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Executive Edge Art of Travel

facebook likeBack by popular demand, Edge presents its second annual all ski newsletter, The Art of Skiing. Skiing is one of the most celebrated sports attracting millions of adventure seekers and daredevils around the world. twitter tweet Australians, renowned sports enthusiasts, simply don't have the advanced ski terrain available on home soil, so must travel overseas for fresh powder mountains and the ultimate downhill experience. For the 2014/2015 ski season, this edition covers the slopes of famed American ski towns Aspen and Beaver Creek, an alpine heli-ski wellness retreat in New Zealand and the picturesque summits and mountain villages of the French, Italian and Swiss Alps. Our very own Edge Director Yvonne Verstandig, who used to be a ski instructor, has created Ski Buzz with her brother Danny hosting their inaugural ski tour of Austria's slopes next March. It's time for Downhill Thunder!

 

Aro Hā Wellness Retreat The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND

Aro Hā Wellness Retreat

Aro Hā offers life changing, body morphing, spirit lifting retreats. 

Skiers and boarders looking for a truly unique alpine adventure can choose from two retreats with New Zealand's luxe heli-ski wellness retreat,  Aro Hā .

Each 5 or 7 day retreat is limited to 10 guests. Days are spent skiing Southern Alps virgin untracked powder whilst benefiting from the Aro Hā wellness program including daily yoga, massage and a nutrient dense organic cleansing cuisine menu. 

Nights are spent in the hot tub and sauna or by the fire sharing ski stories before retiring in Zen-inspired luxury eco-accommodation on the shores of Lake Wakatipu near Glenorchy. Rise early the next morning and get ready to change your life. 

Retreats are alcohol free with a focus on food for fuel and fitness. Guests can expect to feel leaner, stronger and more flexible with an improved state of mood and mind.

5 and 7 day retreats- Heli-ski Alpine Wellness Adventure 

 

BEAVER CREEK, COLORADO

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch defines American ski-in ski-out luxury and convenience. With its own high-speed lift just steps from the hotel, this Ritz-Carlton is located dramatically at the base of Bachelor Gulch, creating a postcard-pretty image as skiers swish down the corduroy Cabin Fever trail where ski valets stand at the ready. Oversized guest rooms and suites are decked out in Colorado rustic aesthetic combined with modern mountain elegance - custom millwork, plenty of lumber and leather, glass and marble bathrooms all with soaking tubs. Dip into the Spa before dinner at Spago, Wolfgang Puck's only Colorado outpost. Tip? Everyday at 3pm, the Fire Pit Lighting Ceremony kicks off with complimentary freshly baked cookies and marshmallows. Guests are invited to roast smores and sip on après-ski cocktails while enjoying live music on the Mountainside Terrace. Beaver Creek rivals only Utah's Deer Valley for white glove skiing experience in America with its 1,800 acres of uncrowded terrain for all abilities.

Special offer - Stay 5 nights and receive 2 additional nights FREE inclusive of breakfast between Nov 22 – April 6 (excluding Dec 26 - 31, 2014 & Feb 1– 15, 2015) – For bookings made by Nov 30

Virtuoso amenities – upgrade upon arrival*, daily continental breakfast for 2, USD 100 resort credit and early check-in/late check-out*

The Chedi Andermatt Little Nell

ANDERMATT, SWITZERLAND

The Chedi Andermatt

The most anticipated new hotel in Switzerland last year, The Chedi Andermatt adds a dose of glamour to the exquisite natural beauty of the Swiss Alps. This luxurious 5-star contemporary hotel and apartment development with ground-breaking design (think alpine chic meets Asian nuances) sensitively combines traditional with modern in its architecture blending effortlessly with the unrivalled serenity of the Urseren Valley.

Gastronomy is a key highlight for the hotel, headed by Executive Chef Mansour Memarian who already has two Michelin stars under his belt. The Restaurant showcases four open atelier kitchens specialising in Western and Asian Cuisine whilst the Japanese Restaurant by Hide Yamamoto serves authentic dishes prepared at a tempura and sushi bar right before your eyes.

Edge Exclusive – receive a complimentary ski pass for each night’s stay for 2 adults for travel period November 15, 2014 – April 26, 2015 (example – book 3 nights & receive free 3 day ski pass for 2)

ASPEN, COLORADO

Little Nell

An iconic gem in Aspen's crown, Little Nell is Aspen's only 5-star 5-diamond ski-in ski-out property located conveniently at the base of Aspen Mountain. Little Nell is legendary for its glitterati guest list, impeccable service, heavenly ski valets and the best après-ski haunt in town. It's simply THE location in Aspen to hit the slopes or roam the streets of this beautiful Rocky Mountain mining town in search of the latest ski fashions.

