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Today (October 19, 2020): Top 10 world’s most luxurious ski hotels, resorts & lodges.
Winter is almost there, and that means it’s time to plan your next ski getaway. From Aspen to Crans-Montana, the season will be here faster than you can throw a snowball, although this winter’s ski holidays may feel totally different compared to previous years because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s my selection of the top 10 best ski hotels and lodges in the world, to help you plan your next downhill expedition.
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A year-round getaway nestled at the base of Whistler Blackcomb (North America’s largest ski resort), Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler offers renowned service and convenience that leaves more time for exhilarating adventures in the alpine. Guests can ski in and out with the ski concierge, treat their senses at the award-winning spa, and rest in one of the newly renovated 273 guest rooms, suites, townhouses, or 20 luxurious private residences, each with fireplace and most with balconies. Named for the curvature on the side of a ski or snowboard, the resort’s restaurant Sidecut declares its spectacular alpine location with glorious views of the local mountains and a brilliant, fire-lit setting.
- Hotel website:Four Seasons Resort Whistler
- Other accolades:Four Seasons Resort Whistler also features inmy top list of thebest luxury resorts of Canada.
- Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD spa credit).
Surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the Swiss Alps, The Chedi Andermatt nestles elegantly inthe idyllic heart of Andermatt, a village of timeless charms in the Urseren Valley, about a two-hour train ride from Zurich. For GHM’s first European property, the Asian brand synonymous with style, service and serenity, chose renowned architect Jean-Michael Gathy to design these 105 spacious guest rooms and suites. Traditional materials such as warm woods and natural stone create intimate yet visually striking accommodations. The extensive facilities include fine dining restaurants and cosy lounges, a ski-in living room with sports boutique, and a comprehensive spa and wellness featuring hydrothermal baths and a duo of swimming pools against the stunning outdoor Alpine landscape.
- Hotel website:The Chedi Andermatt
- Other accolades: The Chedi Andermatt also features in my top 10 lists of the best hotels in Switzerland, thebest hotel spas in the world, theworld’s most amazing indoor hotel pools, andEurope’s best ski hotels.
- Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso(e.g.roomupgrade, daily breakfast for 2, $100 USD hotel credit, early check-in and late check-out).
- Review: read my review of The Chedi Andermatt here.
Embrace the extraordinary at The St. Regis Aspen Resort, a five-star luxury destination nestled at the base of Aspen Mountain. From the hotel’s enviable vantage point, guests can enjoy world-class skiing or stroll over to historic Aspen, where luxury boutiques and charming restaurants beckon. The resort’s is renowned as one of the world’s premier hotel spas, with a heated outdoor pool and hot tubs overlook stunning Aspen Mountain. The property also offers excellent culinary experiences: Velvet Buck presents modern mountain cuisine and Mountain Social is the definitive après ski destination serving handcrafted cocktails. Guests can retreat into sophistication of luxurious rooms, suites and residences, each featuring sumptuous 400-thread-count Frette linens, spacious marble bathrooms and custom furnishings by Ralph Lauren.
- Hotel website:St Regis Aspen
- Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for two, $100 USD food & beverage credit, early check-in, late check-out, and a welcome note accompanied by fresh fruit bowl and mineral water).
With sweeping views from the base of Beaver Creek Mountain, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa offers guests a luxurious year-round escape in Colorado’s Vail Valley. The ski-in/ski-out location in the heart of Beaver Creek Village is adjacent to the ski school and home to skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and more in winter. The wood and sandstone interior complements the magnificent Rocky Mountain views, which you’ll enjoy through the French doors of your room. All 190 guest rooms have dramatic views of Beaver Creek. Dine après-ski at 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill, but be warned: you may have problems concentrating on the delicious organic dishes when the brilliant sunset is on display. Make sure you leave time for the ultimate dessert: a decadent Ginger Peach Body Wrap at Allegria Spa.
- Hotel website:Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa
- Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso(e.g.roomupgrade, daily breakfast for 2, $100 USD food & beveragecredit, early check-in, and late check-out).
