Ski season 2018/19

Chalets and Mountains

Set to be the best in 20 years

Rupert Longsdon, Founder and CEO of The Oxford Ski Company, has written this week’s blog post. Rupert explains why 2019 holds great promise, with upgraded lifts, excellent snow forecast and a host of stunning new properties opening. So don’t delay – book your trip to the slopes now!

Investment in your ski pass, rising to new heights?

Those who love the mountains but hate the queues will be pleased to hear that many favourite resorts have new lifts opening for the 2018/19 season, reducing waiting times and improving access to the piste. Resorts that have added lifts include Zermatt and Val d’Isere where a brand new 10 person gondola with heated seats will bring skiers from La Daille up to La Folie Douce – the perfect warm up for après!

While upgraded ski lifts reduce queue times and help you maximise your time on the slopes, having enough snow to ski on is just as important. We were thrilled then, to hear that Les 3 Vallées had installed extra snowmakers taking their total 2,300 machines, providing guaranteed snow and guaranteed skiing.

New Arrivals – Chalets and Hotels

We’ve picked a taster of some of the beautiful new chalets and hotels to whet your appetite for the season ahead.

  • Chalet Mimi, Oberlech – Sleeps 13. A traditional alpine luxury full service chalet with amazing views overlooking Lech and the mountains.  The chalet is scheduled to open in October 2018 and will be ski in ski out.
  • Chalet Sapphire, Morzine – Sleeps 12. A wonderfully secluded chalet, yet only a five minute walk from the centre of Morzine. Fantastic facilities including extensive spa with indoor pool, bar complete with pool table, cinema room and boot room with live piste webcam.
  • Chalet Iona, Méribel – Sleeps 19. New to the rental market, the chalet is an eight minute drive from the nearest Olympie telecabine at Les Allues, which then gives you access to over 650k of piste skiing in the excellent Les 3 Vallées.
  • Chez Bugi, St Martin de Belleville – sleeps 12. Six en-suite bedroom, on piste chalet with ski in ski out access.
  • La Refuge de Solaise, Val d’Isere – Renovated from a former lift station this luxury hotel will be the highest altitude hotel in the country at 2551m. The hotel will have three apartments and 34 bedrooms and will offer wonderful 360° views.
  • La Folie Douce Hotel, Chamonix – Due to open its doors in December 2018, the hotel with 250 rooms will offer a mix of three and four star accommodation. With ski in ski out access, several restaurants and live entertainment. This is set to be a popular lively retreat. 
  • Limelight, Snowmass – Contemporary ski in ski out hotel with 99 rooms and 11 residences.

The Oxford Ski Company is one of our partners for The Card. You can find out more HERE. They have provided specialist ski travel expertise since 1998, and this year they are delighted to be celebrating their 20th ski season. To find out more or book a ski holiday, please visit The Oxford Ski Company or contact


Chalet Mimi (l) and Chalet Sapphire (r)