The new luxury lodge transforming this antiquated French ski resort

The Paradiski area is huge and spectacular. Linked to La Plagne in 2003 by the Vanoise Express, it would be impossible, even for good skiers staying in Les Arcs, to get bored there. After a long morning hitting the slopes, we skied until lunch (always a good ploy) before stopping with tired legs for an early afternoon feast at the Folie Douce above Arc 1800 , ending with 10 minutes of energetic ski boot dancing before taking the last elevator to the luxury of Bear Lodge.

The French government has been nervous about letting Britons return to enjoy their beloved mountains this winter, but now that the days are getting longer and sunnier there has never been a better time to enjoy the day.

How to do

Seven nights with VIP skiing (0330 041 5964; at Bear Lodge costs £1,129 pp with two people sharing. The price excludes flights and transfers but VIP offers three free transfers every Sunday from Geneva airport. Flights cost from £23 one way with easyJet (

France’s Covid rules

All arrivals over the age of 12 must present proof of full vaccination and complete a ‘declaration on honour’ stating that they have no symptoms. Unvaccinated children aged 12 to 17 can enter in the company of vaccinated adults with a negative test (LFT 48h before or PCR 72h before) and a declaration form

14 new ski accommodations in Europe and North America

For full details of entry requirements and Covid in-resort rules for your favorite ski destinations, including those below, see Refer to for more travel information.

Ideal for family fun

Hotel RockyPop Flaine, France

This playful hybrid of a four-star hotel and a hostel sits in the center of Flaine, in the Grand Massif. The children’s areas offer karaoke, table tennis and arcade games. For older children, there is a cocktail bar, a food court with a sushi bar and a spa by Nuxe with swimming pool. Accommodation is flexible, with rooms and apartments for everyone, from solo travelers to groups of 10.

To book: From £1,277 pp for seven nights half board including flights and transfers with Crystal Ski (

Ideal for adults only

Goldstuck, Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria

Saalbach is at the helm of Austria’s second-largest ski area, and this season the adults-only Hotel Goldstück is upping the ante when it comes to accommodation. Much is made of its library-cinema with a crackling fire, where reading is carefully curated by a local bookstore. There’s a cocktail bar with an on-site mixologist and a “grab and stay” kitchen serving favorites ranging from dumplings and pasta to curries and ghoulash. Rooms are boldly decorated, with rainfall showers and record players, some with outdoor tubs and private saunas.

To book: From £695 pp for three nights B&B including flights and car hire with Momentum Ski (

Better for the environment

LEN Hotel, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

The new one from LEN, which means “wood” in the local Ladino dialect, is dedicated to environmentally conscious customers. Wood is the mainstay of construction in this 22-room hotel with balconies offering views of the Dolomite ranges of Sorapiss and Croda da Lago. There’s a spa with an infinity pool and a restaurant that serves dishes made from high-quality local and sustainable produce, plus a cafe-bar and speakeasy.

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