The only alpine property of Aman Resorts, one of the world’s most exclusive hotel brands,Le Melezinhas taken the minimalist Aman-Asian style and added some alpine warmth.Standing four storeys high under a distinctive black slate roof it provides an aprés-skihome set in a mesmeric wonderland of groomed slopes – both nursery and couloirs – framed by snow caressed conifer forests under a piercingly blue midday sky. Ideally situated on the Bellecôte ski slope, the hotel is a lively home of glowing warmth, a stroll from the epicentre of one of Europe’s most fashionable and exclusive resorts, Courchevel 1850, with access to some of the most exceptional skiingin Europe … directly from the front door.
- Hotel website:Aman Le Melezin
Two hours from Geneva, in the Valais region of Switzerland, LeCrans Hotel & Spa is a true ski-in, ski-out lodge, just 100 m (320 ft) from the Crans Montana slopes. All rooms and suites are decked out in a traditional Alpine style, complete with heavy wood planks, but uneven textures and muted colors give a thoroughly modern feel. To enjoy the dazzling mountain scenery, guests can choose to sit with a glass of wine on their private balconies or in the Alp-facing rotunda restaurant, Le Mont Blanc, which serves gourmet French cuisine with a twist and offers an irresistible dessert menu. Le Cinq Mondes spa provides a calming respite after a day on the slopes, with a range of calming treatments plus more astounding views.
- Hotel website: LeCrans Hotel & Spa
Nestled in a beautiful part of the French Alps, not far away from the famous alpine village of Mègeve, Le Chalet Zannier is a delightful mountain retreat offering a truly luxurious experience. Established over a vast area, the site has three alpine-style chalets, the decoration of which expresses the very essence and sophistication of the project when it was created as an “exceptional place” to stay. All different, each one of the 12 bedrooms evokes style, beauty and taste – it’s a way of life never seen before in the mountains. Located on site is the ski chalet offering all the equipment necessary to enjoy the winter sport domains around Mègeve. The wellness center with its indoor swimming pool, sauna, hammam and two treatment rooms is the perfect place to relax after an enjoyable day on the slopes.
- Hotel website:Le Chalet Zannier
Perhaps best known as the Bernese Oberland’s winter paradise, Gstaad Palace Hotel is a favorite among active, discerning travelers and those truly in the know. The palace has presided over Gstaad since 1913, with splendid views of the Swiss Alps. You’ll find 90 rooms and suites, five restaurants (one rated 15 Gault Millau points), two bars with live music, a renowned nightclub, and a full-service spa. The last is a wonderful spot to rejuvenate with a soak in the hammam or a visit to the private spa suite after a day of skiing or golfing. A squash court, four outdoor tennis courts, and an Olympic-size outdoor pool are available in the summer season.
- Hotel website: Gstaad Palace Hotel
- Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD spa credit).
Amangani (peaceful home) clings to the crest of East Gros Ventre Butte, affording magnificent views of the Grand Tetons and Snake River Valley below. It was the first Aman resort in North America and evokes the atmosphere of the American West. Amangani is an all-season resort. Sensitively designed with materials native to Wyoming, Amangani features redwood walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, and woven cowhide chairs. Spacious suites include king-sized beds, a fireplace, and a daybed. Your sliding glass doors lead to a deck with mountain views. Jackson Hole gets plenty of snow, so take advantage of snowboarding, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and dog-sledding.
- Hotel website:Amangani
- Other accolades: Amangani also features in my top 10 list of the best luxury hotels in the USA.
- Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for two, early check-in, late check-out, and one lunch for two).
Cool, calm and connected to its stunning setting, Forestis is a ski-in/ski-out, adults-only sanctuary in the Dolomites’ mountainscape, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Forests and snow-dusted peaks stretch out in every direction from the property, every part of which is in tune with the elements. Light streams in through the windows-for-walls, drawing the eye to the stunning views and illuminating the mellow, minimalist spaces. From the suites and ultra-luxe penthouses to the restaurant and spa, the Forestis interiors echo the mountains: stone basins and white-as-snow tones, crisp fabrics and clean lines. This is a boutique escape designed to immerse guests in the regenerative power of a winter landscape.
- Hotel website: Forestis
- Review: read my review of Forestis here.
1. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain 4,700m (China) The ski resort that is currently the highest in the world, is located in the South-Chinese province Yunnan.What country has the best ski resorts? ›
France. The undisputed champion of the world of skiing is undoubtedly France. Its many resorts are easily accessible and are the most popular European winter holiday destination in the world. The Alps are some of the most stunning mountains you will ever be able to lay your eyes on.Where is the most expensive place to ski? ›
- #8. Davos, Switzerland. ...
