The Very Best Ski Resorts in France


Do you have a passion for skiing and luxury? If so you may be interested in our list of some of the very best ski resorts in France. Here are just five of the most superb when it comes to a vacation in luxurious surroundings.

The Alpe D Huez is classed among some of the very best ski resorts in France located in the Southern Alps and is known around the world for its superb sunshine. The snow conditions are superb with some very long runs along with nursery slopes and some very steep slopes for the more advanced skier. There are numerous leisure activities at the resort and the night life is excellent.

Argentirere is a traditional Savoyard village and also home to one of the finest ski resorts in the whole of France. This is where you can find and enjoy some of the most exciting skiing anywhere in the world. The Les Grands Montets stand at 3300 meters with a piste at the top and other delights such as the Pas De Chevre.

The Avoriaz is listed among the very best ski resorts and is also one of the highest resorts in the Portes Du Soleil area. This superb resort offers fantastic skiing along with numerous spectacular views out over the vistas. There is something to keep all ages and ski levels busy, along with the infamous Swiss Wall.

Chamonix is among the superb and cosmopolitan luxury ski resorts of the world and France. This is an internationally know resort when it comes to winter vacations and skiing. There are more than six ski areas offering more than 160 km of some of the very best pisted skiing. When it comes to off piste skiing there are more areas than you could possible ski in a single season. From all of the luxury ski chalets you are able to reach some of the most beautiful areas this part of the world offers and even have your own chauffeur driven car.

Chatel is found in the middle of Portes du Soleil and is one of the largest and finest of ski resorts in France. In total it covers over 14 different resorts which are home to more than 400 miles of ski slopes. If you want some of the most stunning scenery in the world along with numerous amenities and the perfect experience on the ski slopes Chatel is a great choice. Whether you are a beginner or an expert Chatel has something to suit everyones tastes.

Courchevel 1300 (Le Praz) is a superb old village resort close to woodland and is home to the 1992 Olympic ski jump which dominates the village. If looking for luxury ski resorts offering an excellent night-life, this is the place. Of course there are some excellent ski slopes too.

bonus video: Avoriaz ski resort

Luxury Swiss Christmas


Swiss ski resorts have been offering Christmas discounts to counteract the effects of the strong franc and Europe’s financial woes. But the high end chalet business is doing a roaring trade, with some clients paying up to SFr 200,000 ($215,000) per week for catered chalets in resorts such as Verbier, Gstaad and Crans Montana.

Royal Winter Resorts – Klosters, Zermatt, Meribel, Lech & Verbier

by Felice Hardy at LondonEvening Standard

Nowhere is as romantic as a ski resort, and Prince William first declared his love for Kate Middleton to the world when he took her to Klosters in 2004. Skiing has played its part with the royals over the years, with brides-to-be taken on family ski trips. Here’s our guide to the royal resorts:

Traditional and luxurious, it leads the way as the royal hot spot, so much so that the Gotschna cable-car is also called the Prince Charles and one of the two red cabins bears his name. Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy have all stayed in the resort together. Last year, for greater privacy, they shared a chalet with friends instead of staying in Prince Charles’s old haunt, the five-star Walserhof.

The splendid Eugenia, owned by Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza, is the most imposing rental chalet here and for the past two years Prince Andrew has taken it over during the World Economic Forum.

The skiing: Klosters shares the famous Parsenn ski area with its more bustling neighbour Davos.

Where to stay: Hotel Walserhof from £840 pp per week B&B with Ski Solutions ( Chalets Bear, Maldeghem or Eugenia all through The Oxford Ski Company from £1,888 pp per week half board (

See and be seen: Tara Palmer-Tomkinson owns a chalet here; Lord Bamford, a princess of Thailand, Victoria Getty, and (snow) polo-playing Jack Kidd all ski here. Nick Clegg‘s family has a chalet in Davos.

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the best Ski Resorts in Europe

At a time when most northern European countries facing the strongest snowfall in the last decades, many are those that do not experience the hassle of delays at airports and stations, but instead revel in the most idyllic landscapes of snow-capped mountain in some of the most famous and expensive winter resorts in Europe where the economic crisis never reached.

