt’s Palace, I realised it was all these things but also much, much more.
After a quick transfer through Zurich Airport and onto the incredibly efficient Swiss Rail network, I settled in for a beautiful journey to St Moritz. Classic Swiss mountain vistas appear at the window only 20 minutes after leaving Zurich and these continue all the way for 3 hours 40 minutes. They say the best things in life take time…
There’s a lot to celebrate in winter 2015/16, with daily news of superb snowfall and conditions in all our featured resorts. Not only is the snow about as good as it could be, but there are plenty of new developments, innovations and skier friendly offers around too. Here’s a short guide to some of the best ski resort news and updates for this season.
Jackson Hole is 50
Winter 2015/16 marks Jackson Hole‘s 50th anniversary. To celebrate, a brand new lift – the Teton Lift – has been installed and it opens up 200 new acres of terrain on the upper mountain. The resort has produced a series of retrospective videos in celebration of this legendary ski resort too. Here’s Episode 1:
News from the 3 Valleys
I’m one of the reservations team here at Ski Independence and we’re lucky to be able to visit the resorts and properties we offer to ensure we have first-hand knowledge and experience to pass on to our clients. I visited St Moritz in April 2014 and thought I’d write a little insider’s guide to let you know what I thought about the resort and the two different ski areas.
Celebrate 150 Years of St Moritz; Timeless Luxury and Vintage Charm
Lots of things get better with age… cheese, wine. Where better to enjoy these two vintage delights than in a truly vintage setting!?
With all the charm of a chocolate box, St Moritz celebrates its 150th winter of snowsports this year! The Polo world cup on the frozen lake, the annual vintage car rally and the stylish, soulful sounds of the blues festival already transport you back in time to the authentic charm and romance of the early days of alpinism. Read the rest of this entry »
Think family skiing and many people may not immediately think of Switzerland – but we say definitely don’t rule it out!
You may be surprised at just how much Switzerland has to offer on a family ski holiday; many of the ‘must-have’s’ are readily available – from quality childcare, interconnecting rooms, family-friendly terrain, family-friendly pricing and plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained. Read on for our top 5 reasons why Switzerland works for family skiing:
1. Plenty of great, family-friendly accommodation
Last October Ski Independence ran a competition in conjunction with fashion and lifestyle brand, White Stuff, for a chance to win a winter break to the luxurious Nira Alpina Hotel in St Moritz. Mark Doherty was the lucky winner and he has very kindly put a few words together about his trip in February.
3 Nights in St Moritz
“Last autumn I entered a competition to win a short skiing break and was lucky enough to win a 3 nights in St Moritz at the Nira Alpina Hotel. All the planning was done by Ski Independence and we flew on Saturday 22nd of Feb from Manchester to Zurich, a just-long-enough 1.45 min flight! From landing in Zurich it was Swiss Rail to St Moritz, 2 changes, a short taxi ride and 4 hours later we were at the hotel for about 2100hrs. A quick shower & change and it was wine & dine time in the hotel’s Stalla Veglia Trattoria. Read the rest of this entry »
What better place to spend Valentine’s Day than in the heart of the mountains? With breathtaking views, generously appointed accommodation and a tempting variety of gourmet dining on offer, fall in love with some of our favourite romantic ski getaways:
Dave from our reservations team was lucky enough to spend a few days in charming St Moritz a couple of weeks ago, and he benefited from plenty of fresh powder – available from the doorstep of his hotel the Nira Alpina – as well as a tour of this unique Swiss ski resort. Read the rest of this entry »