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7 Alpine destinations for a peaceful winter holiday

In a world that seems to be constantly buzzing with activity, finding a serene winter escape becomes a cherished pursuit. Away from the bustling crowds, the Alpine destinations we’ve curated for you offer a tranquil haven amidst snow-covered landscapes. Picture yourself in a cosy chalet, surrounded by breathtaking mountains and the promise of peaceful moments.

Read on to discover seven alpine destinations that promise not only solitude but also an unforgettable winter experience.

The top secluded Alpine villages for a winter escape

1. Morillon

Location: Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, Morillon is a charming village with easy access to the Grand Massif ski area. You’ll be able to ski over to the neighbouring resorts of Samoëns, Flaine, Les Carroz and Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval.

Best known for: Morillon is renowned for its laid-back atmosphere and picturesque surroundings.

Activities to experience: Explore the medieval charm of Morillon Village, embark on snowshoeing adventures, take a serene stroll around Lac Bleu or savour some local Savoyarde cuisine.

Best time to visit: January-February, to ensure snow cover.

Where to stay: We’d recommend staying at Chalet Vivaldaim, an OVO Network partner property that seamlessly blends luxury with alpine charm.

4 people with skis and snowboards stand on the mountain
Head to the Grand Massif this winter for a remote retreat © TristanShu GMDS

2. Samoëns

Location: Situated in the Haute-Savoie region of France, Samoëns is a historic village that exudes Alpine charm. Access the neighbouring resorts of Morillon, Flaine, Les Carroz and Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval.

Best known for: Samoëns is known for its well-preserved medieval architecture and lively town square.

Activities to experience: Visit the Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval nature reserve, try ice climbing, unwind at the spa or pick up some regional delicacies from the market.

Best time to visit: January-February, to ensure snow cover.

Where to stay: Book a stay at Chalet Pativerdan, an OVO Network partner chalet which boasts a hot tub and playroom, as well as stunning views from the terrace.

The church in Samoens
The old lime tree in the village square © Christian Martelet

3. Châtel

Location: Nestled in the French Alps, Châtel is part of the expansive Portes du Soleil ski area with 650km of pistes to explore. Pop over to Switzerland for the day or ski to Morzine, Les Gets or Avoriaz.

Best known for: Châtel is renowned for its traditional Savoyard architecture and warm hospitality.

Activities to experience: Discover the Forme d’O Aquatic Centre, try ziplining, or take to the skies in a hot air balloon.

Best time to visit: January-February for reliable snow or March for sunny spring skiing.

Where to stay: Opt for Chalet Reuisselet, a ski-in ski-out chalet with stunning mountain views and modern amenities including a hot tub.

Châtel in the snow
© L.Meyer – Châtel

4. Combloux

Location: Perched in the Evasion Mont Blanc region, Combloux offers panoramic views and access to The Portes du Mont-Blanc area, which includes 63 ski slopes served by 29 ski lifts.

Best known for: Combloux is celebrated for its stunning views of Mont Blanc and its authentic mountain village ambience.

Activities to experience: Take a scenic snowmobile ride, try mountain biking on snow, or go sledging with the whole family.

Best time to visit: Mid-winter for the best visibility of Mont Blanc.

Where to stay: Consider Chalet Les Vosnes, an OVO Network partner chalet with a perfect blend of alpine charm and modern comforts including a sauna, hot tub and games room. Plus, there are stunning views of Mont Blanc to be enjoyed.

Combloux in winter
© Marine Martin

5. Praz-sur-Arly

Location: Situated in the Haute-Savoie region of France, Praz-sur-Arly is a hidden gem in the French Alps. Connect to the Espace Diamant ski area, offering diverse slopes for skiers of all levels.

Activities to experience: A variety of winter activities await, including snowshoeing, dog sledding, sledging and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Best known for: Praz-sur-Arly is known for its traditional wooden chalets, friendly atmosphere and snow parks.

Best time to visit: Mid-winter for reliable snow cover.

A view of the mountains in Praz-sur-Arly in winter
Photo by Haut Risque on Unsplash

6. Les Clefs

Location: Tucked away in the Aravis region of France, Les Clefs is a serene alpine village. Explore the nearby Manigod and La Clusaz ski areas, known for their diverse slopes and stunning scenery.

Best known for: Les Clefs is known for its tranquillity and proximity to both skiing and charming lakeside towns.

Activities to experience: Visit Lake Annecy, try paret sledging, or take to the slopes after dark for a unique night-skiing adventure.

Best time to visit: Late winter for a mix of winter sports and lakeside activities.

Where to stay: Head to Lodge La Source, home to all the most popular amenities including an indoor pool, home gym, Nordic bath and sauna.

The view from the indoor pool at Lodge La Source in Montisbrand near Thônes.
The indoor swimming pool at Lodge La Source, Manigod

7. Villars-sur-Ollon (Switzerland):

Location: Situated in the Swiss Alps, Villars-sur-Ollon is a sophisticated winter retreat in the Vaud Alpes ski area, known for its well-groomed slopes and stunning vistas.

Activities to experience: Visit the Glacier 3000, take a scenic train ride to Les Diablerets, or enjoy a day of pampering at Les Bains de Villars.

Best known for: Villars-sur-Ollon is known for its upscale atmosphere, charming chalets, and international flair.

Best time to visit: Mid-winter for the best skiing conditions.

As winter approaches, the allure of a peaceful alpine escape beckons. Whether you choose the charming Morillon, historic Samoëns, traditional Chatel, picturesque Combloux, hidden Praz-sur-Arly, serene Les Clefs, or sophisticated Villars-sur-Ollon, each destination promises a unique blend of tranquillity and winter wonders.

Ready to book your winter escape? Check out OVO Network’s range of partner properties located in beautiful remote areas across the Alps…

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Hi, I’m Amy. I am a Copywriter and Editor for OVO Network. I have lived between the French Alps and UK and love to share my knowledge of the area with readers!

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