All-Inclusive Ski in Italy
This was my first time at a Club Med — any Club Med. For me, the mention of the French all-inclusive hotel chain conjured up visions of Caribbean locales and frolicking singles, an experience somewhere between Hedonism and Sandals.
But I am incredibly happy to have been proven wrong.
In mid-December, I checked in for the grand opening of the Club Med Pragelato Vialattea, an all-inclusive ski resort in the Italian Alps, to find a sophisticated purpose-built alpine village complete with a top-notch spa, chalet-style accommodations, and excellent food (pinch me: charcuterie trays on command). Many of the resort’s buildings were originally part of a complex built to accommodate visitors during the Torino winter Olympics in 2006, and the chalet-style structures are the perfect skeleton for a resort that feels more like a village than a hotel. The all-inclusive rates include lift tickets, ski instruction, children’s programs, gourmet meals and snacks, premium drinks and activities like cross-country skiing and sledding. That the Alps’ mid-December snow was the best in recent memory was just icing on the cake.