I have a cousin who loves Winter sports. He used to spend the first day of the year hitting the slopes in the Pyrenees. I remember that our grandpa always admired him for that. No party, no hangover. Just a nice night of sleep and a fresh start for the New Year all healthy and surrounded by nature. I find it great, don’t you? Not my thing, though ;) But for those of you who are adventurous and sporty, here you have six gorgeous places to welcome 2014 that will be perfect for you.
1. At Hollmenkollen park Hotel you will find Four pole-pushes, a 90-metre ski jump and a Super-G turn for the hotel is placed next to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, which happens to be 417 metres above sea level. I’m sure there you will enjoy the best views of Oslo! The hotel offer activities of every sort, from biathlon (skiing and shooting combined) to snowball throwing. The latter would be my favourite. No doubt.
2. The Fairmont Le Château Montebello is a rustic yet luxurious resort. Its beautiful surroundings offer the possibility of living more than 40 exciting adventures, including horseback riding, cross-country skiing, curling, dogsledding, tubing… I don’t know what those last things are, but if you are like the Sporty spice you should know. And they have a gorgeous Spa. That, I know.
3. The Scandinave Mont Tremblant offers a wonderful ski and spa package, so you will enjoy outdoors and indoors. It’s a win-win. Winter sport enthusiasts will enjoy 95 ski runs serviced by 14 state-of-the-art chairlifts, surrounded by awe-inspiring countryside. An Olympic-calibre super pipe and an endless cross-country trail network also await you at this perfect winter playground.
4. Chalet Gerard is the perfect cosy wooden retreat to relax and practice any kind of sports. Placed in the Dolomites, nestled in the slopes and overlooking the peaks, it has a very renowned restaurant specialized in homemade cuisine. I’ve read that the ravioli di spinaci and the semifreddo al torroncino are amazing. That would make a delicious very first 2014 menu, no?
5. For more exlusive travellers, the Cheval Blanc in Courchevel can be the best option. The ski-in ski-out Cheval Blanc Courchevel offers an unequalled skiing experience. Every day the team at Cheval Blanc meticulously prepares the ski equipment for each guest. Even the Chef prepares a little picnic to take with you. That’s luxury. Here, you can also take a horse-drawn carriage ride to spend a romantic moment in the snow-covered plain or experience ski as an extreme sport with a helicopter drop off on the Italian mountains. Scary for me, but perfect for adrenaline seekers.
6. Surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers and spectacular ocean views, the Alyeska resort is a great door to experience the magnificent Alaskan wilderness. Winter sports enthusiasts will appreciate Alyeska Resort’s 650 inches of average annual snowfall, its 2,500 vertical feet of diverse terrain over 1,610 skiable acres. That’s a lot. But don’t worry, they offer mountain experiences for skiers and riders at all levels. I guess this could be a great place to have my first Ski lessons, don’t you think?