New Lift for Le Fornet, Val d'Isère

With Le Fornet home to three of our stunning luxury catered chalets and one luxury bed and breakfast chalet, we’re big fans of the area - huge in fact. Le Fornet is where we opened our first luxury catered chalet and where we’ve had the privilege to call home for the last fourteen winters. Hideouts are what we live for and whether you’re nestle along the river or hidden in the the larch forrest, Le Fornet delivers and it’s about to get even better.

Set above 2,700m, Le Fornet is one of the highest villages across the Alps and offers easy access to some of the best skiing in the Val d’Isère Tignes region including the super Pisaillas Glacier at 3,185m. It also has some of the best back country skiing in the region. But the Vallon chair, built in 1983, was always painfully slow, not to mention small and cold. Opening for Winter 24/25, the upgraded Vallon chairlift will whisk skiers and snowboarders to dizzy heights in luxury 10 person cabins with wifi taking just 6.5 minutes.

The Le Fornet area is well know for it’s wildlife and nature lovers will be thrilled to learn that this re-development will remove 30 pylons enabling parts of the mountainside to be returned to it’s natural state. As it follows the existing route to ensure minimal disruption whilst transplanting any protected flowers that grow in the area.

Take a walk on the wild side this winter and join us in Le Fornet.

Skiing with Kids? Our best luxury catered ski chalets in Val d’Isère for families

Travelling with your young and young at heart family members to Val d’Isère this winter is exciting but with so many different ski chalets to choose from it can quickly become a headache. We’ve picked out three of our own luxury catered chalets in Val d’Isère to highlight what makes them favourites when skiing as a family.

Best for Ski School:
Hands down, Chalet Shar Pei is the best Luxury Ski Chalet in Val d’Isère when it comes to getting the VIP skiers of your group to ski school in the morning. Located in a slope side position and with sweeping views of the renowned Le Face and Solaise ski runs, just stumble out the front door and you’re only a few steps away from those all important meeting point flags. And if you wish to ski with private instructors, well they can meet you at the chalet and even help carry skis! Older kids travelling with you? Chalet Shar Pei again ticks all the boxes as the bunk beds are adult sized and with a central village location the late night stumble back is even easier for night owls. Chalet Shar Pei is suitable for groups of up to ten people and prices start from EUR 2700 per person.

Best for the whole family:
It has to be Chalet Calistoga which was also voted one of the top 10 best Luxury Ski chalets in Europe by The Telegraph in 2019. There really is something for everyone in this expansive 350sqm stand alone chalet. Boasting two TV snugs, it’s easy to find some quiet time if needed or tuck the little (and not so little) ones up for movie night with hot chocolates and toasted marshmallows. But really, the spa in Chalet Calistoga is the true highlight. Descend down and you’re greeted by a stunning swimming pool and relaxation area; a hit with all family members and plenty of space to partake or spectate. Achy muscles? Indulge in your own private sauna or take a massage in your private massage suite. With five en-suite bedrooms sleeping up to 10 people this really is the perfect chalet for your next large family ski holiday. Prices start from EUR 2800 per person.

Best value for families
Family ski trips are about being together and enjoying those precious holiday moments and memories but it can be expensive; we get it. And that’s why Chalet Grand Sarire remains one of our best selling chalets and being our first ever chalet, is very special to us with so many of our guests having stayed there over the years. Sleeping up to sixteen people and an expansive 350sqm, Chalet Grand Sarire has the largest open living and dining area of our portfolio and is perfect for multi generational ski trips or large groups of friends travelling together with their families. The back garden is a hit with kids wanting to build the all important Snowman whilst you relax on from the hot tub, well positioned to watch with a cool glass of rose in hand. The best bit? Prices start from EUR 1750 per person and include all of the fabulous Hip Hideouts services.

This winter, get your crew together and bag-ski your favourite spot.

Aesop's Alpine Elegance: Top Ski Trip Essentials For Your Luxury Ski Holiday

It won’t be long until you’re hiding out and seeking the good times with us on your upcoming luxury ski holiday. As excitement builds for long mountain days, it can be easy to forget the importance of showing your skin some TL-Ski amidst the harsh Alpine elements. Come prepared and look forward to being seen in some of the best ski resorts in the Alps. Enter Aesop, the epitome of luxury skincare and one of our brand partners you'll find in our luxury ski chalets. They offer a carefully curated range of products that promise to elevate your ski experience to new heights. So why not add these little luxury skin care gems to your packing list and have the freshest face along with the freshest snow conditions in The Alps this winter.

Protective Facial Lotion SPF 30: Aesop's answer to your ideal companion for your next winter escape, designed to nourish and shield your face from those harmful UV rays. The perfect excuse to sink into the terrace of one of Val d’Isère’s best luxury ski hotels and savour a long lunch at LouLou Airelles.

Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum: Fortify your skin with this indulgent serum enriched with antioxidants and vitamins that rejuvenate and restore, leaving you with a radiant complexion ready for the next day of adventure in the elements.

Ginger Flight Therapy: Travel can be exhausting, but Aesop's Ginger Flight Therapy provides a revitalizing aroma that invigorates the senses. Roll this soothing blend of ginger and lavender onto your pulse points to soothe your soul on the journey up to your luxury hideout.

Rosehip Seed Lip Cream: The biting cold can wreak havoc on delicate lips. The nourishing Rosehip Seed Lip Cream offers deep hydration, ensuring your lips stay soft and supple, ready for another vin chaud to warm you up.

Winter is just around the corner so check in with our team about the rest of our partners and what you can look forward to from your next luxury chalet or hotel stay. Press pause to come and rest with the best this winter.

Our Top Pick Hotels for Luxury Family Ski Holidays

Travelling with your little mountain cubs? We have selected some of our top hotels in the Alps for the perfect family skiing holiday. Step through the door and feel at ‘home from home’ the moment you arrive. We know how important it is to keep the little ones in your tribe content and comfortable when travelling, and we are here to make sure you don’t miss a thing. Feel at ease knowing that we have explored and adored these luxury hotels in the Alps and they are our top picks to keep everyone happy during your family holiday in the mountains.

L’Alpaga: Best for Short Transfer Journeys

Set in the magical resort of Megève, this stylish family hotel is the perfect retreat located just over an hour from Geneva airport. Travelling with children isn’t always easy, but when staying at the beautiful Alpaga hotel you can be on the snow the very day you arrive. With gorgeous family suites available, enjoy your own private space to relax together after an exciting day on the slopes. This fabulous five star hotel in Megéve combines cosy and contemporary design and its elegant feel sets the scene for a relaxing family ski holiday.

Les Barmes de l’Ours: Best for Fussy Eaters

An iconic family hotel in a magical slopeside setting, feel welcome at this luxury hideout in Val d’Isére as soon as you step through the grand entrance, igniting that sweet feeling of excitement for your special week ahead. With a range of spacious family suites and interconnecting rooms available, radiant with panoramic mountain views, there is something to suit all shapes and sizes of the makeup of your group at this luxury hotel in Val d’Isère. If your little ones are fussy eaters; Les Barmes de l’Ours boasts three glorious restaurants and a bespoke children’s menu to cater to each and every taste bud. Rest easy in the evenings with a relaxing apèro by the fire; much needed adult time whilst your children relish in the selection of games available in the supervised kids area. Plus, cherish that often rare family time with an evening or two together in the hotels private bowling alley. Book with us and strike the best suited hotel for you and your family this winter. 

Altapura: Best for Fun and Games

Feel that mountain high with your family at the highest ski resort in Europe, vibrant Val Thorens; because why stay below the clouds when there are blue skies above? Our top pick for families in this radiant resort is at the slopeside Altapura hotel. Their kids club is the best of its kind, with such a variety of actives on offer, including arts and crafts and cooking classes. You’ll be able to ski an extra child-free afternoon or two, totally guilt free. For ski school in the mornings, don’t worry about trying to juggle multiple mini skis and poles but benefit from the ski in, ski out location at this slopeside hotel in Val Thorens and simply glide across the pistes; the cool and calmest family on the slopes.

Les Airelles: Best for Escapism for All The Family

If you are looking for some real luxury and elegant escapism for all the family, look no further. This iconic palace hotel in Val d’Isére knows exactly what’s up to keep smiles beaming across those little (and big) rosy cheeks. This incredible five star hotel in Val d’Isère has its own children's ‘Magical Kingdom’ - need we say more… Magic it really is. Step into this wonderland and let their imagination run wild and free, inspired by panoramic wall art and music & games galore. Travelling with teens? Les Airelles even has a more grown up games room to suit the older children in the group who want to be their cool independent selves. And not forgetting the adults, totally switch off whilst your littlins have a splash around in the unique supervised children’s spa area, so you can really indulge in a peaceful massage or spa treatment. This top hotel in Val d’Isère know that time spent together is important too, so book on their ‘All-In- Escape’ basis and enjoy a mountain activity with the family every day, included in the price of your stay. From dog sledding to ice driving, there is something for everyone and special memories to be made. In the cool of the evening, kick back together in their luxury private cinema. For an incredibly special week in the Alps with your people, Les Airelles has it all.

