If you’ve been inspired by the incredible sporting displays of the Winter Olympics in Pyongchang, you’re not alone. The so called ‘medal-effect’ of the post-Olympics boom sees many novice and first-time participants take to the snow, having been encouraged by the dazzling variety of sporting talent, showcased throughout the past two weeks in South Korea. While the nerve-shredding events such as the skeleton and speed skating aren’t for the feint hearted, more traditional winter pursuits such as skiing and snowboarding are an ideal introduction to the ice-cold cool of these adrenaline-fueled sports. Though the Winter Olympics have now concluded for another four years, there are many last-minute luxury ski holidays available for you to enjoy, exclusively with Elegant Resorts.
Whether you’re a complete beginner, returning to the slopes after a long break or are a seasoned whizz on the black runs, there is sure to be a luxury ski resort with facilities, amenities and world-class instructors ready to take your skills to the next level. One particularly appealing aspect of taking up skiing or snowboarding at one of our hand-picked luxury ski resorts is that, unlike the international array of athletes chasing gold medal glory, your only competition is yourself. You can enjoy the spectacular choice of undulating snow, relieve aching muscles in spa-rich luxury and make the most of the affluent après-ski scene, featuring gourmet dining and plush guest accommodation at our selection of last minute luxury ski hotels.
Aside from the obvious sporting pedigree, a last-minute luxury ski holiday has many additional benefits, particularly in relation to health and wellness. Escaping the every day and the city grime for crisp, clean mountain air and breathtaking views of nature at its most majestic. Just a few days spent in unpolluted air, enjoying exercise and indulging in luxury is beneficial for physical and mental wellbeing, the effects of which will be enjoyed long after you return home. There is truly no better time to enjoy some last-minute luxury ski.
The Westin Resort And Spa, Whistler, Canada
Located in the heart of Canada’s most famous mountain range, The Westin Resort And Spa comprises all-suite accommodation and convenient access to Whistler’s world-class slopes. It all begins with the resort’s trademark ‘Heavenly’ beds, which promise a restful and restorative night’s sleep; the ideal start to a last minute luxury ski holiday. The Avello Spa, considered one of Canada’s most comprehensive spas, is on hand to further rejuvenate tired bodies and frazzled minds. Of course, the true star of the show is the rugged mountain range with its world-class ski and snowboarding facilities. A variety of runs for all abilities makes even your first time on the snow highly enjoyable, while families are sure to love the child-friendly activities such as tubing, snow shoeing, seasonal sleighride and dog sledding with Alaskan racing huskies. The peak to peak gondola ride is a slow-paced, scenic cruise at altitude where the white blanket of Whistler and its picturesque village can be viewed from above. Suites feature fireplaces and deep-soak baths for the all-important essence of luxury that saw The Westin Resort And Spa twice named the Number One Ski Resort by Condé Nast Traveller magazine.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler, Canada
When looking for last minute luxury ski holidays, Fairmont Chateau Whistler is a good place to start. Combine your love of sport by spending alternate days on the slopes and on the golf course, as this award-winning Whistler hotel boasts a par 72 18-hole championship course, in addition to the abundance of gratifying ski slopes. The resort encourages guests to make the most of their time in this most picturesque corner of Canada and their expertly curated Whistler Experience Guide includes tailor-made excursions with off-the-beaten-track adventures. Within the hotel itself there are endless indulgences and enriching epicurean experiences to enjoy, with five inviting restaurants to choose from including the traditional apres-ski icon, evening fondue.
The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek, America
Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch is located in the White River National Forest, twenty minutes from Vail and invites guests to enjoy the facilities of one of the world’s largest ski and snowboard schools. Ideal for families, the resort boasts exemplary ski schools for children and a non-ski kindergarten for toddlers and babies, while the fleet of expert ski nannies can take care of the logistics to get them to and from ski school with ease. You’ll enjoy scenic mountain views, luxurious lodge-inspired accommodation and six individual restaurants, offering gourmet experiences and unforgettable Alpine-inspired cuisine.
The Little Nell, Aspen, America
Aspen is the glamorous heavyweight of the American ski scene and The Little Nell is one of its brightest stars. As the only ski-in / ski-out property in Aspen, and one of the true ultra-luxury boutique ski hotels in the region, The Little Nell stands out among the rest. Exceptional service, stylish interiors and a five-star Ski Concierge team ensure you enjoy the ultimate last-minute luxury ski holiday. The Little Nell does luxury in a big way, with a Champagne and caviar bar located overlooking the pristine slopes, a fully comprehensive health centre and spa and in-house sommeliers on hand to really add the wow-factor to your apres-ski experience. Escape to a little bubble of luxury at The Little Nell.
