St. Moritz and Zermatt could also be top-of-mind Swiss ski resorts, but Crans-Montana, which sits above the Rhône Valley within the French-speaking canton of Valais, serves up peak pistes and views that stretch from Mont Blanc within the west to the Matterhorn to the east. Relaxed, groomer-rich terrain and an abundance of facilities for young children, including Snow Island, a child zone with a magic carpet lift for beginners, make the resort a magnet for families. The 300 days of sunshine add to the allure.
Beyond skiing, there may be tubing and tobogganing; ice skating and curling on the Ycoor Centre; dog sledding on the Plaine-Morte glacier; snowshoe excursions to the village of Aminona; and, in case you visit over the festive holidays, the Etoile Bella Lui festival of lights offers nightly entertainment and a mile-long illuminated path that winds through the trees.
When the Thai hotel chain Six Senses opens its ski-in, ski-out hotel in February, a shiny, latest brand of hospitality will descend upon this pocket of Switzerland. The posh group, known for wellness programming and a three-to-one staff-to-guest ratio, goals to “bring the surface in” through design evocative of the alpine forest. The Pierre de Vals stone-and-timber lobby, for instance, echoes a grotto beneath a cover of trees with light streaming through glass panels, as it might in nature. The 78 rooms are quietly elegant, with organic bedding, partitions of rough timber and textured plasterwork, oak parquet floors and leather furniture designed by Reda Amalou. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of craggy, snow-kissed vistas.
The spa is the guts of the constructing, with a statement-making sculptural ceiling fashioned of 15,000 wood battens, which reflect within the swimming pool. There are So Sound lounger chairs; Finnish, rock and bio salt saunas; a stretching pod; and a Biohacking Recovery Lounge with treatments involving infrared heat and vibration.
More ideas to embrace the cold:
8 Recent Hotels for Winter Enthusiasts within the U.S. and Europe: Recent and reimagined hotels in Recent England, the Alps and beyond offer stylish accommodations near the snow.
The Quiet Thrill of Winter Wildlife Viewing: In Colorado’s Rockies, birds and other animals stand out against the snow, and even in case you can’t see them, their tracks let you recognize they’re around.
At a Club Med Ski Resort, Learning to Love the Apéro: Will the corporate’s all-inclusive approach work within the North American market? An avid skier puts Québec’s Massif de Charlevoix to the test.
Taking Back the Mountains: Big resorts are crowded, pricey and exclusive. But some skiers and snowboarders are attempting to reclaim their sports by constructing a culture that’s more inclusive and sustainable.
Making the Slopes Fun From Day 1: In the case of designing terrain and the educational experience, resorts have finally began eager about beginners.
Recent Ski Lifts Changing U.S. Slopes This Winter: A flurry of construction at major ski resorts has led to a high variety of notable latest chairlifts and gondolas opening this season.
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