Where to stay: Take a Paris – French Alps twin-centre trip
France’s train network offers swift, eco-friendly connections between the country’s capital and first-class mountain resorts, allowing you to experience the rush of world-class skiing and romance of winter in Paris on the same trip.
When it comes to luxury ski accommodation, cast your eyes over Chalet Le Rocher (whole property for around $50,000/week w. chalet board), a shining star among the luxury Sno chalet collection. This 7-bedroom lodge in the village of Val d’Isere has been built with huge windows and vaulted ceilings, then decorated lavishly with chandeliers and cow hides. It has a private bar, indoor pool and cedar hot tub and you get your own gourmet chef, hosts and chauffeur.
Equipment: Slick black is back
Glide down the mountain on the prestige ULTIME skis by Lacroix ($8,500). In black Titanal and Fiberglass, each pair takes a year to be crafted under the care of six specialist suppliers in the French Alps. Top off with Germany based Bogner Sport’s Skihelm Cool ($849), which has a shatter-proof polycarbonate shell, temperature-regulating liner and detachable ear protection.
Outerwear: Must be Moncler
Trends may change but the Italian brand Moncler will always have a solid position at the pinnacle of mountain fashion. For womenswear, wrap up warm in the 3 Moncler Grenoble Orbeillaz jacket ($2,320). This isn’t a season to blend into the background and you’re sure to turn heads with this fringed yellow coat. Tie-dye has made a major comeback this year and you can extend that to your mountain wear with these Azure Casual pants ($1,005). For menswear, make it the classic combination of the 2 Moncler 1952 Valextra Barthet Jacket in Green ($1,825) and 3 Moncler Grenoble overalls in Black ($1,385). The jacket also looks great with denim for when you’re off the slopes.
Footwear: High tech and timeless classic
Walk around your resort in the most stylish snow boots of the season. The ladies Jimmy Choo Voyager II Snow Boot ($1,595) not only looks incredible in Anthracite Metallic Grainy Calf Leather but also comes with an app-controlled heated rubber sole. Gentlemen, go for the Men’s Nordic Collection by Timberland. The 6-inch waterproof boots in Beige Nubuck ($220) are made with premium leather, rubber and PrimaLoft® insulation.