Words by Ollie Peart
I don’t know about you, but when I get the urge to go snowboarding, the first thing I do is tap “Cheap Ski Holidays” into Google, click the first link, order by “Price, lowest” and try and get as much bang for my ever decreasing-in-value pound, as I can. I want flights, food, transfers, ski passes and a weird “extra” like a sleigh ride, for as little money as possible. There are thousands of people like me, who do that same thing year after year.
And just like me, those people will notice as they roll through their chosen ski town in a bus adorned with nothing more than a flickering LED clock, that tucked away behind the colossal faux hotels or chalets most of us stay in, sit an array of mega luxe chalets, so bafflingly stunning that even Kevin McCloud would be astonished by them.
“The most excessive? ‘Our Russian guests who asked us to “rent” a litter of puppies for their kids’ Christmas present.’”
As you drive past you’ll try and peer over the chunky wooden and steel automated gates, dazzled by the multi-coloured light display that’s so garish it’s almost cool. But you’ll see nothing. This billionaire’s playground is off limits to the likes of you. You’d like to look inside though wouldn’t you? Of course you would.