“The whole ski safari felt
totally hassle-free and
was great fun.”
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SKI SAFARI EXPERIENCE?
I’ve skied in many European and North American resorts but this ski safari was a completely unique, bespoke and incredibly enjoyable experience. Our brilliant ski guide was so patient and relaxed. Coffee stops, meal times and even morning start times were flexible and tailored to the group’s wishes. The ski guide was knowledgeable about every ski resort, always choosing the best routes and mountain restaurants. We were expertly guided and we were also given lots of skiing and mountain tips. Ski passes were supplied for each day, along with piste maps. The whole safari felt hassle-free and was great fun.
WHICH SKI RESORTS DID YOU VISIT?
So many! We skied between 3 countries, skiing in 2 resorts on each of the 4 days. Day 1 we skied from Zermatt (Switzerland) to Cervinia (Italy). Day 2 from La Thuile (Italy) to La Rosiere (France). Days 3 and 4 we skied in France. Day 3 was Val d’Isere and Tigne. Day 4 was Courchevel, Meribel and Saint Martin de Belleville.
WHAT WAS THE SKI SAFARI ACCOMMODATION LIKE?
Our hotels were carefully selected for their location and their quality, with each reflecting the style of the country we were in. Each of the hotels (Zermatt, Aosta, Val d’Isere, Courchevel) were conveniently very well placed for dining out, and the resort hotels were all very conveniently located close to the ski lifts.
HOW DID YOU TRAVEL BETWEEN RESORTS?
The ski safari has it’s own driver in an SUV. Our driver helped with our luggage both in the morning before heading onto the slopes, and at the end of each day. At the end of Day 1, we were driven from Cervinia to Aosta, the principal city of Aosta Valley. On the morning of Day 2, we drove from Aosta to La Thuille (with a lovely ‘Mont Blanc viewpoint’ stop en route). At the end of Day 2 in La Rosiere we drove to Val d’Isere. After touring Val d’Isere and Tignes on Day 3, we drove to Courchevel 1850. And after a final exhilarating day’s skiing in Les 3 Vallées (Courchevel, Meribel, Belleville), we were met by our driver in Saint Martin de Belleville before driving back to Geneva Airport.
DID YOU HIRE EQUIPMENT?
No, I brought my own equipment, but there was a ski rental shop just a few minutes away from hotel in Zermatt where we stayed the night before starting the ski safari.
“The ski safari really was
a skiing and a cultural experience.”
ANY OTHER HIGHLIGHTS?
The ski safari really was a skiing and a cultural experience. So when in Italy we enjoyed an early evening stroll around the historic city of Aosta (followed by a delicious authentic Italian meal in Osteria dell’Oca!). We saw the Zermatt hotel made famous by Tom Hiddleston in ‘The Night Manager’. And in Val d’Isere and Courchevel our ski guide’s friends joined us for skiing and dining which just made it the most authentic experience with true locals!
“The whole safari ran like clockwork
and every aspect was impeccably organised”
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THE SKI SAFARI?
Without a doubt! The whole safari ran like clockwork and every aspect was impeccably organised, from arriving in Zermatt the night before the ski safari (including the electric bus) to the provision of phone chargers. Everything was taken care of. I can’t wait for the next one, possibly earlier in the year, as I wouldn’t be averse to the possibility of some fresh powder off the side of the piste!!!