For a cold-climate destination replication of the French Alps, follow these hot cocktail recipes, fondue recipes, and tips for décor!
30 oz unfiltered apple juice
4 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise pods
6 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
1 oz Peppermint Schnapps
½ oz Dark Crème de Cacao
1 teaspoon crème de menthe
4 oz Hot Chocolate
Shaved chocolate or chocolate sprinkles for garnish
1 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 oz Bushmills Whiskey
White hot chocolate
Cinnamon for garnish
Smooth and rich, this fondue recipe is the classic après ski dish on menus in the French Alps.
For those who love sweets.
A fireplace serves as a gathering spot in a ski lodge after a long day on the slopes.
If you do not have an indoor fireplace, create an outdoor fireplace on a non-flammable dry surphase with a “Light ‘n Go Bonfire log from ecoforestfirewood.com
For a high-tech option, put a crackling fire DVD on your TV. You will not get the heat of the fire, but the sight and sound of the fire will create a cozy environment.
Drape tables and furniture with winter throws (the one above is from Lands’ End) to create a warm feeling for your ski staycation
Arrange pine cones and evergreen branches throughout the space to perfume the air with a pine scent which is reminiscent of the aroma of a ski slope coursing along an evergreen forest.
You can even use artificial pinecones and evergreen branches that have been recycled from your Christmas decorations.
Skiing is not the same without freshly fallen snow. Cut out paper snowflakes and hang them around the room and in the windows, doorways and ceiling. Embellish the snowflakes with glitter for an added sparkle.
When you are on your stay-cation, you do not have to hide your ski gear in the closet. Use poles, skiis, boots, coats, scarves/hats/gloves and goggles for decoration around the home. Place the boots near the fire to keep them warm, place the skiis and poles near the front door. This will give you the sense that you have just come off the mountain.