GRANDE COR­NICHE, FRANCE

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BEST FOR AD­VEN­TURE

LYN­GEN ALPS, NOR­WAY

Well north of the Arc­tic Cir­cle, about 600 miles from the North Pole, lie the Lyn­gen Alps, a moun­tain range per­fect for the most lion-hearted of skiers. The sheer ex­hil­a­ra­tion of be­ing com­pletely alone, turn­ing on virgin pow­der on the sharp face of a re­mote blue fjord, has to be ex­pe­ri­enced at least once in a life­time. This is un­spoilt wilder­ness with not a ski lift in sight. Stay on float­ing base camp L’Amour de Lam­poule, a 1930s sail­ing ves­sel com­plete with pri­vate chef and Jacuzzi. Early each morn­ing, the boat drops an­chor at the bot­tom of one of the area’s 60 peaks. From there, it’s four hours up to the sum­mit on tour­ing skis, and then a mile-long de­scent to a snowy beach, where the boat awaits, ready to take you to the next is­land or pow­der field, or to carry you back across the fjord.

BEST CHALET Even the most jaded skier will get a kick out of skid­ding down a slide that links a fourth-floor bar to the base­ment cel­lars of Grande Cor­niche, a new bolt­hole in Les Gets, France. And there are all kinds of other toys to en­ter­tain the chalet’s guests: a grand pi­ano, a glass sauna with 180-de­gree val­ley views, and a snooker ta­ble that con­verts to a din­ing ta­ble at the flick of a switch. Sit­u­ated a short drive from the lifts in the vast Portes du Soleil ski area (which has ex­cel­lent restau­rants and 400 miles of piste), the chalet, with its abun­dance of fur throws, ex­posed beams, and roll-top baths, does cosy Alpine style with panache.

Lyn­gen Alps

Grande Cor­niche

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