Sparkling white snow as far as the eyes can see, the perfect inclination, the lightest powder, and enough ski lifts to get you around are the minimum requirements when it comes to spending a nice winter holiday in the mountains. However, what should characterize a ski resort in order for it to be perfect? Of course, the key elements would be excellent conditions for skiing and snowboarding, but some may argue that the slopes are not all there is. Great conditions, facilities, and equipment can be found in just about any resort on the planet.
In order for a ski resort to be truly perfect, there should always be a nice little mountain town waiting for you at the bottom of the slopes, with Michelin-star restaurants, designer boutiques, and luxurious lodging, so that you'll be pampered in style after a long day on the trails. An ideal holiday is not just about well-groomed slopes, but also about the fun and relaxation afterward. The following 10 most luxurious ski resorts reunited in our special winter album are the very essence of a laid back lifestyle and the indisputable kings of the hill when it comes to skiing.
10 Mont Tremblant, Canada: $400 Per Night
Mont Tremblant is one of the loveliest Canadian holiday resorts, only 62 miles from Montreal. The year-round resort is famous for offering outdoor activities for every taste and every season, all taking place near a charming mountain lake. Ski Canada Magazine ranked Mont Tremblant as the number one ski resort in Eastern North America for 14 consecutive years. It truly lives up to its name, with a total of 94 trails, out of which 60 have nocturnal lighting. Tommy Hilfiger, Lawrence Stroll, Michael Douglas, and Catherine Zeta-Jones are only a few of the celebrities who spend their winters here. Although it is a luxurious destination, it is not overly expensive. Expect to pay $80 for a one day ski pass for an adult and an average $400 per person, per night for luxury accommodation on the banks of Lake Tremblant.
9 Stowe, Vermont U.S.A.: $500 Per Night
Are you a professional skier, or do you simply wish to put your skills to the test? Then Stowe ski resort in Vermont U.S.A. is the perfect destination for you. Boasting the steepest slopes in the world, there are two main ski areas: Mount Mansfield and Spruce Park. Stowe is renowned for its American charm, and is one of the few places in the world where you can take the ski lift all the way to a different resort. Brad Pitt and John Travolta have been often spotted here, while the famous von Trapp family are the proud owners of a large luxury lodge. Expect to pay an average $500 per person, per night for luxury accommodation in Stowe, and $175 for a 2-day ski pass per adult.
8 Beaver Creek, Colorado U.S.A.: $600 Per Night
Attracting more celebrities than any other ski resort in the world, Beaver Creek takes pride in its plethora of European style chalets, as well as designer boutiques, art galleries, and fancy restaurants. Reaching a maximum altitude of 11,440 feet, there are 150 ski trails and 25 ski lifts. Frequent visitors are Tom Hanks and Kelsey Grammer, who actually own million dollar vacation homes. Other famous visitors include; Tiger Woods, Justin Timberlake, and Harry Connick Jr. The most exclusive accommodation can be found at the luxurious mountaintop getaway Trappers Cabin, a lovely chalet with four beds and four bathrooms, where you can choose the Premium Package for $600 per person, per night, which includes a private chef and as much champagne as you can handle. Ski passes are more expensive than in most ski resorts, at $119 for an adult per day.
7 Jackson Hole, Wyoming U.S.A.: $1,000 Per Night
Attracting the best skiers in the world in search for the most challenging slopes, Jackson Hole ski resort is part of a natural park and there's every chance to see deer, moose, and elk while skiing here. Jackson Hole county has more billionaires per capita than any other county in the U.S. The Michelin-star restaurants, shopping venues, and steep slopes attract both brave skiers and wealthy celebrities. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel got married here in 2012, while Harrison Ford and Sandra Bullock own homes here. The charming village of Teton is found right at the bottom of the slopes, and is home to the North Coulter Lodge, one of the loveliest and most exclusive chalets in the country. Prices here vary between $1,000 and $2,000 per night for a luxury lodge that accommodates 3 guests. A weekend pass costs $100 per adult.
6 Aspen, Colorado U.S.A.: $1,000 Per Night
One of the most famous winter destinations in the world, Aspen is also one of the best ski resorts, located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado. Aspen gained popularity thanks to its long slopes and unmatched beauty, regardless of the season. There are 174 trails and 30 ski lifts. Anything you might be looking for, you'll surely find here, from skiing and ice skating to dog sled rides. Home to celebrities and billionaires, it is the place where most Hollywood celebrities spend their winter holidays. You can see almost anyone you can think of, from Goldie Hawn and Meg Ryan to Mariah Carey and Jim Carrey. The most luxurious accommodation can be found at The Little Nell, with an average price of $1,000 per person per night. The Little Nell also offers their Spa Bliss Package for a jaw-dropping $5,000 per person per night. Also expect to pay $600 for a 6-day ski pass per adult.