Chedi Andermatt, Andermatt, Switzerland
The Far East may not instantly spring to mind when you think of last-minute luxury ski, but the Chedi Andermatt brings a contemporary Asian influence to Switzerland’s long established ski paradise. With a significant focus on spa culture, you can (quite literally) rest assured that you’ll be pampered, rejuvenated and restored pre and post ski, in the expert hands of the Chedi spa team. Elegantly luxurious touches such as roaring fireplaces, faux fur blankets and a heavenly hydrotherapy pool make for a lavish, enriching stay. Furthermore, the exquisite interiors, Sunday Champagne brunch and delicious cuisine, including authentic sushi, add the finessed final touches, while the skiing itself is almost unrivalled. Not only is there 120km of slopes to explore, with reliable snowfall, but the variety of runs are sure to entertain families, first-timers and seasoned ski bunnies alike.
The Capra, Saas-Fee, Switzerland
Enjoy a traditional Alpine adventure with a last minute luxury ski chalet stay at The Capra in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. You’ll enjoy the intimate, homely feel of a ski chalet with all of the fabulous amenities of a five-star boutique ski resort during your stay at The Capra, with Michelin-star cuisine, unique hotel experiences and a superior level of comfort to boot. Saas-Fee proudly boasts a reputation as being Switzerland’s unspoilt ski resort, with a small, niche feel and freedom from the trappings of mass tourism — The Capra embodies this ambience of exclusivity entirely. On the slopes, the hotel’s dedicated concierge delivers incredible experiences including the signature Photo Safari, where you’ll seek out the most scenic settings in the Saas valley with a professional photographer on hand to help you frame the perfect shot, heli-skiing and the Ski Safari programme, where you can take on new terrains each day!
Hotel Barriere Les Neiges, Courchevel 1850, France
It wouldn’t be a comprehensive collection of last minute luxury ski holidays without citing Courchevel 1850. The glamorous French ski icon is home to many world-class ski hotels but Hotel Barriere Les Neiges is a bijou option, brimming with signature French chic. Comprising just 42 rooms and suites, you can enjoy the ambience of a luxury ski chalet with indulgent additions such as a boot warming service, spa and Michelin-star cuisine take care of your après-ski needs. Children are well taken care of by a team of childcare experts and you, of course, have the magnificent snow playground of Les 3 Vallees to explore.
Four Seasons Hotel Megeve, Megeve, France
If you’re seeking the ultimate last minute luxury ski holiday for families, Four Seasons Hotel Megeve is a must-visit. The much-loved Kids For All Seasons programme makes the most of the resort’s awe-inspiring surroundings with plenty of snow-themed adventures including trekking and snow-scooters, while the dedicated Teen Centre is ideal for younger travellers seeking some independence and entertainment during your stay. Four Seasons Hotel Megeve is the only hotel in the region with an in-house ski concierge to maximise your comfort throughout your stay and your time on the slopes. You can refuel with Michelin Star cuisine and wine tastings to enjoy the resort’s exceptional gourmet pedigree.
Hotel Hermitage, Cervinia, Italy
Italy’s ski credentials grow stronger year on year with many seasoned skiers shunning the busier resorts for Italy’s lesser-known hideaways. Cervinia enjoys a higher altitude than most resorts, making it snow-sure all year round, and this resort is particularly recommended for beginners and intermediates. Staying at Hotel Hermitage, you’ll enjoy a last minute luxury ski holiday with all the trimmings. The hotel will take care of the essentials such as lift passes, ski hire and transport to the slopes, while the idyllic location gives you the choice of three renowned ski and snowboard schools. Children’s ski schools and the choice of ski and non-ski childcare for toddlers is perfect for families while the enviable array of activities on offer is appealing for those seeking a more extensive luxury ski experience.
Sport Hotel Hermitage, Soldeu, Andorra
Sister hotel to Hotel Hermitage in Cervinia, Sport Hotel Hermitage in Andorra is the preferred choice of sports enthusiasts. It goes without saying that the resort is perfectly placed to invite guests to uncover 200km of pistes, including 18 green runs, 32 blue, 37 red and 23 black, so you’re sure to find the challenge or easy going experience you love. You’ll have worked up quite an appetite by the evening and you have six distinct and delicious restaurants to choose from while the spa keeps you in top condition for another day of adventure.
Chalet RoyAlp Hotel & Spa, Villars, Switzerland
Explore five impressive alpine resorts with just one ski pass at this beautiful Swiss ski resort. Located in Villars, Chalet RoyAlp Hotel & Spa is a family-friendly resort with gourmet credentials and a wealth of stunning scenery. Chalet-style accommodation embraces authentic alpine luxury while the extensive array of activities on offer ensures you get to experience the very best of this picturesque setting. Walk between sky-scraping glaciers, enjoy a thermal bath, savour a wine tour and visit Lake Geneva if you’re seeking some downtime between cruising the slopes.