Patricia Tung-Gaw, Hong Kong

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Patricia Tung-Gaw is a partner in Ferastyle, a skiwear brand founded by her mother more than 40 years ago in California. As skiing is her family’s business, Patricia grew up testing Ferastyle’s products on slopes around the world. When she’s not gliding over the snow, you can find her wakesurfing or road biking in Hong Kong.

What’s your favourite ski resort?
The Mont Blanc area, including Chamonix on the French side and Courmayeur on the Italian side, has some of the best skiing in the world. There are long off-piste runs that take the whole morning and quaint family-run restaurants on the slopes. The Chamonix lift systems are very efficient and include the Aiguille du Midi tram, which takes you up 2,700 metres in 20 minutes.

What’s the best run at Chamonix?
Chamonix is famous for the Vallée Blanche, a stunning off-piste ski route that is 20 kilometres long and has a vertical descent of 2,700 metres. Make sure to go with a guide because the initial descent is done wearing harnesses and there are crevasses in the glacier to avoid.

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Where do you stay?
If we’re travelling with family, we like to rent a private chalet in Chamonix. One we have enjoyed is La Ferme du Bois, an old farmhouse that has been modernised into a comfortable rustic retreat with a huge granite fireplace, plenty of big leather sofas to lounge in and an outdoor hot tub. It’s in an area called Les Bois, which isn’t far from the Chamonix town centre and is about five to ten minutes’ drive to various ski lifts.

Where’s best for après ski?
My favourite place is back at the chalet in the hot tub. In terms of food and drink, Restaurant Albert 1er is the best in Chamonix for fine dining. The food is beautifully presented and the restaurant has a good wine list. In Courmayeur, stop for lunch at Chiecco. It’s busy and the service is patchy but the owner, Anna, is such a character and the food is delicious.

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Any other recommendations?
Aside from skiing, Chamonix has great paragliding with incredible views over the valley. The paragliding guides can perform some exciting tricks if you have the stomach for them. Heli-skiing is not available at Chamonix but we heli-ski around Courmayeur. In Courmayeur, the helicopter can land mid-mountain, so you can go for a quick heli-run from the resort.


Fanny Tsai, Taiwan

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Fanny Tsai is the founder of Weng Collection, a lifestyle brand best known for its jewellery line, By Fanny. A keen snowboarder, Tsai lived for many years in the US, where she fell in love with the country’s ski and snowboarding resorts. Fanny featured on Taiwan Tatler’s Gen.T List last year and this year.

Where’s your favourite place to go snowboarding?
Mammoth Mountain in California. I have a house in California, so it’s really convenient for me. The weather at Mammoth Mountain is also normally good, meaning that it often has a long snowboarding season. Mammoth Mountain has pipes of different sizes, making it perfect for everyone from novices to professionals.

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What are your favourite parks on Mammoth Mountain?
Wonderland Playground is my favourite for warming up on the slopes and for practising different moves before exploring the Unbound Terrain Parks. South Park is a great challenge; I may not master it like a pro, but I think it’s got to be the best spot on the mountain. It’s surrounded by trees and it’s so beautiful when the sun shines down through the forest.

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What’s your favourite run?
The Eagle Express lift leads to some of my favourite runs. There are loads of options from the top. There are runs that lead to beautiful scenic views or runs that lead to challenging black diamonds.

Where’s best for après ski?
I often do day trips from my house in California, but sometimes I rent a cabin in the resort. If I do, then the best thing at the end of a long day is to have a couple of Advils and a bottle of Blue Moon beer in the hot tub.


Paige Parker, Singapore

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Paige Parker knows a thing or two about planning holidays, having organised a three-year road trip with her husband from 1999—a trip that set a Guinness World Record for most countries visited (111) during a continuous trip by car. Now based in Singapore, Paige regularly escapes the tropics for luxury ski breaks.

What’s your favourite ski resort?
The perfect snow and endless slopes of Whistler in Canada make it the real star. We skied there in December last year for the first time and are returning this December for a repeat, and I’m delighted to have organised a sleigh ride for us on Christmas Day and a Christmas tree for our suite.

Where do you stay?
At the Four Seasons Whistler. The ski concierge there is the most amazing we have experienced. In the morning, we stroll over to the base of the mountain to find eager staff who help us nudge on tight boots that have been warmed overnight. Post-skiing, the same staff meet us at the base to collect our skis and offer hot chocolate to lift our spirits. For après, my nine-year-old daughter, Bee, can roast marshmallows over the fire, while I sip champagne by the fireplace enjoying Little Neck oysters.

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What’s your favourite run?
We have a few favourites. Burnt Stew Trail is fairly easy and we can do it as a family, taking in the extraordinary views of Garibaldi Park. The Dave Murray Downhill run has some steep areas but is a challenging, fun run. The Zig Zag run on Blackcomb Mountain has unexpected bumps and hills, which make it a super fun rollercoaster run. Also on Blackcomb Mountain, Hugh’s Heaven has great views of Whistler on a sunny day.

When you’re not enjoying après ski at the hotel, do you have any other favourite restaurants in the area?
We love Nagomi Sushi at the base of Blackcomb Mountain; also Pizzeria Antico for the cesare, caprese and all the pizzas. For the best fine dining, we prefer Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar, where executive chef James Walt creates delicious regional dishes with local ingredients. With nine oyster options on the menu, Araxi is a winner for me.

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Piyasvasti Amranand, Thailand

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Piyasvasti Amranand is the inaugural president of the Ski and Snowboard Association of Thailand, which is currently supporting Thai athletes training for next year’s Winter Olympics. Piyasvasti started skiing in Europe at the age of 15. In his own words, “it was basically skiing on ice in corduroy trousers.”

What’s your favourite ski resort?
Gressoney-la-Trinité, a very small village in the Italian Alps. It’s approximately two hours by car from Milan, which is super convenient for me because Thai Airways has a direct flight from Bangkok to Milan. If I take the midnight flight from Bangkok, I can be on the slopes by noon the next day.

What’s the best run at Gressoney?
Gressoney is connected to two other skiing areas, Alagna Valsesia and Champoluc, so the whole area has a vast number of runs—both on and off piste. My favourite run is an off-piste ski from Punta Indren, which is challenging but has beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. About three-quarters of the way down there’s a very good restaurant called Orestes Hutte where you can stop for lunch. Sometimes the owner’s son-in-law joins me afterwards for the rest of the run.

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Are there any other good restaurants in the area?
In Gressoney there is 2727 Colle Bettaforca, which is near Staffal on the way to Champoluc. It serves wonderful Italian food and is only accessible by skiing.

Where do you stay?
At Gressoney, I always stay at Hotel Jolanda Sport, a four-star hotel right next to a chairlift in the middle of the village. It’s a real ski-in, ski-out hotel because the chairlift is located just five steps from the door of the ski room. On the way back, you can ski right up to the door. One of the best things about Gressoney is that it’s not crowded, so lift queues are normally short and you can squeeze a lot more skiing into the day.

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What do you get up to when you’re not on the slopes?
Gressoney is unique as there is a retreat for Buddhist monks in the mountains. There are normally two monks living there during winter. So an important activity while we’re in Gressoney is to give alms to the monks in the morning. The monks either come down to the hotel or we ski to their retreat. The monks also give sermons, but I skip them—I leave that to my more pious relatives.

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