The World’s Best Luxury Ski Resorts to Visit This Winter

Posted on 21. Oct, 2013 by in Skiiing, Uncategorized

Our latest article on the Elegant Resorts blog comes from Chrystal at The Luxury Editor brings you a selection of articles on the best of the best luxury experiences that are happening around the world right now.

Winter means different things to different people, but for skiers it always means a chance to enjoy fresh powder, an inviting snow-covered trail and a glass of vin chaud or two after a great day on the slopes.

Thankfully Elegant Resorts has no shortage of top ski resorts across the globe. So whether you are a complete beginner interested in skiing for the first time in North America or an experienced professional ready to hit the Alps, here are some of the top luxury ski resorts you will be able to choose from around the world this winter.

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel: Banff, Canada


Banff may be in the heart of Canada as well as nestled in the Rocky Mountains, but The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is reminiscent of a Scottish castle or stately home. Rooms offer views of mountain peaks and the Bow Valley, and the ski school onsite makes it perfect for families with children or even adults who are new to skiing. Some of the extensive amenities available for guests include an outdoor jacuzzi, shuttle service to the airport, a large fitness and spa facility, an indoor swimming pool and seven different restaurants offering a range of tasty cuisines for every palate.

Thurnhers Alpenhof: Zürs, Austria

A large part of the appeal of this lavish ski resort is its exclusivity. Zürs is one of the most beautiful and impressive ski resort areas in Austria, but the Thurnhers Alpenhof has just 24 suites and 14 rooms available for guests, which ensures that every person staying there receives personalised attention. From the exterior, this resort looks much like a traditional ski lodge, but the interior is packed with cutting-edge technology and modern decoration. Amenities include twice daily maid service, a games room, massage services, a sauna, an onsite restaurant, a swimming pool and easy access directly to the lifts nearby.

The Arrabelle at Vail Square: Colorado, United States

The Arrabelle at Vail Square A RockResort Vail Colorado - Vail Square Ice Rink2

This stunning resort is a top pick for serious skiers, but the magnificent decoration of the Arrabelle may cause you to spend more time indoors than out on the powder! Designed with a classic European aesthetic in mind, the lavish rooms at The Arabelle at Vail Square come with sumptuous linens, comfortable furnishings and rich colours. The hotel also boasts a large fitness centre, family services, babysitting and a wonderful spa.

Le Kilimandjaro: Courchevel, France


The Courchevel area of France is bursting with a number of ski resorts, but skiers who want to stay at the best of the best should head up to the hotel right at the top of the mountain range. Le Kilimandjaro is a small, secluded and exclusive resort that is perfect for those who want absolute comfort, pampering and access to some of the best skiing in all of Europe. Set at an elevation of 1,850 meters, guests love that it is possible to ski in and out of the hotel lobby. If you are really in the mood for indulgence, skip the suites and opt for an entire chalet complete with personal butler service, ski rooms for storage, individual boot warmers for those cold days on the slopes and even private elevators just for your party.

The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch: Colorado, United States


Despite its attempts to blend in with the Rocky Mountain and rustic themes in the area, there is no denying the fact that the Ritz-Carlton in Bachelor Gulch is anything but luxurious. The location is ideal for skiers, and it is just steps from the main express ski lifts that go to a variety of advanced and beginner-level trails on the mountains. The rooms are true suites, complete with separate dining and sitting areas, and many of the residential suites even include kitchen facilities to help guests feel like they are truly at home. For dining, you might decide to enjoy a quick snack al fresco around the fire pit, a cocktail at the Buffalo Bar in the lobby or even an incredible meal from Spago, run by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.

Whether you plan to be in North America or Europe, there are some fabulous ski destinations to choose from. In addition, there is no shortage of luxury ski resorts to stay at when you hit the slopes.


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