- #7. Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. ...
- #6. Zermatt, Switzerland. ...
- #5. St. ...
- #4. Aspen, Colorado. ...
- #3. Kitzbühel, Austria. ...
- #2. Vail, Colorado. ...
- #1. Gstaad, Switzerland. With seven different mountains in the area, the town of Gstaad is a skiers' paradise.
#1 Park City Mountain — 7,300 acres
The biggest ski area in the United States, Park City is located in the American Rockies overlooking Salt Lake City. Park City and the neighbouring Canyons Resort merged in 2015 to offer a combined 7,000+ acres of ski and snowboard terrain.
- What are the most popular skiing resorts in the world? Courchevel, France. ...
- Courchevel. All serious skiers and snowboarders should put Courchevel at the top of their list. ...
- Zermatt. Another very popular ski resort is Zermatt in the country of Switzerland. ...
- Whistler Blackcomb. ...
- St. ...
- Val d'Isere. ...
- Vail Mountain Resorts. ...
COURCHEVEL, WORLD'S SKI CAPITAL.Where is the most popular ski resort? ›
1 Vail Mountain, CO. Vail is not only the nation's most-visited ski resort, but also the largest, sprawling 5,289 acres. Nearly half of Vail's 193 trails suit beginners and intermediates, yet the mountain is more famous for its Back Bowls: seven open expanses of mostly black diamond-rated slopes.Where is the best snow on earth? ›
Utah (ABC4) – It might not seem like it this year, but Utah is known for having the “greatest snow on earth.” Why? “It's no doubt we have the 'Greatest Snow on Earth' in the state of Utah.Where do the ultra rich ski? ›
Red Mountain in Aspen, Colorado, is home to some of the ski town's most sought-after real estate. The neighborhood attracts so many ultra-rich residents that it's been dubbed "Billionaire Mountain." After touring two homes here, I can clearly see why the mountain has the nickname.
Vail, Colorado, USA
It's easy to see why Vail is quickly catching Aspen in becoming the place for the rich and famous to go for their skiing vacations. Although it doesn't have the mining history of towns like Aspen and Breck, it's regularly setting the benchmark for ski luxury.
With so many famous ski areas and resorts, Colorado always makes the top of the list for best states for skiing. From Aspen and Vail to Breckenridge and Telluride, the state is full of amazing ski resorts.What state has the hardest skiing? ›
Silverton comes out on top as the most difficult ski area (not really a resort) in North America. This is due to its insane summit elevation over 13,000 feet, and the fact that 100% of its trails are rated “expert”. Colorado has three of the top four ski resorts when sorted by max difficulty level.What is the hardest ski run in America? ›
Rambo, Crested Butte Mountain, Colorado, USA
With a max gradient of 55 degrees, Rambo has the record of "the steepest ski run in the United States." Rambo is a 200-meter-long-straight, allow the skiers to ski down the magnificent slope at full speed.
Aspen, Colorado, USA: the Hollywood of winter
Undoubtedly, the number one celebrity ski hotspot is Aspen, Colorado. Located in the Rocky Mountains region, the resort is home to 337 runs snuggled between snow-capped mountains and brimming with opulent nightlife flashpoints.
The three ski areas of Les Arcs, La Plagne and Peisey-Vallandry together form Paradiski, the world's second-largest ski resort. But that's not Paradiski's only claim to fame. The resort is home to double-decker Vanoise Express, the world's largest cable car which links La Plagne with Les Arcs.
Klein Matterhorn to Valtournenche, Zermatt-Cervina, Switzerland and Italy. The route from the Klein Matterhorn to Valtournenche is the longest red ski run in the world. It is 22km long and goes across the Swiss-Italian border from Zermatt to Cervina.What is the biggest ski resort in Europe? ›
Courchevel – The Three Valleys Ski Area
Comprising 328 runs, 166 lifts and 2,200 snowmaking machines; the Three Valleys is one of France's most iconic ski areas. It's the biggest ski area in Europe.
- Geography has the answer to everything: Livigno is a ski resort situated in Lombardy region of Italy very close to the Swiss border. ...
- Never get tired of skiing: Livigno has about 115 kilometer of perfectly tended slopes which invites skiers at every level of expertise.