This winter, let your escape be a real escape. For the littlest in your ski crew right up the family tree to the great grandparents too. We know all the tricks and tips to ensure your trip is free and easy, so those beautiful mountain days can be enjoyed together at your luxury boutique hotel in the French Alps with no bickers or tantrums in sight! Plus, let our concierge space ‘The Hut’ book you into all the best ski schools when you a book a hotel stay with us, and recommend childcare too. Just remember to pack all the toothbrushes... that ones on you. 

Get your skates on for your next luxury ski holiday

With thoughts possibly still on those long summer daze spent soaking up the sunshine, we appreciate that your next luxury ski holiday may seem many months away. However, for the top ski resorts, there is no time like now to secure the all important elements of your next elegant escape. From resting with the best at one of our top luxury chalets in Val d’Isère, to seeking the good times in one of the best hotels in the Alps, as the ski countdown is on and the months slip by, so does availability.

At Hip Hideouts, we are obsessed with service, from securing your next luxury ski holiday, to welcoming you into the warm embrace of your catered chalet. In between, it is time to let the makers and shapers at The Hut, our dedicated virtual concierge space, introduce you to those in the know so that come your next luxury ski holiday, you simply have to check in and hide out.

It is very easy to take transfers for granted but to ensure that you’ll be travelling with the most experienced drivers in the Alps, advanced planning is required. We work with those in the know, those that have called the mountains home for many a year and those that understand each mountain bend like the back of their hand. For an elegant and seamless service, let’s start a conversation today and help you slip into something supremely comfy for your trip to paradise.

Ski Hire
There really is no compromising when it comes to your ski or snowboard equipment. To maximise your favourite days on the mountain, you need to be skiing in the knowledge that your hire has been vetted, selected and fitted with your safety and enjoyment at the forefront of the rental shop’s mind. Whether you choose an in-store fit or have the store come to your door with a fitting in the comfort of your luxury catered chalet, demand is high for the holiday weeks. For in-chalet fits, availability is always incredibly limited so let’s chat about how we can start your next ski holiday the smart way.

Ski Instruction
With your skis or snowboards gracing the boot room walls of your catered ski chalet, why stay below the clouds when there are blue skies above? From Christmas to New Year and into February and onto the wall to wall sunshine of Easter, to fully embrace sleeping in and skiing out, you need to know your instructor is waiting for you. Whether taking you first ski steps or honing your skills, for peak weeks, ski instruction needs booking now before it’s too late. We pride ourselves in making the hottest introductions to the faces and places at the top of their game. To ski savvy, drop us a line.

It is not just your ski plans that need to be in place to soothe your mind, body and soul on your next luxury ski holiday but also the consideration for childcare. For the youngest in your ski crew, it is vital to secure daytime childcare and evening babysitting quicker than you can say TL-Ski. From half days to full days, long lunches slopeside to getting cosy by the fireside, be the ones that others wish they were and start a conversation with us today about your party’s childcare needs.

We’ve got your covered.

The Best Restaurants in Val d’Isère for Fine Dining; the Hip Hideouts’ Way

Whether you're staying in one of our luxury catered ski chalets with a private chef, joining us in a luxury bed & breakfast chalet or prefer the self sufficiency a self catered apartment, there are a few evenings that you’re likely to find yourselves eating out. Let us introduce you to some of the best restaurants in Val d’Isère. We’ve highlighted four of our favourite spaces and most sublime places to excite those all important post-ski taste buds.

Matsuhisa Val d’Isère: For those not in the know already, Nobu arrived with great acclaim to Val d’Isère for Winter 2022/23. Located in arguably one of the best hotel in Val d’Isère, Airelles, relax and enjoy cosy intimate dinners in elegant surroundings and all in a central location. What’s more, after dinner the hotel chauffeurs will drop you wherever you need to go so you can stress less when it comes to getting home. The wagyu tacos were divine and who doesn’t love Nobu’s black cod!

La Table de l’Ours: Having regained their Michelin star this year under chef Antoine Gras, this is a must for winter 2023/24. Located in another of the best hotels in Val d’Isère, Les Barmes de l’Ours, the restaurant was renovated in 2020 offering a tasteful space with elegant food to match. The plates are delicate, well thought out and beautifully crafted with creativity flowing through every mouthful. Expect to be surprised, delighted and excited when you dine here.

L’Altiplano 2.0: Exquisite best describes what you will experience from Riccardo Berto in the beautiful surroundings of Le K2 Chogori, Val d’Isère. If you’ve visited their Courchevel establishment you’ll know that you’re in for a real treat! Transport yourself to the Andes and be guided through a host of sophisticated and fresh Peruvian dishes with one of their elegant tasting menus. We loved the trio of ceviche and the Bao de Cerdo. 1954 bar is the ideal spot for a pre dinner aperitif.

La Luge: Whilst not necessarily ‘fine dining’,La Luge would be our finest dining recommendation for those after a more traditional Savoyard menu in luxury surroundings. Located in the oldest and most popular hotel in Val d’Isère, Le Blizzard, La Luge oozes sophistication and elegance and is the perfect location for a cosy fondue or raclette. Pick from one of their four different fondues or three raclettes and if you’re not too full afterwards be sure to visit Le Blizzard Lounge Bar and David, their head barman and mixologist extraordinaire, for a sublime after dinner espresso martini.

Come hungry this winter and let us help you to expect the unexpected.

Hideout in Val d’Isère for New Year’s Eve; We’ll show you how to Luxury Ski

Skiing at New Year, let’s face it, is expensive…..especially if you want a snow sure resort such as Val d’Isère. But is it worth it? Whether you are checking in to your own luxury catered chalet or checking out the best ski in ski out hotels in Val d’Isère, let us give you the low down of what to expect from a New Year ski trip, the Hip Hideouts’ way. We may be biased but here’s why we think Val d’Isère is the best ski resort to visit for New Year’s Eve.

Skiing and Snowboarding: Val d'Isère has one of the most extensive ski resorts in the world. The lift company has consistently endeavoured to keep ahead of the curve with updating to state of the art telecabines like the Solaise and La Daille, but also more importantly for the New Year skier, the snow production. Val d’Isère’s snow machines are able to cover 70% of the trail area with 40cm of light fluffy snow in just five days. They don't just rely on technology to keep the mountain white. With two snow sure glaciers and the natural steep sides of the main valley. December and January temperatures stay significantly cooler than the surrounding resorts, proving Val d'Isère is one of the best places for a snow sure luxury New Year ski trip.

Torchlight Descent: Let Hip Hideouts take care of your accommodation this winter so that you can witness the breathtaking Torchlight Descent on New Years’ Eve from your very own VIP booth. We have some of the best chalet views and know the top suite-spots in hotels enabling you to sit back, relax and take it all in. From the Torchlight Descent you can expect an elegant and mesmerising display with some of Europe’s best instructors gliding down the mountain in perfect unison carrying flaming torches. Fun for all the family; as the chill of evening sets in, let our team warm your soul with tempting snacks and drinks.

New Year's Eve Celebrations: Whether you choose to celebrate the New Year in the privacy of your own luxury catered chalet or join the rest of the revellers, there is always something for everyone in Val d’Isère. For those wanting a fully immersive experience, follow the lively New Year celebrations from the Front de Neige through to the village centre where you can join the ongoing festivities; expect live music, lots of dancing and an unforgettable atmosphere. As the clock strikes midnight fireworks light up the sky, laser shows cover the mountain landscape and the town is filled with shouts of “bonne année!” all symbolising the start of the year ahead. For the night owls, we’ll get you the best VIP spaces in the house at one of Val d’Isère’s two infamous nightclubs so you can party like its 1999.

New Year’s Eve Dining Out: The restaurant scene in Val d’Isère has always been aspirational and with the introduction of Nobu, Loulou and Le Piaf more recently, foodies really are spoilt for choice. On New Year’s Eve many of Val d'Isère's restaurants host special New Year's Eve events with carefully curated celebratory menus. Expect to be delighted and excited with exquisite culinary experiences, all while enjoying the festive decor and live entertainment that add an extra touch of glamour to New Year’s Eve. Let us show you Val d’Isère’s most elegant spaces and prettiest places.

Helicopter Tours: Elevate your perspective on New Year’s Day and get above the clouds where the sky is blue. Get your crew together and and embark on a scenic helicopter tour that unveils the breathtaking beauty of the Alps from a whole new angle. Soar above Val d’Isère’s snow-capped peaks and take in the breathtaking Vanoise National Park capturing panoramic views that are nothing short of awe-inspiring. This exhilarating experience provides an unforgettable opportunity to immerse yourself in the grandeur of the mountains and witness Val d'Isère's stunning terrain from the sky. A truly memorable start to the New Year.

Energetic Après-Ski Parties: Val d'Isère is renowned for its vibrant après-ski scene, and New Year’s Day celebrations are the next level. Continue the party with a trip to the famous and original La Folie Douce. Let our team secure you a VIP reservation on La Veranda VIP spot so that you can watch the cabaret show in all its glamour. As we know the best things come in pairs, once you’re done, let us take you on to Cocorico where you’ll find some of the best live bands in the Alps so you can sing, dance and air guitar until your heart is content. New Year’s day done the Hip Hideouts’ way.

