As the ski season approaches, we’re here with a curated edit of luxury ski holidays and experiences to inspire the exhilarating snow adventures you could be having this winter. Whether it be a traditional skiing holiday in one of the most sought-after resorts throughout Europe, the USA or Canada, a designer chic lodge for a festive family getaway or an unforgettable Arctic Circle winter experience snowmobiling over ancient glaciers chasing the Northern Lights, we have it covered.
Let’s get planning your next winter adventure.
The spacious, wintry wilderness of the USA and Canada offers skiing for all abilities and ages and is known for its exceptional early booking offers. Skiers in the know book their holiday well before November to take advantage of savings on accommodation, room upgrades and free nights. Unlike Europe, flights, accommodation and lift passes all work on a sliding scale therefore phase out as the ski season approaches. Book by November as these offers are the best you will find all year.North America ski
In an experience as charming and magical as any child (or parent) would wish for, this is a chance to meet Father Christmas in his native home. A fairy tale walk through the elves
hideaway or a reindeer sleigh ride will lead you deep into the forest for a private audience with Father Christmas. Help out at the elf workshop, bake a gingerbread house and end the day with dinner in a traditional Lappish tepee served by the elves. Accommodation choices include Villa Laavu and the spectacular Arctic TreeHouse Hotel.
Following the incredible snowfall last winter, savvy skiers would do well to book early. Early booking allows you to secure convenient flight times to maximise your time on the slopes, the first pick of the best ski schools and reservations at the most talked about après-ski eateries. Luxury lodges and chalets are often booked for exclusive use 12 months in advance with families and groups returning year after year to their preferred places.
Choosing the right ski resort for your first time on the slopes is one of the most important decisions to make, and one that can make or break the experience. A must for any beginner are dedicated nursery slopes
with excellent ski schools for developing techniques and building confidence before venturing onto the well-groomed blue and red runs. Other ingredients to consider are off-piste activities for non-skiing days and a cheerful après-ski scene.
Courchevel Moriond is a beginners dream; the gentle slope of the fun enclosed beginner area is perfect for those first days on the slopes, accessed by a complimentary beginner lift. With an enviable ski-in, ski-out location at the foot of a green slope and ski school right on the doorstep, the impressive Portetta Hotel and Lofts hosts the perfect spot for alfresco après-ski in the piste-side Fire & Ice Bar while The Herb House Spa soothes tired limbs.
Cervinia is one of Italy’s hottest ski resorts, and the perfect resort for beginners with the majority of the ski area dedicated to blue and red wide open runs. The nursery slopes at village level and magic carpet lifts are great for those looking to gain confidence before progressing upwards on the mountain and for spectacular views of the Matterhorn. Stay at the family-run Hermitage Hotel & Spa, this Relais & Châteaux property offers authentic alpine charm.
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. Perfect European resorts are Courchevel, San Cassiano and Arosa with Whistler and Vail on the North America continent.
Feel the adrenaline start pumping and toes starting to tingle as the helicopter rotors begin to spin. Fly over the pristine wilderness of the Rockies or Alps to a remote mountain backcountry where it’s all downhill through a terrain of off-piste, fresh champagne powder. Heliskiing is one bucket list experience for any keen skier or snowboarder.
An escape to the mountains doesn’t necessarily mean hitting the slopes. Non skiers can fill their days with festivals, Christmas markets, ice-skating, sleigh rides, sledding and snowmobiling. Our top picks are the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Banff in Canada, the medieval town of Kitzbühel in Austria, glitzy St. Moritz in Switzerland and Italy’s most fashionable ski resort, Cortina d’ Ampezzo.
It’s all about the location at these properties. There is nothing more convenient than clipping on your skis and heading straight to the pistes from your doorstep with the added pleasure of skiing back to your door at the end of a long exhilarating day. Be first on the slopes with the jetset crowd at L’Apogée in Courchevel 1850 whilst Altapura in Val Thorens offers direct access to the vast Three Valleys. Hotel Goldener Berg commands a prime location, close to the ski school meeting point in Oberlech, Austria. Fairmont Chateau Whistler and The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek rank high in North America for unforgettable ski-in, ski-out experiences.
Rather a quick skiing sojourn with spa and winter activities? Many of our European ski resorts are located within a 90 minute drive of the airport, perfect for maximising your precious time on the slopes. Top picks are Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol in Austria, L’Alpaga Hotel in France, Chalet RoyalAlp Hôtel & Spa and The Chedi Andermatt in the Swiss Alps.
We pride ourselves in staying ahead of the curve in luxury ski at all times, bringing you the most anticipated renovations and hottest resorts on our radar.
Opening its doors this season with a complete room renovation combining British comfort with alpine tradition by interior designer Sara Copeland. Restaurant Le 1850 Be Organic presents ethically raised gastronomic organic cuisine.Explore
The beauty of the Dolomites seeps through the large picture windows that adorn the newly renovated 160 square metre Penthouse. This private refuge on the fourth floor features three suites, bright open plan living spaces, a fully equipped kitchen and wellness area.Explore
Whistler’s only luxury all-suite hotel will complete its $11 million renovation in December. With a home-away-from home ambience, suites now showcase full kitchen facilities, deep soaking bath tubs and the signature Westin Heavenly Bed®.Explore
Gaze at the starry skies reliving the days adventures in a steamy outdoor hot tub. Luxury lodge and chalet living spells freedom of the most intimate and luxurious kind. Choose from warmly traditional timber chalets, hamlets of lodges or designer contemporary homes, knowing that whichever unique property you choose comes with complete privacy. Not to mention the services of discreet and professional hosts attending to every need. Here's our pick of the best lodges and chalets...
Full of traditional alpine character and high-altitude north facing slopes, the village of Saas-Fee is one of the most snow-sure resorts in the Swiss Alps. Exuding a relaxed and cosy atmosphere, the intimate charm of The Capra blends classic Swiss style with contemporary luxuries. Thoughtful touches include boot, helmet and glove warmers with a converted barn at the foot of the slopes for a ski-in, ski-out access.
Whilst we know our luxury ski and snow getaways are tempting enough, there are exceptional savings to be had that add to their appeal. Here is a taster of some of the offers that come out top; do contact us for details of many more.Ski savings