Luxury ski lodges
A ski vacation is the ultimate escape and a perfect way to enjoy a refreshing alpine experience before relaxing into lavish, slope-side accommodation. What better way to rest and recover than coming home to a ski lodge with a great après ambiance? Slip into your robe for a spa treatment before a five-star dinner, then melt into bed by the fire – all within view of spectacular mountain peaks
Hôtel La Cordée des Alpes, Verbier
Just a scenic two-hour drive from Geneva, Verbier offers some of the most prolific skiing in the Swiss Alps, with an après scene to match. It’s also home to one of the region’s most exquisite slope-side hotels—Hôtel La Cordée des Alpes. Bringing together a stunning combinate of chalet-inspired design and chic, modern amenities – such as a 15m pool and spa – its guests will want for nothing. If you can bear to pull yourself away from your cosy place on the sofa in front of the stone fireplace, you’ll find yourself right in the heart of some of the most renowned ski terrain and nightlife in the Alps.
The Palace Engelberg Titlis, Engelberg
There are at least ten ski areas worth visiting within 90 minutes of Zurich. One of the very best is Engelberg and the famous Mount Titlis, accessible by a rotating aerial tram that offers breathtaking 360° views. Opening in spring 2021, when there will be plenty of skiing still available on the region’s only glacier, The Palace Engelberg Titlis will be the first and only international five-star hotel in this idyllic mountain village. You don’t see many rooftop infinity pools in ski resorts, so this one demands having an Aperol spritz in hand.
Hotel Bergland, Sölden
You don’t need to go far from Innsbruck to find Austria’s most famous ski area, Sölden, home to the World Cup ski races and the Hotel Bergland. For the ultimate high-end experience, book the Summit Suite, where you can relax in the sofa lounge in front of the expansive open fireplace or soak in the view of the Ötztal Alps from the double bathtub. Host a private dinner or venture to the top of Gaislachkogl by gondola and indulge in the best fine dining on the mountain at the glass-walled Ice Q restaurant.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler
Arrive in bustling Vancouver, then make your way to Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia’s premier ski destination. There you’ll check into your room at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, located at the base of the ski area, where you can enjoy the spectacular mountain views through the 7.5m floor-to-ceiling windows in the gold penthouse suite on the 12th floor. Get ready for the ski day with complimentary morning yoga classes or wind down with a treatment at the on-site Vida Spa.
Landal Resort Maria Alm, Hochkönig
Salzburg makes an excellent base for plenty of skiing in the Austrian Alps. One hidden gem is the enchanting Hochkönig ski area, where the new Landal Resort Maria Alm offers the perfect balance of luxury and charm. After a day on the slopes – which are right outside the door – relax by the wood stove in the penthouse before enjoying a festive evening and the taste of traditional Austrian tavern classics at nearby Lilli’s. End your evening with a soak in a whirlpool bath, so you’re feeling fresh for another day on the slopes.
Hotel Jerome, Aspen
There is no shortage of nearby skiing when you arrive in the ‘Mile High City’ of Denver. For the ultimate luxury ski experience, make your way to the iconic Hotel Jerome on Main Street in Aspen. With four nearby mountains to choose from, and a long list of high-end culinary hot spots, Aspen is the place to visit for an indulgent ski vacation. Since its opening in 1889, Hotel Jerome has been the social hub of this classic ski town and its deluxe rooms have every modern amenity wrapped in charm and elegance. A tip? Don’t miss the lively happy hour in the legendary J-Bar, which offers a host of excellent spirits and wine.
The next contenders
This month sees some exciting new luxury ski lodge openings. Here’s our pick of December’s new entries
Hotel Le K2 Chogori
Naming a hotel franchise after the world’s second tallest mountain shows a level of confidence that should underpin a stay at one of its properties and, for hotel chain K2, it’s justified for its new lodge in Val d’Isère. Sitting in one of the most popular ski zones in Europe, Le K2 Chogori has stiff competition but, with 21 immaculate suites featuring bespoke furniture and fittings by interior architect and founder Thomas Capezzone – as well as a spa, games room and gym – it’s set to give its neighbours a real run for their money. There’s a lot to look forward to here, but Restaurant l’Altiplano 2.0 is a stand-out, promising a continuation of the ‘cuisine of summits’ started by sister property K2 Altitude in Courchevel. Featuring Peruvian-inspired food, sharing plates take guests on a tasting tour of South America, all from the sophisticated comfort of a five-star hideaway in the French Alps.
Higashiyama Niseko Village, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Luxury expert YTL launches its fourth Japanese property this month and, suffice to say, we want to be there now. Situated at the base of 1,308m-high Mount Niseko-Annupuri, The Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a generous 50-room resort boasting panoramic views of Mount Yōtei and the incredible rock ranges surrounding it. Specifically designed with those ‘snō’ activities in mind, it features 70 runs and 29 lifts and gondolas over 2,191 acres of terrain, as well as offering snow-shoeing, -sledding and -mobiling, making it a veritable mecca for powder lovers. Prepare to refuel between runs at Sushi Nagi (one of two restaurants in the resort) where an itamae will take you on a tour of Japanese flavours with rolls of every shape, size and flavour made from local seafood and farm-sourced ingredients.