04 Sep 5 ways to prepare for a luxury Alpine adventure
Here are our 5 ways to prepare for a luxury Alpine adventure.
Originally a military expression, the phrase “Prior planning and preparation prevent piss poor performance” really hits home with us at the moment, while planning this winter’s new trips.
Deep winter tread is essential for a luxury Alpine adventure
During a winter Alpine adventure, the season always has a few storms up her sleeve. Our heavy-duty winter tires keep us safe during these. With a competent driver, warm technical mountain clothes, boots and little luxury added to our adventure, champagne and snacks, we are ready to take the weather on. When you’ve lived in the Alps for most of your life, travelling on icy mountain roads is easy with the correct equipment, and we have never needed snow chains in two decades.
Knowing the exit plan for your adventure.
Preparation is crucial when on skis, such as last season when a guide and I were looking for the exit from a thickly forested off-piste ski area. With a good plan, we know we can get out of tricky situations safely and effectively: something we were thankful for when looking down at the frozen river beside us, thinking we didn’t want to investigate any closer.
New luxury Alpine adventures are forming
We get a tingle of excitement and anticipation for our ski safaris when the higher, already snowy mountain passes are closed off to cars, meaning we need to put our vehicles on the train that tunnels under the mountain to reach the other side. It’s these closed mountain passes that will host our alpine adventures when the time comes.
Planning this winter’s routes
We start exploring for new alpine adventures when it is too early to ski, at this stage; there is just enough snow to get a good feel for what we are looking for. New itineraries always require a few trips to scout the area, to find the routes that other people are not finding, to create the perfect combination of ski distance, charming villages, luxury accommodation, lovely open descents and interesting obstacles such as frozen rivers to cross, to create the perfect day.
A warm welcome
A luxury alpine adventure is nothing without the right hotel: its position, its welcome, and its warming open fireplace. Our newest uber luxury trip, set in picture-perfect surroundings, required tapping into the deep knowledge of a local guru guide and old friend. We’re excited to welcome our first guests of the season to witness the empty off piste, the steam train running through walls of snow. Complete with ski descents that finish literally at the bottom of the valley so that you can jump on the train to the next stop and ski from mountain top to mountain top.
Our new trip will be the ultimate combination of luxury alpine adventure and exploration set to a backdrop of spectacular fairytale scenery and traditional villages, the perfect Swiss experience.
Prior planning and preparation are essential, and somebody’s got to do it. Take your next luxury alpine adventure to the next level – get in touch.
If you are interested in reading about some of our best ski safari’s for inspiration, check out our last blog.
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Warm regards from the mountains,