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ISSUE NO. 5 Skiiers have been spending winters on St Moritz’s four mountains for over 150 years. North-facing Corvatsch is the true skier’s hill: cooler conditions mean fewer people and more snow. It’s fitting that St Moritz’s only ski-in/ski-out hotel, Nira Alpina, is tucked against the base of Corvatsch in Surlej (a 10-minute drive from St Moritz). Take the red No 10 piste from the mid-station to the Alpina’s timber Pichalain après-ski hut or stop for a breather at the lively Hossa Bar. (niraalpina.com) PHOTOGR APHS Condé Nast Ltd: Eugene Vernier/Trunk Archive STILL-LIFE FASHION Carla Bradley If isolation is what you need, try Hidden Dragon, set in the Alpine meadows above Veysonnaz. One valley over from Verbier, Veysonnaz is linked to its buzzy neighbour by ski lift, but couldn’t feel further removed. Confident skiers can ski straight out of the chalet through meadows to the lift and, at the end of the day, dart back through the trees below the red Les Mayens piste to their private sanctuary. (hidden-dragon.com) m de megève Also in secluded pastures, high above Italy’s Puster Valley in the South Tyrol, San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge is Stefano and Giorgia Barbini’s labour of love. The 16th-century hunting lodge is filled with unpretentious luxury, setting a new standard in Italian mountain accommodation. The ski resort of Kronplatz is a 10-minute drive away but guests can opt for a helicopter to take them there or to nearby resorts, like Alta Badia and Val Gardena. (sanlorenzomountainlodge.com) If arriving by car makes your Alpine getaway too accessible, stay at Chalet Le Grand Joux. Six miles from Morzine, it’s as off-grid as it gets – only reachable by helicopter or snowmobile in winter. The chalet is high spec, with staff, a spa and a wood-fired sauna. To reach the slopes, the team will take you to any lift in the local Portes du Soleil area, which incorporates 650km of pistes across 13 French and Swiss resorts. (legrandjoux.com) If you want reliable snowfall, varied terrain and gourmet restaurants, head for high-altitude stalwarts like Verbier (Switzerland) and the Three Valleys (France). Tucked off the Renards piste at the top of Courchevel 1850 lies Cheval Blanc. The 36 suites are rich in cashmere, fur and leather, and there’s a Guerlain spa, cigar bar and two- Michelin-starred restaurant Le 1947. If your skis weren’t ready for you on the piste each morning, you’d never leave. (courchevel.chevalblanc.com) In Méribel, Courchevel’s hip neighbour, Le Kaïla is all timber, fur and open fires, with a Nuxe spa and Michelin-starred restaurant to boot. The hotel backs onto the blue Doron piste, so soak up SLOPE ESSEN TI A LS STATEMEN T ST Y LE SALOPETTES 1024886 BY TONI SAILER. TOP 1018665 BY ADIDAS BY STELLA MCCARTNEY. JACKET 1024882 BY TONI SAILER. GLOVES 1025475 BY LACROIX HELMET 1017936 BY PERFECT MOMENT. JACKET 1016331 BY FENDI. SALOPETTES 1024883 BY TONI SAILER. GOGGLES 1029274 BY ZEAL OPTICS the views from Le Panoramic restaurant at Dent de Burgin, the point at which Méribel and Courchevel meet, before whizzing down 4,000ft of blue runs to the hot tub. (lekaila.com) Verbier fully deserves its cult following among celebrities and extreme skiers. As well as some of Europe’s most challenging and snow-sure skiing, it has superb chalets, hotels and legendary ski bars, including the Farm Club, Le Farinet and L’Etoile Rouge. Stay at the W Verbier, the hotel group’s first mountain venture, dominating the base of the main lift, Médran, with its four linked chalet-style buildings. With W’s myriad facilities, there’s plenty to do, but don’t miss Verbier’s other restaurants and bars. (wverbier.com) Gabriella Le Breton is a freelance luxury travel writer. _ 101 _ THE BOOTS BOOTS 1018702 BY ADIDAS BY STELLA MCCARTNEY BOOTS 1029480 BY SOREL BOOTS 1029919 BY H:CE BOOTS 1023711 BY ISABEL MARANT To shop a piece, search the code at MATCHESFASHION.COM