New in the alps!

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New in the alps!

From summits to valleys, straight downhill at top speed with Travel by Air France for a tour of what's new in the Alps this winter!

New in the alps!

Lunch with a sea view

With an evocative name and a jaw-dropping view, the Panoramique Mer de Glace is the high-altitude restaurant par excellence that enchants mountain lovers in summer and winter alike. The superb terrace with bistro tables and red-chequered tablecloths overlooks a sparkling sea of ice, a glacier hundreds of metres below. The impressive setting is no less grandiose on the inside where the furniture from top designers and the white tiled-walls recall immaculate snowy peaks. Outside in the sun or sheltered from the snow, skiers and hikers will relish the delicious verrines, planchas and slow-cooked dishes, perhaps a caramelised beef cheek or macaroni topped with Beaufort cheese. And lastly, climb up a sweet peak—the famous Mont Blanc dessert whose variation here is all pink with raspberries, a must to build up your energy before going back down in the powder!

Le Panoramique Mer de Glace
Le Montenvers
74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
+33 (0)4 30 05 19 66
www.refuge.terminal-neige.com/en/chamonix-hotel/mont-blanc-montenvers

 

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New in the alps!

A gastronomic feast in an enchanted forest

Named ‘Ursus' in homage to the last species of bears in the Alps, this gastronomic restaurant, though just barely opened, is already becoming a must for all the skiers and fine diners tired of raclettes! Once past the door of the ‘Les Suites du Nevada' hotel, home to this new restaurant in Tignes, you'll enter into an enchanted forest worthy of an Andersen fairy tale. The scene is set with 390 pine tree trunks ‘planted' throughout the space, a tree canopy trompe-l'oeil ceiling, and a soft green carpet, all warmed up with a fire in the hearth. In the kitchen, Clément Bouvier, former sous-chef of the French cook Jean-François Piège, offers a modern and organic menu that will captivate you as much as the scenery. Local Savoyard products are served alongside those from other terroirs. Salsifies are honoured with a Perigord truffle and the trout is perfectly paired with a genepi marinade.

Ursus
Le Val Claret
73320 Tignes
+33 (0) 4 79 41 68 30
www.les-suites-du-nevada.com/cuisine-de-montagne

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New in the alps!

An ancient sport: on your skis and behind a horse!

Joëring is a term that comes from the Norwegian word Skikjøring in Swedish Skijöring, which literally means ‘pulled on skis'. This athletic activity dates to 2500 B.C. when it was part of the daily lives of Scandinavian farmers that found this ingenious way to travel across snowy plateaux. No need to be a horse aficionado or an experienced skier, only the first star in skiing is required to join in. Depending on the age and size of the participant, either a horse or a pony is harnessed in such a way as to pull the skier behind him. The horseback riding centre of Méribel will guide you on a magical promenade at different speeds from trot to gallop with the sound of snow crushing under hooves as you go. The most athletic amongst you may do more than just glide, trying to slalom, go full speed or even to jump!

Cœur Équestre des 3 Vallées
Route de Mottaret
73550 Méribel
+33 (0)4 57 37 17 21
www.coeurequestremeribel.com

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New in the alps!

A luxury mountain hut in Megève

The most anticipated opening of the year! The elegant ski area of Megève has now welcomed this new jewel belonging to the luxury hotel chain of the Four Seasons and Edmond de Rothschild Heritage. In the heart of the Alps, stronghold of the Rothschild family for a century, this hotel in four grand chalets can be found on the slopes of Mont d'Arbois at 1350 metres altitude. Privileged guests can choose to stay in one of 41 rooms and 14 suites, the majority of which have fireplaces and balconies. Back on the slopes, accessible from the entrance of this five-star hotel, skiers will take pleasure in one of the two swimming pools, (indoor and outdoor) before heading to the 900-square metre spa to relax with a facial or a massage. Dinner at the Michelin 2-starred restaurant, “Le 1920”, will be a perfect close to your day before heliskiing at Mont Blanc in the morning.

Four Seasons Megève
Chemin des Follières
74120 Megève
+33 (0)4 50 21 12 11
www.fourseasons.com/en/megeve

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New in the alps!

A four-star hunting cabin

Cosily settled into the Alps near Bern, just above the peaceful village of Saanen, the Huus hides a top design luxury hotel behind a grand mountain chalet façade. The hotel has a view of the peak of Videmanette just above the valley of Gstaad. This renowned village of the international jet set unfolds his golden and malachite colors. This is the fairy-tale setting of the new four-star hotel with 136 rooms, all with a panoramic view of the mountain. The interior reminds you of an elegant hunting cabin, with soft lighting on the tartan bed throws and other designer touches. Other than its charm and comfort, many activities at the Huss are included in its rates. Rafting in the summer and winter snowshoe excursions will please vacationers seeking adventure and novelty.

Huus Gstaad
Schönriedstrasse 74
3792 Gstaad-Saanen
Suisse
+41 33 748 04 04
www.huusgstaad.com/fr