117 days and counting…
It may feel like there’s plenty of time between now and the bells chiming the start of 2017 but we’ll be linking arms and trying to remember anything past the first verse of Auld Lang Syne before you can say Hogmanay.
Without wanting to wish away the autumn, it definitely pays to be organised and sort out your plans for the 31st December. And where better to see in another year than surrounded by mountains and enjoying some of the very best alpine hospitality? Not to mention a New Year’s Day spent on the slopes, where the effects of the night before always seem to be magically banished.
Here’s a few of our favourite resorts to enjoy New Year skiing in Winter 2016/17:
1. Val d’Isère
Val d’Isère is a lively place at the best of times, but the bars and hotels there know how to organise a shindig and it’s wise to pre-book a table if you’d like to indulge in a gala dinner. The stroke of midnight is often celebrated in the centre of the resort where the countdown begins and fireworks mark the start of another year. If you want to continue to celebrate into the wee hours, there are plenty of bars to suit all budgets around the resort to choose from to quench a thirst.
We recommend the following hotels (all of which currently have availability over New Year*): Hotel Aigle des Neiges, Hotel Kandahar, Hotel Avenue Lodge, Hotel Christiania, Hotel le Blizzard and last but not least the Hotel Barmes de l’Ours, which offers a highly memorable Gala Dinner with fireworks and music.
>> All Val d’Isère hotels | Speak to our team of Ski Specialists on 0131 243 8097
Another big-hitter in the realms of après-ski, Verbier, is the perfect spot for NYE celebrations. The resort boasts a vast range of bars and restaurants, all vying for your attention, plus an unofficial party with DJs in the central square. The resort’s fantastic high altitude slopes mean it’s worth getting onto the mountain on New Year’s Day, where the slopes will no doubt be much quieter than usual!
We recommend: with rooms still available* at the Hotel W, Hotel La Cordée des Alpes, Hotel Nevai and Hotel Montpelier, there’s no excuse not to visit Verbier over the 31st – contact us to discuss your requirements and we’ll get your trip organised.
>> All Verbier hotels | Speak to our team of Ski Specialists on 0131 243 8097
Tignes tourist office have collaborated with French radio station, RTL2, to present the ultimate New Year’s Eve party on the edge of the pistes of Tignes Le Lac. Combining rock hits and pop favourites from 11pm with a fireworks spectacle at midnight, the party promises to transform Tignes into the highest dancefloor in Europe!
We recommend: the Hotel Taos & Residence Le Telemark in Tignes Le Lac have, both of which have availability* over the festive period.
>> All Tignes accommodation | Speak to our team of Ski Specialists on 0131 243 8097
4. Val Thorens
Over the last few years Val Thorens has really stepped up its game with a clutch of new 5-star properties gracing its lofty slopes, making it increasingly popular and ensuring an unforgettable New Year’s Eve. A torchlight descent, children’s’ activities and the obligatory fireworks at midnight make it the ideal resort to spend with family and friends.
We recommend: Hotel Pashmina, Hotel & Residence Le Hameau du Kashmir, Hotel Fahrenheit Seven and Hotel Le Koh-I Nor which all still have rooms available* – call us for details!
>> All Val Thorens hotels | Speak to our team of Ski Specialists on 0131 243 8097
If you’re feeling tempted by the prospect of fresh mountain air and the ultimate party atmosphere, sandwiched together by some high altitude skiing, then give us a call and we’ll organise everything for your New Year skiing holiday. All you’ll need to do is work on those New Year’s resolutions!
*Availability is correct at the time of publication, but subject to change.