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Megeve Tour De France

Where to watch the Tour de France in the Alps

The Tour de France, arguably the world’s greatest sporting event, has had a fascination with the mountains for more than 100 years. In the third edition of the fledgling sporting event in 1905, the mountains made their first appearance, leading one competitor to call the race organisers ‘murderers’ at the top of one brutal climb.
Fun for all family - Adrenaline rush in Tignes

Top 5 Summer holiday ideas in the Alps

Once the snow melts and reveals an altogether different world, the mountains become a verdant playground, lush and alluring. The contrast from the magical icy white of winter is startling but the summer months are just as wonderful in a completely different way. It’s true that at the highest altitudes, skiing can continue the year
Walk on the wild side - Tour du Mont Blanc

Walk on the wild side - Tour du Mont Blanc

The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is a walking trail in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps, a 180km (112 miles) circuit of Mont Blanc, starting and finishing in Les Houches near Chamonix. The highest point reached by the standard route is 2,584m (8,478ft). Trekkers typically take eleven days to complete the circuit, give or
The world's most popular ski resort

The world's most popular ski resort

Morzine has been named this year’s most popular ski resort destination by the hotel search website Trivago, which has also found France to be the most popular destination for a ski holiday overall. Austria is also popular, boasting six of the top 25 resorts, including St Anton. From a luxury perspective Morzine is on the rise –
Mountain dining with views at Le Signal

Top 6 mountain restaurants in the Alps

One of the joys of a day’s skiing is a well deserved lunch at a restaurant on the mountain. Usually you’ve built up a good appetite and are ready for a re-fuelling stop. I’ve very rarely been disappointed but obviously some establishments are better than others. Here are six of my favourites. Le Signal, Val d’Isere,
Child drinking hot chocolate

3 of the most family friendly luxury ski hotels

If you’re planning to take the kids with you the next time you take a ski vacation, it pays to make sure that you choose accommodation that caters for children. As any parent knows, a bored child is a recipe for disaster if you’re wanting to relax and enjoy yourself. Here are three hotels that
Davo karnicar with skis

The world's longest ski run

Skiing down from the very top of the world’s highest peaks will never catch on in popularity. Why would it? Is it even possible? “Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools”, so said Napolean Bonaparte but as far as I’m aware he never tried skiing. When asked by his
Firework display in Tignes at New Year

Top 3 ski resorts for bringing in the New Year with a bang

New Year celebrations really took off for me the first time I was in Zermatt and experienced an outdoor celebration in a winter wonderland. It all made sense, this was how you were supposed to do it. It had all the elements, enough drink sloshing about to float the Titanic, happy smiling people, a firework
Apres ski at Mooser Wirt St Anton

The Alps' top 5 apres ski spots

One of the great things about skiing is the après ski. It makes sense to not have to go back to your accommodation, get changed and then come out again for a drink or three. With après ski, you can spill into the bar straight off the piste. Many’s the time I meant to stay
Backstage Spa in Zermatt

The top 3 spa retreats in the Alps

When you think about it, water, the giver of life, is the skiers best friend, in many ways. When it’s frozen or in snow form it gives joy to millions of them. After a day on the mountain many of those skiers will wallow in water’s heated and vapourised version, in hot tubs, jacuzzi’s, heated
Glacier Express - Exhilirating-train-ride

Europe's most breathtaking train ride

Switzerland’s, if not Europe’s, most spectacular train ride, the Glacier Express departs the chic and wealthy resort of St Moritz and around seven hours later arrives in Zermatt, perhaps the world’s most complete ski resort. And what a day out it is too. It is a day trip through virgin mountain landscapes, deep gorges, beautiful
Backstage Hotel Zermatt Spa

Top 3 luxury hotels in Zermatt

A lot of people who come to Zermatt for the exceptional skiing and the stunning scenery will choose to stay in a chalet. There’s a lot to be said for staying in a chalet – your own private space, the freedom to choose, come and go when you please, especially if you self-cater. But sometimes
The most luxurious hotel in the Alps

The most luxurious hotel in the Alps

It’s perhaps no surprise that what I consider to be the most luxurious hotel in the Alps is located in Courchevel 1850. In arguably the world’s most affluent ski resort, a resort crammed with some truly outstanding properties, the bar has been set very high. Any newcomer to the resort has to match the existing
Top 3 Summer hikes in the Alps

Top 3 Summer hikes in the Alps

The snow is melting, most resorts are now closed for skiing, only a few resorts can sustain the activity all year round. What am I going to do now that I’ve packed my ski’s away? Well, to be honest there’s a lot to do and see and the Alps provide a superb playground for summer
The top 5 mountain restaurants in Meribel

The top 5 mountain restaurants in Meribel

As Spring rolls in the conditions for alfresco dining in the Alps have never been so perfect. After a couple of hours on the piste the combination of exercise and the refreshing mountain air will find most skiers ready for a spot of lunch or maybe just a coffee on the terrace to recharge for
Europe's 3 most exclusive ski resorts

Europe's 3 most exclusive ski resorts

You don’t have to be a millionaire to ski, you can search out a bargain, have a great week in the snow, it can be done, but in some resorts you’d definitely feel like the kid at the sweetshop window, looking in to a world way beyond your means. If you’re not in the wealthy