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The Coolest Ski Resorts off the Well Beaten Track

Even for those who are not into skiing, Chamonix, Zermatt and Whistler are familiar names.

But what if you wanted to go off the well worn track – and ski somewhere you may not know of.  Somewhere less predictable and more…cool?

Believe it or not there are some gorgeous hidden gems which offer top notch skiing without the hoards.  Here are our top 3.

Hochkoenig in Austria

This alpine resort offers beautiful extensive tree-lined skiing with awe inspiring sweeping views.  Hochkoenig is the highest mountain in the Berchtesgaden Alps (2,941 meters) around 80 kilometers south of Salzburg.

There are around 120 kilometers of perfect slopes, and as most are mainly intermediate level, it is ideal for mixed groups and families.

For those with stamina wanting to get some miles in, the Konigstour is a 32-kilometer romp over five summits with 6,700 meters of ups and downs.  There is great local cuisine too – hearty Austrian specialties such as roast pork with dumplings and sauerkraut, and delicious pancakes with stewed fruit.

To finish the day you can soak up the last of the sun's rays at one of Hochkoenig's sundowner bars and restaurants - before zipping back home with headlamps on various slopes that stay open until 10 p.m.

Riksgransen (Sweden)

What is not to like about Riksgransen in Sweden?  With midnight sun, northern lights, and bumper snowfall, it is the world's most northerly ski resort.  Although it is 200km into the Arctic Circle it is quite accessible – fly to Kiruna (just 1 hour 30 from Stockholm) it is a 2 hour trip overland from there.

If you leave it until March to visit you will have a great chance of seeing the northern lights and getting a little more daylight than the true winter months when it can be a limiting factor for skiers.  You will find 6 ski lifts, 29 runs and many off-piste runs near to the border with Norway.

There are also nigh on a million acres of heli-skiing for those of a more adventurous nature!

Sweden’s Icehotel is not far from here, and if the snow persists enough into spring you can enjoy skiing in the midnight sun – an experience you will never forget.

Pralognan-la-Vanoise (France)

This is a gem of a resort based around a pretty Savoyard village with a rich mountain culture, splendid alpine views and a modern agenda.

What Pralognan lacks in mileage compared to the nearby megalopolis of Les Trois Vallees, it makes up for in soul.  Hiding at the end of a steep-sided valley under the imposing 3,855-metre Grand Casse, Pralognan is in the heart of the Vanoise National Park.

The compact ski area rises from 1,410 meters to 2,355 meters and offers 26 kilometers of groomed slopes and 12 lifts.  It is also a prime Nordic and ski touring territory onto the Glaciers de la Vanoise.  

Up among the peaks there is a restaurant with rooms – at 2010 metres the Refuge des Balmettes can be reached by a chairlift and offers a cozy retreat.  Very Cool!

For private flights to all of these resorts please contact our charter team on +44(0)20 365 15 665.

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26 November 2018

The Coolest Ski Resorts off the Well Beaten Track

Even for those who are not into skiing, Chamonix, Zermatt and Whistler are familiar names.

But what if you wanted to go off the well worn track – and ski somewhere you may not know of.  Somewhere less predictable and more…cool?

Believe it or not there are some gorgeous hidden gems which offer top notch skiing without the hoards.  Here are our top 3.

Hochkoenig in Austria

This alpine resort offers beautiful extensive tree-lined skiing with awe inspiring sweeping views.  Hochkoenig is the highest mountain in the Berchtesgaden Alps (2,941 meters) around 80 kilometers south of Salzburg.

There are around 120 kilometers of perfect slopes, and as most are mainly intermediate level, it is ideal for mixed groups and families.

For those with stamina wanting to get some miles in, the Konigstour is a 32-kilometer romp over five summits with 6,700 meters of ups and downs.  There is great local cuisine too – hearty Austrian specialties such as roast pork with dumplings and sauerkraut, and delicious pancakes with stewed fruit.

To finish the day you can soak up the last of the sun's rays at one of Hochkoenig's sundowner bars and restaurants - before zipping back home with headlamps on various slopes that stay open until 10 p.m.

Riksgransen (Sweden)

What is not to like about Riksgransen in Sweden?  With midnight sun, northern lights, and bumper snowfall, it is the world's most northerly ski resort.  Although it is 200km into the Arctic Circle it is quite accessible – fly to Kiruna (just 1 hour 30 from Stockholm) it is a 2 hour trip overland from there.

If you leave it until March to visit you will have a great chance of seeing the northern lights and getting a little more daylight than the true winter months when it can be a limiting factor for skiers.  You will find 6 ski lifts, 29 runs and many off-piste runs near to the border with Norway.

There are also nigh on a million acres of heli-skiing for those of a more adventurous nature!

Sweden’s Icehotel is not far from here, and if the snow persists enough into spring you can enjoy skiing in the midnight sun – an experience you will never forget.

Pralognan-la-Vanoise (France)

This is a gem of a resort based around a pretty Savoyard village with a rich mountain culture, splendid alpine views and a modern agenda.

What Pralognan lacks in mileage compared to the nearby megalopolis of Les Trois Vallees, it makes up for in soul.  Hiding at the end of a steep-sided valley under the imposing 3,855-metre Grand Casse, Pralognan is in the heart of the Vanoise National Park.

The compact ski area rises from 1,410 meters to 2,355 meters and offers 26 kilometers of groomed slopes and 12 lifts.  It is also a prime Nordic and ski touring territory onto the Glaciers de la Vanoise.  

Up among the peaks there is a restaurant with rooms – at 2010 metres the Refuge des Balmettes can be reached by a chairlift and offers a cozy retreat.  Very Cool!

For private flights to all of these resorts please contact our charter team on +44(0)20 365 15 665.

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