Our hidden (RESORT) gems!
Published on October 9th, 2019 | by Brad Thompson0
The first runner up is the beautiful Claviere, one of our team was lucky enough to live in this awesome spot for 16 weeks and learnt everything that is has to offer and we are so stoked to share it with you guys.
It is predominantly a family resort, which is excellent for beginners and does cater for advanced skiers as well. Claviere is known for its friendly ski school, who are the oldest and most experienced ski school in the Alps. This resort often has great snow conditions which allow for off piste riding for you pow bashers.
The resort itself only has 19 runs, however it lies on the Milky Way – which is a connection between Montgenevre in France to Sauze in Italy. This stretch of piste leaves a massive 700km distance to shred and is amazing skiing.
This resort feels like a community, with a true Italian feel to it. There is a supermarket and many bars and restaurants on and off the slopes. A few of our favourites were:
Mi chi, which offers affordable and delicious lunch time food, as well as a romantic meal in the evening to live Jazz music. The Kilt, A MUST if you want to indulge in the best pizza in Italy. Col Saurel, the best bar on the slopes for apres, where you can sip or down a G&T on bean bags in the sun and finally, Gallo’s, which is the only club in Clav; a great place to dad dance to cheesy disco music!
One of the biggest perks of Claviere is that you can ski over to the French resort Montgenevre in a matter of 10 minutes (or 5, if you get your tips down)!
Montgenevre is a lively resort and with its 214 runs and snow park, it is perfect for intermediate-advanced skiers. It has a Luge which is great banter for you and your mates or families. There is also a great apres scene, for you lot who likes to boogie after a ski sesh, you can check out La Graal on a Wednesday evening. This little place serves american style food all day and on Wednesday night an act called Two Fat Men play a live music set which results in everyone on their feet dancing (or trying to). There is also a lush spa for you to pamper yourselves…after all, you deserve it!
Hotel Roma in Claviere is perfect for a budget ski trip. It is clean, has a games room and is more affordable than any other hotels across both resorts. The hotel is in a perfect location; situated on the main strip of the town and a two minute walk to the slopes. The food is included in the price and Diane, the lovely owner, offers true Italian style food and portions (you will certainly never be hungry)! This hotel is simple but practical and if you are the ski and board junkie, like us, who are the first ones out and last ones in from the slopes, this place is perfect for you!
Our second resort is Passo Tonale, another hidden gem in the Rhaetian Alps. Passo has 43 runs which range in difficulty. It is a great spot for beginners but also has the Glacier, which is an 11km double black diamond run, for those adrenaline junkies out there. The resort has a snow park and due to Passo being very high (1886m), it tends to get excellent snow.
Another charm of Passo is how accessible it is to ski to other resorts surrounding it, ski or board to Ponte Di Legno – a beautiful resort which offers runs through snowy trees and idyllic scenery. You can also ski to Temu, which offers runs of a much more difficult standard.
Passo has many bars to visit in the evening and beautiful Italian restaurants that are perfect for those of you who likes your carby pizzas. The boot room boys are friendly and efficient, so the worst part about a ski holiday is made quick and easy.
Hotel Negritella is our chosen spot for this resort! It is an affordable, clean and modern hotel that is located only a five minute walk away from the slopes. The owner Alex is extremely friendly and nothing is too much of an ask for him to ensure that you have a great stay. Food is included in the price and for those of you who like a pamper as well as the pow, there is a modern and tranquil spa downstairs!
Overall, these are resorts that we have personally returned to and we recommend you check it out if you’re looking for a rad ski holiday on a budget. If any of you have been to these resorts and have anything to add OR have any of your own hidden gems to recommend, give us a shout in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.