While it is true that in recent years skiing has become an affordable leisure activity, there are times when one just feels like combining a ski holiday with a bit of luxury and opulence. If you are planning a trip to the slopes and want to make sure that your holiday includes some high living standards, why not take a look at our selected list of the top-5 most luxurious ski resorts in Europe?
Although St Moritz does not need any introduction, there are some things worth highlighting about what allegedly is Europe’s most exclusive resort. A ski holiday in St Moritz can include perfect sunrises above the dramatic mountains, clear skies during most of the year, exquisite samples of French cuisine, and the kind of serivce that will make you feel as if you were royalty.
#2: Verbier (Switzerland)
Challenging slopes and a wide range of winter sports are just some of the attractions at Verbier. After all, personalities like Jamie Oliver, Michael Schumacher, or Princess Eugene have chosen to take their ski vacations in Verbier for very good reasons. Some of the things you can expect to find include golf courses, cocktail and cellar bars, scenic train rides, yoga classes, and ice karting.
#3: St Anton (Austria)
St Anton is located in the Arlberg region, which is known for its excellent snow records. St Anton is also known for its charming and atmospheric hotels, but you must book well in advance, as these only offer a few rooms and tend to fill up quickly during the peak season. After a day out in the slopes, few will resist the temptation of indulging in relaxing wellness treatments at the St Antoner Hof’s spa, where you can choose among Turkish steam baths, ayurveda treatments, aromatherapy, and a range of massages.
#4: Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy)
Italy’s most exclusive ski resort has been the favourite of many celebrities for decades, including Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot. Today, Cortina is the winter refuge of politicians, artists, and wealthy business people. The resort is located on the slopes of the Dolomites and there are direct transfers from Venice, which are perfect for those who want to add another layer of luxury to their winter holiday.
Of course, it’s not all about skiing. The secret to enjoying a ski holiday in Cortina is to imitate the locals and give into a lifestyle of leisure, good food, and better wine. In fact, it is very likely that your time in the pistes will be very limited once you discover the plentiful options in terms of fine dining and wining.
#5: Courchevel 1850 (France)
There can be no doubt that you are in France once you arrive in Courchevel. Luxury accommodation and excellent food feature prominently at this resort, which has four restaurants that have been awarded 2 Michelin stars and a further three that boast 1 Michelin star. There is no shortage of apres-ski activities in Courchevel, which include exclusive lounge bars, designer fashion and jewellery outlets, and glitzy live music venues.
In terms of accommodation, you must really go for 5-star standards if you are in Courchevel, taking advantage of top spa treatments and suite rooms that are worth every penny. Alternatively, there are several chalet-hotels, the latest trend in boutique accommodation.