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Luxury ski & snow

  • Luxury Ski & Snow, Aerial of skiers

For the serious slope-skimmers, dedicated après-skiers, and the winter wonderland wanderers in-between.

For the serious slope-skimmers, dedicated après-skiers, and the winter wonderland wanderers in-between.

Warming hands on a cup of vin chaud snuggled inside a candlelit mountain hut. The rush of nailing that tricky black piste. Welcome and well-deserved cheese feasts on solarised terraces backed by twinkling peaks. The swell of pride watching rosy-cheeked little ones glide down the nursery slopes. Everyone’s definition of a winter holiday is different, so the destination matters.

Some ski resorts are renowned for their pristine snow, extreme conditions or diamond dust powder. Attractive to the likes of the seasoned aficionados who flock to Vail’s 5,000 acres, the enthusiastic hobbyists taking on Val d’Isère’s slopes, and the leisurely cruisers escaping the crowds in a lesser-known alpine hideaway.

Others, however, call out to the glamorous slope evaders. The ones who want to get lost between the timber-accented buildings of traditional villages, test wobbly limbs on pretty ice rinks, or sip champagne and weave through designer shops. Some even bypass the resorts altogether, heading to the arctic circle to indulge in dog sledding, aurora spotting and seeking out Father Christmas.

The resort is only the beginning though, and whatever dalliance is on the cards it can’t be denied, there’s nothing quite like filling lungs with crisp air while the sun turns the ground to tinsel.

Luxury Ski & Snow, Line of skiers aerial shot
Luxury Ski & Snow, Northern Lights
Luxury Ski & Snow, Person stood near snowy waterfall
Luxury Ski & Snow, Line of skiers aerial shot
Luxury Ski & Snow, Northern Lights
Luxury Ski & Snow, Person stood near snowy waterfall

Ski destinations

Carrier features a selection of luxury hotels, lodges and chalets in the most glamorous resorts in Europe and North America.

  • Colorado mountain peaks dotted with green trees in the winter
    USA ski holidays

    Big, bold, and outrageously beguiling, skiing in the USA is a superlative in itself; but with ‘champagne’ powder snow, seriously scaled-up landscapes, and a handful of Wild West traditional towns, we believe it’s for all the right reasons.

  • A skier off piste with a rocky snow covered mountain range behind and vast forest in the valley
    Canada ski holidays

    For the aficionados who have refined their bucket list and families seeking bundles of wintery fun, Canada rolls out its ice-dusted carpet of iconic resorts and high-octane experiences that are often the envy of all.

  • Ski gondolas over Courchevel ski resort in winter
    France ski holidays

    Serving the ultimate recipe for on-and-off piste adventures, for many snow-sure dreamers nothing quite beats the thrill of triumphantly tackling the skiing supernova of the largest linked area in Europe.

  • A view of the town of Arosa with trees and snowy mountains
    Switzerland ski holidays

    Switzerland takes the crown when it comes to dramatic and picture-perfect winterscapes; sky-skimming mountains, glass-like lakes and chocolate box villages are what define this panorama.

  • Winter Day at Alpe di Siusi with view on Sassolungo and Sassopiatto, Dolomites, Italy
    Italy ski holidays

    Nowhere does a switch-up quite like Italy; seamlessly going from hefty-buckled footwear to the sleekest apres-ski ankle boots, sociable slopes to solitary Dolomites safari adventures, and making spaghetti-like tracks in the snow to tucking into a plate of the real thing slope-side.

  • Morning sunrise in Austrian mountains
    Austria ski holidays

    Birthplace of steel edged skis, the stem turn and even the first dedicated academy, skiing is in Austria’s blood, nourished by the throng of charming villages and invigorating aprés-ski.


    • Luxury Ski & Snow, Kids skiing
      For beginners

      Dedicated nursery slopes, a wide array of green and blue runs and, of course, excellent ski schools are a must for your first ski holiday. Master the basics on the gentle inclines of the nursery slopes before testing your skills on long, wide tree-lined runs. 

    • Three skiers going along a flat ski route
      For intermediates

      Cruising blues and a wide variety of more challenging red runs are the Intermediate skiers' idyll. Combine these with a seamless lift system and groups of mixed abilities can ski at their level and still meet on the mountain for lunch.

    • A man riding a snowboard down the side of a snowy hill
      Advanced ski

      Challenging pisted black runs, exhilarating off-piste terrain, high altitude snow-sure glacier skiing, spending the day searching for untouched powder with the chance to create virgin tracks; these are the preserve of the advanced skier.

