Do you always travel to Vail, Jackson Hole, or Aspen every winter for your ski adventures? Are you craving a ski experience that transcends the ordinary? Look no further!
A colleague of mine had clients who’d been going to Aspen every year for nearly two decades over the holidays. She convinced them to try Europe for their festive ski holidays last month, and upon their return, they said they’d always now head to Europe instead.
Here are the top reasons why you should consider traveling abroad for your ski holiday –
Reliable Snow Conditions: The higher elevations and extensive mountain ranges contribute to reliable snow conditions.
Diverse Terrain: European ski resorts often provide a mix of challenging and diverse terrain. Fresh and new runs will wake you up and challenge you more.
Great Value: The interconnected ski areas in some regions offer vast skiing opportunities and great values. Here in the US, ski lift tickets are $150 per day. In Europe, they’re $30 – $40!
Shorter Lines: The lines are short or non-existent because the options and number of trails are much more vast.
Cultural Experiences: European ski destinations often provide a rich cultural experience with historic, charming alpine villages. That also means lots to do for the non-skiers in your group!
Unrivaled Dining: The diverse cuisines and dining scene is unrivaled. You’ve got La Bouitte and Cheval Blanc (both three-star Michelin); warm, cozy places like Le Clos Bernard and La Marmite; and so, so much more. Dining is often served with astounding panoramic views with amazing food options on the slopes. You don’t get that in the US!
This year, the European Alps have seen far more powder than the Rockies — and skiing in Europe is always coupled with a fabulous dose the chicest Aprés ski, and clubs that rival St. Tropez and St. Barts.
Worried about the distance? The European time difference makes travel even more efficient. With an overnight flight and short drive, you can be on the slopes before 11 am on the day you arrive!
From exclusive chalets to private ski instructors and après-ski indulgences, we’re here to help you embark on a journey where adventure seamlessly intertwines with opulence.
There is much to take into account when it comes to planning the perfect ski getaway — are you an avid skier who needs a challenging mountain, or are you looking for something more beginner-friendly? What about after you hit the slopes? Often, that’s why we return to the same places over and over, am I right?
We’ve got options with spas, cinemas, gyms, views, hot tubs, and more. You can enjoy freedom and flexibility in a self-catered apartment on the slopes. Or you can indulge in the luxury of a fully catered chalet with personalized service for every aspect. Or you could explore the many conveniences and variety of hotels available, from boutique lodges to grand resorts. You could book a luxury lodge for three to four thousand a night, and that includes transfers from Geneva, lift tickets, and a personal shuttle to the slopes.
So, whether you’re looking for ski-in and ski-out, great views, shopping, buzzy restaurants, a family-friendly locale, award-winning spas, or to unwind somewhere with natural beauty, we can help you with all of that!
Oh, and don’t miss our special offer for Vail this year. You can learn more about it here. Let’s talk about either that last-minute ski getaway for some spring Alpine fun this year or for your festive holiday for later this year. Don’t hesitate to reach out.
Our curated selection of top-notch ski resorts around the world caters to the discerning taste of luxury seekers who love new adventures and amazing values! Below is just a taste to whet your appetite and inspire your dreams.
- Courchevel is the epitome of Alpine elegance, where luxurious slopeside living meets Michelin-starred dining, creating an unparalleled winter haven in the heart of the French Alps.
- 2 hours from Geneva
Places to Stay
Courchevel, French Alps
Ultima Courchevel: Alpine charm meets modern elegance in this exclusive chalet-style retreat. With a prime location in Courchevel 1850, it offers unparalleled access to the Three Valleys ski area. Meticulously designed interiors, a fusion of contemporary aesthetics and rustic warmth, showcase opulent amenities, private balconies, and breathtaking mountain views. Learn more here.
