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Peak Retreats scoops major travel award

July 25, 2023

Peak Retreats, a Portsmouth-based company is celebrating after being named Best Ski Operator at the Telegraph Travel Awards 2023. This is the second time they have won this award.

The awards are decided by votes from Telegraph readers, with over 27,000 voting this year for their favourite destinations, airlines and travel companies.

The company was founded in Portsmouth by Xavier and Nathalie Soma in 2002.

Ben Ross (Telegraph) with Alison Willis from Peak Retreats
Ben Ross (Telegraph) with Alison Willis from Peak Retreats

Xavier Schouller, Peak Retreats co-founder, said:

“We are thrilled to have been named Best Ski Operator for the second time in a row.  We are passionate about skiing in the French Alps and over the past 20 years we have developed our range of resorts and accommodation to encompass both traditional village resorts away from the crowds, yet with access to superb slopes, and the world-renowned winter destinations for which the French Alps is known.”

Other recent accolades include The Times Travel Editor’s Award (2018), a Family Traveller Excellence Award (2019) and Best Family Ski Operator at the Family Traveller Awards (2018).

Lucy Aspden-Kean, Commissioning Editor for the Telegraph Ski writing on said:

“Peak Retreats has defended its position as champion in this category – a victory that is a testament to the operator’s ability to understand the changing demands of British skiers. Since its last success – having been named Best Ski Operator in 2019 – the self-catered specialist Peak Retreats has come into its own. Peak Retreats, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last winter, has been at the forefront of [the self-catered] revolution. Its properties across France have shattered any misconceptions about apartment accommodation, with five-star facilities, including spas and swimming pools, and spacious living spaces the new norm.”


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