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
«For your eyes only»

A winter resort in the Italian Alps, which owes its fame to the big screen more or less in indescribable natural beauty. It was 1981, when the slopes of the Tofana di Mezzo “evil armed with special snowmobiles” chasing James Bond, they slipped a few exemplary slalom for the needs of the film «For your eyes only». Since then, the slopes of Cortina d’Ampezzo attract winter sports enthusiasts who are not deterred by the sticker prices of accommodation, ranging up to 400 euros a night, as the rough, but excellent slopes at an altitude of 3224 meters.

bonus video : Cortina d’Ampezzo (beautiful although not so winter)

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Is Disentis Skiing’s Next Big Secret?

Christophe Margot for The New York Times


IN the early 1990s, Powder magazine, the proudly die-hard ski rag that has weaned countless future ski bums, published an article in which the author spoke of a mystical ski area of unprecedented off-piste challenge. So paranoid was the writer that this mountain’s pristine slopes and elevator-shaft chutes would soon be overrun by, well, the rest of us, that he wouldn’t even name the place. He would only call it — tantalizingly — Valley X.

The crowd-free views of the Alps. Click Image for More Photos

Secrets are hard to keep in the ski world. People pieced together the clues, and word got out that Valley X was La Grave, France. La Grave became famous.

A few winters later Powder ran a piece about another unknown ski kingdom — a Valley Y — where off-piste runs stretched for a vertical mile or more. The place was revealed as Alagna, Italy. “So many Swedish ski bums” — those shock troops of great skiing —“showed up there and were so rowdy, Alagna had to hire a cop for the first time in its 800-year history,” recalled Powder’s former editor, Steve Casimiro.

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Heli Skiing In Bella Coola BC, Canada by Bella Coola Heli Sports

Welcome to Bella Coola Heli Sports. Our mandate has always been, and still is, to create a product designed by skiers and snowboarders for fellow skiers and snowboarders. Its all about enjoying powder snow with your best friends in the most stunning terrain imaginable.

We operate in a transition zone from a wetter pacific climate to a drier interior climate. This results in ample and reliable snow falls and creates the ideal conditions in which to ski varied and interesting terrain. Combined with our strict limits on group sizes and our small and private helicopter formats (the ultimate high speed lifts), we have a level of operational flexibility that guarantees the most rewarding ski experience possible.

In addition, Bella Coola Heli Sports is arguably the easiest destination heli skiing operation to fly to. Less travel of course equals more time to play, and with over 10,700 sq/km (4,300 sq/m) of jaw-dropping terrain, there is a vast area to explore. From scenic fjords, all the way to the highest peak in British Columbia, the permit area is as big as the entire Swiss Alps. The difference? there are no people, no lift lines, and no tracks.

The easy part is choosing Bella Coola Heli Sports, the hard part is deciding which one of our three operation you will want to visit first. You could spoil yourself with our most exclusive helicopter skiing holiday at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, explore unchartered terrain and claim first descents in the Pantheon Heli Ski Zone, or max your vert and fun with our Big Mountain Heli Skiing option. Then visit us again when the snow melts for genuine West-Coast wilderness Summer Adventures.

Leave your cell phones and busy life at home. Join us for the best holiday experience on the planet, heli skiing and boarding in beautiful Bella Coola, British Columbia, Canada!  

St. Regis Aspen – Experience the Majesty of Aspen Snowmass Resort


The allure is evident from the moment you pull into the grand porte-cochere. Bags are whisked away and you are guided, unburdened, to opulently appointed quarters. The resort features 179 guest rooms and suites including two Loft Suites with fireplaces, five Junior Suites and two Presidential Suites. From every room patrons take in sweeping views of the Roaring Fork Valley and enjoy luxurious touches such as flat-screen televisions and Bose sound systems.

But what will truly define your stay is the impeccable St. Regis standard of service, including airport transport by Mercedes Benz, twice-daily housekeeping service with evening turndown, 24-hour room service and personal butlers for all suite guests.

With every need fulfilled, you will spend your days as you please. Experience the majesty of Aspen Snowmass Resort, 4,000 awe-inspiring acres of terrain spread across four mountains. Take the ride of a lifetime on the Silver Queen Gondola, a journey that transports you from the heart of downtown Aspen to the 11,212-foot summit of Aspen Mountain. Or simply enjoy all the resort has to offer: a shimmering heated pool, 24-hour fitness center, Remede Spa and 20,000 square feet of meeting and function space.

The St. Regis Aspen Resort, is a perfect environment for superb winter skiing, summer sports and the arts.

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