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10 of the Most Exclusive Ski Resorts in the World – Part 2

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Below is the second in a three part series of the 30 most exclusive and luxury ski resorts in the world.
Stay in Richard Branson’s £120k per week Chalet or party among the world’s elite with some of the best après ski in the world..
If you have deep enough pockets you can even move to one of them and include Bill Gates among your neighbours!
1. Aspen, Colorado (USA)
One of America’s premier ski destinations, Aspen is made up of four mountains, each with it’s own personality and suited to different levels of skier. There are plenty of luxury hotels in Aspen and a host of excellent restaurants to suit the luxury traveller.

Best Hotels Aspen
The Little Nell – a Relais & Chateaux hotel, the only ski in, ski out 5-star hotel in Aspen, located at the foot of Aspen Mountain.
Rooms cost about £1,000 per night.

Hotel Jerome – Historic, boutique hotel in the heart of Aspen with a heated outdoor swimming pool and onsite spa. This is a gem worth visiting.
Rooms cost around £900 per night.

St Regis – luxury hotel chain doesn’t disappoint with a large spa and fitness centre. The hotel is centrally located and decor or chic but cosy.
Rooms are a very reasonable £600 per night.

2. Meribel (France)
Meribel lies at the heart of the Trois Vallees ski area in France, with Courchevel to the east and Val Thorens to the west.
High rises are banned which means the resort is made up of chalets, giving Meribel a traditional, alpine charm.
The apres ski gets very lively and Meribel is very popular with Brits which may be appealing or a turn off.

Best Hotels Meribel
Hotel Le Kaila – only five-star hotel in Meribel (amazingly!). Great location for ski in, ski out in central Meribel which allows for easy access to the three valleys. Spa and indoor pool.
Will set you back around £1,000 per night.

Hotel Le Grand Coeur & Spa – Relais & Chateaux property with a cosy chalet feel in the heart of Meribel. Take in the views of the 1992 women’s downhill slope while enjoying a glass of wine on the terrace. The large open fireplace is welcoming after a fun days skiing, as is the excellent spa.
Rooms start at around £400 per night.

Bellacima Lodge chalet – the cinema room and pool table make this luxury chalet a great choice for families. Leave the kids in the chalet while you enjoy a nice hot tub on the veranda with a glass of something bubbly.
Roughly £1,500 per person / week and it sleeps eleven.

Tom Hall chalet – great ski in, ski out access in this cosy, luxury chalet with private, heated pool.
Costs £12k per week.

Le Grenier chalet – luxury, modern chalet with snooker table and its own private spa, including massage room, jacuzzi and sauna.
£25k – £60k depending on when you go.

3. Val d’sere (France)
The most popular ski resort in the world for British traveller (I know that might not be a selling point :)), Val d’Isere is joined with the neighbouring Tignes. The resort is well known for it’s lively apres ski, upmarket feel and excellent facilities. The slopes are perfect for skiers of all levels, from the novice to the very experienced.

Best Hotels Val d’Isere
Les Barmes de L’Ours – ski in, ski out, 5-star hotel located at the bottom of the famous Boulevard Ski Lift. The hotel includes access to an indoor swimming pool and wellness centre.
Rooms will set you back £500-600 per night.

Le Blizzard – five-star hotel with an alpine feel, located in the heart of Val d’Isere with heated outdoor pool and hot tub at the foot of the Boulevard slope. Includes onsite Clarins spa. Head for a cocktail in the sociable bar after a day on the slopes.
Rooms start at around £600 per night in high season.

Best Luxury Chalets Val d’Isere
Lhotse chalet – James Bond would be pretty happy with this chalet, and it’s sure to impress even the most discerning luxury traveller. The onsite spa facilities are second to none, and there is a large indoor swimming pool complete with drop down projector!
There are 6 en-suite bedrooms sleeping 12 people and at £35k for 7 nights the price is very reasonable for what you get.

Marco Polo chalet – the sister chalet of Lhotse won Best Ski Chalet in France for two years running at the World Ski Awards. It’s no wonder given the stylish design of this uber-luxury chalet. Features include the onsite spa, pool, hot tub, gym, sauna, open fireplace, bar, cinema system and 6 en-suite bedrooms, sleeping 10.
Prices are close to £50k per week in high season.

