Ski in the Arctic – or with an Olympian: Exclusive once-in-a-lifetime winter sports holidays for readers

Henry Druce
Experience Japan's legendary powder in January 2020

Fancy skiing bottomless powder in Japan, or following in the tracks of Winter Olympians Graham Bell and Chemmy Alcott? How about picking up tips from coach to the royals, and Telegraph Ski Skills editor, Warren Smith or discovering the joy of ski touring in the Arctic Circle? 

These are the unique ski holiday experiences on offer to The Telegraph readers next season, on five hosted trips, hand picked by our in house ski specialists.

We kick off the season before many consider its started, in November, to snowsure Cervinia  where the glacier skiing area peaks at a lofty 3,745m. Just as the nights are drawing in there’s no better time to escape to the mountains for this cheeky early ski trip. And no better way to spend it than honing your skills on a Warren Smith Ski Academy course

Running for over 20 years, the Academy has transformed the skills of literally thousands of people, from struggling intermediates to ski instructors and athletes. Warren will be your host during the week, and ski with everyone on the course. He’ll provide the tips, be using the latest coaching methods from Ski Technique lab research and will be running through video analysis with everyone individually.

The early season Warren Smith Ski Academy course runs from November 2. "I love Cervinia because the people in the resort are very welcoming. The terrain is huge and you seem to always find nice bits of powder due to the height advantages. Also, you can get to the glacier very quickly – always a plus," said Warren.

Japan is on the bucket list of many skiers and snowboarders, and for very good reason. The northern island of Hokkaido where this trip is headed is renowned for being one of the snowiest places on the planet. It’s not just the sheer quantity that is so appealing; it’s the light, fluffy quality that makes skiing powder here effortlessly enjoyable. 

To make sure you enjoy the best conditions every day you’ll be taken to the best places by professional local guides. This might mean skiing in the Niseko ski area where you’ll be based or travelling by private mini bus to lesser-known resorts in the vicinity. You’ll be hosted throughout by Japan skiing expert and founder of specialist travel operator Ski Safari Richard Rice. He also happens to be a very nifty skier. The discover Hokkaido’s best ski resorts trip departs January 11 2020. 

Ever fancied skiing powder in the Arctic wilderness? Richard will be leading another trip for us to the Swedish resort of Riksgränsen. Every day an expert local guides will lead you via lifts and hikes to access pristine powder and the very best terrain. 

Head to the Arctic Circle in March

Richard says, “Join me to learn about ski-touring and experience the satisfaction that comes from earning your turns. It’s a great way to enjoy the mountains and expand your skiing experience.” The enjoy an Arctic ski adventure trip departs March 15 2020.

Ski Sunday’s Graham Bell is the best-known figure in British snowsports. His filmed POV runs down some of the world’s scariest downhill courses are the stuff of legend. We are lucky enough to have him hosting two separate trips for us, to the exclusive Ausrian resort of Lech, accessing Europe’s snowiest ski area the Arlberg.

Graham will be available throughout each of the weeks to show people around the slopes. Don’t worry about having to keep up with him; groups are split into different abilities so everyone is catered to. Inevitably Graham will also lead you to some of the area’s best apres ski bars

Join Graham Bell in March and April

A member of The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard editorial team also will be on hand to co-host the trips. The two Explore Lech with Olympian Graham Bell holidays depart on March 15 and April 12.

From one great Winter Olympian to another. Britain’s best ever female ski racer, Chemmy Alcott, is hosting our end of season trip to world leading resort Val d'Isère in France. 

The resort’s high altitude (1800m) and its impressive snow record mean there will always be great skiing on piste and potentially off piste too. Chemmy will ski with everyone on the trip whatever your ability, leading you to the best places to go in one of the world’s largest ski areas. 

Visit Val d'Isère with Chemmy Alcott in April Credit: ventdusud/ventdusud

Chemmy will be helped by ex-British racer and top qualified BASI instructor Dougie Crawford. He also happens to be her husband. Between him and Chemmy you can expect to receive some top technique tips as well as brilliant leading. Co-hosting the trip will be Telegraph Ski and Snowboard editor Henry Druce. The Ski Val d'Isère with Chemmy Alcott trip departs April 19 2020.

Visit the dedicated Telegraph Ski Trips hub for further details and to keep up to date with any additional trips - two more are in the pipeline.