Ten of the world's best upmarket ski resorts

Ten of the world's best upmarket ski resorts



ST MORITZ, SWITZERLAND


This uber fashionable resort is peppered with swanky boutiques and 5 star hotels. February's social highlight is White Turf when beautiful people congregate in art hung tents around the town's frozen lake to enjoy horse racing on snow. When you are done skiing soak in the waters of Heilbad Zentrum spa. Dine on foie gras and beef tournedos at celeb favorite  Chesa Veglia or enjoy an indulgent 7 course degustation at Talvo by Dalsass.

BEAVER CREEK, USA


Movie stars strut in Aspen and Vail but Beaver Creek is for those avoiding the limelight. Complimentary services include guided ski tours roaming ski ambassadors to provide sunscreen or carry skis, and hatted chefs to hand out warm cookies. Sleigh ride to Zach's Cabin for Colorado game or to Beano's Cabin for seafood flown in from New England. Stay in rustic luxe at the Ritz Carlton which has an expansive spa.

MEGEVE, FRANCE


A dozen 5 star hotels 6 Michelin starred restaurants boutiques crammed with fashion bling and top class alpine spa retreats have seen the vision in 1914 of Baroness Noemie de Rothschild to give France a first-class ski resort that could match St Moritz come true. Take a scenic flight over Mont Blanc buy a cashmere sweater at Aallard and wallow in the wellness waters at Lodge Park. Le Chalet Zannier takes rustic ski lodge to another level.


APPI KOGEN, JAPAN


Appi Kogen in northern Honshu gets 8 meters of superb powder snow a season. Stay at ski in ski out Hotel APPI Grand a striking art filled urban style hotel by Yusaku Kamekura where Nanashigure restaurant showcases local seafood in kaiseki haute cuisine. Spend a day at nearby Hachimentai where there are runs for advanced skiers. Matsukawa Onsen provides a plunge into hot springs as you gaze over Hachimantai National Park.

LECH, AUSTRIA


Glamorous Lech is favored by quiet sophisticates for serious skiing and heli skiing upmarket dining and luxe shopping. Buy your custom made ski boots at Strolz. Take a horse drawn carriage into the forest for fondue at ice-encrusted Gasthaus Alpele. Stay at plush Kristiana a family run hotel whose impeccable service includes a ski valet butler and ski nanny. Not a skier? The river walk along the valley is lovely.

JACKSON HOLE, USA


Movie and pop stars ski at this Wyoming resort but despite its million-dollar ski lodges it retains a rugged cowboy flavor that lures ski bums too. Check in to the oh so chic Hotel Jackson or the stately art draped Wort Hotel or retreat into the hills to the uber opulent Spring Creek Ranch. Browse a dozen art galleries and tuck into venison fillet at Spur, which showcases organic local ingredients.

CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, ITALY


Hit Corso d'Italia the main street of Italy's most glamorous ski resort to buy ultra fashionable ski clothes and parade in your best furs. Then join well heeled locals at fashionable Al Camin restaurant for Venetian cuisine and check into Miramonti Majestic where rustic old world charm meets stately Austrian luxe. Private accommodation includes the likes of Cortina Luxury Chalet with its fabulous Tyrolean decor three independent apartments and panoramic balconies.

COURCHEVEL, FRANCE


To get exclusive in this already exclusive French alpine resort favored by sports and music stars arrive by private jet and book into a villa such as Chalet Eidelweiss which comes with butler personal chef masseuse and ski instructor. Air Courchevel whisks you aloft for fabulous views of Mont Blanc. For apres ski wine hit upscale Les Caves de Courchevel​ before a meal of fish in champagne sauce at Michelin-starred L'Azimut.

KLOSTERS, SWITZERLAND


This resort became famous in the 1950s when movie stars such as Gene Kelly Paul Newman and Greta Garbo made the Hotel Chesa Grischuna a regular haunt. Later it was a favorite of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Celebrities come here to avoid paparazzi and the nouveau-riche. Stay in Haus Alpina penthouse of the jetsetters or ultra plush Chalet Eugenia which has a swimming pool in its basement.

ZURS, AUSTRIA


This exclusive ski resort is tiny but sits on one of world's largest ski fields with 305 kilometers of run plus generous cross country ski trails. It has luxe rather genteel hotels such as the legendary family run Zurserhof with its ornate woodwork fine dining and muscle-soothing spa. Dine at Die Ente awarded two toques from Gault & Millau or on classic Austrian and Mediterranean dishes at Hirlanda.






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