Our favourite luxury ski resorts

01 March 2019

Winter may be drawing to an end but that doesn’t mean you should be packing up your winter clothes just yet. There’s still plenty of opportunities to enjoy some time on the slopes before summer arrives, or book your winter escape for 2019, so here are some of our go-to luxury ski resorts.

Deer Valley - Utah, USA

Nestled in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, east of Salt Lake City, is Deer Valley Resort. Consistently ranked as one of North America’s best ski resorts, this resort goes all-out to deliver a winter vacation you’ll never forget.

With first-class amenities such as uniformed ski valets, award-winning cuisine and slopes groomed-to-perfection over six mountains, Deer Valley is well set up to ensure a thrilling day for skiers of all abilities.

Skiers here have the unique opportunity to tackle the same runs skied by Olympians during the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games, while beginners won’t struggle to find patient and knowledgeable trainers to guide their first steps on the slopes.

One of the most luxurious places to stay in the resort is Montage Deer Valley, which overlooks the historic Park City with its 220 guest rooms, suites and residences as well as five restaurants and bowling alley.

There’s also Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley, which recently enjoyed $14 million of enhancements to deliver a new family pool, après-ski plaza, games room, coffee shop and 56-seat movie theatre. This hotel also offers elegant après cocktails, award-winning dining, Utah’s only Forbes five-star spa and stylish luxury bedrooms.

Whistler – British Columbia, Canada

Skiers keen to enjoy a luxury ski trip in Canada should look to Whistler – the country’s largest and most popular year-round ski destination.

Located in British Columbia’s spectacular Coast Mountains north of Vancouver, Whistler boasts more than 8,000 acres of snow-covered slopes, two majestic mountains, 16 alpine bowls and in excess of 200 marked trails, as well as a base village with accommodation to fit any budget and an unbeatable après-ski scene.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler operates its ultimate Whistler ski experience which bundles a 15% reduction off the price of luxury accommodation and with a dual-mountain ski resort lift pass. It’s not all ski here though; the hotel is also home to an 18-hole Audubon-certified championship golf course, a 60ft heated outdoor lap pool, indoor and outdoor whirlpools and two tennis courts.

Another luxury accommodation choice in this resort is Four Seasons Whistler. Guests staying in one of Four Seasons Whistler’s spacious high-end private residences can enjoy a snowboard experience with an Olympian. Meanwhile, the resort is a short walk away from a ski concierge that provides in-house fittings, stores and delivers your equipment, and gives insights into the day’s best runs.

“There are over 8,100 acres of snow-covered slopes, they are beautifully groomed. Whistler is a cultural mecca for mountain sports with great slopes for most abilities with a combination of high open bowls and woodland trails and feels every bit an Alpine resort.”

Karen, Travel Counsellor

Courchevel 1850 – France

In the heart of the French Alps, the chic Courchevel 1850 is where the rich and famous head to when they want to hit the slopes, with ultra-luxurious chalets and Michelin star restaurants earning it a reputation for being the winter home of glamour and excess.

Courchevel 1850 forms part of one of the world’s largest ski areas, the Trois Valleés, with around 550 kilometres of pistes linked by 165 lifts.

Perched at 1,850 metres, Hotel Cheval Blanc is one of the most sought-after places to stay in the region. Accommodation comprises more than 30 rooms and suites, but there’s also The Chalet - an exclusive three-bedroom residence with a private spa treatment room, screening room and spacious outdoor areas. Additionally, there’s an exquisite four-bedroom penthouse called The Apartment with a dedicated service team and private ski room.

At this exceptional hotel, you’ll be able to dine at the 25-seat Le 1947 at Cheval Blanc restaurant with its three Michelin stars and slope-side location, or embark on a sensory journey in one of the five treatment rooms at the Cheval Blanc Spa. The hotel also organises a range of mountain experiences from ski lessons to sledging adventures.

Other places you could consider include Grandes Alpes Private Hotel & Spa, which blurs the lines between hotel and luxury chalet with its perfectly appointed slope-side apartments and five-star hotel facilities.

Aspen – Colorado

Up in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains is the old silver mining town of Aspen - a ski resort town known for supremely challenging ski runs, as well as high-end restaurants and boutiques.

One of Aspen’s more high-end accommodation options is The Little Nell. Its versatile residences combine faultlessly dedicated service and facilities of a five-star hotel with homely creature comforts. That means you can work your culinary craft in a gourmet kitchen before taking advantage of a magnificent rooftop pool and water garden, gym and yoga studio, and furnished balcony.

The Little Nell’s 26 premium guest rooms and eight suites were also renovated in 2017 and all accommodation here comes with gas log fireplaces and most have private balconies overlooking Aspen Mountains, the Red Mountain range or Continental Divide.

Other luxury options for a stay in Aspen include Limelight Hotel Aspen and Hotel Jerome, An Auberge Resort.

“Dress to impress on the slopes as you mingle with paparazzi and celebrities in this popular hangout. A wide range of skiing and accommodation is available in this beautiful mountain town that’s well worth a visit.”

Kelly, Travel Counsellor

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