Skiing was initially a sport for the aristocracy due to its expensive costs.
While it’s now become a lot more accessible, there still remains plenty of places where you need to be a millionaire to be able to stay, eat, and ski.
In this list, we’ll examine the best luxury skiing resorts and everything they have to offer. From designer shops, breathtaking views, Michelin starred restaurants, and exclusive hotels, this list has everything.
Whether you’re looking for something relaxing or 24/7 entertainment, this list has everything covered.
1. St. Moritz, Switzerland
St Moritz rates as the poshest ski resort in the world, without surprise. This place not only sounds posh, but it has it’s own airport too (Samedan) – packed with private jets of course. This is thanks to its fantastic champagne climate (dry air and sunshine), and it being in Switzerland
The skiing area is made up of four different sectors Corviglia, Corvatsch, Diavolezza, and Zuoz, but there are plenty of other opportunities nearby too.
The town is filled with luxury hotels, exclusive boutiques, and glamorous restaurant with live music. Of course, the pistes are fantastic too, with a wide range of skiing available with beautiful views of the Swiss alps. As you’d expect from a town filled with money, it’s regularly visited by Russian oligarchs and A-list celebrities. Running into the likes of George Clooney, and royalty is extremely likely here.
On the whole, St Moritz is the highlight of most people’s skiing holiday.
2. Aspen, Colorado
Aspen experienced decades of neglect but during the 20th-century skiing boom, it made a miraculous comeback. It’s now a glamorous and iconic place to visit. If you ever watch a movie with rich Americans going skiing, it’s most likely going to involve Aspen.
Aspen has four different skiing areas: Buttermilk, Highlands, Snowmass, and Aspen Mountain. These offer everything from blue to black skiing opportunities. Despite its small size it’s extremely popular and should keep you preoccupied for a week.
The town itself is packed with all of the important boutiques from Moncler to Dior, and restaurants where the champagne keeps flowing indefinitely. There’s also an Art Museum, an Opera House, and quirky little antique and bookshops.
On the whole, Aspen, despite its small size, is a luxurious and fantastic little ski resort for a getaway.
3. Kitzbühel, Austria
Kitzbühel is one of the best-known ski results in the world thanks to its large variety of offerings, skiing opportunities, and beautiful sites.
Kitzbühel az the surrounding area has 215km of official slops as well as a dedicated area for off-piste. The slopes are aimed towards intermediate skiers but there is definitely something for everyone. It also hosts one of the toughest downhill race in the world, where racers can reach up to 100km/h!
Kitzbühel is located in the beautiful Wilder Kaiser mountains in Austria. This medieval town is filled with beautiful buildings to low and behold. While the streets are packed with luxury, it’s 4- and 5-start hotels as in-fact reasonably priced even for the average person. Due to its size, the town is also filled with plenty of day and night time activities even for non-skiers.
On the whole, it’s a beautiful town with fantastic skiing opportunities, and even the average joe can afford a vacation here!
4. Courchevel 1850, France
Courchevel 1850 is one of the most commonly visited ski resorts on this list due to its ease of accessibility and a large range of activities.
Situated in the three valleys of Courchevel, France, Meribel, and Val Thorens, gives this location great skiing possibilities. Whether you want easy, difficult, on- or off-piste, there will be plenty of options for you to chose from.
Courchevel 1850 is bustling with exclusivity and A-listers. However, it’s not the cheapest with a cocktails easily costing $40 each! Unlike other locations on this list, Courchevel is really aimed at partying and having a good time.
On the whole if you’re looking to go skiing with a bang and a touch of luxury, then Courchevel is your place to be.
5. Cortina, Italy
This chic little valley is placed high up in the Dolomites. This gives it a perfect basis as one of the most luxurious ski resorts.
Cortina sports 85km of groomed snow with most of it covered by snowmaking to ensure constant skiing pleasure. The three areas Faloria-Cristallo, Tofana, and Lagazuoi-Cinque Torri are connected by free buses and suits intermediate and expert skiers perfectly.
The town of Cortina is decorated by 19th century mansions and buildings. As with all of the of the places on this list, the streets are covered with luxury designers and brands. There are also plenty of opportunties to have a relaxing drink in one of the excellent wine bars, and expensive restaurants.
While Cortina isn’t as fancy as it used to be, it’s still a fantastic and beautiful place to ski and relax.
6. Zermatt, Switzerland
Zermatt offers one of the most scenic views of the alps with a different beautiful view from all angles. As one of the most iconic ski results in the world, due mainly to the Matterhorn.
