It is no easy task, but our experts have curated their pick of the best ski resorts in the world, which should be at the top of your bucket list. Between Europe and North America, there are some truly exceptional ski towns that are yours to explore. Our top ski resorts have been selected for their epic ski areas, snow-sure slopes and fabulous ski towns – the only problem you will face is trying to choose where to go first…
Perhaps one of the most famous ski towns, Val d’Isère is regarded as one of the best ski resorts in the world among avid skiers and non-skiers alike. With an incredible 300km of terrain across the Espace Killy ski area, there is plenty to get stuck into during a week on these sought-after slopes. Tuck into piste after piste of snow-sure runs that unfold from an incredible altitude of 3,000m all the way down into the town. Once you have finished on your skis for the day, enjoy a whole menu of après bars and restaurants, including the famous Dick’s Tea Bar, which has been hosting parties since 1979.
Stay at: Le Refuge de Solaise, which is situated at a breathtaking 2,551m at the top of the Solaise gondola.
Famed as one of the best ski resorts in the Western hemisphere and beyond, Whistler is home to 200km of pistes across an epic winter playground that comprises North America’s biggest ski area. The skiing here is truly world-class, made up of picturesque tree routes, high open powder bowls and numerous snow parks. As one of the world’s best ski resorts, you can expect an unbeatable choice of epic runs, such as the Big Bang, Couloir Extreme, which offers seriously steep double-black diamond terrain to the left hand side of the Hotstman Hut. Explore the ridges and bowls dotted around Whistler Mountain and conclude your day on the mountain with an evening spent feasting on international gourmet cuisine at eateries such as the Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar.
Stay at: Hilton Whistler Resort, a great choice for both convenience and comfort.
Verbier is one of the top ski resorts for glitz, glamour and a tremendous choice of both on and off-piste skiing across Switzerland’s largest ski area, the 4 Valleys. Home to a huge choice of itinerary runs (marked off-piste areas), thrill-seeking skiers can indulge in one epic descent after another as they cruise between the legendary mogul field of Tortin, the iconic face of Mont Fort and the 3 metre wide snow runnel of Col des Mines. Days on the mountain conclude with evenings indulging in the kind of apres parties that only of the world’s best ski resorts could offer. Enjoy live music at the famous Le Farinet or try an evening at the A-Listers’ favourite spot at Farm Club.
Stay at: The Lodge, Sir Richard Branson’s own stunning nine-bedroom ski chalet.
St. Anton is the home of the famous Arlberg ski area, which comprises a mighty 300km of slopes that include some of the steepest and snowiest descents you could find. One of the top ski resorts in the world for its backcountry terrain, St. Anton is the perfect place to go if you are looking to hire a guide and explore some serious powdery routes. Discover the legendary routes on the Valluga mountain, including the Schindler Spitze, which descends 1,200m down into the village of Stuben. Regarded as the spiritual home of après ski, St. Anton has plenty of offerings for a lively evening out, from the foot-stomping parties at The MooserWirt to traditional, hearty dinners at Haus Schindler.
Stay at: Mini Gabl, a lovely self-contained apartment in a peaceful area of town.
Comprised of four separate villages, each with their own unique character and charm, Courchevel is highly regarded as one of the top ski resorts in the world for any discerning skier. The ski area of the Three Valleys spans an epic 600km, with runs on offer for every kind of skier. Plus, with the skiable terrain reaching all the way up to 3,000m, you can expect snow-sure conditions that can be enjoyed all season long. All of the villages can certainly hold their own when it comes to offering a sumptuous selection of gourmet dining choices. Indulge in Savoyard cuisine followed by a toboggan ride home at La Cabane des Bûcherons, or try three Michelin-starred cuisine at Le 1947 at Cheval Blanc.
Stay at: Chalet Jacques, a superb ski-in ski-out property with a sauna and outdoor hot tub.
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