Whether you are setting foot on the slopes for the first time or are a well-seasoned skier, there is a ski break to match your requirements. Find the best luxury ski destinations and the top 5 star luxury ski resorts and hotels to match with our guide to finding your perfect break in the snow…
Part of the fantastic Trois Vallees ski area, which is the largest interconnected ski area in the world, Courchevel 1850 in France is the most glamorous, and highest, of the four Courchevel villages. The sheer choice of slopes is outstanding, with passes allowing you to discover the entire area, making it one of the top ski destinations for all abilities. The nightlife here can be lively, with Folie Douce offering parties, cabaret and live music on the slopes, along with a number of other bars and lounges. Known as the St Tropez of ski resorts, the Michelin-starred restaurants and designer boutiques always attract the of glitterati.
Where to stay? Hotel Barrière Les Neiges boasts direct access to the slopes plus a spa, pool and private cinema room. Located at the base of the Bellecôte slope, you will be ideally located in the heart of the resort to make the most of the region. In the evening, head to the lounge bar to enjoy the live music over a drink.
Colorado’s old mining town of Aspen struck gold when it transformed itself into one of the United States’ prime ski resorts. With plenty of character, Aspen teams with art and culture, as well as having a nightlife packed with live music, its après ski scene is great. And, with four mountains to chose from catering for beginners to experienced skiers, there is something for everyone.
Where to Stay? The Little Nell not only boasts ski-in/ski-out access to Aspen Mountain, but is also lucky enough to be in the midst of the lively shopping and dining scene Aspen is so well-loved for. It is also home to the ever-popular Ajax Tavern, which serves hearty casual fare with its unbeatable atmosphere, and The Oasis, which is the world’s first on-mountain Champagne bar for lofty lounging.
With a brand-new connection from Andermatt to Sedrun for 2018, including six new lifts, Andermatt is set to become part of the largest ski area in central Switzerland. Nevertheless, its timeless charm as a sleepy mountain town has never fully waned. Known for it’s heavy snowfall, it has a reputation for being the resort of choice for adventurous types, though it still ranks high as one of the best luxury ski destinations in Europe.
Where to stay? The Chedi Andermatt is credited with bringing the first of the 5-star luxury ski resorts to Andermatt. Combining Alpine chic and Asian design, this peaceful haven is one of the most stylish ski resorts you can find. The restaurants are fantastic, too, from the Wine and Cheese Cellar to the wonderfully authentic The Japanese Restaurant, which boasts the largest sake selection in Europe.
Based in the French Alps, Megève is one of the best luxury ski destinations for those who like to avoid the crowds. Part medieval village and part modern ski resort, Megève is well-heeled yet retains a peaceful character. Boasting a good selection of Michelin-starred restaurants, its cobbled streets are simply charming during Christmas, making it one of the top ski destinations for a festive getaway.
Where to Stay? Just minutes from the old village, Alpaga captures the spirit of a mountain hamlet, with chalets clustered around a homely main hotel building. Here, you can find the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, La Table de l’Alpaga, plus an outdoor sauna with views over Mont Blanc. For true ease, a chauffeur service can whisk you from the hotel to the centre of Megève or the nearest ski lifts.
There is something for everyone at Whistler Blackcomb. One of the largest ski resorts in North America, its appeal extends from families to pros, with plenty going on for all. The array of activities on offer easily make it one of the top ski destinations, including the record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola which offers a lofty journey through the mountain peaks. With an array of events, dining options and shops at the village, Whistler has something for all.
Where to stay? With ski-in/ski-out facilities and a Ski host at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, Fairmont Chateau Whistler is known as one of the best 5 stay luxury ski resorts in Canada. The spa is exceptional, featuring three outdoor whirlpools, two eucalyptus steam rooms and daily complimentary yoga classes alongside an extensive range of treatments.
Said by many to be the birthplace of Alpine skiing, Lech in Austria has long attracted the ski elite since it gained popularity as a ski resort in the 1920s. With a slew of royal visitors, including Princess Diana and Monaco’s Princess Caroline, its reputation often precedes it as one of the best luxury ski destinations. It’s not all style over substance, though; with 305 kilometers of adventurous ski slopes, courageous skiers will be in their element. To see a real challenge, the annual White Ring – The Race sees a unique circuit between Lech and Zürs, covering twenty-two kilometres of piste and 5,500 metres of altitude.
Where to stay? A gem among Lech’s 5-star luxury ski resorts, Kristiania Lech promises a personally tailored experience, whether you would like to arrange a picnic in the snow or a helicopter flight over the mountains. The cosy spa is the perfect treat after a day of skiing, melting away any tension.