In the most luxurious ski resorts in the world

Escape to a wintry landscape where you can lose track of time and sink into a hot tub after a long day on the slopes is arguably the best cure for stress and all the anxieties that 2021 has brought. with.

While Europe is renowned for its breathtaking ski destinations and has a long tradition of attracting the rich and famous, luxury ski resorts in other parts of the world also offer equally enticing opportunities for world-class skiing and indulgence.

the Oxford Ski Society ranked the world’s best luxury chalets based on where skiers and snowboarders spend the most time and money. Whether you’re an avid skier or new to the slopes, there’s something for everyone at these opulent mountain resorts.

Courchevel 1850, France

Chalet Edelweiss. Image: Skiing in luxury

Chalet: Edelweiss

Easily considered one of the most attractive ski resorts in the French Alps, Courchevel 1850 is located in the center of the Three Valleys in the Courchevel resort region, which consists of four ski resorts as well as exclusive hotels, Michelin restaurants and designer boutiques.

Located just two minutes from Courchevel 1850, Chalet Edelweiss is equipped with the latest amenities and amenities to enjoy the ultimate skiing experience in style. Highlights include a private cinema, open fireplace, indoor hot tub, and ski in, ski out access. Edelweiss is a new chalet with traditional and charming interiors that blends with impeccable five-star service.

Val d’lsere, France

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Oak Cottage. Image: Skiing in luxury

Cottage: Oak

Ideally located in the peaceful mountain hamlet of La Mourra, close to all the local amenities of the village of Val d’lsère and, above all, the slopes, Chalet Chene can accommodate up to 16 people. Spread over four levels with reclaimed wood, a cozy floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and warm fabrics, the luxury chalet also has ambient lighting coupled with ceiling-to-ceiling curtains that separate the main areas from each other. others. The chalet includes an impressive cinema room coupled with a range of spa features on the ground floor. While stairs connect each level, taking the elevator is also an option.

Verbier, Switzerland

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Chalet La Loge. Image: Oxford Ski Society

Cabin: The Lodge

Verbier’s highly sought-after nine-bedroom luxury accommodation once served as a place of refuge for Sir Richard Branson and those around him. Today, the alpine chalet is ideally located close to the slopes with impressive features that would be hard to find in even the most luxurious ski chalets. Designed to be enjoyed throughout the summer and winter months, the chalet has outdoor and indoor hot tubs in addition to a few more unusual exercise options including an ice rink, party room, squash facilities and tennis as well as various entertainment options to keep you engaged in the Gym.

At Virgin Traces of Branson’s limited ownership can be found in the form of rubber duckies in the hot tub, handcrafted snow sleds, an expansive wine cellar, and St Bernard stuffed animals.

Meribel, France

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White Rabbit Cottage. Image: Skiing in luxury

Cabin: White Rabbit

Famous for its quaint wooden chalets, Méribel is one of France’s largest and most popular ski destinations, with Chalet Lapin Blanc representing the pinnacle of luxury in Méribel. Guests can enjoy unlimited champagne and gourmet four-course meals and, for the ultimate in comfort, luxury dressing gowns and slippers are also available. The chalet itself is constructed from local wood and stone and has stunning views of the surrounding mountains from the balconies. Combined with professional masseuses on site and one staff member for two, this exclusive chalet is the perfect retreat after a day in the ski areas.

Zermatt, Switzerland

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Chalet Les Agnes. Image: Skiing in luxury

Chalet: Les Agnès

Zermatt is located in the heart of a vast hiking and skiing area in Switzerland, which includes 54 ski lifts and 360 kilometers of slopes. Often referred to as the ‘home of winter’, Zermatt is a key winter tourist destination with many hours of sunshine combined with a wide range of slopes and exceptional hospitality.

Designed with high ceilings and large windows that seem to invite the outside in, Les Anges is a contemporary chalet with a warm and cozy atmosphere reflecting the work of international lighting consultants. Those who appreciate a more natural look and feel will appreciate the highest quality natural fabrics and bed linens accompanied by a relaxation area with a luxurious Italian marble basin and water fountain.

Lech, Austria

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Chalet M. Image: Skiing in luxury

Chalet: Chalet M

A popular destination for the wealthy and European royalty, the historic village of Lech has retained its medieval charm with its traditional Bavarian architecture along the Lech River.

Chalet M is ideally located a few steps from the town center and the Schlosskopf chairlift which gives access to a ski area of ​​more than 305 kilometers. The chalet has a cinema room ideal for entertaining the children, while parents can enjoy a drink over dinner in the open-plan living/dining room or explore the wellness facilities including a sauna, steam room and steam room. pool.

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

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Chalet Heli. Image: Skiing in luxury

Cabin: Heli

A must-visit destination for travelers around the world Whistler is a resort town nestled in the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia, about a two-hour drive from Vancouver. Visited in both summer and winter, the location offers access to the famous Whistler Bike Park, championship golf courses and an array of shops and restaurants in a stunning alpine setting.

Set on a seven-acre estate in the elite neighborhood of Stonebridge, the luxurious Helet Chalet offers unprecedented levels of privacy and space with a gated driveway. It is also accessible by helicopter – it is one of the only chalets in the world to offer heliski-in/heliski-out capabilities. With its long list of facilities, you would be in a hurry to find a place better suited to the needs of adults and children. Highlights include a heated outdoor pool, sauna, private library, and media, billiards, and game rooms.

San Cassian, Italy

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Chalet Zenon. Image: Oxford Ski Society

Chalet: Zenon

San Cassiano is a small mountain village, close to the peaks of the Dolomites, which attracts visitors from all over the world and is home to excellent restaurants including a Michelin star.

Part of the Hotel Rosa Alpina, Chalet Zeno offers the services of a five-star hotel with the feel of a private chalet in a prime location – in the heart of the village and close to the Sella Ronda ski area. Not only do guests have access to the hotel’s spa facilities, the chalet is also equipped with three en-suite bedrooms with their own steam showers. You will also find an open fireplace with comfortable sofas – a perfect way to unwind after exploring the exquisite surrounding nature.

Aspen, Colorado

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Four Peaks Estate Cottage. Image: Oxford Ski Society

Chalet: Domaine des Quatre Pics

A popular ski destination, Aspen is located in the White River National Forest, surrounded by the majestic Elk Mountains, which can be admired from the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Four Peaks estate. Decorated with contemporary American designer furnishings, the sprawling five-bedroom property is ideal for entertaining with its chef-style kitchen and plush seating. It features a hot tub that seats up to eight people, perfectly positioned for you to soak in the stunning views of Aspen. The luxurious abode also features a cinema room, a fireplace and an elegant outdoor dining area on a heated patio.

Niseko, Japan

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Chalet Kiraku. Image: Oxford Ski Society

Chalet: Kiraku

Niseko is considered the home of the best powder snow in the world, which combined with the terrain makes it one of Asia’s most sought-after ski and snowboard destinations. Every winter, 14 meters of this powder snow transforms the landscape into a winter wonderland.

Kiraku, located in the village of Annupuri, is ideal for large groups who intend to explore Niseko while enjoying a luxury stay in a contemporary minimalist style chalet that offers plenty of natural light and a view on Mount Yotei. Kiraku offers a unique and authentic Japanese experience with deep Japanese soaking tubs, a private onsen and a traditional Japanese tatami room with four futons as well as the usual modern facilities you would expect from a luxury hotel.

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