A ski holiday is one that you want to remember, so choosing the right resort is a must! When it is time to hit the slopes, make sure you do so in style. Listed below we have found the best luxury ski locations, so you don’t have to! Here are the top 7 choices you should visit.
1. Lech, Austria
The resort that is fit for the royals – it is said that Princess Diana took her sons here to ski. She isn’t the only one, as Lech has become a popular spot for other royals and famous celebrities. The reason for this is that it comes with a 5-star luxury package. With its traditional charm, it is the perfect place to escape without fear of overcrowding. It can let more than 14,000 pass through in a day. It is here that you will find Hotel Almhof Scheider hidden in the mountains. This location allows you to doorstep ski, and after a long day on the slopes, come back to a resident masseuse who will help restore your muscles.
2. Aspen, Colorado
Come and visit one of the most popular ski resorts in the world. Aspen and luxury go hand-in-hand to offer you a skiing experience like no other. It is made up of four ski areas: Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountains, Snowmass, and Buttermilk. These areas collectively make up 5,517 acres of land with 336 trails for skiers to enjoy. As well as this, there is a collection of hotels for guests to be treated like royalty. At the St Regis Aspen Resort, find luxurious spas and at 4.45 pm each day, join the other guests for a champagne toast as day turns to night.
3. Whistler-Blackcomb, Canada
Come and see the largest ski resort in North America, consisting of two side-by-side mountains. Although the mountain tops are beautiful, people also come for luxury. Choose between Fairmont Chateau Whistler or Four Seasons. At the Four Seasons, you can choose to have a personal butler, chauffeur, private chef, and a mountain guide. They also offer 37 residential units that provide that homely feeling.
4. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
Hidden in the north of Venice, Cortina as some like to call it, is a resort in the heart of Ampezzo valley. Here you will find one of the world’s largest ski circuits, consisting of 1,200 km of slopes. Around the area, you will find boutiques, art galleries, and lovely restaurants to try mountain dishes on the main street. Cristallo is a 5-star hotel that is worth staying in, a beautiful place to get some rest after a day on the slopes. It truly is la dolce vita!
5. Chamonix, France
In France, Chamonix is home to the highest mountain in Europe – Mont Blanc. It is 15,771ft high! It has some of the best snow conditions in the Alps, so it is no surprise that it is a popular ski destination. Each year it attracts millions of tourists with its 16 villages to choose from. It might not be as ‘calm’ as some of the other resorts listed, but if you are a true skiing fan it is perfect for riding down the mountain. For such an amazing mountain, the resorts around it are of the same top quality. Some of the resorts include Le Hameau Albert 1er, which is named after a Belgian King who loved the resort! Come for style and luxury, with even some Michelin-starred restaurants on-site to make your taste buds happy.
6. Zermatt, Switzerland
One of the best destinations for skiing in Europe. The views are spectacular, the snow is of amazing quality for skiing, and has the highest number of restaurants in all the Alps, you will have lots to choose from as you leave the slopes for a bite to eat. The nice thing about Zermatt is that it is a car-free zone. This means visitors can stroll with ease along the streets and have a look at the wonderful shops and boutiques. Located at the heart of Zermatt is Mont Cervin Palace, a beautiful five-star resort. With a beautiful outdoor pool by the mountains and a lounge for you to cozy up in, it is a must-see.
7. Niskeo, Hokkaido, Japan
Hokkaido can be found at the northernmost main island in Japan. Once touching down close by, drive West until you find Niseko, a collection of 4 ski resorts: Niseko, Annupuri, Grand Hirafu, and Hanazono. Many people refer to them as just Niseko. Niseko is known for the light snow that comes from November to early May, although the best times to ski are between December and March. There are lots of different accommodation choices. If you are feeling adventurous, check into a Japanese Ryokan, which is otherwise known as a Japanese Inn. They are culturally stunning and the icing on the cake is that breakfast and dinner are included in the price.