Looking For Your 2023 European Ski Destination?
Skiing holidays are enjoyed for a whole host of reasons, from shredding the slopes and taking in après-ski sessions, to enjoying mid-morning hot chocolate breaks and snowy husky rides. However, here at Blend Group, we also believe that it’s possible to experience world-class cuisine while getting your mountain fix.
With European ski towns and resorts accounting for some of the most beautiful spots on earth, there are few better settings to enjoy Michelin-quality gastronomy than in the snowy wonderlands of France, Italy and Switzerland. To help our valued clients decide where to head this winter, we’ve compiled a few ski destinations that combine exceptional skiing with even better dining options.
We’re starting our tour in one of the largest ski areas in the world, France’s Three Valleys region, which is comprised of 600 km of connected slopes and 180 ski lifts, catering for all abilities. Nestled in the Three Valleys is the renowned ski town of Courchevel, with its upscale boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants. Among our favourite spots is Le 1947 at Cheval Blanc, an intimate fine-dining establishment that boasts three Michelin stars and a regularly updated French-themed menu, providing guests with a refined and contemporary dining experience.
Also in the Three Valleys area is the high-altitude, adrenaline-fuelled resort of Val Thorens. Perfect for extreme skiing and exciting après, there are also several fine-dining options on offer, including the Michelin-starred Les Explorateurs, a globally-influenced classic French steakhouse. Across the valley in Meribel, L’Ekrin restaurant also holds a Michelin star and offers a creative and courageous menu.
Moving into Italy, the resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo sits among the highest peaks in the Dolomites and is regarded as the country’s most sophisticated and luxurious ski town. Being based here, you’ll have access to 12 ski areas, stunning mountain views as far as the eye can see and a town full of luxury amenities, including Graziano Prest’s Michelin-starred Ristorante Tivoli, which specialises in traditional Italian mountain cuisine. Another favourite Italian spot of ours is the charming and quaint ski town San Cassiano, the perfect spot if you’re looking for gentle skiing and a laid-back après scene. St. Hubertus restaurant holds three Michelin stars and is an ideal place to enjoy a magical mountain meal.
We’re ending our whistle-stop tour in one of the world’s most historic luxury ski towns – Austria’s St. Moritz. Sitting at a high elevation and enjoying a large number of sunny days throughout the winter, St. Moritz is an epicentre of bluebird, snow-sure ski days, making it a great destination for your winter getaway. When you’re done on the slopes, there’s an abundance of fine dining options to choose from, including 15 Michelin-starred restaurants. So why not round off your day of cruising in the sun by being blown away by the Peruvian-themed Sunny Bar, the Mediterranean-styled Hide & Seek or our personal favourite Da Vittorio, an award-winning traditional Italian eatery, located inside the stunning Carlton Hotel.
If you’re looking to combine a ski break with some high-end culinary experiences, we urge you to get in touch with us here, so we can put together a bespoke, luxury experience for you. We’ll be able to sort out your skiing and accommodation, book you into the finest restaurants and organise all of your travel, so you can relax in the knowledge that everything is being taken care of.