Because on Saturday I am off to Val D’Isere, a popular ski resort in France which is known for its wild apres ski partying and visitors that are predominately British, I have put together a selection of some of the most luxurious ski resorts in the world for those of you who like to ski in style- unlike me. Expect stories after my ten year break in boarding that circulate around naked snowboarding and falling over frequently very soon. In the meantime enjoy this post, dedicated to the rich and famous.
Courchevel 1850, France
Reputably with the best snow cover in the whole of the Alps, the hamlet of Courchevel based at 1850 metres, stands at the highest height of luxury in the Courchevel resort. The ski resort centres one of the most exciting and exclusive ski regions in the world, the Trois Vallees. Courchevel 1850 oozes real French charm and with a total of 12 Michelin stars, the exquisite fine dining creates a gourmet heaven. A real benefit is the location of Courchevel 1850, as guests can easily visit and experience neighbouring resorts that contrast to the glitz and glamour of Courchevel with quaint locations such as Meribel and Val Thorens, each with unique allure.
St Moritz, Switzerland
St Moritz is so much more than just a ski resort. Boasting an array of activities on and off piste, St Moritz has gained the notorious reputation of being the best all round winter sports destination in the world. St Moritz holds internally known events of a high calibre such as; the Olympic Bob Run and St Mortiz Winter Polo match. Combine entertaining events with a majestic setting that can only be described as winter wonderland, as well as 300 days of sunshine a year, we can see why St Mortiz is a picturesque destination. Prestigious clientele from all over the world flock to the elegant accommodation that offers stunning views over the scenic resort.
Cortina: the perfect ski resort to not ski at. Being one of the oldest and most stylish ski resorts, Cortina acts as an escape for guests to fully enjoy the ambience of mountain vistas without having to leave the town itself. Influenced by the affluent Italians that visit here, long leisurely lunches are enjoyed whilst immersing oneself with the breath taking views of the staggering Veneto Dolomites that outcrop the scene. The heart of the resort beats along to the shoppers footsteps on the cobbled Corso Italia. Where amongst authentic stone church spires and pleasant piazzas, one can spend afternoons browsing chic shops for luxurious après ski wear you won’t find anywhere else.
There are many reasons why Whistler was rated number one in 2015 by the North American magazine SKI, the bible of winter sports. Perhaps it’s the highly regarded reputation of snow that Whistler attains, or it being the most skiable terrain in North America. Either way, Whistler Blackcomb is a ski resort that has blended the charm of an alpine village with years of experience and professionalism in maintaining a world class service. Whistler merges two mountain peaks together, forming a community below that encourages an extensive range of activities that range from family friendly to high end experiences for the enthusiast.
If you still want to experience the exuberance of an elegant ski resort but with a homely character and laid back atmosphere, then Lech is the place for you. Set in the reclusive location of Arlberg, the resort of Lech attracts a range of opulent clientele. The vast Arlberg ski pass connects all neighbouring resorts to one another, such as St. Anton and Zurs, allowing guests to experience new slopes daily. Ski holidays here offer a large variety in slopes and nature of après ski, from lively nights to tranquil ones, making Lech a fantastic ski destination.