The days are longer. The weather is warmer. There’s still plenty of snow. The benefits of skiing at Easter are truths self-evident. From seasoned mountain goers to first-timers; Easter is the opportune time for skiing or snowboarding, the late season conditions make for a decidedly welcoming trip to the slopes. For those who enjoy a beer after a day on the slopes, the longer hours and consistent sunshine sets the scene for some of the season’s best après ski.
For families, the blue skies and temperate weather mean more time on the piste and less time warming up over a hot chocolate. Non-ski activities like dog-sledding, snowshoeing and sledging action become increasingly attractive and offer new ways for appreciating the unbridled beauty of the mountainside.
Furthering the appeal to families, VIP SKI prides itself on its exceptional childcare service. At VIP SKI, the team of dedicated nannies works tirelessly to ensure the kids are entertained. In fact, so tirelessly that last season the 25 nannies cared for over 600 children.
There were plenty of children to be entertained, with 157 infants and 1,812 children aged between two and twelve years old, taken away on a VIP SKI break last season. The experienced qualified nannies are dedicated and enthusiastic- allowing parents the luxury of free time, safe in the knowledge that the kids are in the best hands. From pyjama parties to snow fun and everything in between, VIP SKI’s committed team are here to help.
When they’re not out showing the kids the delights of a snow holiday, VIP SKI’s nannies are busy devising fun activities to really make it a holiday to remember at Easter.
Easter Availability with Nannies
Piste-side luxury in the heart of the Portes du Soleil
Brand new for the start of the 2018/19 season and located at 1850 meters above sea level in the halcyon alpine ski resort of Avoriaz, Chalet Ossetra offers a more intimate space for smaller parties; accommodating 6-8 guests over three floors. The three en-suite bedrooms can be presented as a twin or double and one room has additional bunk beds (charged at half the adult price). The open-plan living / dining area offers spectacular mountain panoramas combined with the modern-day comfort of a flat-screen TV, comfortable sofas and a contemporary, glass-enclosed fire place. Stepping out of the chalet, guests are 100 metres from the ski school meeting point and have immediate access to the piste.
A seven-night stay at Chalet Ossetra, starting 7 April 2019, costs from £1,819 pp based on two people sharing a room on chalet board basis. Price includes return flights and transfers. Nannies still available this week.
A family retreat at Eden East in Alpe d’Huez
Another addition to VIP SKI’s portfolio for 2018/19, Eden East enjoys a ski-in, ski-out location as well as being just 100 meters from the bars, shops and restaurants of the Fontbelle area of Alpe d’Huez. The large floor to ceiling windows in the main living area as well as both bedrooms open out onto balconies boasting views of the idyllic winter landscape of the French Alps. The chalet’s dedicated host serves up a cooked breakfast, afternoon tea and a three-course evening meal on six nights as well as Champagne and canapés on the guests’ first and last night.
A seven-night stay at Eden East, starting 14 April 2019, costs £1,419 pp based on two people sharing a room on chalet board basis. Price includes return flights and transfers. Nanny availability this week.
Teen families and Adults
Enjoy a family Easter break in Val d’Isère, France at the VIP CLUB Bellevarde
An iconic figure in the VIP SKI chalet portfolio and a fantastic option for big groups and those looking to meet like-minded skiers, VIP CLUB Bellevarde sleeps up to 24 guests across 12 bedrooms. Located on the edge of the Santons piste, guests can step out their ski bindings to find the chalet just a few steps away after a day exploring the one of Europe’s largest ski areas. The striking exterior comprises wood and stone in the traditional Savoyard style. Moving inside the chalet, guests have the chance to socialise in the chalet’s expansive living area. A 42” TV, comfy sofas, twin outdoor hot tubs, indoor pool and spa complex makes for fantastic amenities for relaxing and soothing aching ski muscles. The giant vaulted dining room offers a canapé reception on 6 nights as well as chalet board catering.
