Another taste of heavenly rush
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If you are looking for a specific type of ski resort to meet your skiing ‘needs’, then read on; co-founder of Powder White and ski industry veteran, Fraser Ewart-White, gives us the inside scoop on his view of the best ski resorts for...
Best Ski Resort for Food Fanatics: Val d’Isere, France
Cheese fondue, classic Bordeaux and chocolate croissants – yes, it’s without a doubt that France is home to some of the world’s best food and wines. Add in great skiing and Val d’Isere is the ideal ski resort for foodies. For a lunch break in the mountains, try L’Edelweiss that has a terrace with dramatic views and a roaring log fire. The specialty dish is hot dog with local diot sausage and pork chop with charcutière sauce. Check in to a chalet close to the main high street, where all the best restaurants are located: Like La Casserole, best for raclette and all the other Savoyard cheese dishes including the best fondue in Val d’Isere. For something a little more up-scale, La Table de I’Ours holds a Michelin Star and is a true gastronomic experience with dishes including scampi roasted with ginger and lime or rack of lamb with sweet potato mash.
Best Ski Resort for First Timers: Courchevel 1650, France
Quintessentially alpine, the village of Courchevel 1650 delivers for beginners on both Savoyarde charm and ski terrain. The quieter end of the Three Valleys has wide sweeping blue runs that lead into the other resorts and even free beginner lifts. Courchevel also offers a daily mini pass to give access to small sections of the ski area for less, meaning you don't have to shell out for a Three Valleys pass when you’re unlikely to make it beyond a couple of runs.
Best Ski Resort for Families: Meribel, France
The vibe is chilled; the ski schools are English speaking and child-friendly and there are acres of pistes linking Meribel to the Three Valleys ski area to suit all levels. There are even electro-magnetic bibs for kids, which attach children securely to chairlifts so they can’t fall off. Chalets in Morel are very convenient with just a short, flat walk to the blue slopes or just a chairlift away from the Altiport ski area for the families who dare to try the blacks.
Powder White Ski Chalets
The choice of ski resort can seem endless, but do not fear, the expert team at Powder White has the answers to all ski dilemmas and more. With over twelve years in the business Powder White know what they’re talking about, no matter what type of skier or boarder you are, they have the answer. All Powder White chalets include daily hot cooked breakfast, afternoon tea, Champagne and canapés, three-course dinner with dinner wines and unlimited house wine. All chalets come complete with free Wi-Fi, iPod docks, laptops and flat screen TV and DVD libraries. Specialising in the French, Austrian and Swiss Alps, the Powder White team pride themselves on offering unparalleled expertise and local knowledge. Since 2003 they have been a ski company with a mission – to un-package the package and bring the fun and flexibility back to the booking experience.
pop trivia: “Another taste of heavenly rush” a line from ‘Breath of Life’ by ‘Florence and the Machine’ from the 2012 soundtrack to ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’.