The Most Luxurious Ski Resorts in the World
Breathtaking vistas, sumptuous interiors, and Michelin-starred chefs - expect all this and more from some of the world’s most luxurious ski resorts. From a Christmas holiday trip to early spring skiing, our collection of luxury ski resorts offers the perfect winter escape, where you can count on indulgent après ski unrivalled amenities.
Rupert Longsdon, Founder and CEO at the Oxford Ski Company comments:
“Ski season is very nearly upon us, so it’s been quite fun to compile the biggest and best around when it comes to world-class ski resorts. Whilst some of these are “holiday of a lifetime” quality, we all like a little bit of escapism and dreaming!”
“For our clients, Europe very traditionally hosts some of the most visited ski resorts, but when we look at the most luxurious across the world, it’s nice to see other locations like Japan, North America and Canada feature for a reminder that there really are some exemplary, beautiful skiing spots all around the world… and this only scratches the surface.”
Below, we have found some of our firm favourites to make the list of the most exclusive luxury ski resorts and luxury ski chalets. Discover what to expect in the most sought-after locations around the world in this list of the top ten most luxurious ski destinations you can visit and what to expect.
The World’s Top 10 Most Luxurious Ski Resorts
The world’s most popular and luxurious ski resorts are as follows:
- Courchevel 1850 - France
- Val d’lsere - France
- Verbier - Switzerland
- Méribel - France
- Zermatt - Switzerland
- Lech - Austria
- Whistler, BC - Canada
- San Cassiano - Italy
- Aspen, Colorado - USA
- Niseko - Japan
What to expect in the world’s most luxurious resorts:
Courchevel 1850 France
Situated in an unrivalled location, Courchevel 1850 is perfectly positioned to explore and enjoy all the three valleys network has to offer. This is the first purpose-built resort in France, built from the ground up for no other reason than to accommodate and cater for skiers.
This ski resort is specifically designed to accommodate the needs and luxury of its guests. From featuring two of only eight formally recognised 6-star hotels in France, gourmet dining experiences, and some of the chicest and most glamorous après ski available in the Alps - it’s no wonder celebrity sightings are so frequent.
Courchevel 1850, France - Chalet Edelweiss
Chalet Edelweiss is one of the largest and most luxurious ski chalets in Courchevel. Finished to the highest of standards and with dynamic features to keep you busy, Chalet Edelweiss tops the list for good reason. You can expect the following amenities and features:
- Spacious luxury ski chalet with eight bedrooms situated over seven floors.
- Ski-in/ski-out access.
- Champagne reception.
- Two butlers and two personal chefs.
- Indoor hot tub.
- Pool and sauna.
- Exclusive massage rooms.
- Private nightclub.
Prices from: €150,000 for 7 days
Val d’lsere, France
Located high in the Tarentaise Valley in the Sovie department of south-eastern France, Val d’Isère is considered one of the world's finest ski locations. It is home to one of the longest winter seasons in Europe and offers the perfect terrain for skiers of all levels to test their skills, from beginners on gentle slopes to seasoned skiers looking for a challenge on the 1992 Olympic Men's Downhill slope.
Just a few kilometres from the French-Italian border, Val d’lsere combines with the cross-border resort, Tignes, to form the Espace Killy ski area - offering 300 km of pristine pistes and an impressive lift system. Expect iconic après ski bars, including La Folie Douce, as well as chic bars, cosy cafés and gourmet restaurants.
Chalet Chene luxury chalet in Val d’lsere
Nestled in the heart of Val d’lsère, this luxurious property, Chalet Chene, provides a charming and cosy atmosphere to relax and unwind after a day on the slopes. Expect luxurious amenities including:
- Private spa and steam room
- Indoor swimming pool
- Open fireplace
- Sauna and massage room
- Private chef and butler
- Six double bedrooms and a seventh room that sleeps four
Prices from: €36,000 for 7 days
Verbier is a highly sought-after luxury resort, famous for its sun-drenched slopes and breathtaking altitude of 1,500 metres. Located in a beautiful Swiss town, you’ll have access to formidable ski runs, beautiful views, high-class dining and a beautiful array of accommodation options. You can expect to see a well-heeled clientele roaming the streets of this lovely town and exploring the many boutiques, cafés and restaurants available.
If you’re looking for a high-class experience, with lots to do and see, then this may well be the luxury resort for you.
The Lodge luxury chalet in Verbier
The Lodge, situated in the heart of Verbier, blends stunning contemporary design with alpine charm in one of the most exclusive resorts in Europe. This luxury chalet is located just 250m from the main ski lifts and is perfect for sports enthusiasts with private indoor and outdoor pools, squash and tennis facilities, and a private ice rink. The Lodge maintains a number of stunning luxury amenities and features such as:
- Nine bedrooms spread over four floors
- 13 on-hand staff members
- Private cinema
- Games area
- Indoor and outdoor pools
- Open bar
Prices from: €126,000 for 7 days
Brimming with Alpine historical charm, Méribel is one of the first ski resorts to be built in the Three Valley area, dating back to the 1930s. This resort is a top favourite for British skiers thanks to its abundance of charm, hospitality, and a great variety of catered chalets and luxury hotels. Méribel offers fantastic ski facilities, with runs available to those at all levels. There are even a number of pistes that wind their way through the picturesque village - an absolutely breathtaking experience, especially at night.
