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To navigate language differences, flight and airport options, ground transfers, ski passes, ryokan and restaurant bookings, and local transportation, use a ski travel specialist who is familiar with Japan such as Scout Ski (scoutski.com), a boutique custom ski trip planning consultancy, Alpine Adventures (alpineadventures.net), a full-service luxury ski travel agency, or Aspen-based Ski.com (ski.com), which has five decades of ski travel experience and offers à la carte trip planning. Ski.com also operates several annual Japan guided group trips….. (page 157)
The first month of the year is a prime time to visit.
The star event of the month is the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival (January 11-19, 2019), which brings top culinary talent from around the world and turns the town into a foodie hotspot.
Nine critically acclaimed chefs will take over the kitchens of nine of the grandest hotels in St. Moritz and the Upper Engadin region (including Badrutt’s Palace, the Carlton Hotel, Suvretta House, and the Kulm Hotel) for nightly gourmet dinners, while each hotel also hosts a slew of tastings and parties.
How do you recover from nine days of gluttony? Easy—hit the slopes. Hundreds of miles of the most beautiful powdered snow are practically at your doorstep. The winter sport experts at Alpine Adventures will impart their wisdom on the best trails, routes, itineraries, and, most importantly, après-ski boîtes. They will also find the right hotel for you, though the #verytandc thing to do would be to book a room at Badrutt’s Palace, the grande dame of St. Moritz.
While St. Moritz is one of many snow-covered destinations favored by the world’s elite for their Christmas to New Year holiday (along with places like Gstaad, Verbier, and Courcheval), it’s really the month of January when the alpine town starts to show its true colors. It’s much quieter this time of year than it is at the end of December, but isn’t that a blessing? The village is tiny and quaint, just the way it should be. No fighting for tables at King’s Club (the hottest nightclub in the Alps), for the last slice of truffle pizza at Chesa Veglia, or for the last cashmere throw at Cabana. And that’s not to say you would ever get bored. …
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