If you’re waiting for a sign on where to be this New Year’s Eve, this is it. Val d’Isère and our Resort Team awaits your arrival.

Back to School, Ski School. Get the most out of your next Luxury Ski Holiday with expert Ski Tuition

Our dedicated luxury concierge service, ‘The Hut,’ are regularly asked which ski school is best or who to ski with and truth be told, it’s complicated. Whether your preference is for a luxury catered ski chalet or one of the best hotels in the Alps you need to ensure that you have the correct ski tuition in place for everybody. Depending on who is escaping with you from the school playground to our winter playground, we will ensure that you are introduced to the most highly regarded faces who in turn will take you to the most exciting places on the mountain. And with some of our favourite friends already fully booked for Christmas and New Year, it’s time to get moving for Half Term and the Easter holidays.

Whether it be for the young in your group or the young at heart, for any beginners in your party, ski instruction is a must. By entrusting your first ski steps to the dedicated gloved hands of an expert, either with private tuition or small group classes, you’ll have an invaluable foundation for a future love of our favourite sport. The options to choose from though are vast and it can be quite overwhelming so let The Hut take it slowly with you and be the off mountain guide you didn’t know you needed.

Ready. Set. Ski:
For those where the holidays mean escaping that bit further into the embrace of the wilderness, talk to us about how you wish to see your skiing develop. Just as the confines of a classroom have been released, it doesn’t mean you need to feel confined to ski school. From individually focused coaching sessions to transitioning your skiing to the next level, let us shake up your snow globe and fix up your next winter high.

Take a leap:
Quite literally. Let us be the makers and shapers of your next ski holiday as we help you either take the first foray into off-piste or ensure you’re reaching new personal, as well as mountain, heights. Tell us what you are looking to achieve and we’ll have you skiing with the experts. The off-piste guides that we trust with your experience and safety are at the top of their game. They have either grown up in the Alps or have spent years getting to know the intricacies of the mountains, meaning they know those white covered peaks like the back of their hands.

This winter, whatever your ski level, it is time to dream big, discover more and explore further. After-all, this is the type of school we’re all excited to get back to.

Bumping Along: How to Luxury Ski Holiday when Pregnant

Let us be the ones to reassure you that there is no reason to miss out on your next luxury ski holiday if you are pregnant. Whether seeking the good times in one of our luxury Val d’Isère catered ski chalets or one of the best hotels in Val d’Isère, we have you covered. From ski days to spa days and mountain views to banishing the winter blues, rest with the best on your next luxury ski holiday.

The focus for this trip may not be clicking into your skis for first tracks but we can still ensure you’re escaping the world and embracing the wilderness, in the very knowledgable hands of an expert snowshoe guide. Meeting you at your luxury ski chalet, apartment or hotel, your guide will tailor the morning or full day experience entirely to you. As always we will make the hottest introductions to guides that call the valley home and know the mountains like the back of their hands. With an extensive knowledge of local history, a passion for flora and fauna and a background in yoga and meditation, experience a unique perspective to our winter playground.

Back in resort, why stay below the clouds when there are blue skis above? Your catered ski chalet team or luxury hotel concierge, can arrange a pedestrian ski pass, to ensure you experience the same mountain highs as the rest of your crew. We can recommend the best mountain restaurants in the Alps, so come hungry and regroup over a long sun drenched lunch.

For when a little extra TL-Ski is calling, it is time to check in and chill out at a top luxury spa and really spoil yourself. We know the most beautiful places and most relaxing spaces so you can recover from a busy day exploring the mountains. Dip your achy legs into the warmth of jacuzzi bubbles, take the weight off with a calming swim or leave feeling restored and renewed after a bespoke pregnancy massage. Sunkissed bliss.

This is your luxury ski holiday, your way, so it’s time to check in and hide out and take it as slow as your soul desires. Get in touch and let us arrange your next elegant escape.

Celebrating Christmas in Val d’Isère: Activities to Elevate Your Luxury Ski Holiday

Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, Val d’Isère is a luxury ski resort that offers an array of exclusive activities promising to transform your Christmas celebrations into unforgettable memories. Elegantly set against a stunning mountain backdrop, the luxury chalets and best hotels of Val d'Isère promise the ultimate setting for your next luxury festive ski holiday. From exhilarating outdoor adventures to cosy indoor indulgences, here's a guide to the top activities you can enjoy when celebrating Christmas in Val d'Isère.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Val d'Isère has one of the most extensive ski resorts in the world. The lift company has consistently endeavoured to keep ahead of the curve with updating to state of the art telecabines like the Solaise and La Daille, but also more importantly for the Christmas skier, the snow production. Val d’Isère’s snow machines are able to cover 70% of the trail area with 40cm of light fluffy snow in just five days. They don't just rely on technology to keep the mountain white; two snow sure glaciers and the natural steep sides of the main valley mean December temperatures stay significantly cooler than the surrounding resorts proving Val d'Isère is one of the best places for a luxury Christmas ski trip.

Ice Skating

Experience the festive spirit at the outdoor ice skating rink in the centre of Val d'Isère. The twinkling lights, the crisp winter air, and the sound of skates on ice create a magical ambiance. Whether you're a graceful skater or a wobbly beginner, ice skating is a delightful activity for all ages. Don't forget to warm up with a cup of chocolat chaud afterwards.

Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing

Being all together at Christmas time is what makes it special. For those guests seeking slower-paced activities, winter hiking and snowshoeing are perfect options. There are five beautifully carved and prepared walking circuits in and around the village. The Manchet valley is a 3 km loop that follows the valley floor past an offpiste paradise passing the summer stables, the derelict farming village and right up to the waterfall gorge. On your return you can stop for a coffee at the Au Bout Du Monde yurt. If views are what you are looking for then head up to the Lac de l'Ouillette loop. Here you will find a dog walking paradise and families walking off their slumber after Christmas lunch at one of Val d’Isère’s top mountain restaurants, their reason? The spectacular views of the Vanoise high trails and down to the Lac du Chevril.

Dog Sledging

Cherish your inner child this Christmas and embark on an unforgettable snowy dog sledge ride this Christmas; fun for all those over two in your family enjoy. Located in the stunning Manchet Valley, take in the breathtaking views of the Vanoise national park whilst you wait to be greeted by your experienced musher and his pack. Board the sled, cosy up and sit back to let yourself be glided through the snow-covered trails whilst absorbing the beauty of your surroundings and local landscape. Staying in one of our luxury chalets? Let us pack you off with hot cocoa or vin chads for that little extra festive magic.

Festive Markets

What European festive holiday wouldn’t be complete without wandering through a quaint and charming festive market? Take a stroll through the Val d’Isère village soaking up the festive atmosphere; warm up with a vin chaud, savour local cheeses or saucisson and take home a selection of locally handcrafted gifts or artisan products. Throughout the festive period the central village comes alive and these beautiful markets are complimented with carol concerts, ice carvings, live music, shows and general festivities for children and adults to enjoy.

Father Christmas’ Arrival

The arrival of Father Christmas, known as "Père Noël" in French, is a cherished tradition in Val d’Isère that adds an extra layer of joy to the holiday season and takes place on the 24th December. Weather dependent, his arrival can be via helicopter, on a sleigh, or even on skis and is followed by a festive parade through the village. Children will be able to have their faces painted, hand Father Christmas their list or just have a photo taken. Father Christmas' arrival in Val d'Isère adds an enchanting touch to the holiday season, making it a special time for families, children and everyone who gathers to celebrate.

There is no doubt that spending Christmas in Val d'Isère is a magical experience that combines the thrill of winter sports with the warmth of holiday traditions. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation or simply a festive atmosphere, Val d'Isère has something special to offer every traveller. So, embrace the holiday cheer, get in touch and let us help create cherished memories for your party this Christmas.

Hit the suite spot this summer at one of these luxury hotels in the South of France…

Check into a suite at one of these hand picked best Côte d’Azur hotels and fall in love with yourself and your surroundings, because sunshine brings out the best in all of us. Visit the French Riviera and do summer the Hip Hideouts’ way. Our hotel experts are explorers and have checked in and checked out the freshest players in the game, recently partnering with some of the best hotels in the South of France; and here are some of our favourites…

Les Roches Rouges

Making a name for itself with its unique design features and interiors, complemented by a stunning waters’ edge location; this luxury summer hotel has the perfect setting for a relaxing stay on the Côte d’Azur. Perched alongside the ochre-red rocks of the Estérel, there is nothing in sight but the greens and blues of the Mediterranean Sea. Take shade on the arty sundeck, surrounded by luscious pines and the sound of the waves gently splashing into the salt-water pool. Wherever your gaze drifts, the charm of the French Riviera follows…

La Réserve

A well hidden paradise, go back to the arty spirit of the 1950s French Riviera, at the incredible palace hotel, La Réserve Ramatuelle; one of the best hotels in the South of France. Perched between the sky and the sea, come face to face with the Mediterranean from every one of their 23 spacious rooms and suites or treat the whole family to a stay in one of their luxurious terracotta roofed villas. Located a few minutes from the fabled village of St Tropez but far away from any hustle and bustle, switch off in the radiant spa area with an invigorating facial or massage treatment. As far as spas go, it is the very best of its kind. 

