Zermatt, Switzerland. Best for scenery, high altitude skiing and gourmet food.
Tucked away at the end of a valley accessible only by train (unless you have a residents permit and you can drive most of the way) Zermatt is arguably the most iconic ski resort in the world. The scenery is dominated by the Matterhorn which is a stark reminder of the towns mountaineering history. Today, countless luxury hotels and chalets blend naturally in with the charming and traditional town. The skiing is also pretty good too!
St Moritz, Switzerland. Best for ultimate luxury, opulent hotels and Italian fashion.
If you are asked what the most exclusive ski resort in the world is, most people would say St Moritz. Glamorous, chic and naturally expensive, St Moritz is understandably exclusive and preserved as a haven for the rich and famous. The skiing is varied and extensive with an excellent snow record, and because many visitors enjoy relaxing in the sunshine, the slopes are often nice and quiet.
St Christoph, Austria. Best for quietness, access to St Anton and Austrian charm.
Another Arlberg resort that links into the St Anton ski area. St Christoph is a tiny hamlet sitting high up in a treeless valley with a handful of hotels offering high quality accommodation. It’s a perfect destination for combining relaxed luxury with off piste skiing opportunities.
Courchevel 1850, France. Best for footballers, other celebrities and perfect pistes.
Situated in the 3 Valleys ski domain, which links to the resorts of Meribel and Val Thorens, Courchevel offers an array of 5 star luxury hotels and chalets alongside the largest interconnected ski area in the world. This really is a place to splash the cash, there are four Michelin restaurants with 2 stars and three with 1 star….in a ski resort!
Cortina, Italy. Best for scenery, shopping and eating great Italian food.
Nestled high up in the beautiful dolomite mountains, Cortina is renowned as Italy’s most upmarket and fashionable ski resort. The skiing area is large enough to keep the most active happy and the restaurants on and off the mountain are good enough to keep the less active occupied for weeks.
..all of those and don’t forget the very magic and luxurious Gstaad for New Years Eve.