Alpine News From December 27

The Hotel to Stay in this Week

Peterhof, Vorarlberg, Austria

A collection of 10 chalets, Peterhof’s architecture is nothing if not eye-catching. Set at the end of a winding road that leads to the Alpe Furx above the Alpine Rhine Valley, the double-story chalets are a modern reinterpretation of Vorarlberg’s vernacular style. The Schmid family runs it, fourth-generation Alpine hosts who ensure you experience the best of the mountains. In each chalet, floor-to-ceiling windows frame spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, while natural woods—pine, ash, and maple— and materials ensure a seamless symbiosis with nature. Sleeping up to four guests comfortably, the chalets also feature clay wood stoves, Finnish saunas, and outdoor wooden bathtubs for soaking under expansive, starry skies. When it comes to dining, the chalets are the perfect blend of fending for yourself and being looked after. A daily breakfast service delivered to your door ensures a slow and relaxing start to the day, while an onsite restaurant is open on weekends when you don’t feel like putting your fully equipped kitchen to use. Outside of your contemporary cocoons, the Lake Constance region is yours to explore. In colder months, hit the ski slopes in nearby Lanterns (there is a T-bar in eyesight from the chalets), borrow some snowshoes, or take advantage of the myriad winter hiking trails that surround the chalets.

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The Breakfast to Try this Week

Seebichl, Kitzbühel, Austria

Kitzbühel's most exceptional local breakfast is served at the Seebichl. All ingredients are exclusively handmade by local suppliers. Master butcher Fuchs produces ham and sausages - the best in Kitzbühel. The crispy bread is baked by Neumayr from nearby Aurach. Yogurt, milk, and cheese are supplied by local farmers, pickled fish come from cold mountain spring water, jams, and compotes are homemade, loose teas are supplied by Demmer teahouse in Vienna and J. HORNIG provides the coffee.

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The Spa of the Week

Post Bezau, Bregenzerwald, Austria

In an idyllic corner of the Bregenzerwald Valley, the Post Bezau’s chalet-style doors have been open since 1850. This simple mountain hotel has now evolved into a holistic retreat overseen by the founder’s great-great-granddaughter, Susanne Kauffman, the renowned beauty mogul who still lives next door and is the embodiment of Alpine health and wellness. Since 2019, the Post has focused on a holistic approach, powered by nature, with detoxes and retreats on offer throughout the seasons, focused on everything from yoga and traditional Chinese medicine to tennis. With its Scandi-style rooms and suites as your tranquil base—we are partial to the west-facing ones—you have access to Kauffman’s mountain lotions and potions, which are made in a factory only 10 minutes away, as well as the epic spa with its saunas, swimming pools, and tailor-made treatments. But it is the surrounding nature of the Bregenzerwald that is the greatest tonic: magnificent views of snow-covered peaks in winter, undulating hills, and lush meadows in summer, all soundtracked by the soft jangle of cowbells. You can detox as little or as much as you like, while also savoring a hearty breakfast inspired by the region, afternoon snacks, daily four-course gourmet dinners, and plenty of opportunities for a glass of cold white wine on the terrace. Take time to do as you wish: skiing, long forest walks scented by wild herbs, toboggan rides, or mountain biking. All are geared toward inspiring lasting, positive change to your body, mind, and soul.

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The Event of the Week

The famous Stelvio psite in Italy’s Bormio will be this week's stage of speed and adrenaline with two ski races on the calendar: the Men’s Downhill on 28 December and the Men’s Super G on 29 December. Winning on the Stelvio slope is a result that only the greatest champions of alpine skiing have achieved. From 1985 up to today, the fastest jet challenging has considered the Stelvio as the most difficult, tiring, and exciting piste of the entire Ski World Cup circuit.

The Airline of the Week

Italian regional carrier Sky Alps who flies out of South Tyrol’s capital Bolzano says it will double its fleet to 14 De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400s during 2024, as well as installing several technical upgrades to its aircraft, such as new avionics and eco-efficient winglets.

The Train Route to Take

Europe's most iconic train service, the Venice Simplon-Orient Express is now offering winter journeys from Paris to the French Alps. Get ready for an alpine adventure to the alpine stations of Albertville, Moûtiers, or Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Ideally located for the ski resorts of Megève, Mont Blanc, Courchevel, Les Trois Vallées, and Tignes–Val d’Isère.

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