L’Apogee Courchevel: Perched on the slopes of Courchevel 1850, this resort seamlessly integrates with its natural surroundings, providing a haven of tranquility. Spacious rooms and suites offer panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks, and guests can savor Michelin-starred cuisine, relax at the exclusive spa, or unwind in the chic lounge! Learn more here.
- Experience the enchanting charm of a storybook village and relish the exhilaration of world-class skiing against the breathtaking backdrop of the French Alps
- 1 hour from Geneva
Places to Stay
Megève, French Alps
Four Seasons Megève: In the charming village of Megève, this luxury retreat blends modern comforts with traditional mountain charm. Exquisite chalet-style accommodations feature alpine-inspired décor, fireplaces, and private balconies with panoramic views. Learn more here.
Le Hameau de Mavarin: Tucked away in Megève, this boutique property captures the essence of Alpine serenity. Intimate chalets and suites showcase rustic elegance with wooden accents, cozy fireplaces, and alpine-inspired furnishings.
- Gstaad, a picture-perfect Alpine retreat, lures discerning travelers with its timeless charm and traditional Swiss ambiance. The exclusive, secluded atmosphere creates an intimate haven for those seeking both luxury and serenity in the heart of the Swiss Alps.
- 2 hours from Geneva
Places to Stay
Gstaad, Swiss Alps
The Alpina Gstaad: This five-star hotel blends traditional Swiss chalet architecture with contemporary elegance. Lavishly appointed rooms and suites exude warmth with alpine-inspired décor and modern comforts. Learn more here.
Gstaad Palace: Perched on a hill overlooking Gstaad, this palace hotel is an icon of grandeur and timeless elegance. From classic rooms to opulent suites, each meticulously designed accommodation combines classic alpine aesthetics with modern comforts. Learn more here.
- St. Moritz captivates with its unparalleled blend of glitz and natural beauty, offering a glamorous Alpine escape where world-class skiing converges with upscale shopping, cultural events, and a vibrant social scene.
- 2.5 hours from Milan or Zurich
Places to Stay
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Badrutt’s Palace Hotel: Established in 1896, this iconic hotel offers legendary hospitality and refined luxury. Meticulously designed rooms and suites provide breathtaking views of the surrounding Engadin Valley and pristine Lake St. Moritz. Learn more here.
Hotel Grace La Margna: Tucked away in the Engadin Valley, this historic hotel offers an intimate haven. Rooms and suites, adorned with elegant furnishings and alpine-inspired decor, provide a cozy retreat with views of the surrounding mountains.
- Cortina d’Ampezzo, an Italian jewel in the Dolomites, enchants with its unique blend of its charm, sophisticated alpine elegance, and a cultural allure, offering a distinctive mountain experience that marries breathtaking scenery with refined Italian flair. Immerse yourself in the site of the 1956 Winter Games!
- 2 hours from Venice
- Hotel ideas: Grand Hotel Savoia Cortina d’Ampezzo, A Radisson Collection Hotel
Places to Stay:
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italian Dolomites
Grand Hotel Savoia: Dating back to the early 20th century, this historic hotel seamlessly blends classic elegance with modern comforts. Rooms and suites are tastefully appointed, offering a perfect balance of traditional charm and contemporary amenities.
Faloria Mountain Spa Resort: Perched amidst picturesque landscapes, this resort offers a blend of modern luxury and alpine tranquility. Contemporary design is complemented by stunning mountain views, providing an ideal retreat after a day on the slopes.
A ski holiday isn’t just a winter escape — it’s an invitation to explore the world’s most breathtaking alpine destinations. Whether you seek the glamour of St. Moritz, the elegance of Gstaad, or the charm of Megève, each locale promises a unique blend of adventure and luxury.
Whether you’re a seasoned skier or a first-timer, these handpicked destinations and hotels promise a ski holiday beyond the ordinary. So, gear up for an unforgettable winter adventure, where each turn down the slopes is matched only by the luxury awaiting you at the end of the day.
Don’t just ski; ski in style!