With the end of the year approaching, the urge to reconnect with the family members and spend some quality time together greatly increases. From grandparents to grandkids, going to the exciting destination helps to bond with your dearest and fill the family album with some precious moments. It’s every child’s dream to wake up into the white Christmas day, but let’s be honest, there is a child in all of us. And holidays in snowy mountains revive that more relaxed, playful, and joyful part in us like nothing else.
If not all the family members are passionate skiers, doesn’t matter. The enchanting Alpine towns and villages, as well as greatly equipped chalets and hotels, offer more than enough opportunities to keep everyone entertained across the generations.
Yes, the vast ski areas of the French Alps are a perfect playground for active families with perfectly maintained pistes to suit highly experienced skiers as well as those taking their first steps on the ski. With the kids occupied by taking lessons on the slopes at ski school, the parents and grandparents can enjoy well-deserved adult-only time together.
However, there is no reason for the non-skiers or snowboarders to feel intimidated. Winter in mountains is about plenty of other activities and winter sports. From fun sledding, through ice-skating, hockey to taking treatment in the spa or swimming in the heated swimming pool with the epic mountain views. Besides that, there is so much to explore. Roam the charming Christmas fairs and let yourself be seduced by the irresistible hot drinks and local delicacies. Or take pleasure from little shopping in beautiful boutiques. Then take the cable car up to the mountain to meet the family for lunch.
The Sun Secret Collection offers the finest luxury chalets in the world’s renowned ski resorts. While there are so many more incredible Alpine towns and villagers, here are at least a few that cannot be overlooked.
The Swiss Alpine mecca of winter sports has twice hosted the Winter Olympic Games. Besides the heavenly good ski conditions, this is the place to indulge modern Alpine lifestyle and fulfill your wildest gourmet dreams in top-class restaurants. Via Serlas is home to the highest outdoor shopping avenue in the world that combines many top luxury boutiques in a small space. The resort’s picturesque narrow streets are home to Patek Philippe, Cartier, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermès, and Valentino as well as to local brands.
A frozen lake of St. Moriz turns into the huge natural ice rink in wintertime and becomes the epic scene to show off your ice skating skills. From sightseeing, don’t miss the visit to the Mauritius Church from around A.D. 1500 with its leaning tower and Segantini Museum.
After the eventful day, the biggest pleasure is to return to the warm, cozy chalet and perhaps, sitting by the fireplace, have even more fun playing board games. Choose the most suitable chalet for your family from our St. Moritz collection here.
French Courchevel, made up of several distinct villages, all at varying altitudes, offers first-class ski conditions as the resort is linked to the largest ski area in the world, Les 3 Vellées. When sliding down snow-covered hills, you get a look at the breathtaking views of the most beautiful peaks in the Alps and get a feeling of grandeur and absolute freedom. Courchevel’s key qualities are comfort and ease with plenty of ski-in/ski-out chalets, luxury hotels and apartments. The abundance of choices is also present in the many restaurants and shops, as well as in rich cultural life: art exhibitions, heritage talks and art galleries guarantee that you and all your family members won’t get bored for a second.
Vall D’Isère is another world-famous French ski resort. Its true magic lies in the fact that it has kept the ambiance of an authentic mountain village. The center of the village is dominated by a Baroque church and a cluster of ancient chalets, built traditionally of stone, wood and slate. Strolling through the village, you will enjoy its welcoming warm atmosphere. The charming cafés attract visitors to sit for a cup or two of their favorite drinks. Similarly like in St. Moritz or Courchevel, Val d’Isére also gives luxury travelers countless opportunities to enjoy both – action and relaxation, to the fullest.