We might live in one of the most appealing climates in the world, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to holiday. The most refined amongst us know that the year wouldn’t be complete without a pre-Christmas European city break, a summer sojourn to Paris, sailing between private island, grape-tasting in Napa and, of course, the annual obligatory trip to family. Tourism adventurous fuel the soul, expand the horizons and remind those of us in the know that luxury can be found in many forms, all over the world.
The height of any sophisticated chic-seeker’s calendar however is the ski trip. Finding the right combination of powder-perfect snow, whim-catering accommodation and enviable insta-worthy photography opportunities can be quite the challenge. But both the young and ambitious, millennial-modern socialites and the more cultured, old-money elegant intelligentsias, know that it will be worth it. Where else can you be caught in the society pages of Tatler and Conde Nast Traveler at the same time?
To make sure that you don’t miss out on the right trip this mountain season, we’ve consulted the experts and crunched the numbers, to bring you the definitive list to plan your 2019 spring escape – who wants to hang out in all this wind anyway! We’ve even carved out some very special prospects for those for whom two weeks might not be long enough, so you can find your dream luxury property for sale in your dream skiing location.
Courchevel, France - Courchevel offers experienced skiers and thrill seekers 150 kilometers of alpine ski terrain accessed by 60 lifts. It also offers snow devotees access to some of the most upmarket amenities and luxury hotels available in Europe, including seven Michelin starred restaurants. What more could you want?
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Whistler Blackcomb, Canada – Widely considered to be the premier ski destination in Canada, Whistler Blackcomb has more than 200 runs and the world’s longest unsupported lift span between two of the most stunning mountain tops. Only two hours’ drive from Vancouver, the resort caters to all levels and all tastes, including lots to do for those who like to take their skiing gently. It might not always have the best weather, but it more than makes up for it in performance and experience.
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Zermatt, Switzerland- This phenomenally beautiful ski resort is still one of the hottest destinations to strap on your boots. From the off-piste heaven that is the Haute Route, a 178-kilometer (111 miles) mountaineering route from Zermatt to Chamonix, to the world’s highest 3S Lift (brand new for 2019), this is the location to be seen.
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Vail, Colorado, USA – There is a reason that Vail keeps topping the ‘in-vogue’ lists of ski destinations, and it’s not just because it is one of the biggest resorts in the world. It offers fantastic skiing and snowboarding for snow-bunnies of all levels and its groomed plains and manicured landscaping keep it in the most stylish of must-visit wish-lists. Not to mention it has some of the finest luxury hotels and culinary restaurants available, making the après ski on a par with the daytime slope excursions.
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Verbier Switzerland – Decades of experience culminated in the transformation of Verbier as the most glamorous resort in the Alps in the early 2000s. The stylish and the sophisticated flock here every year, not only to be seen by the ‘in-crowd’ but to be seen at some of the top venues within, including Coco Club, the first VIP club in the Alps.
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