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Five Luxury European Ski Resorts To Consider in 2024/2025

Five Luxury European Ski Resorts To Consider in 2024/2025

It might be summer, but it’s never too early to start planning your winter holiday. If you’re seeking a luxury ski break next season, you might want to begin thinking about the type of holiday you want and which location in Europe offers the best winter activities for you. 

While skiing might be top of the list, there are many resorts across the continent that offer a range of attractions, beautiful scenery, exquisite food and elegant accommodation, that make for a luxury trip. 

If you want your next winter break to be all about extravagance, then these five locations are sure to delight: 

Courchevel 1850, France 

Part of the largest linked ski area in the world, Courchevel 1850 is an exclusive resort village and a haven for celebrities and royalty. It’s renowned for its designer boutiques lining the main street. Think Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton, alongside Michelin-starred restaurants like Le 1947 à Cheval Blanc.

Luxury holidays in Courchevel 1850 boast exceptional skiing for all levels. The Three Valleys offer 600km of groomed runs, catering to families and beginners in lower areas like La Tania, while challenging seasoned skiers will be impressed with the off-piste offerings. 

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Gstaad, Switzerland

Gstaad exudes a sophisticated charm that sets it apart from other luxury ski resorts. Cobbled streets lined with art galleries and designer shops like Prada and Cartier create a distinctly European ambiance.

The resort caters to a discerning clientele while the world-class skiing encompasses over 200km of groomed runs, perfect for cruising down gentle slopes or carving turns through picturesque pine forests. 

Megeve, France

Megève offers a luxurious escape with a distinctly French flair. The village retains its traditional charm with cobbled streets lined with cafes and shops showcasing local crafts alongside chic designer boutiques. You can also take a ride back in time on a horse-drawn carriage.

The skiing in Megève caters to a variety of skill levels. Families and beginners can enjoy gentle slopes and dedicated learning areas, while intermediate and advanced skiers can explore the diverse terrain of the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area, offering over 400km of pistes. Megève also boasts a reputation for excellent off-piste adventures for experienced skiers seeking untouched powder snow.

St Moritz, Switzerland

Established in the 1800s, St Moritz has long been a playground for the rich and famous. The resort caters to experienced skiers with challenging slopes known for exhilarating steeps and breathtaking views. Off-piste adventures for experts are legendary, while families and beginners can find suitable terrain in lower areas. Beyond the slopes you can watch polo matches played on frozen lakes in winter and experience world-class shopping. 

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Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Part of the Dolomites, Cortina d’Ampezzo exudes Italian glamour. Often referred to as the “Queen of the Dolomites,” the mountain resort village features pedestrianised streets lined with high-end shops like Gucci and Prada. Although it’s not as easily accessible as many of Europe’s other famous ski resorts, it’s well worth a visit if you’re looking for stunning scenery and local charm. 

Europe boasts an array of excellent skiing destinations whatever your ability. If you choose to visit one of these luxury locations on your next winter holiday, you’re sure to be impressed by the activities and experiences on offer. 

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