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Skiing in Europe? Any suggestions:?

Old May 13th, 2003, 04:14 PM
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Skiing in Europe? Any suggestions:?

I've never been skiing in Europe but, it's something my husband and I would like to do this holiday season.

First, does anyone have any suggestions on where to go? We're intermediate skiers and are looking mostly for a romantic, picturesque and luxurious vacation - rather than really difficult slopes and casinos. (Does this mean we should stay away from St. Moritz? ...We made the mistake of going to Cannes and Nice on our honeymoon - and would have preferred to stay somewhere like St. Jean Cap de Ferrat...or Lake Como, Italy.)

Also, I'm AMAZED that EVERYTHING is ALREADY booked! I tried Badrutt's Palace, Suvretta House, Gstaad Palace, Seiler Hotels in Zermatt...everything is packed. Is it worth getting on the waiting list for any of these places? Are there any great spots in Cortina d'Amprezzo?

Any advice would be very much appreciated.

Thanks so much!
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Old May 14th, 2003, 08:24 AM
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Lech, Austria is the place to go! Beautiful little village, not crowded, some great hotels. Try www.lech.at and look at the various hotels. Also check www.skieurope.com for reviews of European ski destinations.
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Old May 14th, 2003, 09:04 AM
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When do you want to go? February is a top month; we book almost a year in advance. I can recommend Megeve in the French Alps very very highly. It's only an hour from Geneva, it has a beautiful village, fantastic skiing, though not many black runs, and great restaurants and hotels. They have a website (megeve.com I think). Look at the Lodge Park, Ferme de Marie, and other hotels that belong to that group. Also Chalet St Georges. There are some fab restaurants both on and off the slopes, the most famous of which is 3 michelin starred Le Ferme de Mon Pere. We have been going to Megeve for 20 years.
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Old May 14th, 2003, 09:20 AM
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You might also consider Davos in Switzerland.
 
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One thing to keep in mind if you are planning on skiing over the XMAS holidays is the elevation of the various European resorts. Some are at fairly low altitude (Cortina, for example), thus making early season snow unreliable. Lech would be a good choice both in terms of snow quality and the town itself, but it books early for the holidays (and many of the nicer hotels have 10 night minimums for the XMAS season). We are trying Courmayeur, Italy this holiday season, which is on the Italian side of Mt. Blanc, not far from Chamonix, France. You may also want to consider Saas Fee in Switzerland which is at high altitude and has a good snow record.
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Old May 14th, 2003, 11:44 AM
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Neil:

I loved Cormayeur! If you get a chance go visit The Gran Paradiso Park!
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Old May 14th, 2003, 12:00 PM
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You should not stay in St. Moritz itself. There are romantic and picturesque villages nearby with luxurious hotels as well.

You should definitely try to stay at Hotel Waldhaus in Sils www.waldhaus-sils.ch Probably booked, I am afraid.

I would stay away from Davos. Not even a romantic village.

I second the votes for Lech, although I did not find it to be very picturesque.

For a VERY romantic and not crowded place try the four star hotels Schlosshotel Chaste in Tarasp (www.relaischateaux.ch/chaste)
and Hotel Paradies in Ftan(www.relaischateaux.ch/hotel_haus_paradies). Both are located in quaint villages in the Lower Engadine/Scuol, about 60 km distance from St. Moritz. The skiing area provides excellent skiing for intermediates and is very snow reliable due to its altitude. See www.scuol.ch
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Old May 14th, 2003, 03:29 PM
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I'll go along with BTilke's recommendation, generally because I prefer the prices in Austria over Switzerland, France or Germany. And Lech's not a bad town, though we only stayed one night. Also, St Anton is nearby (stayed there a week) and the skiing is fantastic. I've also skiied at Bichelbach, just a few miles up the road from Lech, and I loved it.
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Old May 14th, 2003, 04:05 PM
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You are vague, you did not say when, for how many days or weeks. You just tried about the 3 or 4 most expensive hotels in the Swiss Alps. and then you say that everything is booked.
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