Refreshing Fridays: Keep Warm on the Ski Lift With A Gluhwein

- Melanie Zieba,

Also known as mulled wine, Gluhwein is a popular Alpine warmer and the perfect drink to warm you up after a fabulous day on the slopes.

gluhweinSoothing and festive, this cozy concoction is perfect for après-ski fireside sipping, particularly during the holiday season. Gluhwein is most popular in German-speaking countries but since it goes so well with snow boots it’s perfect for drinking just about anywhere.

How to make your own Gluhwein:

-One bottle of red wine
-4 oz. water
-2 oz. sugar
-One stick of cinnamon
-3 cloves
-1 tbsp. lemon peel
-1 tbsp. orange peel

In a pot, boil the sugar and spices in water, leaving them to soak for about a half hour. Then, strain the water and mix with wine. Heat the wine concoction being careful not to let it boil along with the lemon and orange peels letting them float on top. Serve in an Irish coffee cup and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Ready to hit the hill? Kiwi Collection has some of the best places to ski in the world along with a delicious Gluhwein:


The Omnia:
Only electromobiles and horse-drrawn sleighs are allowed in Zermatt, Switzerland, making a stay at The Omnia is perfect for people who really want to enjoy nature on their ski vacation this year. This traditional-style mountain lodge offers stunning views of famous mountains: Rothorn, Stockhorn, Gornergrat, Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn.


Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa:
If you’re looking for a rustic hideaway to stage your ski vacation this winter, look no further than Jackson Hole in Wyoming. This peaceful town is home to Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa – a gorgeous 31-room lodge. Rooms feature oversized tubs or Jacuzzis, so be sure to make use of these after a fun day enjoying Grand Teton.


Capella Telluride:
Found in Telluride, Colorado, you’ll get some of the best skiing in the U.S. when you stay at Capella Telluride. This resort has 90 luxurious suites and 10 luxury rooms all made of natural materials to give guests a truly alpine experience. Make sure you enjoy the view of the San Juan mountains from your room, while sipping on a mug of mulled wine.


Kristiania Lech:
When we think skiing – we think Austria. A trip to Lech-Arlberg for a stay at Kristiania Lech is definitely in order this winter. Kristiania Lech is a perfect winter retreat as it is right in the middle of the Alps. The ski lifts, the pistes and the beginning of the cross-country ski trails are a five minute walk from the hotel.


The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort:
Located in scenic Park City, Utah, the St. Regis Deer Crest Resort is in the Wasatch Mountains. This gorgeous mountain retreat features 181 custom-designed guest rooms and suites. You’ll find everything you need to enjoy a ski vacation here: the resort has a ski lounge, ski valet service, ski “beach” and infinity pool with hot tubs and a heated deck.


The Little Nell:
Currently unveiling an $18 million guest room renovation by renowned residential designer, Holly Hunt, the Little Nell is a perfect winter retreat at the base of Aspen Mountain. It’s the area’s only five-star, five diamond ski-in/ski-out property, so this resort in Colorado is definitely worth checking out this winter.


The Chalets at Country Resort:
Surrounded by endless fluffy powder, The Chalets at Country Resort is only minutes from the Grand Hirafu snowfields of Hokkaido Island, Japan, known as one of the snowiest ski resorts in the world.


The Lodge:
Most popular for being Sir Richard Branson’s Mountain Retreat, The Lodge is a luxurious haven in the Swiss Alps. Nestled high up in the forest this retreat is only a quick five minute walk from the town of Berbier and just steps away from the lift station for some fabulous skiing.


Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras:
Found right on an alpine lake in the High Tatra Mountains of Slovakia, the Grand Hotel Kempinsi High Tatras is an exclusive 98-room resort catering to ski-fiends who want the very best. Rooms all feature flat screen televisions, wireless internet, plush bathrobes and slippers and heated marble flooring.


Grand Hotel Park, Gstaad:
Renowned as a ski holiday center, the Grand Hotel Park, Gstaad is encircled by the Bernese Alps in Switzerland. This luxurious hotel combines the latest in comfort with tradition and elegance.

Les Suites de la Potiniere:
Les Suites de la Potiniere sits in the heart of Courchevel ski resort in France and only steps away from the ski lift. Recently redesigned this mountain getaway is the perfect place to experience pure elegance and ultimate luxury.


Hotel Portillo:
If you want exclusivity, Hotel Portillo near Santiago, Chile is unlike any ski resort experience you may have had. Portillo is totally self contained and has been South America’s premier destination ski resort for more than 50 years.


Thurnhers Alpenhof:
Located in the heart of Zurs, Austria, and considered one of the most attractive and sophisticated ski resorts in the world is Thurnhers Alpenhof. Recently winning the top spot for Austria’s leading ski resort a visit here is like stepping into a winter fairytale.


La Pleta:
La Pleta by Rafael Hotels is set in an exclusive ski resort in the Occitanian Mountains’ area of Baqueira-Lleida in the Pyrenees in Northern Spain. Although this area is not so widely known, once discovered it is every ski lover’s dream.

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  1. Ski Area says:

    Nice pictures here as if one can feel as if they were placed there. Thanks for the recipes.

  2. Ski vacation says:

    Impressed!All the hotels shown above are exotic.Your ski vacations will be worthy enough in exotic hotels like these.Some of the hotels have skiing schools also they teach you skiing if you don’t know.So plan for an exquisite ski vacation.

  3. ski chalets says:

    Normally I hate the bitter taste of red wine but this mix is really delicious, and healthy for that matter! This exotic mix can be made at home too as those ingredients aren’t that hard to come by.