The call of the mountain

The call of the mountain

The purity of winter is nowhere more awe-inspiring than in the mountains of the northern hemisphere, where snow-blanketed peaks rear against the bluest of skies. The Rockies, Dolomites and Alps conjure visions of enlivening adventure, rosy-cheeked family moments and rest and recreation – all epitomised by three Aman destinations in the USA, Italy and France.

Aman Le Mélézin, France

Timeless mountain serenity

Set directly on the Bellecôte Piste in Courchevel, Aman Le Mélézin’s ski-in ski-out facilities are moments away from impeccably groomed ski slopes and an atmospheric après-ski scene.

Offering unimpeded access to over 600km of pristine ski slopes and cross-country tracks, Aman Le Mélézin is an iconic ski retreat open until 10 April 2022. Dedicated to the utmost enjoyment of winter, the hotel has perfected every aspect of the classic Alpine ski experience in true Aman style.

Ski butlers ensure an effortless transition to and from the piste, while an exclusive First Tracks experience offers breathtaking views of Mont Blanc and La Grande Casse from 2,740m, and a solo run down the legendary, La Combe de la Saulire.

Ski Boot Room, Aman Le Melezin, France Mountain Range, Suite Ski Piste, Aman Le Melezin, France

Off-piste adventures

There are plenty of alternative ways to explore the legendary Les Trois Vallées region with Aman Le Mélézin as a base. Embark on an exhilarating self-piloted dog sledging adventure, toboggan or ice skate beneath the stars or set off on a guided snowshoeing expedition into rarely visited areas with an expert guide. For a breathtaking aerial view of the region, take a scenic helicopter flight over the Haute Tarentaise Mountain Range or around Mont Blanc, or go hot-air ballooning at sunrise.

Rosa Alpina, Italy

Pistes without end

In the charming mountain village of San Cassiano in Italy’s Unesco-protected Dolomites, Rosa Alpina provides unparalleled access to the expansive Dolomiti Superski network.

Voted Queen of the Alps and home to Rosa Alpina, Alta Badia is part of the Dolomiti Superski – the world’s largest ski area with over 1,200km of slopes and 450 ski lifts all accessible on a single ski pass. This magnificent area offers something for everyone in 2022, from the most experienced of first track skiers, off-piste snow boarders and ice-climbers to families with children experiencing snow for the very first time. At an altitude of 1,537m, Rosa Alpina ensures hassle-free access to the mountain and the warmest of welcomes on your return with the season only ending on 3 April 2022.

Alpine wellness and exceptional dining

Truly aligned with the health-giving benefits of the mountain lifestyle, Rosa Alpina’s gourmet offering is headlined by Executive Chef Norbert Niederkofler, whose ‘Cook the Mountain’ philosophy has led to three Michelin stars being awarded to the resort’s St. Hubertus Restaurant. Three other restaurants offer fine-dining sustenance and sensory exploration, while respite from the slopes and the elements is provided by a comprehensive spa. From its serene adults’ only area to its more family-friendly facilities, tranquillity and rejuvenation are assured. 

Amangani, USA

An eyrie in a winter wonderland

From its perch atop East Gros Ventre Butte in Wyoming, Amangani is a natural wonderland for snow sports enthusiasts and wildlife lovers alike.

Amangani’s ski season siren song is as irresistible as it is pure. Just a 20-minute drive away, the resort’s own private ski-in-ski-out ski lounge is situated in the heart of the alpine Teton Village in Jackson Hole, just steps from the Bridger Gondola and Aerial Tram which allow quick access to some of North America’s most impressive skiing and snowboarding terrain.

Tackle the world-renowned slopes of Jackson Hole, Snow King and Grand Targhee, go snowcat powder skiing on Peaked Mountain and heli-ski in the Snake River, Hoback, Palisades and South Teton Ranges – all within easy reach of Amangani’s mountain home. 

Winter wildlife safaris

Those seeking an adventure off the ski slopes can explore the wildlife of Jackson Hole, Yellowstone and the Rocky Mountain West. Customised excursions take in the wildlife of the National Elk Refuge – possibly even its elusive wolves – while snowshoeing expeditions in pristine backcountry areas yield unprecedented opportunities for spotting elk, bison and mule deer. Ice skating, fat tire biking, winter fly-fishing and dog sled tours are further ways to get close to nature.

Winter warmth

With beauty in the eye of the beholder, there are those for whom the sight of pristine white sand and the warmth of winter sun is preferable to that of freshly fallen snow. Perfectly balancing Aman’s ski destinations at this time of year are those on the sun-rich shores of the Caribbean, the spectacular coast of Sri Lanka and Thailand’s famed beaches.

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