Big White and Whistler actually have the same percentage of beginner runs: eighteen. However, Whistler is a much larger ski resort, which is why Big White is better for beginner skiers. Big White also has the largest amount of ski in/out accommodation in Canada.
In the late 1990s, actor Bruce Willis purchased the ski area. In Spring 2012, Mr. Willis donated the ski area to a 501[c]3. In November of 2015, Matt and Diane McFerran of Bend, Oregon purchased Soldier Mountain and operated it until 2020.Which city is best for skiing? ›
- Vail, Colorado. Vail is one of the country's best-known ski towns, and for good reason. ...
- Aspen, Colorado. ...
- Breckenridge, Colorado. ...
- Telluride, Colorado. ...
- Bend, Oregon. ...
- Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada. ...
- Park City, Utah. ...
- Jackson, Wyoming.
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La Sarenne, Alpe d'Huez, France
To get ultimate bragging rights, La Sarenne – the longest black run in the world – is a must-ski. Stretching a whopping 16km in length, this slope starts off steep, icy and full of moguls, so get ready to put your technique to the test.
Slide Brook Express in Sugarbush, Vermont
And the longest one in the world is this 3.4km beauty. Reaching between the Sugarbush resort's two ski areas – Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen – it offers skiers and boarders a beautiful four-seater ride above the wooded wilderness.
- 10 U.S. states with the least snowfall per year. According to the National Weather Service, the following states typically average the least snowfall per year:
- Hawaii. ...
- Florida. ...
- Louisiana. ...
- Alabama. ...
- Mississippi. ...
- Georgia. ...
1. Syracuse, New York: 127.8 inches. Syracuse takes home the crown as the snowiest city in America, averaging 127.8 inches each winter.What country snows all year? ›
Conditions in the area are consistently snowy regardless of season that the Zermatt Matterhorn Ski Resort offers a “snow guarantee”.
Val d'Isère, France
This luxury ski resort has maintained its architecture over the years with its wood stone and metal constructions. Val d'Isère forms the 'Espace Killy' with its neighbouring resort Tignes. Espace Killy is a world-famous ski area with 300km of pistes.
- Chamonix, France. It is home to a World Cup downhill course and has some of the most challenging off-piste terrain. ...
- Fernie, Canada. ...
- Jackson Hole, USA. ...
- Kicking Horse, Canada. ...
- Palisades Tahoe, USA (formerly Squaw Valley) ...
- St Anton, Austria. ...
- Verbier, Switzerland. ...
- Val d'Isere, France.
Cervinia Luxury Ski Resort
The stunning resort of Cervinia is home to the largest mountain in Europe. Known to the locals as 'Monte Cervino', The Matterhorn is renowned the world over for being a top-class ski resort. When partnering with Zermatt, a whopping 350km of ski pistes is available to explore.
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|Morzine||Enormous Portes du Soleil ski area, laid back après ski|
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But France can't beat Italy's champion on sheer size – the Dolomiti Superski is the world's largest ski area, with 1,220km of piste. The slopes are quieter and more spread out, and the dramatic Dolomites are some of the most beautiful peaks on earth.Is skiing a rich person activity? ›
Also, you need to be able to get up the mountain, so you will need to buy lift passes. Ski resorts are not known for being cheap places to eat and drink. Also, lift passes can be very expensive, especially in North America. All this may suggest that skiing is a rich person's sport.What is the oldest ski resort? ›
Tucked away high in the Alps of eastern France along the Aravis Mountain Range lies the ski resort of La Clusaz, the world's oldest operating ski resort.Is Italy cheaper than France for skiing? ›
A number of factors for your ski trip will be cheaper in Italy without sacrificing the quality. The food, ski school and lift passes are all generally cheaper than across the border in France.Where do rich Americans ski? ›
The glamorous ski town of Aspen is no stranger to billionaires and celebrities and now, many wealthy denizens are considering a primary residence in the glitzy town.
Value for money, typically everything is cheaper than in the high popular French ski resorts, ski passes, food and drink can be up to 20% cheaper in Austria. Perhaps the major choice is the stunning scenery of Austrian skiing that tips the balance for devotees of Austrian skiing.Is it cheaper to ski in France or Switzerland? ›
One of the biggest differences comes from the costs involved, which is always an important factor in a skiing vacation. France is generally more affordable, making it a better option for most people.