Snow right now is dominating the Alpine landscape and the best news is, there’s more to come.  With a cold winter predicted throughout Europe it looks like this season’s skiers are going to be kept deliriously happy.  To quote renowned ski writer, Peter Hardy, he’s pretty convinced that “we are in for the most promising and prolific start to the season in 25 years.”  Currently, Courchevel has got 40cm on top and 18cm at 1850. A few lifts opened on Friday11th November, four weeks ahead of schedule. 

Portetta Hotel in Courchevel Moriond, the snow-covered sister hotel to The Pigs and Lime Wood, throws open its doors on Saturday 10th December and, frankly, we can’t wait.  Ski-in; ski-out, Portetta is arguably the best address in the resort with Cucina Angelina as the hotel restaurant, Fire & Ice as the apres bar and a spa with Bamford and Oskia treatments where guests and visitors can have their ski aches rubbed away.

Last season Angela Hartnett took to the slopes of Courchevel with the launch of Cucina Angelina, Portetta’s new mountain-side restaurant.  The first of its kind in Courchevel Moriond, Cucina Angelina serves Italian influenced mountain food with a nod to local Savoyard cuisine using the best Italian kitchen specialities.  In every dish there is plenty of locally sourced produce and the menu offers a terrific range of meats and cuts grilled on an open range within the restaurant.

Cucina Angelina contributes to the relaxed, casual style at Portetta with its rustic mountain chic feel.  In the restaurant there is lots of reclaimed, textured wood and stone for the floors and bar.  Rich colours and cosy fabrics adorn oversized banquette sofas which are twinned with warm-toned leather chairs and wooden tables.  Et voila, the perfect apres-ski retreat! 

And as if it could get any better, Portetta is offering guests the chance to book any two rooms between Saturday 10th December and Monday 26th December and get the second room at 50% off when it is occupied by children aged 12-18.  https://book.portetta.com/bring-the-gang/

Alternatively stay at Portetta between Saturday 10th December departing Monday 26th December 2016 and get two nights free.  Rates starting from 3220€ for 2.  https://book.portetta.com/9for7/