At 238km Zermatt offers plenty of skiing opportunities. As most of these are intermediate runs, everyone has the opportunity to experience the views offered by this luxurious ski resorts. For more advanced skiers there are also great off-piste opportunities.
The town itself is accessible only by train, residents permit, or by knowing the right people. It’s filled with luxury hotels that can cost up to $100,000/ week! Alongside this, there’s the mandatory chic boutiques, shops, and entertainment. The beautiful town also pays homage to its mountaineering history and its cultural buildings will leave you breathless.
To sum it up, Zermatt is definitely one of the best luxury ski resorts in the world, and if you ever get the chance to visit, you definitely should!
7. Sun Valley, Idaho
Sun Valley is a purpose-built luxury ski resort. It’s small a secluded but providers plenty of opportunity for skiing and relaxing.
The area of Sun Valley and Ketchum are hosts to 120 different runs most of which are beginner and intermediate. There is a small ratio of advanced runs, but the focus here is on enjoyable skiing rather than on pushing the limits.
Sun Valley itself is small and idyllic with the focus being on skiing rather than glitz and glamour. This might be why many famous people such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Client Eastwood, etc like to come here to relax.
If you’re looking for something private and low-key then Sun Valley is a fantastic place to go and relax. Just don’t get too giddy when you’re having dinner next to one of the many famous people that comes and visits here.
8. Verbier, Switzerland
Verbier is one of the highest altitude ski resorts in the world. Celebrities come here from far and wide to expeirence the challenging runs it provides.
Verbier is the opposite of Sun Valley. It’s filled with tough ski runs and countless off-piste opportunities. While the skiing here isn’t for the faint of heart it’s definitely something to experience. There are easier runs too but we’d definitely pushing yourself to the limits here.
The town itself is filled with luxurious chalets and hotels and has a vibrant party scene. However, it doesn’t have as much to offer as many other destinations. The focus here really is on hard-core skiing.
If you’re looking to challenge yourself but also treat yourself to the good things in life the Verbier will perfect for you.
9. Megève, France
Megève is often referred to the Paris of the Alps. It’s backed with outstanding food, beautiful skiing opportunities, and famed luxury retailers.
For skiing, there are miles of groomed pistes perfect for relaxing intermediate level skiers. The three ski areas – Rochebrune, Mont d’Arbois, and Le Jaillet can be reached by cable car from the town and provide you with the opportunity to take the sights in.
Founded by the infamous Baroness Rothschild as a competitor to St Moritz, it’s no surprise that Megève is everything but cheap. It is packed with 5start hotels, private chalets, Michelin starred restaurants, and much more. Alongside this, there are plenty of activities to choose from and sights to take in.
Overall, Megève is a picture-postcard perfect location and will provide you with everything you need to relax in style.
10. Lech, Austria
Lech in Austria is a quiet little luxury village that has been host to a range of royalty on a regular basis.
Lech has limited the ski passes it issues to 14,000 per day. While that may sound like a lot, it helps guarantee that you’ll have a relaxing time skiing without the hustle-bustle. The
As with all of the locations on this list, the town is just absolutely beautiful and there are 5 start restaurants to help you relax. To go along with the relaxing attitude of the place, apres-ski is in the form of cocktails and caviar instead of boom-boom music and discos.
If you’re looking for a peaceful but high-class snow holiday to relax, then look no further.
What is the most expensive ski resort?
All of the resorts on this list are extremely expensive and will set you back a pretty penny. We really couldn’t narrow it down to a single one as you could keep spending money endlessly at either one of them. However, if we had to choose then St Moritz would probably make the top of the list.
What is the most expensive ski resort in Europe?
As stated above, St Moritz is probably the most expensive ski resort in Europe. However, Lech and Courhevel and very closely behind.
Which ski resort has the best nightlife?
In North America, Whistler will probably win the award for this one. However, in Europe choosing can be very difficult. Personally, we would most likely Alpe d’Huez from personal experience.
Where is the cheapest place to ski?
If you don’t want to go to a luxury skiing resort, then there are some great cheap skiing options. In Europe, Les Houches in France and Vogel in Slovenia make great options. While in the US there’s Crested Butte in Colorado, and Powder Mountain in Utah. Of course, there are plenty of other options too but these would be our picks.
So there you go, these are the most luxurious ski resorts to visit. With multiple ski resorts per mountain it’s easy to find great skiing for cheap, but choosing the right place provides that little bit of extra.