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Advice needed Euro skiing - honeymoon destinations

Discussion in 'Europe' started by tommyd, Jun 10, 2015.

  1. tommyd

    tommyd Hard Yards

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    Partner and I are investigating possibly heading to the snow in Europe Feb 2016 as part of our honeymoon. Very excited as neither of us have been to euorpe before. Were both skiers, but she's probably more of a beginner/intermediate and I'm more on the advanced side. We'd love to go not just for a bit of skiing but for some awesome euro snow atmosphere, maybe stay in a cool chalet etc. Thought I'd put it out there for anyone who can get us started with some suggestions? Both of us are very open location wise and nowhere is off limits at this stage!
     
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    Hey Tommy, welcome!

    First questions are how long are you thinking of going for and how much of that do you want to be skiing?

    The completely obvious first suggestion is Zermatt... challenging stuff for you (including the option to heli), tamer stuff for the Mrs, a very cool pedestrianised village and you could get a room looking straight out at the Matterhorn.

    Racking my brain and from a honeymoon point of view can't think of anywhere that comes close... in fact we spent our honeymoon there! (Albeit in summer)

    How about here??

    http://www.i-escape.com/iglu-dorf-zermatt/overview
     
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  3. tommyd

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    Haha was just taking a look at that one. Looks pretty amazing with the matterhorn and sounds like lots to do aside from skiing, will definitely take a closer look. Thanks for the suggestion

    Also to answer your question probably looking at 5 days but not all skiing. Maybe 2-3 days skiing
     
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    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah definitely Zermatt.
     
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    typo = nuts
     
  7. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    Anywhere quaint quiet and picturesque ........

    I am a more small village for a honeymoon than big ski town kinda guy, something like Claviere
     
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    That definately sounds appealing. Actually we might even be leaning more in this direction, we've already done the big resort scene in Canada and Japan. I see there are a fair few smaller Euro resorts out there - any suggestions?
     
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    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    Serre Chevalier, Claviere, Le Laisinant, Wengen, Innsbruck, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Zell am See

    Nozawa Onsen
     
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    It's your honeymoon and you're spending it in Europe, the occasion alone should ensure you have a good time wherever you decide to go. I'd not try to over-complicate things by searching for the perfect destination, and instead just choose somewhere, go there and enjoy each other's company.
     
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    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    LOL that's pretty much why I said Zermatt. Book there, can't go wrong, no point looking at too many other places!
     
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    Zermatt is awesome.
    For quaint, try Grindelwald.
    Close access to The Eiger and Wengan. I'd go back in a heart beat.
     
  14. Chester

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    IMO the most important considerations are ...

    which country within the Alps would you most like to visit?
    would you prefer a big/famous ski destination, or a smaller, lesser known resort?

    ... the rest should be easy!
     
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    We had a week in Wengen, a week in Zermatt and a week in Paris for our honeymoon.......time for a second honeymoon!

    Wherever you choose, make sure the accommodation is reasonably luxurious, the town won't bother you greatly.
     
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    Another vote for Zermatt...the best mountain restaurants in the world is reason enough. Add to that possibly the most scenic train journey in the world to start your day, atmospheric village of Zermatt....
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Fluhalp, Fluhalp, Fluhalp! :thumbs:
    :cheers:
     
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    Yep, Zermatt.
     
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    Look, I mean its lovely n all, but these days about as intimate as Target on sale day !!!
     
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    Summit Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Most newly weds get intimate in their room, and if they want to feel like they've got the whole place to themselves, there's a hotel or two up the mountain.
     
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    Summit Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Here it is

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    Also plenty of other great mountain restaurants. Enjoying the view so much at Gandegghut at 3,030 metres, can't remember anything about the food !

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  22. Summit

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    From memory you can stay at Fluhalp at about 2,800 metres as long as the altitude doesn't mess up your holiday.
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    I thought only in summer...could be mistaken.
    I will never forget being asked oh so earnestly after our meal "voz it fine?", I only have to repeat that with the accent now and the whole family know exactly what I'm talking about and get transported back to good old memories.

