Best luxury ski resorts

If you’re after deluxe treatment, then you’ve come to the right place. Top-notch cuisine, accommodation and entertainment awaits those with well-lined pockets at these ski resorts. Pack your most elegant clothing and your latest-model ski gear, hop on your private jet and let’s go!

© David André

The highest and biggest of the four Courchevel villages, Courchevel 1850 caters to the rich and famous, with Michelin-starred restaurants, trendy boutiques, palatial hotels and the prices to go along with them. Read more...

  • Access to 600km of pistes in the 3 Valleys ski area
  • Reliable snow cover
  • Easy access to the pistes
© Filip Zuan, St. Moritz
Switzerland, St. Moritz

Popular with the jetsetters, St. Moritz is a skier’s paradise offering 330km of runs. The town is steeped in history and has a long snow sports history; nowadays, you’ll also find gourmet food and top-notch shopping. Read more...

  • High-altitude skiing
  • Modern facilities
  • Good choice for intermediate skiers
© Zermatt
Switzerland, Zermatt

A holiday in Zermatt is a fairytale come true, bustling streets with twinkling lights and horse-drawn carriages in the shadow of the legendary Matterhorn. The ski area is on par, with challenging moguls and off-piste terrain. Read more...

  • Eco-friendly, pedestrianized village centre
  • High-altitude skiing with over 300km of pistes
  • Mountain restaurants with great views
© Verbier
Switzerland, Verbier

Sunny days and bright nightlife greets skiers and snowboarders at Verbier, linked to the Quatre Vallées ski area. Despite the array of elegant establishments, there is enough choice for every budget at this Swiss ski resort. Read more...

  • 400km of pistes with the Quatre Vallées ski area
  • Spectacular view of the Matterhorn
  • Variety of terrain for all levels
© Stefano Zardini, Cortina d'Ampezzo

This former Olympic town is known for its relaxed vibe during the day and animated nightlife after sunset. The stylish crowd flocks here to see and be seen, as do the rest of us – there are also cheaper accommodation options. Read more...

  • Funky art galleries and boutiques
  • Breathtaking views of the Dolomites
  • Genuine Italian atmosphere
© Josef Mallaun, Lech-Zürs Tourismus
Austria, Lech-Zürs

The two towns of Lech and Zürs offer plush spas, chic hotels and some of the best heliskiing and off-piste in Europe. Intermediate and beginner skiers will have their fill with the beautifully groomed slopes. Read more...

  • Ski-in, ski-out pedestrianized zones in Lech
  • Heliskiing
  • Environmentally friendly
Megève © Chalet Saint Georges
France, Megève

With its swank five-star hotels and drool-worthy cuisine at Michelin-starred restaurants, it’s no wonder Megève is one of France’s most esteemed ski resorts. That, plus the 400km of skiing at the foot of Mont Blanc… Read more...

  • Authentic Savoyard village
  • Tourism dating back to the 19th century
  • Easily accessible from Lyon airport
© Klosters
Switzerland, Klosters

A favourite of the British royal family, the skiing on offer at the posh ski resort of Klosters is just as appealing as the village itself. This is the resort of choice for the true wintersport aficionados. Read more...

  • Over 300km of pistes in Davos-Klosters
  • Friendly, unpretentious atmosphere
  • Fantastic variety of terrain
© Val d'Isère
France, Val d'Isère

Glacier skiing, après-ski, freestyle, off-piste… this French ski area has it all. More approachable than some of the other ski resorts on this liste, Val d’Isère is easy to reach and deservedly popular with the British public. Read more...

  • Attractive pedestrianized village centre
  • Phenomenol skiing at the Espace Killy
  • Wild après-ski scene
© Kerstin Sonnekalb, Gstaad Saanenland Tourismus
Switzerland, Gstaad

Gstaad has over 200km of pistes with exceptional terrain catered to intermediate skiers and park rats. But the main draw of this spa town lies in the pretty streets lined with fashionable shops and high-class nightclubs. Read more...

  • One of the premier spa resorts in Switzerland
  • Focus on origins as a farming town
  • Glacier skiing from October to May