Lily of the Valley

Hide away at this exclusive retreat, nestled in the hills overlooking the shores of Ramatuelle. A sanctuary of peace, spend some time in the famous 'Shape Club’ at this unique luxury hotel on the French Riviera, with two heated outdoor swimming pools, a hammam, a sauna, a range of fitness classes and tailor-made treatments set to revive. The famous well-being space at this top Côte d’Azur hotel is shaping a new path for stays of its kind, mastering the art of rejuvenation. Plus, come winter or summer; they’ve got you covered. Open all year round to nourish and nurture, stay a little or a lot and leave feeling better than when you arrived…

After a summer elegant escape? Head this way to find your ultimate suite spot….

The Best Beach Clubs On The French Riviera

For your luxury summer holiday, it’s time to set the scene and be seen at some of the best beach clubs on the French Riviera. A chauffeured drive from your luxury summer villa, Clos Mireille and within striking distance of the best luxury hotels in Ramatuelle, lose yourself to the golden sands and bronzed tans of Plage de Pampelonne. From the serenity of your luxury Provence villa or hotel, immerse yourself in flowing Côtes de Provence rosé, accompanied by platters of the freshest seafood and the ultimate home of summer’s joie de vivre.

Let us introduce you to the coolest faces and hottest places for your next luxury summer holiday, as we welcome you to hideout and seek the good times:

Le Club 55 - for an understated luxurious charm, this is one of the most iconic beach clubs on the French Riviera. As the name hints at, it was in 1955 when a then simple beach hut shot to fame after Brigitte Bardot stared in “And God Created Woman”. Fast forward nearly seven decades and this is on every jet-setter and globe-trotters’ list. Secure one of their signature wooden tables where freshly sourced Provençal dishes are served to the soundtrack of the lapping Mediterranean.

Bagatelle - for those who prefer their rosé more perfectly chilled than the ambience, Bagatelle is known for its sun soaked scene and chic and lively atmosphere. From brunch to golden hour, you are guaranteed that your soul and your taste buds will be inspired.

LouLou - upping the sophistication of the Côte d’Azur yet a few degrees further, this restaurant-come-beach club brings classic elegance to the Riviera. Whether from behind the pages of a Mediterranean led menu, from underneath your Gucci inspired parasol or at the bottom of a Ramatuelle Spritz (or two), it’s time to let the yellow and white striped beachside bring out your best side.

Summer is for drenching your indulgences and we’ll ensure that when the sunshine calls, the South of France is always the answer.

Provence Dreaming? What to Explore from your next luxury summer villa holiday

Nestled in the heart of the enchanting French Riviera, Clos Mireille on the Domaines Ott wine estate serves as the ideal luxury summer villa for exploring the exquisite gems that lie along this quieter, sophisticated stretch of Provence. With a blend of sun-kissed beaches, quaint villages, breathtaking natural beauty and of course, excellent rosé wine, this is the perfect spot to head to for your next luxury summer holiday.

The 54 hectare estate where you will be staying benefits from its own private access to the beautiful place du Pelligrin, but also has its own swimming pool and pétanque court. If you want to explore the local area around the villa, let us be your guide. Here are our recommendations for the best activities nearby to this stunning luxury villa.

The Îles d’Hyères (otherwise known as the Golden Isles for good reason) are the true hidden gems of this area. These three islands, Porquerolles, Port-Cros, and Île du Levant, are just a short boat ride away and offer crystal-clear waters, hidden coves and protected nature reserves; perfect for nature enthusiasts and beach lovers. Feeling active? A marine conservation area surrounds part of the islands and there is an underwater snorkelling park, SUP rentals and also several diving centres if you want to plunge deeper. Porquerolles is often described as having the feel of a small Caribbean Island and also boasts the famous Plage d’Argent often voted as the most beautiful beach in France.

Fort de Brégançon is another beautiful location to visit and one that is etched in history. President Macron’s official summer residence is here and this historic fortress-turned-presidential retreat rests on this small island with stunning views.
For those who love to hike, take a trip to Cap Bénat. This exclusive peninsula provides a haven for coastal trails and secluded beaches. The views are breathtaking and be sure to take swimwear and check out the 500m lagoon at Plage de l’Estagnol.
The nearby hillside village of Bormes-Les-Mimosas is just ten minutes from the villa at Clos Mireille and is a tranquil old Provençal village where you can wander around artist shops, buy local produce at the market or simply escape the heat with an artisanal ice cream and watch the locals battle out on the central pétanque courts.

For those feeling wanting to stay even more local, enjoy a bespoke Domaines Ott wine tasting at the comfort of your own villa. Take on a full tour of the estate including both the fermenting areas and the working areas. Then settle yourself at the pinède, a stunning location overlooking the sea, to try a selection of Domaines Ott wines, all complimented by carefully curated canapés to match each glass.

Rest, relax, recharge and let us show you the real South of France.

Pass the Rosé! It’s time for your Luxury Summer holiday in France

You’ll probably agree that there’s nothing better than sipping a cold glass of Domaines Ott Rosé on La Folie Douce’s terrace, after a bluebird day skiing Val d’Isère, before you head back to your luxury catered chalet where a delightful dinner awaits prepared by your own private chef. Or is there? Our newest hideout, Clos Mireille, sees two unique and iconic brands coming together in Provence and has to be the best place to savour a beautiful glass or two whilst on your luxury summer holiday.

If you don’t know the history of Domaines Ott wine, we’ll take you back to 1896 where Marcel Ott fell in love with Provence, a very easy thing to do. Whilst the area had a long legacy of wine production, it wasn’t until 1930 that Marcel discovered, and fell in love with, stunning Clos Mireille. Built by Benedictine monks in the 18th Century and over looking the sea at La Londe, the vineyard has a perfect microclimate where the vines are cooled by the sea spray and warmed by the dry hillside air, producing exceptional grapes which burst with flavour; giving the wine its uniqueness. In 2004, Domaines Ott joined prestigious Louis Roederer and today, Jean-François Ott is still devoted to this beautiful estate and the love of Clos Mireille by his ancestors.

The wine itself has to be the most iconic Provence Rosé you’re set to come across and is served in luxury venues across the world. With Grenache being the majority grape and giving it the full body texture, Cinsault and Syrah grapes bring softness and fruity roundness respectively. It’s instantly recognisable by its very pale pink colour with tints of gold, orange and even vermilion; reflecting those iconic Provence sunsets. Fresh fruits, citrus aromas and a mineral core make this fabulous and easy drinking rosé the perfect match for those long hazy summer days.

Join us here in Provence and let us show you the delights of the real South of France. Sip, stay, and sip some more… because wine not?

Let’s Introduce You to Some Luxury Friends

As our luxury ski chalets go into hibernation we thought it would be a good time to share a couple of our favourite European hideouts for you to explore this summer. Those lighter, warmer evenings are here and making us crave that hazy heat with a cool glass of rosé.

Having worked winters for Hip Hideouts, the team at 39 Degrees North Mallorca have launched a small, luxury villa company located in the beautiful area of Pollensa, Mallorca. Their dreamy locations offer boutique villas with private staff and a tailored, personal service. Head to the Balearics this summer to be looked after by some of the best in the business. Villa Llenaire sleeps up to six people and is available from 8th - 15th July for €29,000 on a fully catered basis.

Fancy the freedom of staying at sea this summer? Then let us introduce you to Riva 100’ Corsaro, a stunning 30 metre motor yacht, captained by a longstanding and valued guest of Hip Hideouts. Book a charter from St. Tropez to Monaco or two weeks along the beautiful west coast of Corsica. This incredible yacht eats, sleeps and drinks elegance. Cruise along coastlines, explore islands or relax on the sundeck with an apéro. Treat yourself to some water therapy this summer. A seven night stay for ten people in August is €120,000.

For those craving a little more Hip Hideouts in their summer then why not join us in Provence at the stunning Domaines Ott wine estate, a whole 54 hectares of it.Clos Mireille is breathtaking and one of the few properties of this calibre to be located along the shoreline with private beach access. Go on wine tours, visit St. Tropez or charter a boat out to the local islands; we have it all. Sleeping up to 18 guests prices start from €100,000 on a catered basis.

Summertime, sit back and let the good times (and rosé) flow…

Food Glorious Food

For some, ski trips are more about the food than the snow and we are here for you. Val d'Isère has been upping the ante in recent years, with a growing selection of cuisines available on and off the mountain. This winter we are truly spoiled, especially with the new additions of the iconic Nobu Matsuhisa and Paris Society’s restaurant Le Piaf, known for its vibrant fine dining experience that turns into an après-ski soirée. However, for those who like to stay cosy in the evenings or value the privacy of dining in their own luxury chalet, we have it covered. Our chef team this winter has to be one of our strongest yet; all being overseen by the superb Manuel Dias, who joined us this winter as our Executive Chef as “we love to step away from tradition and explore new flavours, cultures and combinations’’.