Montana chalet – luxury chalet that comes with 6 onsite staff to cater to your every need. Facilities include the indoor pool, sauna, tv room, wine cellar, outdoor terrace overlooking resort and piste.
Sleeps 12 and will set you back a very competitive £25-30k for a week.

Husky chalet – great for families this luxury chalet comes with indoor climbing, archery and shooting gallery! There is also a large indoor pool and wellness centre.
1 week will cost around £40k

Eagles Nest chalet – frequented by rock stars and royalty this is an iconic chalet overlooking the town of Val d’Isere with ski in ski out access given its close proximity to the La Face piste. Comes with private chef, indoor pool, sauna and steam room.
Sleeps 12 and will set you back about £40k in high season.

Jupiter chalet – Good choice for families with chef and nanny services.
Sleeps 8. Costs between £1,500 – £4,000 per person for 7 nights.

Le Rocher chalet – stunning chalet designed in the alpine style with modern twists. Good sized indoor pool, steam room, massage room, gym, open fireplace. Sleeps 14 and all bedrooms are en-suite.
Costs around £35k per week.

4. St Anton (Austria)
Rated one of the top 5 ski resorts in the Alps, St Anton is located in the Tyrolean Alps in Austria.
Although the resort does cater to beginners with some nursery slopes at the base of the main ski area, you need to learn quickly to appreciate the blue slopes further up the hill, and there are far more opportunities for intermediate to expert skiers.
St Anton is one of Europe’s snowiest areas, meaning there is some great off-piste to be had. The village has maintained its old-world alpine charm while modernising in the right areas with an excellent ski lift system.

Best Hotels St Anton
Arlberg Hospiz Hotel – luxury hotel, situated in the picturesque village of St Christophe. Opposite a chairlift, the hotel offers ski in, ski out access and has an on-site spa, pool and 4 restaurants.
Rooms start at around £300 per night.

Das Mooses Hotel – 700 year old property that was formerly the summer palace of the Archbishops of Salzburg. There is an onsite spa with thermal pool.
Rooms are a very reasonable £130 per night.

Tannenhof Hotel – a Small Leading Hotels of the World property, Tannenhof is located in the sunniest part of St Anton. The hotel, originally built in the 1920s was completely rebuilt in 2011.
The hotel interior is the perfect mix of alpine charm and modern convenience with a log cabin decor accompanied by luxury furnishings.
Rooms will set you back a slightlyeye watering 2,000 Euro per night.
Tannenhof Sankt Anton am Arlberg
Raffles St Antonerhof – 5 star, boutique hotel in the heart of St Anton with indoor pool and spa.
Rooms will set you back around £600 per night.

Best Luxury Chalets St Anton
Chalet Artemis – the best luxury chalet in St Anton. Facilities include an indoor pool, spa, masseurs, chef and home cinema.
Sleeps 12 and costs around £1,900 per person, per week.

Lodge Bodensee – luxury chalet that sleeps 10 and comes with an outdoor hot tub, sauna, steam room and onsite chef.
Costs between £1,700 and £4,200 per person, per week.

5. Banff (Canada)
Banff National Park in Canada is made up of three ski areas, “The Big 3”. Mount Norquay is the closest to town 8km away, while Sunshine Village is 16km and Lake Louise, the most popular, 65km away.
An area of stunning natural beauty, Banff National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is renowned for its outstanding beauty and abundant wildlife.

Best Hotels Banff
Fairmont Banff Springs – luxury hotel built in 1888, located in Banff National Park. Facilities include 11 restaurants, 2 pools, spa, tennis, bowling, onsite ski school…lets just say you won’t get bored.
Rooms will set you back around £250 per night.

Fairmont Lake-Louise – stunning property overlooking the azure blue waters of Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier. Facilities include 6 restaurants, spa, pool, fitness centre and much more.
Rooms start at around £200 per night.

 

6. Whistler (Canada)
Renowned for its dramatic mountain scenery and lively apres ski scene Whistler is one of the largest ski resorts in the world with 8,000 acres of pistes. Snowfall is incredibly reliable here and the season is long, running from mid-November until May.
Host to the 2010 Winter Olympics the resort has expanded over recent years with millions of dollars of investment flowing in.