Spacious rooms and suites, recently redesigned by star interior designer Holly Hunt, blend classic Aspen touches with a residential warmth featuring overstuffed furniture, gas fireplaces, plasma TVs and marble bathrooms. Premium Mountain View rooms have views of the mountain's ski trails, vaulted ceilings and balconies. As cozy-chic as the rooms are, the place to be seen is Little Nell's bar Element 47, sipping a Silver Lining.

Special offer - Stay 7nights/Pay 6, Stay 10/Pay 8 or Stay 14/Pay 11!

Virtuoso amenities - upgrade upon arrival*, 100 USD food & beverage credit and daily buffet breakfast for 2 served in Element 47 restaurant

L’Apogée Courchevel Hotel La Seizena

COURCHEVEL 1850, FRANCE

L’Apogée Courchevel

Discover the latest pearl of Oetker Collection and latest entrant into the 5-star scene of Courchevel, L’Apogée Courchevel. This glitzy alpine retreat nestled in the heart of the Jardin Alpin of Courchevel 1850 has 52 residential style suites and guest rooms designed by Joseph Dirand, sumptuous boutiques, champagne lounge, cigar lounge, refined cuisine and spa highlighted by Sisley treatments.

L’Apogée Courchevel's in-house ski room offers the hotel's own custom-made skis and there is even a private conveyer belt which delivers guests directly back home from the slopes. And those slopes are perfection - Courchevel has perhaps the most manicured, upscale slopes in the world. In fact, last season one of the lifts was given a makeover by Karl Lagerfeld. But let's face it - Courchevel is the ski world's undisputed queen of glam. Kids will be treated to their own discreet extravagance with a host of activities via the hotel's Mini VIP 1850 and Freestyle 1850 clubs.

Complimentary Upgrade - for reservations made before September 15 (date restrictions apply)

Virtuoso amenities - upgrade upon arrival*, daily buffet breakfast for 2 and 85 EURO food & beverage credit


COURCHEVEL 1650, FRANCE

Hotel La Seizena

Part of the renowned K2 collection which includes Le K2 and Le Kilimandjaro, Hotel La Seizena is a divine chalet-style 3 star property located in the heart of the village of Courchevel 1650 overlooking the main resort and backing onto the valley with panoramic views. Amidst the largest skiable area in the world, discover the idyllic mountain lifestyle encapsulated in this charming French Alps property. Elegant, simple and refined interiors combine modern with traditional fusing wood, brushed aluminium and warm fabrics which creates a relaxing ambiance. The 20 rooms are all equipped with the latest accessories including flat-screen televisions and complimentary internet access. After a hard day's skiing, relax in the Hammam followed by an international gourmet experience savouring the culinary delights that the town has to offer.

Courchevel 1650 is dominated by green and blue runs making it a very popular resort for families. However, for the more experienced skiers explore the rest of the Three Valleys ski area, opening up 600km of pistes for all abilities.

Edge Exclusive - 180 EURO per night January 18 - February 14, 2015

2014/2015 Special Offers

ITALIAN ALPS

Club Med Pragelato

Club Med Pragelato is a new Club Med ski resort in the Piedmont region of the Italian Alps. Pragelato has a reputation as a hidden gem for guided off-piste skiing when powder conditions are good. Best part besides Club Med’s all-inclusive cost? Pragelato has direct access to the slopes and only a cable car ride away to the “Via Lattea,” one of the largest ski domains in Europe with 400km of linked runs stretching over the French border.

Special Offer - 7 night Club Room from AUD 2,229 per adult and from AUD 1,735 per child (4-11yrs) including 6 day ski pass, 3 meals per day, open bar and snacks, group ski lessons, Kids Club, nightly entertainment and more. Valid for travel Dec 1, 2014 – April 20, 2015 with bookings prior to Sept 18. Terms & Conditions apply.

All Club Med Snow Resorts - Current Special Offers

VAL D'ISERE, FRANCE

Chalets Black & White Pearl

Discover two rare pearls which bring French alpine luxury to a new standard. Chalets Black & White Pearl are ideally situated between the village of Val d'Isere and the Funival, perfectly placed to take advantage of the famous Espace Killy region. These privately rentable chalets were conceived to accommodate the most discerning clientele and meet the utmost demands of elegance, service and comfort.

White Pearl hosts 10 people in 5 bedrooms with private bathrooms, covering 300 square metres spread out over 4 levels complete with custom kitchen, swimming pool and steam room. Guests enjoy personalized hotel services with dedicated staff.

Also accommodating 10 guests at a time, contemporary interior design of sophisticated tones with the same square footage and amenities, Black Pearl represents the same calibre chalet with different decor.

Both properties have a professional team in charge of guests which include a chalet manager, butler, chef and housekeeper. Your exquisite stay will include champagne upon arrival, welcome buffet dinner on arrival, daily breakfast, 5 afternoon teas, 5 dinners and the ultimate chalet experience.

Chalet Black Pearl Information

Chalet White Pearl Information

Edge Exclusive - special offer for weekly rental of Black or White Chalets


*Subject to availability

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