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Shop Slopeside: The Best Ski Resorts for Shopping

February 08, 2024  · 
Shop Slopeside: The Best Ski Resorts for Shopping

Whether you’re hoping to shop for more skiing gear, want to hit the boutiques, or if you’re in search of traditional, artisanal treasures, these ski resorts are perfect for a shopping spree. 

Courchevel 1850, France

Courchevel, part of the vast Three Valleys ski area in the French Alps, is synonymous with luxury shopping and haute couture and is renowned for catering to high-end clientele from around the world.

This glamorous resort boasts an extensive collection of prestigious designer boutiques, including well-recognised fashion houses Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Dior. Courchevel even has a slopeside Moncler shop with ski-in/ski-out access.

Alongside clothes, visitors can explore exquisite jewellery stores such as APM Monaco and Chopard, as well as watchmakers offering an array of fine gemstones, Swiss timepieces, and bespoke designs.

Beyond these high-end retailers, the resort also features art galleries and antique shops showcasing a diverse range of artwork, sculptures, and collectables inspired by Alpine culture and heritage. Courchevel also hosts a weekly local market, which is typically held on a Wednesday and can be found below the main Croisette lift building.

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Aspen, Colorado, USA

Aspen is renowned for its upscale shopping scene, offering a diverse array of boutiques, galleries, and designer stores. The pedestrian-friendly streets of downtown Aspen, particularly along Cooper Avenue and Hyman Avenue, are lined with high-end retailers and chic boutiques, making it a premier destination for shopping enthusiasts. 

Visitors to Aspen can explore luxury brands along with locally-owned shops featuring unique clothing, jewellery, art, and outdoor gear. Shoppers can also discover unique souvenirs and locally sourced goods, including Native American art and artisanal products reflecting the region's culture and heritage.

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St. Moritz, Switzerland

Nestled in the Swiss Alps, the glitzy and unashamedly opulent Swiss town of St. Moritz is home to a sophisticated shopping scene. With streets lined with upscale boutiques, St. Moritz provides visitors with an excellent array of shops, from jewellers to designer stores stocking renowned luxury brands like Alexander McQueen and Giorgio Armani. Here, you can also find the flagship Moncler Grenoble store. Naturally, this Swiss resort also houses numerous high-end watch retailers, from Omega to Breitling. 

This vast range of shops is not limited only to material goods, as you can find some superb food shops. We particularly recommend a visit to Bäckerei Bad, a traditional Swiss bakery selling both sweet and savoury delights. 

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Park City, Utah, USA

The characterful resort of Park City - known best for hosting the annual Sundance Film Festival - offers a charming and vibrant shopping scene nestled within its historic downtown area. Main Street in Park City is the heart of the shopping district, lined with a diverse array of shops, boutiques, art galleries, and speciality stores.

Park City offers an eclectic mix of offerings, from artisanal goods to sportswear stores. Those in search of a traditionally American keepsake will love JW Bennett, a boutique selling handmade western hats. 

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Kitzbühel, Austria

A ski resort steeped in rich sporting history, Kitzbühel sits nestled in the Tyrolean Alps of Austria. This picturesque alpine town has cobbled medieval streets and historic squares for visitors to explore, and a myriad of shops to wile away the hours in. 

Kitzbühel’s town centre features a variety of upscale boutiques, luxury brands, and speciality stores catering to discerning shoppers. Visitors have a vast range of high-end shops to explore, with boutiques offering apparel and accessories from the world’s most renowned designer brands.

The resort champions its local craftsmen and artisans, with numerous shops retailing traditional, hand-crafted Tyrolean wares. If food and drink are a little more your scene, ensure you pay a visit to one of Kitzbühel’s superb wineries.

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Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

The northeastern Italian resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo rests in the heart of the Dolomites, a breathtaking mountain range characterised by its pale rock. Here, guests can enjoy a unique shopping experience against a remarkable mountain background.

This stylish resort, with its idyllic historic town centre, is a shopping haven. Corso Italia is particularly famed for being at the forefront of the latest fashion trends. Its boutiques are stocked with the hottest apparel, footwear, and accessories from talented Italian and international designers. 

Cortina d’Ampezzo showcases Italian talent, with numerous shops selling traditional Italian crafts and wares, including handmade leather goods, Murano glassware, and artisanal textiles. Cortina’s town centre also provides visitors with an opportunity to stock up on sporting goods, with its sports stores offering a wide range of outdoor gear, sporting equipment, and technical clothing for skiing, hiking, and mountaineering.

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