Skiing holidays have often been associated with a sense of wealth and luxury; allowing those with a good level of disposable income to defy the elements to enjoy the clean mountain air and dazzling landscapes at some of the best appointed resorts in the world.
For those looking for a little bit of luxury in their winter break, there are a number of fantastic resorts which are guaranteed to tick all the boxes on the most demanding of checklists.
Here are six ideas of great places for you to consider:
Visitors to Courchevel in France not only have access to one of the most extensive ski areas in the world, offering opportunities to those of all skill levels, but also have the benefit of being in a resort famous for its glamorous style and French chic. There are a multitude of designer boutiques, world class 5 star hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants which make it a favourite for the most discerning of skiers.
Meribel in the Three Valleys of France is quite rightly known for the charm and beauty of its buildings, giving a traditional character that derives from the traditional wooden buildings. The Meribel valley is the world’s largest ski domain with runs ranging from Péclet-Polset at 3,560m for the experienced skier down to Brides–les-Bains at 600m for those looking for a more gentle approach.
Megeve can lay claim to being the originator of luxury skiing holidays, having been a favourite for European royalty for many years. As part of the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area there is easy access to Mont D’arbois, Rochebrune and Le Jaillet, meaning there are over 100 lifts serving nearly 500 km of pistes. The Old Town is the centre for top quality cuisine and high class nightlife, although it mainly does come with a price tag that reflects its exclusivity.
In Switzerland high up in the mountains at an altitude of 1500m lies Verbier. Although an all-year-round resort with a wide range of activities across the sporting spectrum, it is in the winter months that the Alpine scenery really comes into its own and the classic character of a Swiss ski resort takes precedence.
Zermatt is a picture postcard image of Switzerland, boasting some of the best Alpine scenery as almost a third of the 4,000-metre Mountains of the Alps lay around the resort, which has maintained its allure since the Matterhorn was first conquered in 1865. Not only are the facilities for skiing amongst the best in the world, the 5 star hotels and restaurants are a match for the peerless setting. It is also an all year round working ski resort.
The first ski club in the Alps originated in 1901 in the Austrian resort of St Anton, located on the Arlberg pass. With such a long and noted history, St Anton remains a favourite with those ‘in the know’ and has developed into a modern destination with all the qualities to provide a luxurious background to your Skiing holiday.