Remember that episode of Friends where Rachel wants to take everyone skiing, but the car breaks down and they never arrive? If she had booked a ski trip through Original Travel, we guarantee she'd have arrived on time, glass of Prosecco in hand, ready to hit the slopes the next morning. We'll be there for you (see what we did there), and help you decide on the perfect ski destination with our epic Rolodex of the best and most outlandish places to enjoy this ultimate winter sport, regardless of whether you're a Joey, Monica or Chandler…
Joey - The One Where You Can Detox/Retox
Harking back to his Italian roots, Joey would love a spot of detoxing/retoxing in the magnificent Dolomites, where you can ski all day and stuff your face all night (plus we'll throw in some spa treatments for good measure). Some of our favourite towns for a ski break in 2020 include Cortina and San Cassiano, but the best way to enjoy this staggeringly beautiful region is with a ski safari. With your guide, ski from resort to resort, aided by ski lifts. No hiking, no, snowshoeing, no two days the same - just pure skiing.
Ross - The One in Canada
In a particularly funny episode, Ross falls asleep on a train and ends up in Montreal. Instead of heading back to NYC, he should have stayed in Canada and headed west to Whistler, for a high altitude adventure filled with fabulous ski runs, fondue feasts, dog sled tours and majestic views. Whistler and Blackcomb share a staggering 8,000 skiable acres, as well as being home to the second-longest run (measured by vertical drop) in North America. Should keep you busy for a few days…
Rachel - The One With the Helicopters
If you're a bit of a princess who likes the finer things in life, Deplar Farm in Iceland will provide the perfect ski-cation. Enjoy immaculate powder-soft slopes, getting dropped at a mountain peak by helicopter, and skiing all the way to the ocean. While you create tracks on the fresh powder, in-house chefs will prepare a delicious dinner inside the toasty and plush chalet. Don't forget to make use of the Jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath, cinema room and entertainment loft - complete with karaoke machine.
Chandler - The One That's Good For Beginners
Considering a ski break in 2020, but never tried it before? We know just the place. Megeve's medieval centre rates as one of the prettiest in the French Alps, plus the short transfer time from the airport makes this region a great option for a weekend ski break. Especially good for beginners and intermediates, there is a great selection of lovely restaurants for lunch on the pistes, as well as glamorous shops and cobbled streets in the town. One of our favourite ski hotels, Alpaga, has three stunning new chalets overlooking Mont Blanc, as well as a Michelin star restaurant on offer.
Phoebe - The One With Ski and Sun
If you can't decide between the slopes and winter sun, don't! Why would you, when we can give you the best of both in California? Spend a few days skiing the pistes of Mammoth Lakes, where we can arrange cross-country and off-piste skiing. Then head to Huntington Beach (a.k.a Surf City) for a few days of catching rays and waves. Explore the hipster restaurants and bars around town, with our Concierge on call to recommend the best spots no matter what cuisine you fancy.
Monica - The One For Families
Arguably the most underrated resort in the Swiss Alps, Saas-Fee is under three hours' drive from both Zurich and Geneva. As well as a picture-perfect, car-free town centre, there is also guaranteed snow security thanks to its altitude. Children are well catered for by the ski school, which runs trips to the town cinema on the exceedingly rare white out days. For advanced skiers, heli-skiing is available for access to areas of pristine powder, and non-ski activities include ice climbing, snow shoeing and via ferrata.
Considering a ski break in 2020? Get in touch and we'll be happy to help.