There are too many leading names of the food world to mention but we have drawn a fantastic team who have worked under chef greats including Heston Blumenthal, Angela Hartnett and Adrian Quetglas. Our chefs hail experiences from the impressive Icelandic and Majorcan food scenes, private cheffed for Sir Elton John and even cooked for Santa and his elves….

Head over to our food page to see more about their experience and get your taste buds ready for the attention they deserve.

Between your knife and fork, magic awaits…

Val d'Isère Welcomes Nobu & Le Piaf...

Shaking up the food scene in Val d’Isère, esteemed Hotel Airelles has two new iconic additions, bringing fresh flavours to you this winter. Never before has Val d'Isère seen such a variety of places to eat and drink, come day or night.

Nobu, famous for his restaurants around the world, has landed at the new hot spot Matsuhisa, in the heart of the hotel itself. Bringing Japanese influenced cuisine to our slopes, with signature dishes such as yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño and mouth watering miso black cod. Enjoy the artistic nature of the dishes amongst the minimalist interiors, complemented by the smooth flavours from their extensive sake menu. All combined with some of the best snow conditions in the Alps, why travel to Japan when we have all the good stuff right on our doorstep? This winter, find your Ikigai.

Japanese cuisine not your thing? Hotel Airelles has you covered. Head over to one of our favourite corners of the resort to be met by sizzling steaks and roaring open fires, with breathtaking views of the Manchet Valley. Le Relais by day transforms to Le Piaf by night, a vibrant new addition to Val d’Isère; set to turn heads and be the words on everyone's lips. Already making its mark in Paris, Megève and Courchevel, join us at this chic restaurant to eat, sip and celebrate as the day turns to dusk…

Self Drive Self Care

Driving to Val d’Isère for winter skiing has become increasing popular over the last couple of years. Here are a few tips from our chalet chauffeur team to help you cruise-control your way through to your luxury mountain hideout. Grab your skis and we'll see you soon!

Toll Booth Tag

It’s definitely worth signing up online so that you can just sail through the toll booths. After all, who carries cash these days?

Places To Stop

If you are driving to your luxury chalet in Val d’Isère from Northern England, you may want to stop for the night in a hotel once you have crossed the channel. Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, just a short hour's drive from Calais, is a lovely little fishing town on the coast. If you are driving from Southern England, it may suit you better to stop overnight once you are further into your journey. You will land in Dijon about six hours into your French miles. This little town is a delight, with some gorgeous boutique hotels and beautiful French cobbled streets. The perfect stop before your ski trip commences.

Snow Chains

If you are coming up to Val d’Isère in snowy conditions, do not forget your snow chains. These are best bought ahead of your journey - do not rely on getting them en route. Halfords sell them from £69.99. If you already have M/S tyres or a four-wheel drive, you should be okay without.

Don’t Miss The Sign

Look out for the blue circular sign with a picture of a tyre with snow chains on. When you see this, you know it is time to pop yours on. It is worth having a practice before you set off.

Mood Music

It’s a long drive to Val d’Isère and we know it can sometimes be tedious. Keep the good vibes going and bring the luxury chalet ambiance into your car. Enjoy the beautiful French countryside passing you by whilst listening to our ‘Après-Ski’ or ‘Ski Fresh Tracks’ Spotify playlists and dream of the good times to come; just a short journey away!

Bon Voyage! See you in the mountains soon….

Dishing it up

It’s no secret that Val d’Isère spoils us with restaurant choices. By day, an array of mountain restaurants keep both palates and dance moves entertained, as long lunches spill over into an infamous après ski scene. By night, Val d’Isère dishes up one of the hottest dining scenes in the Alps, whisking you from Japan to Peru, with a few beautiful stops along the way.

This winter, dine at new heights as Val d’Isère’s Solaise gondola re-opens from 1900 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, allowing refined revelries to continue at Gigi’s restaurant. Italian is always best served with a perfectly poured negroni and a side of live music.

Taking your palate further afield, Le K2 Chogori’s L’Altiplano 2.0 brings you the finest ceviche and Pisco Sours this side of Peru. We recommend settling in and dining out with their extensive tasting menu.

Last but by no means least, bringing it home with La Poya. From intimate and cosy tables to privatised nights, local ingredients are served and celebrated with an acclaimed twist.

As always, we will introduce you to all the right places and the most interesting faces.

New Luxury Ski Chalets in Val d'isere

Looking for a little independence on your luxury ski holiday this winter? Be the first to stay in one of our two new luxury chalets in Val d'Isère, both available on a bed & breakfast basis. Enjoy the perks of staying in a serviced luxury chalet but with the flexibility to write your own script. Each year, Val d’Isère ups the ante, leading the way with the hottest new places to eat, drink and be seen. This winter, why not enjoy some après ski at Cocorico for as long as the mood takes you, and relish in the villages latest new offerings by night. What’s more, both luxury chalets have the addition of an outdoor hot tub, so you can equally take it really slow.

Cala Slopeside! It’s sassy, elegant and on point. Set in one of the most prestigious developments in Val d’Isère and with an excellent ski in and ski out location, Cala Slopeside sleeps up to ten guests in five spacious ensuite bedrooms. With sweeping views over the Bellevarde mountain, you are just a two minute ski to the main ski school meeting point and short walk to the centre of Val d'Isère. This stunning apartment is set over two floors and boasts both a hot tub and a sauna, perfect for settling in and maxing out.

Chalet Loup is hidden, beautiful and cosy; a true hideout in the mountains. Set amongst the most charming part of Val d’Isère, Le Fornet, and at an altitude of 1,950m this chalet is the perfect base to explore Val d’Isère’s ski area, especially the powder stashes of the Grand Vallon. Chalet Loup has five bedrooms split over three floors, all of which are ensuite. There is a bunk room which is perfect for the mini mountain cubs and a beautiful outdoor hot tub, so you can ski back to the door and fall straight in.

This winter, do things your way.


Hip Hideouts first partnered with Patagonia back in 2013. The quality of their clothing is undeniably of the best quality and we aspire to their philosophy; build the best products, cause no unnecessary harm and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. The news over the last week that they have dedicated 100% of their business over to tackling climate change made us all stop in our tracks; quite literally. When a village as beautiful as Val d’Isère is your home you want to do anything you can to preserve it.

For this winter, a number of eco-initiatives have been unveiled in Val d’Isère, including piste bashers which will be powered by hydro-treated vegetable oil fuel. As a fuel this is 100% renewable and reduces CO2 emissions by 90%. There is also the introduction of two electric buses, with the aim to increase this to 15 by 2025.

As for Hip Hideouts, what are we doing in Val d’Isère to help the ongoing climate change issue? We will be welcoming two electric hybrid Land Rover Defenders to our existing fleet this winter season. We will continue to work with ethical and environmentally conscious brands such as Patagonia and we are committing to being 100% single use plastic free across all our chalets by winter 2024/25.

Let’s all do what we can to protect our precious planet.


Undeniably luxurious and undeniably capable. There’s a reason why you see the Hip Hideouts’ chalet chauffeurs driving around Val d’Isère in Land Rovers. Instantly recognisable and demanding of everyone’s attention, our Land Rover fleet ensures you get from A to Ski in style.

New for this winter, in an ever increasing bid for environmental consciousness, we will be welcoming two electric hybrid Land Rover Defenders to Val d’Isère. Whether you wish to ski fresh powder in Le Fornet with friends or ski with family from peak to piste finishing in La Daille, we’ll get you there. Then, after a day’s skiing, whether it is your chalet’s hot tub and swimming pool or Val d’Isère’s renowned après ski scene that calls, you can rely on a silver Land Rover waiting with yours and our names on it.

Powerful, elegant and distinctive, Land Rovers are the kings of Val d’Isère’s roads.


Summer is on the horizon and that means one thing; time for us to share a little more with you about our newest and most exciting project yet, Clos Mireille. Perfectly positioned in the South of France on the Provence coast, our latest hideout has launched and we can offer you a glimpse into the magic that awaits. Our summer villa is set on the stunning 54 hectare Domaines Ott estate. Housing the beautifully restored Bastide you will be surrounded by leafy vineyards and have private access to the peaceful Pellegrin beach. It’s a piece of heaven and we can’t wait to welcome you…..

Bookings are now live for next summer, with four exclusive preview weeks available this August. Spend your summer with us in Provence; your glass of Domaines Ott rosé is waiting at Clos Mireille.


We have some exciting news. Soon our Val d'Isère friends and neighbours Planks Clothing are launching a crowdfunding campaign, giving you the opportunity to invest in Planks and join them on their journey. As many of you that have stayed with us in Val know, they are a super progressive clothing brand founded right here in the village and their venture is picking up speed. They are looking for investment to level up their business and with recent set backs across the clothing market globally due to Covid we think it could be a great time to get involved. Below is a word from Jim, the founder who some of you may know. If you are interested either follow the link below or email us and we can give you a bit more information...

