The word "Hygge" has crept into my consciousness over the last few months and appears to be becoming a bit of a “thing”. It’s new to me, but by no means new to Denmark, where the concept was created. The actual term comes from a Norwegian word meaning “wellbeing”, and first appeared in 19th Century Danish writing. But what does it mean? Well, it seems to cover a lot of things, really – sitting by the fire on a cold night, drinking mulled wine with friends, curling up under a duvet to read a good book, candlelight, being with family and friends. In a broad sense, it’s creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people around you. What’s not to like? Perhaps this explains why the Danes are considered to be the happiest people in the world!
Although this is a new word to me, I believe “Hygge” is something we’ve been enjoying in the Alps for a long time…..ask anyone who has been on a skiing holiday and they’ll tell you what a wonderful atmosphere it is in resort, combined with fresh air, cosy fires, good food and wine, great friends. Our very own Alpine version of “Hygge”!
Our Top Five Alpine "Hygge" Moments:
Hot chocolate and pastries by the fire in the Hotel Chabichou Bar
Watching February fireworks with a cup of vin chaud
Curling up in your chalet with a good book watching the snow fall outside
Enjoying a glass of champagne in the sunshine on the Hotel Courcheneige terrace
Trying something different - snowshoeing/husky sledding/cross country skiing