Which is your favourite place to ski in Europe?
It has to be St Moritz, for its combination of good skiing and social life, both on and off the mountain. I used to go for all-out skiing, have a beer and crash out, so would once have opted for somewhere more epic, like Chamonix. But now, I like the après-ski just as much. There are more challenging resorts piste-wise, but St Moritz’s combination of Swiss food (with an Italian accent) and Italian clubbing makes it hard to beat for all-round fun.
What’s your après-ski of choice and where do you drink it?
A negroni (one only) in the bar of the Kulm Hotel or a lunchtime Peroni (again, one only) at Paradiso, the on-piste hotspot with a menu and outdoor terrace that beats all on-mountain restaurants (it costs an arm and a leg, naturally).
What’s the one thing you can’t be without on a ski holiday?
My old bright blue Stone Island parka that I’ve had for years. I wear it as an outer shell. It did once come with a down-filled liner, but I’ve replaced that with a Snow Peak pullover down hoodie.
What are your travel essentials?
I use Montblanc n, because it’s tough and good looking (and on the carousel it doesn’t look like that other brand everyone else uses). Somehow, I have honed my packing regimen to suit the two smaller sizes: I can manage a week (just) with the medium size and a three-day trip with the smallest. I also never get on a plane without a Begg x Co cashmere beanie. I have them in various colours and they create a great cocoon feeling, along with Bose noise-cancelling headphones, an eye mask and Tom Ford Fausto sunglasses. I also carry a leather bag I made myself. It’s been on every plane trip with me since 2015 and is now beginning to fall apart. I’m currently making a new and improved 2023 replacement.
You can follow Nick on Instagram: @nicksullivanesq