    The other pics...I'm pretty sure it was there that a snowboard got nicked while we were having afternoon drinks. Everyone was made to pile out of the place and claim their gear so they could identify if the board was just misplaced or taken in error (ie one left over). It was gone. The owner was most pissed as he had to download on a stunning day.
     
  24. Summit

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    I recall noticing the rooms when going to the loo. Maybe only backpackers, and probably not fancy enough for newly weds. The best mountain accommodation might be at Riederalp ??? at about 2,200 metres, one of the stops on the train.
     
  25. Summit

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    Riffelalp at 2,211 was the place I was thinking of. Can remember talking to people on the train who were staying there. They were impressed. Plenty of places in the open at Riffelberg at 2,582, but Riffelalp seemed more appealing amongst the trees. Probably great views of town from there.
     
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    When we went a couple of years ago we stayed in a chalet right near here:

    http://www.cervo.ch/hotel_en

    We had some apres drinks a couple of days there, fancy place! Imagine the hotel would be very pricey but sounds like the OP is happy to spend whatever to make it good... it is ski in and then right next to the elevator going down to the funicular (those that have been will know what I mean), and once you catch the elevator down it is a short walk into town.

    For the OP.... on that piste map the main part of town is down near the tourist blue i... if you are up the Matterhorn end you have a pretty long walk to restaurants and stuff for the other half. Also that piste map is very old... you can now ski all the way from one end to the other thanks to the lift from Furi to Riffelberg.
     
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    Lech Lech And Lech
     
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    Very nice, agreed, but compared with Zermatt for a honeymoon?
     
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    ^ yep...sleigh ride with jingle bells!
     
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    In my only hour or two ever spent in Lech I saw one of those things in life that you never forget. These two young adult Poms who'd obviously been born with a silver spoon in their mouths called their parents Mummy and Daddy. Maybe I was just unlucky, but not taking chances by ever going back :D
     
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    that is very romantic .....
     
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    I think that is one of things I loved about Zermatt.... sure it is one of the fanciest places going but it also has bars like The North Wall and has some pretty hardcore terrain about. All vibes seem to be present.

    In the Arlberg it is completely split... Lech for posh and St Anton for hardcore.
     
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    If you don't mind a bit of adventure try the Cedars,Lebanon
     
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    Meh. Zermatt. Gloomy. No sun in town for half the day. Better off over at Crans Montanna. Lovers need sunshine. If you want Swiss.... Jungfrau and Davos/ Klosters or Arosa are the ticket.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone, sounds like some great options out there! Will do a little research over the weekend and see what we think now we have a good starting point.
     
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    If you ONLY ski one place in your life, Zermatt is the place. For a honeymoon I think it would also be a great option. Other places would be in Austria which has quaint down to a fine art. Lech and also the Wilder Kaiser area eg Going, Soll, Sheffau etc. Very very lovely villages. Snow can be a bit average and unreliable, but if the skiing is a bit ordinary then you have other things you can do, being on your honeymoon and all. Another BEAUTIFUL area is the Dolomites in Italy eg Corvara, Cortina. Very beautiful and romantic. You could also visit lovely places like Riva Del Garda on the way there as a bonus. Check out Google images for all of the above suggestions. They will give you an idea of the vibe. If you like the international glam apre disco scene then St Anton is a good option AND the skiing is awesome. (Not much for beginners though.) So many great ski destinations, so little time.
     
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    Megeve is also worth a look. The French do romance pretty well!
     
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    Hi Tommy,

    Just thought I'd add my tuppence into the equation. The Dolomites in Italy are breathtaking and one company specialises in honeymoon / romantic escapes. Might be worth checking these lot out. http://www.dolomitemountains.com/en/other_trips/honeymoon_trips.htm

    Hope you have fun - I'm sure it'll be a memorable trip regardless of where you decide to go