The 10 Most Luxurious Ski Resorts in the World
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Winter is a perfect time for skiing and snowboarding, but do you know where to go? There are many options available, some of them can even be used all year round so you’ll probably want to consider where to go with us. Are you an experienced skier? As we have some adrenaline boosting slopes for you too! Here are the 10 Most Luxurious Ski Resorts in the World, courtesy of Private Jet Charter & Sno.co.uk.
With some of the world’s most spectacular backcountry to tear through, fans of off-piste will adore Verbier, equally as much as those who live to party. Spread between the likes of Farinet, the Farm Club and Mont Fort, the nightlife here is some of the finest in the world. The town’s chocolate box buildings are a quaint facade for all the fun, and house some of the most exclusive ski accommodation in the Alps – including Richard Branson’s The Lodge, Chalet No. 14 and the recently unveiled W Hotel.
Image: © Chalet No. 14
Closest Airport to Verbier, Switzerland - Sion Airport (SIR)
St Moritz, Switzerland
150 years ago, a St Moritz hotelier persuaded his summer guests to stay for the winter, promising to refund their expenses if they didn’t enjoy themselves. Little did they know, this would mark the beginning of the winter holidays we know and love today. Host of the 1928 and 1948 Winter Olympics, the Engagine Valley offers 350km of skiing, a bob run and the legendary invite-only Cresta run. Off the slopes, time can be spent milling through boulevards of designer shopping, relaxing in historic cafes, and gathering for polo matches on the frozen lake. The spas can’t go without a mention- and the first yoga piste in the world is found on the slopes just above – where some book months of ski yoga (or “snowga”) with the Suvretta school.
© swiss-image.ch/Robert Boesch
Closest Airport to St Moritz, Switzerland - Samedan Airport (SMV)
Quite possibly the most charming of all the alpine villages, Megeve was famously founded as a ski resort for the European Aristocracy in the roaring twenties and is known for its medieval architecture, haute-couture boutiques, Michelin-starred restaurants and world-renowned jazz lounges. Sights of the Mont Blanc Massif and snow-topped woodlands seem to follow you around whether you’re sitting in a cafe, shopping around the square or skiing the Evasion Mt Blanc’s vast and varied pistes.
© Megève Tourisme/Simon Garnier
Closest Airport to Megève, France - Chambéry Airport (CMF)
Courchevel 1850’s grand piano bars, 10 (and counting) Michelin-starred eateries, state-of-the-art spas and designer boutiques make it perhaps the most glamorous mountain village in the world. There’s also the small matter of the surrounding 3 Valleys, where 600km of pistes puts you in the world’s largest ski area, with enough terrain for any type of skier or snowboarder to never ski the same slope for years.
© Courchevel Tourisme/David Andre
Closest Airport to Courchevel, France - Courchevel Airport (CVF)
Lech Am Arlberg, Austria
Once a farming village and now the most glamorous resort in Austria, Lech has earned world-wide fame with its picture-perfect village, exclusive hotels, designer shops and record-breaking levels of snow. While keen skiers take on the Arlberg area’s famous White Ring challenge, those in the village can wander down the riverside, kick back in one of many outdoor bars or head indoors for luxurious spa treatments. Gourmands are exceptionally well catered for, with a number of restaurants deservingly decorated with Michelin stars and GaultMillau toques.
© Lech Zuers am Arlberg / Sepp Mallaun
Closest Airport to Lech Am Arlberg, Austria - Innsbruck Airport (INN)
As Brits have Big Ben and Americans the Empire State, the Swiss have the Matterhorn Mountain, and Zermatt is the town it calls home. While this towering inspiration for the Toblerone is rightfully the resort’s pride and glory, Zermatt’s offerings aren’t overshadowed by the natural wonder: the village itself is beautiful and pedestrian-only, freeing you to wander from 400 year old buildings to state-of-the-art spa hotels, which house some of the best Michelin starred dining in the Alps. The skiing is without doubt some of the best in the world, linked to Italian resort, Cervinia, and snow sure to the extent that you can ski in the summertime up on the glacier.