'Since we began selling a few T-shirts and beanies in Val d'Isère, Planks has owed its existence to the support and dedication of the ski community. We've come a long way since then because of people like you, who see what we see, who love what we love, and who value all the greatness that skiing offers the mind, body, and soul.

There are now thousands of Planks customers worldwide. Together, we've been on a recycling mission, turning more than 1.5M waste plastic bottles into rider-driven outerwear. And, through our partnerships with Snowcamp, Protect Our Winters, and One Tree at a Time, we continue to create positive change through our community.

With the pent-up demand of millions of skiers returning to the mountains and a clear growth strategy, we are ready to take it to the next level. As part of our extended family, I'm stoked to invite you to join the movement and invest in Planks.

There is a limit to the amount that can be invested, and we don't want you to miss out. So, please pre-register today and you'll be given exclusive priority access to the crowdfunding page, ahead of the crowd. The last ten years have been amazing, but this is just the beginning.
Peace, love & powder turns,


For more info Email

New This Winter - The Wild Nest

Imagine waking up and being totally immersed in the mountain landscape. No one else around, nothing obstructing the view. Just you, the mountains and the hazy sunrise creeping up behind the peaks. Well, our friends at Evolution2 have taken escapism to new levels and this experience is now at your fingertips. We are giving you the first glance, so you can embrace the mountains like no one has before.
Welcome to The Wild Nest.
As the sun sets and blue turns to black, if you are lucky enough to have a clear night, the stars will appear by their thousands. A cloudy night brings its own charm and often delivers a fresh blanket of snow around the nest. Equipped with everything you need for a unique stay, the nest offers you boutique glamping¦ mountain style! Expect a warming three course Savoyard dinner with a view of Vanoise National Park all to yourselves. Complete with superior selected wines, chosen for you by Michelin starred chef Jean Michel Bouvier, the man behind Le Panoramic. With an opaque front, you can wrap up in your duvet and let the wind outside sing you to sleep. The following morning, wake up to the sun rising over the French-Italian border and a hearty breakfast served to you by your mountain guide. The descent is easy, fresh first tracks as you are safely led back to resort.

If you're feeling extra adventurous, in addition to your stay, during the 400m altitude ascent from Tignes you will have the option to experience ice floating; a new relaxation experience brought to the Alps from Finland. Wearing a dry suit you will be free to float in the icy waters of the frozen lake, offering a new sensory experience giving you a wild sense of well-being.You will also have the opportunity to meet the polar adventurer Alba Michon and hear about his incredible 45-day expedition to the geographical North Pole.

Following a year of holding back, it is time to embark on new adventures. Perhaps you want to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary? Well, do something extraordinary, step out of your comfort zone; and into the high altitude Wild Nest.

Get in touch for prices and availability to give your elegant escape some mountain edge...


Social distancing..until this year I don't think we really understood what this phrase meant, however now we are all too familiar with these dreaded two words. However, SD doesn't need to be restrictive to your ski holiday this winter, here's why.

This winter is looking like it will finally get off the ground in January once the Christmas rush is over. Being one of the most international resorts in the Alps and famed for our après ski party scene, it was always likely we were going to be touched by the coronavirus. Fortunately, a young population and mainly healthy people has meant there has not been any serious problems in the resort. As we look forward to January and the opening of the lifts, things may look a little different for this winter anyway. Here's what you might see this winter.

Social distancing and mask wearing has been good practice over the last few months and Val d'Isère is certainly at the forefront when complying to regulations so you can expect this to be the norm both inside and on the main streets. The ski lifts will be operating normally but perhaps with less uphill capacity. Whilst we have lots of state of the art modern telecabines, we also have many chairlifts which provide ample security. Skiing is what we love and I don't think we will see a great difference to how people behave on the mountain and in the village to normal but we might find that the bars and restaurants are required to house fewer people. The ski bus may be a bit of a bottle neck for skiers with reduced numbers being allowed on board but we may also see a more frequent schedule.

What are the hacks for getting away this winter to Val d'Isère? If you like a gamble then this winter could be truly a unique opportunity to experience the mountain like never before, untouched powder, silent valleys and memorable descents. Reserving a chalet before the restrictions are fully lifted may see you getting a high spec luxury chalet with that indoor heated pool you had always dreamt of at a fraction of its usual rates. The key to avoiding disruption this winter is to reserve a holiday with as few moving parts as possible, private transport to the slopes, private chef in your chalet and private team who are exclusively yours looking after you during your stay. Private jet to resort might only be for the exclusive few but self driving to resort has never been easier, paperless checkins, no contact at borders and a warm underground parking garage waiting for you when you arrive. We will even have the cocktails ready for when you come upstairs!

The good olde days will return and we will be back singing and dancing at Cocorico's after a day on the mountain, but this winter we may need to focus on our skiing, our tans and our cocktails on our chalet terrace as the moon comes could be worse.

Follow the link below to see what offers we have on this winter.

A Collection of Cocktails..

Whether you are staying in a chalet or hotel, it is always nice to know the best drinking spots to escape for a quick early evening apéro. Our concierge team live in Val d'Isère, and have worked hard to sample all of the best cocktails in town, for research purposes of course! It is always wise to book ahead, so leave it to our team to get you the best seats in the house. This winter it is time to treat yourself to make up for all those Friday nights spent on the sofa instead of sipping your Soho mule, so here is our Val d'Isère cocktail menu to get you in the mood...

Classic Hendrix Gin and Tonic at Le Blizzard
Not just any gin and tonic; Le Blizzard's version will immerse you in cosy sophistication, served with lashings of refreshing cucumber and their staple creamy Italian green olives on the side. Sink into the incredibly comfy sofas, and embrace the wholesome contentment that comes with!

Zingy Americano at Le Yule
The aesthetic attention is evident at Le Yule. Think curled orange peel, bamboo straw, chunky ice-cubes clinking against your weighty crystal glass with a luminous shade of burnt orange gleaming through the cracks. This sweet and sour cocktail will ignite your senses and perk you up for an evening of food and festivities!

Smoked Margarita at La Baraque
A go-to spot for a vibrant atmosphere, with incredible live music every night! For a margarita with a twist, try their smoked one with the feisty addition of Maestro Dobel Humito Tequila. But be careful, they are very more-ish!

Punchy Espresso Martini at Les Barmes de l'Ors
Need a little pick me up pre or post dinner? Well Les Barmes de l'Ors will have a punchy espresso martini waiting for you. Served in an elegant martini glass, this classic cocktail is the epitome of a classy caffeine kick. It will be just what you need after indulging in the incredible Michelin star tasting menu on offer at the hotel's atmospheric restaurant.

Aperol Spritz at Coins Des Amis
Fancy soaking up some of the French atmosphere? "Chez Jules" offers a relaxed sociable setting, popular with locals! Wrap up warm to soak up the atmospheric old-town from their outdoor terrace. Their generous serving of Aperol certainly has a kick to it to keep you warm!

Something New at Le K2 Chogori
New this winter, a trip to Le K2 Chogori's cocktail bar, Le 1954 bar, is an absolute must, and we will be the first in line. In tribute to the first expedition to reach the summit of K2, the bar invites you to taste innovative per-dinner cocktails orchestrated by the brilliant bartenders. The artfully made fruity cocktails will be served in their Peruvian themed cocktail glasses, taking you on a journey from Alps to Andes with every sip!

Fleur Grise at your Hip Hideouts Chalet
A Hip Hideouts special, collaborated and refined by our team of talented hosts; and ready to be served in the comfort of your own private chalet. Whilst you relax in front of the roaring fire, let the refreshing and sophisticated mix of St. Germain elderflower liquor infused with icy earl-grey tea tickle your taste buds, ready for an evening of delicious cuisine prepared by your private chalet chef.. just perfect!

Thirsty, anyone?

This too shall pass!

As France, the UK and many of our other European friends press pause, the mountains continue to do their beautiful thing and wait patiently for you to return. We've seen some fantastic early season snowfall and ski conditions on the Tignes Glacier have been superb. Winter 2020/21 is setting up to be another fantastic season of ski conditions here in Val d'Isère.

During these times we recognise that it's hard to plan but it's also important to remember that this too shall pass! It won't be long before we can all be together again enjoying those thrilling first tracks of your holiday. We continue to remain flexible with our booking conditions and invite you to contemplate the joys of spring skiing, here in Val d'Isère.

Time for some TLC - our Spa top picks!

Val d'Isère has some beautiful spas to choose from. All with distinctive luxurious features, there is something for everyone. Perhaps you want to take a mid-week ski break to rest and rejuvenate. Or maybe you're a non-skier and simply want to take a day to yourself to relax. These spas will help you to do exactly that. Here are some of our favourites and why we love them!

