Winter sports and resorts
With three weeks to go before Valentine’s Day, you still have time to arrange a romantic winter getaway for two…
February. A non-event of a month here in England, with the extra pressure of Valentine’s Day sat menacingly at its heart. But you can woo your beloved with a trip to the Alps: picturesque villages, twinkly starlit skies, cosy restaurants... and already more snow in some resorts than there was in the whole of last season. Hannah Engelkamp of MadDogSki.com picks her number-one location for such a break, with the mandatory three alternatives on the following page.
The first resort: La Plagne, France
La Plagne knows how to celebrate big occasions, having just marked its 50th birthday with a spectacular display of fireworks and more than 300 ski instructors taking part in a torchlit descent. It also has one of the most romantic mountain restaurants we have ever come across for your Valentine’s Day tryst. The Chalet Verdon Sud (left) is a lovely traditional wooden chalet owned by Maxence Talenti and his family, who have been in La Plagne since it opened for skiing in 1962.
Despite spectacular views from its terrace, this might be one time you’re hoping for colder weather. Maxence, who runs the chalet, will lend you both slippers, so you can ease off your ski boots and warm your toes and hearts in front of their blazing fire. They will also supply glasses of fizz and roses on the day – all you have to do is book a table and turn up. The restaurant offers both traditional Savoyarde cuisine and more gastronomic options.
Chalet Verdon Sud +33 (0) 621 54 39 24