A flight to Geneva, a train to Martigny and a 100 minutes of driving will get you to Switzerland’s sunniest ski resort: Verbier. Nothing prepared me for quite how special a few days here would be: it’s upmarket but down-to-earth; sophisticated yet unsnooty; and when the weather’s right, it’s breathtakingly beautiful.
This weekend, it was fantastically snowy and conditions were perfect; the chaps hit the slopes while we went snowshoeing, spaing and swimming. We stayed at Le Ti Chalet, one of Smith Ski’s luxury Verbier lodges, where the attention to detail and everything-thought-of service were first-class in every way; chalet girls Sally and Marcelle were as helpful as they were delightful. But wow, the dining – we ate and drank like kings! Steve Carss, our chef, wowed us at every turn. Sweet-adorned cupcakes fast-tracked their way to our hearts; later, a traditional Raclette (a typical melted Swiss cheese dish that beats fondue into submission) won us over anew. Incredible house wines selected from the chalet’s cellar included a delicious Argentinian chardonnay from Mendoza.
Allowing these two Mrs Smiths a little time off while our Mr Smiths enjoyed the downhill action outside was babysitting service Petit Verbier, who sent the loveliest nannies to help with our toddlers (thank you to Charlotte for making the pretty pasta necklace with Kitty). While they played, we pampered, enjoying expert de-stressing treatments from Rosie, one of the mobile masseurs from Chilali.
The season ends at the end of April and, if you’re lucky, you could snap up a couple of midweek spots before it’s too late. And remember, if you book Chalet Le Ti with Mr & Mrs Smith, you’ll earn lots of Smith Pounds to enjoy on some après-ski fun a little closer to home…