Something Unique | Le Blizzard
On a gorgeous bluebird spring day, Le Blizzard's outdoor pool is hard to beat. Its exquisite location over looking over the mountains of Val d'Isère makes the whole experience wonderfully surreal. Step inside for sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and a selection of gorgeous treatments on offer using beautiful Clarins products. The gym is also appealing with its light and airy aesthetic, offering a variety of high-performance equipment as well as a fitness studio, with yoga and pilates classes on offer every morning for hotel guests. All a perfect combination for healing and nourishment, don't you agree?

Mountain Views | Le Yule Hotel & Spa
There is just something very special about being warm and cosy whilst staring out at those powerful mountains! Well, Le Yule's five-star spa will give you exactly that experience. With its luxurious indoor pool, hamman, Jacuzzi, sauna and zen lounge, the spa has huge glass windows beaming out onto the snowy landscape of Val d'Isère. Custom massages are on offer for a sensory escape, immersing you in beautiful fragrances from the Nuxe products. You will be left with a singular feeling of wellbeing.

For Everyone | Avenue Lodge
Cosy and decadent, the spa is set underground with all black interior, featuring a roaring glass fire place in the middle. With antler chandeliers, the contemporary yet alpine atmosphere is the perfect composition for a relaxing mountain spa experience. Featuring an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, two saunas, powerful large steam room, and gorgeous herbal fruit tea station to ignite all of your senses. Treatment rooms with a variety of apres-ski massage variations available, the wellness spa will heal your body and soul! At very reasonable prices this one is great for everyone.

New to Val d'Isère this winter...

We are proud to introduce a new and exciting hotel to our exclusive portfolio arriving to Val d'Isère this winter, Le K2 Chogori, bringing a fresh new offering to the resort through the innovative Tibetan design and embodiments of understated luxury and sophistication.

As part of the impressive K2 Collections hotel group that are very well known across the Alps for their attention to detail and high standards of the finest levels of service, Le K2 Chogori is one not to be missed! The central location will give you instant access to the resorts actives and is just a short walk to ski school in the mornings. This boutique hotel features just three suites and twenty-one rooms, all of which can be doubled up if you want something bigger. With panoramic mountain views and a charming setting just across from the beautiful church of Saint Bernard, the central location is enriched in history; exclusive yet convenient.

Their unique Peruvian restaurant offers something refreshing and new to Val d'Isère transporting you from the Alps to Andes through your dining journey. Love a Cocktail? Relax and indulge in the cosy velvety Le 1954 cocktail bar that charms every new guest that discovers it. Artfully made tropical cocktails are their speciality. Their 'Goji spa' features a beautiful twelve metre infinity pool specifically designed for post exercise recovery via hydrotherapy. Propel yourself into a feeling of wellbeing with their Jacuzzi, hammam and tranquil relaxation areas. And if that's not enough, the hotel also offers its own chic ski boutique giving you premium access to high-tech equipment and a beautiful collection of top-of-the-range mountain clothing.

We have no doubt that Le K2 Chogori will be the place to stay in Val d'Isère this winter. If you want to be the first to stay we can make sure to secure you the best room and take the stress out of your planning. What's more, we'll meet you when you arrive, help you check in and have your lift passes waiting for you!

Executive Room | Two people | From 600 euros
Suite Comfort | Two people | From 995 euros
Apartment Exclusive | Four people | From 2140 euros

Don't miss out on this exciting new boutique hotel arriving to Val d'Isère!

The Best Table in the House!

It's safe to say that eating out was one of the things missed most in Spring and it's good to know that restaurant and cafe culture is back with full force in France. Favoured restaurants are open once again, welcoming customers back and throughout the glorious summer in France terraces were being enjoyed to the full.

There are however some subtle differences though in the post lockdown hospitality sector. Instead of being met with a warm French welcome, dinners will be welcomed by todays hottest outfit accessory; a cooly designed facemask. Outdoor seating is definitely being maximised and as a results those opting to eat inside have a more spacious and less compact feel to their experience. On the whole, the return to dining experience is overall a lot more hygienic and even more pleasurable after such a long absence.

Turning our attention to winter, a hotly debated, pre ski trip topic, is always where to visit for lunch in Val d'Isere. With so many excellent restaurants to choose from, tough choices always have to be made. Heress a round up of some of the best mountain restaurants in Val d'Isere, all of whom are already excited to welcome back winter travellers.

*Table with a view*
Where: Le Refuge du Solaise
What: The Salad de Solaise is a beautiful, fresh, crunchy and light option for those in need of their vitamin fix after a week of rich food. For the hungry skier after something more decadent then their tender Tomahawk steak oozes flavour and is a delicious lunchtime treat.
Why our staff love it: The view of Val d'Isere is incredible and the design and decor is really cool. We always have excellent feedback from our guests who visit and they love the live music as well. Sean : Insider Knowledge: Karen, the restaurant manager, makes sure that guests are always well looked after and the table at the back on the far left has some of the best views of Val d'Isere.

*Off the Beaten Track*
Where: L'Edelweiss
What: You'll find Tartiflette in almost every restaurant but this isn't any Tartiflette this is L'Edelweiss Tartiflette. It has a rich, creamy interior and tasty crunchy exterior making it the perfect Savoyard refuel after a long morning.
Why our staff love it: It's only accessible via a blue run which makes it a little quieter and more exclusive than some of the other restaurants on the mountain. It's a great option throughout the season; cosy inside on snowy days and a beautiful terrace in Spring. Caroline
Insider Knowledge: Tables are only available to book on the day at 9am. For guests staying in Le Fornet it is a beautiful spot to stop and have an apres on the last run down.

*Best for Non-Skiers*
Where: L'Etincelle
What: With so much to choose from on their menu you will be thoroughly spoilt for choice. Their pizzas are possibly the best on the mountain; full of flavour with generous and tempting toppings. For those craving Frances signature beef tartar this is tender, tasty and not to be missed.
Why our staff love it: It just has everything and is easy for non skiers to get to which makes it very popular. The terrace is beautiful in the sunshine and the views of La Face from inside are excellent so it's a good place throughout the season. We all love their live music in Spring. Richard
Insider Knowledge: If visiting over the Criterium weekend the table by the back window is a perfect spectator spot!

* The did you go to place*
Where: Panoramic
What: Possibly one of the most iconic restaurants in the area, it's hard to single out specific options from their menu as it is all mouth-watering. Their Cuisine Au Feu de Bois or Woodfire Cooking makes everything on it so flavoursome and tender and there is something for almost everyone here. Coupe de Grande Motte is delectable for those with a sweet tooth.
Why our staff love it: The whole experience at Panoramic is luxurious, they even give you slippers when you arrive! Week after week we hear compliments about how good the service is and even their hot chocolate is super special. It's a long way to get to but always well worth it. Jess
Insider Knowledge: Every Thursday they have a gastronomic dinner and torch light decent which forms the longest one in Europe. Jess loved this experience and a highlight was showcasing the meat to you at your table before it was taken away to be cooked. At a very reasonable 70 euros per person it's a fantastic experience.

One of the reasons winter sports lovers visit Val d'Isere time and time again is the excellent restaurant selection both on the mountain and in the village. It really is hard to choose the best and these are just a small selection of what is on offer. A luxury chalet stay with Hip Hideouts comes with full access to a complimentary concierge service so the hardest thing to do is just decide which ones to book. There are, after all, only six lunches.

Cover up or shut up!

2020 has brought us lots of surprises but one thing is for certain, this winter is going to be all about the ski mask. Balaclava, Neck tube or Face mask, whatever you call it we are all going to be wearing one on the mountain when the snow comes. If you haven’t got yours yet then you should check out our Val d’Isère buddies Planks Clothing. Ex-pro skier and Hip Hideouts friend Jim Adlington has come up with a quiver of face coverings that are going to protect you and your friends on the hill this season. Our favourites are the Jungle Palm Bandit Necktube and the Autumn Camo Heist Hinged Balaclava. Visit or head on down to their store opposite the Tourist Office in the centre of the village.

Life After Lockdown!

The clouds are lifting and the sun is starting to shine once again in Val d’Isere. It's been a difficult few months to navigate for everyone, but the support and loyalty we have received from our fantastic guests has been truly precious. Val d’Isere is officially open for summer and our staff are reaping the rewards of life after lockdown. Here is a little insight into resort life now.....

So have things changes in Val d’Isere?  Other than the extra cleaning, precautions and some subtle differences, the ski resort is very much open and as active as ever. The Blizzard Hotel is now re-opening their doors for the summer season, a first in its history. This is Val d’Iseres oldest and most iconic hotel, with its prominent location in the centre of the high street and the heart of the village. With its spacious and tailored facilities, the outdoor swimming pool will also certainly provide another popular option for summer guests; just what’s needed for some, after a mornings skiing on the Piscillas Glacier in Le Fornet. 

The snow quality on the glacier is as good as ever which is always a great indicator for the forthcoming winter fun. With the lifts open since the start of June, this is sure to be busier than usual this summer.

Many bars, restaurants and cafes reopened earlier than usual for dining inside and out, including Le Coin Des Amis; a local hot spot during the winter. If you’ve visited L’Atelier d’Edmond in the past then you will be pleased to know that they have reopened and their apéritifs look as spectacular as ever. Then of course there is the live music, always popular in Val d’Isere, great after a days skiing or hiking to unwind for the evening. 