5 Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy: $1,500 Per Night
As famous as it is for its delicious cuisine and wine selection, Italy is also known for its mountain resorts. Cortina is a resort in the heart of the Dolomites, and was the venue for the 1956 Winter Olympics. The small town is known as the pearl of the region and is destined for those accustomed with luxury, as the most influential and the richest Europeans head down to Cortina for the winter holidays. At an altitude of 4,015 feet, its alpine charm is unmatched, with 68 miles of slopes and 87 trails. With shopping boulevards that seem to be taken directly from the the streets of Milan, even James Bond thought it was worth stopping by. It was Audrey Hepburn's favorite ski resort and celebrities like George Clooney and Sting can often be spotted here. Cortina d'Ampezzo Hotel offers the most luxurious accommodation in the resort, at $1,500 per person, per night. Expect to pay $300 per adult for a 6-day ski pass.
4 St. Moritz, Switzerland: $1,500 Per Night
The charming chalet-style resort of St. Moritz in Switzerland seems as though it could be the location of a wintery Christmas movie. Located in the Graubunden region on the Engadine valley, on the shores of an ice-cold lake, it is the venue for the annual White Turf St. Moritz. It is also famous for its Cresta Toboggan Run. With Michelin-star restaurants and designer shops, St. Moritz is a favorite destination for Russian billionaires, but is also frequently visited by Elizabeth Hurley and Ivana Trump. Badrutt's Palace is the symbol of St. Moritz, with prices reaching $1,500 per person, per night. If you stay at the Carlton Hotel, expect to pay around $1,300 per room, per night, while the average price at the luxurious Suvretta House is $1,100 per person, per night. You must also take out $400 per adult for a 6-day ski pass.
3 Lech-Arlberg, Austria: $1,500 Per Night
An exclusive and luxurious destination, with matching price tags, Lech-Arlberg is the perfect destination for experienced skiers and beginners alike, as it is home to a few renowned and appreciated ski schools. Lech Zurs is only a short distance away from St. Anton and there are regular buses in between the resorts. A popular destination for royal families, Lech-Arlberg is frequently visited by the British Royal Family and the Dutch Royal Family as well as celebrities like Tom Cruise. Aurelio Lech is a luxury ski hotel where the average price per person, per night is close to $1,500. Almhof Schneider is another luxury hotel with prices starting at $1,200 per person, per night. You can find a 6-day ski pass for $321 per adult.
2 St. Anton, Austria: $1,800 Per Night
In the heart of the picturesque Arlberg region in Austria, St. Anton takes pride in its traditional style lodging facilities. With wide and perfectly groomed slopes, it is the place where the extreme skier can find his or her match. A mecca for adventurers, as it is home to the most challenging off-track slopes in Austria, the trails reach a maximum altitude of 9,222 feet, and there's an almost 5,000 foot level difference. There are a total of 163 miles of slopes and 30 ski lifts. Also known as the Cradle of Alpine Skiing, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt love spending their winter holidays here. You can expect to pay between $13,000 and $16,000 for 7 nights in a luxury chalet that accommodates 6 guests. A 6-day ski pass for one adult costs $280.
1 Courchevel 1850, France: $2,700 Per Night
If you are searching for exclusive ski holidays in France, look no more. At one end of the famous Trois Valles ski area, Courchevel 1850 is the most exclusive and luxurious ski resort on the planet, which is why it deserves to be at number one on our list. There are two Michelin-star restaurants, but the main attraction when it comes to dining is Le Cap Horns, a luxurious restaurant up on the slopes, at the altitude of 6,700 feet. Frequently visited by Formula 1 drivers, David and Victoria Beckam, as well as the very best of aristocracy and royalty, Courchevel was often visited by the late Princess Diana. There are nine star lodging facilities, such as Le Kilimandjaro, where individual chalets cost $15,500 per night. Suites de la Potiniere is considered the most expensive luxury ski hotel in the world, with prices per room, per night starting at $2,700. Le Melezin and La Sivoliere are two other luxury hotels with prices starting at $1,000 per person, per night. Expect to pay $260 for a 6-day ski pass per adult.
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