© Zermatt tourist office/Leander Wenger
Closest Airport to Zermatt, Switzerland - Sion Airport (SIR)
An achingly charming Swiss farm village, the luxury of Klosters is understated and traditional in nature. This is a proper mountain retreat where you’ll forget that trains were ever anything but quaintly chugging mountain railways, blending seamlessly with the glorious mountains and world-class spas. When it comes to the snow, the 320km of the ski area has everything from gentle cruisers to testing mogul fields and knee-deep off-piste. In line with the chocolate-box architecture, the best accommodation can be found in luxury chalets like the Chesa Falcun.
© Destination Davos Klosters / Stefan Schlumpf
Closest Airport to Klosters, Switzerland - Samedan Airport (SMV)
Annually hosting a star-studded international Fashion week– in many circles, Aspen’s better known for shopping than skiing. S Galena street’s the place to start, famed for designer boutiques as far as the eye can see, vintage vendors and exclusive bars. Art galleries are almost as frequent as ski hires here; the Galerie Maximilian featuring masterpieces from Picasso and Matisse. Thanks to all the distinguished distractions, all 4 mountains of well-groomed piste tend to stay blissfully under-crowded. When it comes to lodgings, the 5* Little Nell offers the very best of both– with the heart of the town at its front door, the Silver Queen gondola at its back, and the finest of Aspen eateries, Element 47, within.
© The Little Nell / Jeremy Swanson
Closest Airport to Aspen, USA - Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (ASE)
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
Cortina is less of a ski resort and more of a town in its own right, which just so happens to have the glorious Dolomites in its back garden. Satisfying the voracious Italian appetite for ambrosial food and designer wardrobes, most visitors dedicate their time to the historic Corso Italia; the Madison Avenue of the mountains, where modish boutiques like Le Noir and Ballantyne have been detaining stylish shoppers since the 50s. Those who do ski will appreciate that many of Cortina’s guests spend very little, if any time on the slopes – from the nursery slopes to the cross-country, this area has some of the most scenic skiing in existence. Film fans should keep eyes peeled for The Miramonti hotel and the ski jump, featured in Roger Moore’s ‘For Your Eye’s Only’.
Closest Airport to Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy - Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)
Val d’Isere, France
More discerning Brits visit Val than any other resort in the world, with good reason. The après ski might just be the best you’ll ever know: this is, after all, the resort where La Folie Douce gave ‘mountain bar’ a whole new meaning. You’ll also find the largest collection of 5* and 6* chalets in the world, including the repeated winner of ‘France’s Best Chalet’, Marco Polo. From a skiing perspective, the Espace Killy's enormous number of pistes are impeccably groomed and famously snow sure and the lift system is upgraded more years than not.
Val d’Isere Tourism / andyparant.com
Closest Aiport to Val d’Isere, France - Chambéry Airport (CMF)
Would you like a little more excitement?
For the very experienced skiers or snowboarders a regular slope in a fancy ski resort might just not cut it. While it's exciting to carve through that fresh powder snow off piste, why not kick it up a notch and add a helicopter trip on top? Bam! Now you’re heli-skiing! In this article you’ll learn more about heli-skiing in British Columbia. What is it about? Oh nothing much really, you’ll just be jumping off a helicopter directly into the snow with just skis and no parachutes! If that’s not exciting enough for a winter break, I don’t know what is!
Click here to read more about Heli drop skiing.
If you have your own chalet in these resorts or others, or would like to experience one of these prized locations for the first time, Private Jet Charter can arrange exclusive, direct flights for your comfort and convenience – contact us for more information.
If you’re looking to book accommodation, speak to our friends at SNO for a fantastic collection of luxury holidays, including the most reputed luxury chalets and 5* hotels in the world. Voted “Best Specialist Travel Agent’ in the World Snow Awards – they understand skiing at its most luxurious.
Wherever you want to go or even if you don’t know where to go just yet, Private Jet Charter is here to help. Our advisors will gladly help you find the ideal location and the best aircraft at the best price. They can even help you book your hotel if you’re not familiar with the local language. So feel free to call us on UK +44 (0)20 8897 8979, USA +1 954-271-7103, email us for more information or if you need a quote for your next jet trip! Oh and… Have a great holiday!