The question on everyone's lips though is what to expect this winter? Whilst it is hard to fully predict, the opening of Val d’Isere for the summer season has given us some insight into what post lockdown life in a ski resort could look like.

Here are some of the key things to expect:
* Luxury catered chalets and hotels look set to open as normal but with extra cleaning services.
* There could be an increased demand for catered chalets owing to the privacy they offer. 
* It’s likely that restaurants will only take reserved bookings and run at a reduced capacity thus booking lunches and dinners will be even more important. 
* Indoor clubs may also only operate at a reduced capacity or not at all. It is not yet know what will happen for outdoor venues. 
* A reduction in the number of people on cable cars and gondolas which could mean longer wait times during peak periods. 
* Greater demand for private transfers or accommodation with parking spaces as more visitors are likely to self drive. 

Wherever you spend your summer this year it’s safe to say that we will all be enjoying the increased daily freedom and appreciate more than ever the joys that holidays bring. Spending quality time with family and friends has never been more valued. 

Accommodation with Altitude!

Did you catch Kilco Penthouse, Val d’Isere ,in this months edition of Condé Naste Traveller? If not, do not worry as we’ve outlined the lovely review from acclaimed ski journalist Gabriella Le Breton for you. Gabriella writes “With one of the longest seasons in the alps (late November to early May) and one of the worlds best artificial snow programmes, Val d’Isere is about as snow sure as you can get. And, as anyone who’s survived the Folie, Dicks and Cocorico trilogy will know, Val might be trying 80 this year but it sure knows how to party. The cherry on top comes from Hip Hideouts: a small chalet operator with prizes cool pads and unfussy service. Our favourite spot is Chalet Kilco, a designer apartment that’s stumbling distance from the slopes and is run by host couple Christian and chef Giacomo, who treat guests to generous Latin hospitality and deliciously healthy global cuisine.” If you would like to enjoy a stay at Kilco Penthouse, situated in the heart of the Val d’Isere village, combining luxury with fantastic skiing we have limited availability for December and the end of January, February, March and the Easter school holidays. Prices start from £1400pp on a catered basis.

New for Children this Winter in Val d'Isere

If you’re bringing the kids away skiing to Val d’Isere this Christmas, Half Term or Easter, it’s good to know what new things are on offer, especially for the afternoons when they are not in Ski School. You’ll be pleased to hear that there is a new play area called Valkids, situated at the beginner Sunny Ride Piste on the Solaise. It is set up as a miniature ski resort where littles ones can go behind the scenes and learn about different ski resort activities such as snow making and driving a cable car. Suitable for four to ten year olds, they can have lots of fun in the snow whilst also learn more about mountain rescue and piste grooming. Plus it has it’s own stretch of piste with toboggans, deck chairs and picnic tables; a great spot if you wanted somewhere nice to have a more casual lunch.

Benefits of Being Organised When Skiing in Val d'sere

Our exclusive Val d'Isere concierge service is starting to heat up and get busy so we thought it would be helpful to pass on some of their advice when it comes to making arrangements for your forthcoming ski trip in Val d'Isere. It is true that the early bird catches the worm and in the case of skiing, the worm is choice. Val d'Isere is the most popular ski resort in France and as such, if you're planning your trip for Christmas, New Year, Half term, Easter or any of the other school holidays you need to be organised if you want the best options to suit your family. It's only just the start of November and we've only just had the first snow in Val d'Isere but already many of the nanny companies and ski schools are fully booked for the February Half Term school holidays. Easter still has some availability but this is already very limited, especially for the first week of April 2018. The trend for families when booking ski trips for the school holidays tends to be getting everything booked in for the next year almost immediately when returning from holiday. This avoids disappointment and ensures you get the choices you want, often delivering better value for money. So the advice from our concierge team if you're booking anything skiing related in Val d'Isere for Christmas, New Year, Half Term or Easter is to book as early as you can and that way you can cherry pick the best.

New Lifts for Val d'Isere this Winter

With a long and very beautiful summer the teams in Val d'Isere have been hard at work to bring some new and exciting openings for Winter 2018/19. First up is the new Poma gondola which replaces the old four personal telecabines in La Daille. Costing £10m, the new 10 person lift has heated seats and 51 cabins. It's expected that the new capacity will transport 2,800 passengers per hour (almost triple the amount from 933 per hour previously) and halves the journey time to 4mins and 30secs. First of their type in France, they were created by an Italian designer who also works with Maserati and Ferrari. It's now even easier and quicker to get to and from La Folie Douce this winter.
We also see the re-opening of the Teleski des 3000 which has been closed for the last six years. Accessed from the Solaise ski area, Teleski des 3000 is a drag lift which goes to 2960m and enables advanced skiers to reach the Leissières ridge that separates the Solaise ski areas from the Le Fornet ski area and the Pissaillas Glacier. It will be a welcomed addition for accomplished skiers in the Solaise area.

First Snow in Val d'isere! Winter is coming!

First Snow in Val d'isere! Winter is coming!

If you’ve been checking your social media over the last few days you will have noticed lots of photographs from The Alps showing the lovely first snow that has arrived. Val d’Isere didn’t feel that the photographs really did it justice and have put together this alpine video to show the recent snow fall in Le Fornet; click on the above photo to view. Well over a meter of snow fell in Val d’Isere over the weekend and on Monday night, with more arriving later today. If you’ve stayed with Hip Hideouts previously for your skiing holiday you may know that we have four luxury properties in the peaceful Hamlet of Le Fornet, three of which can be seen in this Video. Chalet Vieux Pont and Chalet Rive Gauche are nestled along the river and Chalet Grand Sarire sits just on the edge of the larch forest where you may be able to spot mountain Ibex or Chamois. Hopefully this will get you in the mood for some skiing in Val d’Isere this winter.

Bid for Chalet Arosa and help Save the Rhino

Chalet Arosa - Charity Auction Ends Wednesday What? We have donated a week in our lovely chalet Arosa to the wonderful charity Save the Rhino. Bid now to get yourself and your friends a fantastic holiday at an amazing price in one of our luxury ski chalets in Val d’Isere and all the money goes to saving these amazing animals! Why? At the end of 2015, conservationists' best estimates were that just 30,000 rhinos survive in the wild. Prince William and David Beckham are supporters and now you can be too! How? Visit the save the rhino website and make a bid, there is a minimum bid of £2,000 and the highest bid wins. The value of this holiday is £12,000 When? You must be quick as bidding ends on Wednesday night and the online bids are taken forward to the charity dinner on Thursday in central London

Our flagship chalet is almost ready for this winter

Chalet Daria is sat in one of the most beautiful spots in val d'isere. Positioned at the head of the Manchet Valley you can ski direct to and from this 14 bed luxury property. We are really excited and will be revealing photos in the next few weeks. Expect heated outdoor spaces, double height living and dining areas and a marble swimming pool.

Winter's here!

The Col de Fornet above val d'isere will be closed due to snow this weekend which means the winter is on its way. We are just 7 weeks away from the opening day of the season and it looks like it could be a cold and snowy one.

Love in Val d

Love in Val d'Isere

In 2015 the ski lift company decided to do something completely different to celebrate valentine's day. They transformed the Olympique Gondola lift into a romantic ride for two including champagne, jazz music and nibbles. February is one of the most exciting months of the year to visit val d'isere, where there is always something new happening.

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If it was 1st April...

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Advertising video for Val d

Advertising video for Val d'Isère

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Our full team of chefs is ready for the winter!

As usual, we started recruiting our team of professional chefs before the last season came to an end. At least four of our chefs are returning (yay!) and we now have five new names to add to the list. They bring a wealth of experience from michelin star restaurants in Paris and London. We can't wait for the season to start!

The first Solaise cabins arrive...

The construction of the new Solaise cable car is progressing well and the first cabins have been delivered ahead of schedule. This is the culmination of the biggest infrastructure investment in five years, and keeps Val d'Isère as the premiere ski resort in Europe. The new lifts will move twice the number of people up the mountain and consign ski-school queues to history. Now we just need to wait for winter!

Launching Chalet Daria

We are excited to launch our brand new luxury chalet in the Manchet valley - Chalet Daria. Designed and built by Michel Covarel to our specification, this chalet has everything you could want; unobstructed views of the mountains and valley, direct access to pistes and unrivalled luxury. Add some of the finest food in Val d'Isère, fine wines and relaxed professional service and your holiday is complete. We think you'll rather enjoy it!

New Solaise Lift is taking shape

Val d'Isère has been busy building a brand-new lift on the Solaise during the summer. Almost as soon as the lifts were closed after the last season, engineers started dismantling the two old lifts up the Solaise, and over recent weeks the skies have been buzzing with helicopters delivering and installing the new super-modern lift. With much greater capacity and faster ascent the early-morning queues at the bottom of the Solaise should be a thing of the past. The pressure is on - everything MUST be ready for the first day of winter!