Best Hotels Whistler
Four Seasons Resort and Residences – 5-star hotel located an 8 minute walk from the Blackcomb ski lifts. All the luxury you would expect from a Four Seasons resort with outdoor pool, spa, fine dining and great service.
Rooms start at around £400 per night.

 

Fairmont Chateau Whistler – ski in, ski out hotel located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. Family friendly with a great selection of dining options. There is an outdoor pool and onsite wellness centre.
Expect to pay around £250 per night.

Nita Lake Lodge – boutique hotel located on the shores of Lake Nita, just a few minutes walk from the ski lift at Creekside. Outdoor pool and onsite spa / wellness centre.

Rooms cost around £280 per night.

7. Niseko (Japan)
Niseko is the most famous ski resort in Japan and is blessed with a host of long, vast ski runs with Mount Yotei as an imposing backdrop. The area is made up of three main resorts, Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Annupuri.
Grand Hirafu is the largest of the resorts and is very foreigner friendly with plenty of hotels and restaurants providing English menus by default.
The snow here is very reliable, and there are plenty of tree lined runs, making this one of the most scenic ski areas in the world.

Best Hotels Niseko
Hilton Niseko Village – 5-star Hilton property with indoor and outdoor pools, direct access to the Niseko Gondola.
Rooms cost around £300 per night.

Best Luxury Chalets Niseko
Kasara Niseko Village Townhouse – three bedroom luxury townhouse in Niseko Village at the base of Mount Niseko Annupuri.
Stunning, traditional Japanese architecture and design make this property perfect for luxury travellers.
Guests get access to facilities at the nearby Hilton Niseko Village and a number of services are available in-house including ski instruction, dining experiences and in residence sports massage.
Expect to pay around £700 per night for 6 people.

LOFT Niseko – stylish, self-catering accommodation in Niseko. Onsite concierge services are offered.
Costs around £700 per night.

8. Verbier (Switzerland)
Verbier is the main resort in Switzerland’s largest ski area the 4 Valleys. The scenery here is spectacular, and from the top of Mont Fort the views reach as far as the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.
Verbier has a lively nightlife and is famed for its apres ski. The off piste is some of the best in the world and is very accessible.
The resort is more geared towards intermediates and experienced skiers.

Best Hotels Verbier
W Verbier – luxury hotel offering ski to door access in the centre of Verbier.
Rooms will set you back £500 per night.

Hotel Nevai – boutique hotel in the centre of Veribier close to chair lifts and with onsite spa.
Rooms cost £300 – £400 per night.

Chalet d’Adrien – boutique Relais & Chateaux hotel with onsite spa and gourmet restaurant.
Rooms cost around £500 per night.

Best Luxury Chalets Verbier
The Lodge chalet – Richard Branson’s 9 bedroom luxury chalet accommodates up to 18 guests and has a full-time staff of 14. Facilities include gym, spa, hot tub and home cinema.
7 nights will set you back an eye-watering £120k.

Bella Coola chalet – stunning luxury chalet in the heart of Verbier. Sumptuous indoor pool and spa.
Sleeps 10 and costs £40k per week.

Chalet Kernow – luxury chalet including spa, steam room, sauna, hot tub, pool table, on-site staff and chauffeur.
Sleeps up to 14 and costs £40k per week.

9. Yellowstone Club Montana (USA)
The Yellowstone Club is a private 13,600 acre, residential ski and golf resort in Montana. You will need some pretty deep pockets to get a membership here as fees include $300k membership, $36k annual fee and $5M starting price for a property (which is also mandatory).
But for this, you do get access to endless powder and neighbours of the calibre of Bill Gates.

10. Val Thorens
Part of the Trois Vallees ski area in France, Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe, meaning it has fresh powder from November to May.
The resort is suitable for beginners and experienced skiers and has undergone somewhat of a makeover in recent times to bring it up to the standards of neighbouring Courchevel and Meribel.
Best Hotels Val Thorens
Altapura – Val Thorens first 5-star luxury hotel has an outdoor pool and spa facilities and provides ski in, ski out access.
Rooms cost around £400 per night.

Koh-i Nor – stylish and contemporary hotel in Val Thorens with an onsite spa, 2 indoor pools and panoramic terrace with restaurant.
Rooms will set you back around £400 per night.

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I am Rob, the editor of Le Bon Lifestyle. I am married to Gemma and love the finer things in life. My passions are food and travel.

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