Skiing is a great way to enjoy winter vacations. Snow-covered slopes with well-groomed tracks, exquisite restaurants and breathtaking landscapes await their visitors. However, not every skier wants to conquer the slope of the ultra-high level of complexity. For many people, skiing is just a nice addition to vacationing at luxury mountain resorts. So, take a snowboard or wear skis and get ready to explore the best luxury ski resorts in the world!
Aspen, Colorado, USA
Aspen is not a novice in the world scene of ski resorts. Every Christmas, numerous magazines check outthe list of those Hollywood celebrities who spends holidays at the resort, and the popularity of Aspen only grows.
But don’t let glamorous advertising to mislead you: this is not only a paradise for a celebrity hunter. The popular resort is also home to the major five-star hotel called The Little Nell. Connoisseurs of good wine will like it: 50,000 bottles of the rarest varieties in the world are lined up in the cellars of this luxury establishment.
Aspen features four mountain slopes for any taste. On each of them there is at least one excellent restaurant, whose fame resounds throughout North America. And although a lot of rich skiers like to relax there, in bars and restaurants you’ll see an amazing mixture of ordinary people and billionaires.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz is perhaps the most luxurious ski resort in the world. Among its regular guests are royal European families and Hollywood celebrities. In order to realize the scale of the resort’s popularity, just take into consideration that over 12,000 private jets of famous persons land at a nearby airport every year! The main street of St. Moritz, Via Serlas, is full of endless boutiques of Chanel, Bvlgari and Emilio Pucci. And their visitors often visit these boutiques by using horse drawn carriages.
It’s not a secret that most of the guests come to St. Moritz only to check in, but the merits of the ski resort itself shouldn’t be underestimated. It twice hosted the Winter Olympics. Every year a stage of the Alpine Skiing World Cup is held there.
Lech proves that Austria is the perfect choice for a luxurious winter relaxing. An excellent high-class ski resort, caught in a wide network of five-star hotels, will always remain an old provincial town with a 600-year history. And skiing in Lech is an affordable pleasure. Stroll through the village streets and see how hairdressers, bakers and milk workers do their work. The glare of the rich and famous people of Europe who came there to hide from the hustle and bustle doesn’t blind them at all. Lech was once the favorite ski resort of Princess Diana. And now it was chosen by Beckham couple and the royal family of Denmark. Lech is not as glamorous as St. Moritz, but nevertheless it offers an incomparable top-end ski holiday. Everything is beautiful there: both the five-star ski guesthouses run by cheerful shopkeepers, and perfectly groomed ski slopes, which are suitable for beginners and intermediate skiers.
Courchevel is located on the border of the world’s largest ski area called Three Valleys. The resort actually consists of four villages. The highest of them is Courchevel 1850, which is the meeting place of the richest persons in the world. The French Alps with their best snow in the whole Europe is the place where the most prestigious winter resorts are concentrated. 11 five-star hotels and 3 of the most luxury 6-star palaces are waiting for guests. If you are hungry, several Michelin-awarded restaurants are at your disposal. What’s more, five of them have been awarded two stars. We can say with confidence: you can easily find a delicious dinner in Courchevel in case you have enough money. By the way, those skiers who like shopping will be happy to find Prada, Louis Vuitton and Dior boutiques lined up on tiny streets of the resort.
Whistler Blackcomb, Canada
Whistler Blackcomb is a real Disneyland in the world of ski resorts. It’s located between two huge mountains covered with pine forests and connected by the longest and highest cable car in the world. Here’re some of the best hotels and restaurants in Canada. Whistler Blackcomb perfectly combines the most exquisite pleasures of life with the stunning beauty of nature. You’ll be able to stay at the Fairmont, Four Seasons or Westin. They will satisfy any needs of the avid skier and at the same time indulge with stunning views of mountain peaks and trails. In early spring the surroundings of Whistler Blackcomb are full of black bears. By the way, the resort offers Helicopter Mountain tours and provides ideal relaxation at the Scandinave Spa Whistler.