    • Two children wearing blue and green skiing during sunset
      For families

      Excellent ski schools and kids' clubs combined with dedicated nursery slopes and children's zones on the piste allow parents to explore the surrounding area themselves in the knowledge that the young ones are being well-cared for on the snow.

    • Ski lifts at a resort in Val Thorens, 3 Valleys, France
      Door Step skiing

      Enjoy the ultimate in ski convenience by having the slopes on your doorstep in our selection of the best ski-in, ski-out hotels, lodges and chalets. With enviable locations piste-side and breathtaking views of the snow-covered surroundings, ski straight out onto the slopes and enjoy the pleasure of skiing back to your door at the end of a long day on the piste.

    • A white helicopter parked on white snow

      Zipping through the pristine wilderness of the Rockies or Alps is freedom enough, but add the plunge from a helicopter onto remote, untouched champagne powder into the mix, and liberation is taken to another plain.

    • Pair of red skis crossed and wedged in snow on mountain
      Quiet pistes

      Sometimes nothing quite beats the sound of silence; whether it be for the nervous newbies or seasoned pros who want to get away from the crowds, nobody can say the quiet ones aren’t fun. 


Winter destinations

Get to know our favourite winter wonderlands, from the eerily beguiling landscapes of Iceland to the magic of Santa’s stomping ground – Finnish Lapland.

  • Sunrise over a river in winter near Levi, Finnish Lapland
    Finnish Lapland

    During the deep winter, when the sun barely rises and the frozen landscape emits a mystical blue light, Finnish Lapland is a breath of fresh air fantasy.

  • Northern lights over snowy Mount Kirkjufell Iceland

    With a short flight and zero time difference, you don’t need a golden compass to find the northern light-laden skies, picture-perfect municipals and ethereal dioramas of Iceland.

  • Red winter barn in between snowy trees

    A silent, pristine wilderness of enchanting forests, frozen lakes, an abundance of inquisitive fauna and otherworldly places to rest sleepy heads, Swedish Lapland is the place to walk on the wild side.


    • Ski & Snow, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, Icehotel, Cumulus Art Suite

      As unique as it is transient, ICEHOTEL promises an unforgettable stay. Standing 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle it is created afresh each year by international artists - entirely hewn from ice and snow with no two ICEHOTELs ever the same.

    • Europe Ski, Finnish Lapland, Octola Private Wilderness, Octola Northern Lights
      Octola Private Wilderness

      Immersed in forests and folklore, the vast estate of Octola Private Wilderness takes you away from the crowds for a mesmerising treat as enchanting as any child – or any grown-up for that matter – could wish for.

    • Treehotel, Sweden, UFO Exterior

      The quiet forests that flank the Lule River Valley provide the setting for an exceptional escape. Hidden away among the trees lie the seven remarkable treerooms that comprise the Treehotel. Families, couples and groups can experience exciting outdoor adventures such as dogsledding tours, snowmobile safaris, eagle spotting, ziplining and culture-rich encounters with the region’s ethnic Sami people.

    • Snow, spruces and Reindeer in the wintry landscape
      Forests, folklore and Father Christmas

      Frozen Narnia landscapes – all beguiling frost-tipped conifers and snow-dusted hills – demand exploration by all who visit them.

    • Aurora at sunset with snow covered trees in foreground
      A festive fairytale

      When the late-night parties have come to an end and crumbs are all that is left of the Christmas cake, one of Lapland’s most popular ski resorts is still in jolly spirits.

    • Five horses grazing with a body of water and snowy covered mountain in the background
      An Icelandic classic

      There are very few places you can go from picnicking on a glacier to designer shopping in the colourful capital city.

    • Snowboarder in yellow jacket following others down a snowy hill
      Alberta adventure

      A spellbinding family adventure in Canada where the best of both worlds can collide.

A non skiers’
guide to winter

Two snow buggys

A non skiers’
guide to winter

It may come as a surprise, but experiencing the snow-capped peaks, glacial wilderness and cosy winter lifestyle of mountainside towns isn’t reserved for those with a penchant for winter sports. Whether it’s snowcat jaunts on the slope sans skiers, the wide-eyed wonder of meeting Santa or gazing at the quivery glow of the aurora – some think it’s just the skiers that have it good, but we know a little different.

A non skiers guide to winter
Chalets de l’Alpaga

A snow

Luxe lodge and private chalet living spells freedom of the most intimate and luxurious kind. Whether it be a traditional log cabin aesthetic or a sleek modern take on alpine homes, these wintery abodes have taken away the complexities associated with planning and prep. 

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