A seven-night stay at VIP CLUB Bellevarde, starting 7 April 2019, costs from £1,979 pp based on two people sharing a room on chalet board basis. Price includes return flights from Gatwick and transfers.
Luxury in central Meribel at the Bellacima Lodge
Bellacima Lodge is VIP SKI’s built-to-order flagship chalet in Meribel. A stand out example of a luxury alpine retreat, Bellacima Lodge boasts a lift, cinema, billiard room, hot tub and small counter current swimming pool. The contemporary open fire place and high ceiling of the living room offer a welcoming area to relax after a day exploring the pistes; alternatively, the hot tub on the Lodge’s south facing balcony is equally enticing, boasting stunning views of the Three Valleys ski area. Located in the centre of Meribel, the Bellacima Lodge is just a short walk from exciting nightlife and fantastic restaurants, although the cinema and billiards room mean there’s plenty to keep guests entertained without leaving the chalet.
A seven-night stay at Bellacima Lodge, starting 7 April 2019, costs from £2,049 pp based on two people sharing on a chalet board basis. Price includes return flights and transfers.
Experience indulgent comfort in peace at Chalet Yukon, Meribel
Two-bedroom chalets are rare. Two-bedroom chalets with the aesthetic appeal of Chalet Yukon in Meribel are rarer still. Renovated in the summer of 2017, Chalet Yukon offers contemporary luxury with an exterior that evokes traditional Savoyard style. Despite being just a short walk from the bars and restaurants of the village, the chalet is secluded enough to remain peaceful, allowing guests to appreciate the striking views of the Tarentaise Valley. And what better place from which to appreciate the views than the chalet’s outdoor hot tub; the Easter sun making it evermore inviting. Returning to the interior, VIP SKI’s meticulous attention to detail leads to exceptional comfort and apposite furnishings, whilst the top floor offers uninterrupted panoramic views of the area’s striking natural beauty. Whether small groups of friends are looking for a charming, private retreat or a family in search of convenient luxury accommodation, Chalet Yukon caters to all.
A seven-night stay, starting 14 April 2019, costs from £1,479 pp based on two people sharing a room on chalet board basis. Price includes return flights and transfers.
A high altitude escape in Val d’Isère at Chalet Madrisah
Part of a small, private hamlet draped over the sun-blessed Le Cret overlooking Val d’Isère, Chalet Madrisah typifies the alpine chalet scene. The traditional Savoyard exterior compliments the chalet’s four-bedroom interior, with warming wood panelling and rustic open stone surrounding the open fire place. The decadent dining area extends out onto the terrace, showcasing Val d’Isère’s expansive mountainside. A wet suite with hot tub and sauna, as well as the marble bathrooms, completes the chalet’s luxurious appeal.
A seven-night stay at Chalet Madrisah starting 21 April 2019 costs from £819 pp based on two people sharing a room on chalet board basis. Price includes return flights and transfers.
Enjoy free ski lessons and relax in Aspen Lodge Penthouse Suite 10 in Val d’Isère
Located in the heart of Val d’Isère, the Aspen Lodge Penthouse Suite 10 occupies the top floor of VIP SKI’s Aspen Lodge and sleeps up to eight people across four en suite bathrooms. The interior incorporates modern sophistication with traditional elegance; refined, comfortable furnishings with dark timber scoring the ceiling. Moving to the lodge’s lounge, guests enjoy an open fire, Nintendo Wii, pool table, complimentary internet screens, draft beer and coffee bar and a giant cinema screen for movies and Sky sports. Guests at the Aspen Lodge also benefit from exclusive access to the three on-site hot tubs located at the rear of the property. Aside from its proximity to the slopes and fantastic facilities, the Aspen Lodge Penthouse Suite 10 extends its appeal for Easter by offering free ski lessons to guests starting their stay on the 21 April.
A seven-night stay at Aspen Lodge Penthouse Suite 10, starting 21 April 2019, costs from £929 pp based on two people sharing a room on chalet board basis. Price includes a three-day ski clinic with TDC, return flights and transfers.
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