FAQs

Who is Alpin Luxe?

Alpin Luxe is an “all-inclusive” luxury travel company focusing on ski, golf, cycling and wellness trips to Europe. You really can “leave home without it.” We focus on the “details” of each trip so that every guest can really relax, have fun and begin a new journey by discovering the Alpine Lifestyle.

How are you dealing with COVID?

Just like any unforeseen event, this too shall pass. The world doesn’t stop and when Europe opens up again to American’s, there will be a surge in travel. CLICK HERE to read how Alpin Luxe and its properties are prepared to handle travel post-COVID.

What does "all-inclusive" mean?

Alpin Luxe includes accommodations, meals, hand-selected spa treatments, transportation during your trip, coaching, guiding, lift passes, greens fees, ski or bike rentals, wine tastings, gratuities, alcoholic beverages (limited) and airport transfers at select locations. We DO NOT arrange flights, but can connect you with our travel agency.

What is the Alpin Luxe difference?

Alpin Luxe focuses on providing lifetime experiences and the introduction to the Alpine Lifestyle – which is a healthier way of life that will improve not only your health and wellness, but your overall attitude towards living.

What is the Alpine Lifestyle?

It’s a way of life that begins with a positive attitude towards changing old (and sometimes) unhealthy habits. Embrace movement through daily exercise, eat healthy and clean foods whenever possible, learn to hydrate properly, become more focused through mindfulness practice and learn to implement better sleep habits.

Why Europe?

If you’ve been to Europe previously, you’ll know why. If you’ve never been, its life changing. There are so many facets of European life that provide a positive experience – you’ll know the minute you arrive on the continent. Everything the Euro’s do is different – from the coffee they drink, to the farm-to-table food they eat, to the cars they drive. The United States is a huge country and we often believe we’re the only island on earth. Sadly, at this point in time, we live a relatively unhealthy lifestyle – consuming fast, processed foods and forgoing exercise to watch our favorite TV shows. If you want to change the way you live – look to Europe and embrace the Alpine Lifestyle.

What about the ski resorts – doesn't North America have better snow?

Perhaps that was true 30 years ago when Colorado and Utah could boast the “greatest snow on earth,” but winters have changed significantly over the past few decades. With the exception of northern Japan and most Heli destinations, nearly every ski resort worldwide has to augment Mother Nature with machine made snow. And, contrary to popular belief, nobody does it better than the Europeans.

What else is so special about European ski resorts?

Over the past decade, European ski resorts have gone through a renaissance period of spectacular upgrades: New lifts with heated seats and windscreens, ultra-modern lodges with incredible local cuisine, multiple ski areas linked to provide hundreds of miles of groomed slopes, RFID lift passes that can also access free lockers and “walk up to the window” $50.00/per day lift tickets. And to top it off, having lunch at numerous different mountain huts where the melding of the modern architecture with centuries old grazing huts come together – not to mention affordable, farm-to -able cuisine!

What else is special?

We are so excited to give the average skier an opportunity to spend a week skiing with America’s most successful ski racing celebrities. Imagine skiing with Glen Plake, AJ Kitt, Brenda Buglione, Jeff Olson and Tamara McKinney!

I'm not a great skier, and those big names are intimidating!

For some of you, this might initially seem intimidating, however, once you meet any of our coaches, you’ll quickly realize they are just like you. Consider this: If you’re a business person, what would you give to spend a week with Tim Cook (Apple), Elon Musk (Tesla), or Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook)? Would you be intimidated or would you embrace a rare opportunity to learn from the best in the world? They all have families, are skiing for fun and eager to pass on the little tips that made them great. More importantly, they are so much fun! So, don’t shy away from them – embrace them and you’ll make a new friend at the same time.

What’s different about the golf courses in Europe?

In general, European golf courses are tighter and require more emphasis on iron play and the short game. If you’re a “bomber” off the tee box, we guarantee playing in Europe will improve your overall game. In many instances, the courses are not nearly as manicured as in America, but the way they’ve been designed and melded into the countryside is something to behold. Where else can you play next to incredibly dramatic mountains, beautiful meadows and lakes, next to castles from the Middle Ages? Remember, it’s the short game that has kept the European Ryder Cup Teams in front of the Americans.

What makes cycling special in Europe?

Cycling is a way of life in Europe, whether for exercise, commuting to work or competition. Most cycling enthusiasts are familiar with the big three races: Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España. The terrain is challenging and the scenery is breathtaking. However, it’s the new wave of E-biking that has really taken off in Europe! With the addition of American cycling stars like Tyler Hamilton as coaches, you can now experience parts of these iconic rides – even if it means riding an E-bike!

Why and how do you choose your 5-Star hotel properties?

First the why: We choose both 4 and 5-Star resort hotels depending upon the location and their amenities. In general, 5-Star resort hotels in Europe are a much better value than in America. Their spas are some of the best in the world and most provide at least half-pension, which means an absolutely incredible breakfast and dinner prepared by either Michelin or Gault et Millau chefs are included with the room rate.

And the how: We visit and carefully evaluate each property before they become an official hotel for Alpin Luxe trips. Photos and websites never do justice, we visit each and every hotel we use, so that we can also approve the staff and atmosphere.

What separates Alpin Luxe from the average travel provider?

Our trips are designed to replicate the incredible experiences only world class athletes and coaches have seen throughout their careers. Let’s face it, we’ve all been fortunate to have traveled the world and seen some amazing locations. So, we put our heart and soul into providing you, our guest, with the same experiences that only a few people on earth can ever realize. Think about this for a while:

  • Where can you ski on location where a James Bond movie was filmed (see our Soelden, Austria trip)?
  • How many people from your hometown can say they took a helicopter around the Matterhorn and then skied from Switzerland into Italy and back (see our Zermatt, Switzerland trip)?
  • Who do you know that has skied in the morning and played golf in the afternoon (see our Zillertal, Austria trip)?
  • When do you get bragging rights by telling friends you skied the “Sella Ronda” – which is around the famous Dolomites in one day (see our DolomiteSuperSki trip)?

Why not some of Europe’s more famous destinations?

Even before COVID, we have selected our resorts to avoid crowds. It’s all part of the unique cultural experience that makes Alpin Luxe so special. We believe that the Alpine Lifestyle is best explored off the beaten path. We also stay clear of holiday weeks and weekends. Most of the ski resorts we select are either large enough to accommodate the number of skiers, or they (intelligently) begin spinning the lifts at 8:00a to gradually feed skiers onto the mountain to avoid overcrowding. And some resorts even limit the number of skiers per day. Right now, there will be fewer crowds anyway as most properties have limited the number of guests that can stay.

How do you determine skill level for your trips?

We’ve developed a set of skill level ratings for each sport: Ski, MTB, Golf, and general Fitness. This system ranks participants into one of 9 different levels based on ability.

These levels are approximate benchmarks to help you decide which trips might be right for you. However, if you have concerns about something being to difficult (or perhaps not challenging enough!) Please reach out, and we’d be happy to provide more details about that particular trip. Our goal is always to create the ultimate tailored Alpine Experience, and we strive to accommodate all skill levels as best we can.

Learn more about each of the rating systems here:

SKIING
MOUNTAIN BIKING
GOLF
FITNESS