Chalet Lapin Blanc luxury chalet in Méribel
Chalet Lapin Blanc is a ski-in/ski-out luxury ski chalet situated on the Georges Mauduit piste, with easy access to the Meribel lift centre. With an open log fireplace and contemporary design throughout, this alpine oasis creates a perfect place to unwind and enjoy each other's company and the beautiful mountain views. Enjoy features and amenities such as:
- Sauna and outdoor hot tub
- Driver service and private chef
- Spacious luxury ski chalet that can sleep up to 14 guests
- Terrace with stunning Alpine views
Prices from: €43,000 for 7 days
Zermatt is known to be one of the best ski resorts in the world, located in the shadow of the famous Matterhorn mountain and boasting an array of activities all year round, including glacier skiing in the summer. Described by many as the ‘Jewel in Switzerland’s Crown’, Zermatt offers 183km of groomed pistes ranging in altitude from 1,620 metres to the ‘Matterhorn glacier paradise’ at 3,883 metres.
We believe this resort is somewhere every skier should visit at least once. With Michelin-starred restaurants, chic bars and plenty of boutique shops, this luxury ski resort can be enjoyed by the whole family, not just skiing enthusiasts.
Chalet Les Anges luxury chalet in Zermatt
Located in the best possible location, Chalet Les Anges is situated in the Petit Village very close to the town with stunning views of Matterhorn and Zermatt. This chalet embraces modern style with reclaimed wood throughout, and large panoramic windows so you can soak up the beautiful views of Switzerland. Amenities include:
- Hot tub
- Spa and massage room
- Open fireplace
- BBQ on the terrace
- Private chef
Prices from: €50,000 for 7 days
Lech is an Austrian luxury ski resort located in the Bludenz district, on the banks of the river Lech. Known to be a favourite resort of the Austrian royal family and other affluent clientele, Lech offers reliable snow throughout the season and bright, sunlit slopes. This luxury ski resort is very popular this year, and with its idyllic views, it is nothing shy of gorgeous.
Chalech M luxury chalet in Lech
At the heart of Arlberg, this Austrian chalet is full of history with a number of European royal families skiing here over the past 100 years. Chalech M has a lovely open-plan living-dining room area with an attached balcony where you can enjoy some spectacular views. This luxury chalet in Lech sleeps up to 14 people and comes with:
- Steam room and sauna
- Swimming pool
- Gym and wellness room
- Cinema/ TV room
Prices from: €27,520 for 7 days
Whistler, BC, Canada
Home to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Whistler is one of the best ski resorts in North America - without a doubt. This luxury resort is renowned for its powder skiing and as a year-round getaway with an average of 10 m of snowfall each season. Whistler and Blackcomb mountains have over 8,171 acres of terrain, with luxury ski-in ski-out chalets available to offer an exclusive getaway in the heart of the slopes.
Couples on a romantic holiday can indulge in luxury spa experiences and families can discover the thrilling winter activities, indoor and outdoor, available throughout the year.
Heli Chalet luxury chalet in Whistler
Heli Chalet is an impressive gated property with a private helipad for those arriving by air and located in Stonebridge - just a six-minute drive to the ski lifts in Creekside. Situated on a seven-acre estate, expect breathtaking mountain views and plenty to do after a day on the slopes. Perfect for a family stay, this luxury ski chalet offers features and amenities including:
- Wine cellar
- Billiard room
- Hot tub and swimming pool
- Fitness room and massage room
Prices from: CAD $66,500 for 7 days
San Cassiano, Italy
Located in Italy’s most breathtaking mountain ranges, the Dolomites, San Cassiano is a luxury ski resort in a league of its own. With a rich history including World War II battles, San Cassiano has secured its position as a cultural centre for winter sports for more than a century. The charming village is surrounded by sunny slopes and striking ‘Pale Mountain’ peaks. When you’re off the slopes, you can enjoy gourmet dining, luxury accommodation, and warm Dolomite hospitality.
Chalet Zeno luxury chalet in San Cassiano
A unique luxury ski property, Chalet Zeno is located in the centre of the beautiful Italian alpine village of San Cassiano. Chalet Zeno is located on the first floor of the Rosa Alpina Hotel - putting all the convenience of a hotel within arm’s reach and with the added comforts of an exclusive chalet.
- The property comes with amenities and features such as:
- Private terrace
- Hot tub
- Access to the hotel spa
Prices from: €71,500 for 7 days
This luxury ski resort is a well-known destination for the rich and famous, with some of the United States’ most exclusive hotels and stunning private chalets. Aspen is famous for its sumptuous dining options, chic boutiques, and old-fashioned traditional American hospitality. Expect excellent skiing with 5,305 acres of pistes across the mountains of Aspen, Buttermilk, Highlands, and Snowmass.
Four Peaks luxury estate in Aspen
Four Peaks estate covers 13,000 square feet with fantastic views of Aspen’s beautiful mountains. This chalet comes with floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room which showcase the American Rocky Mountains so you can relax, enjoy beautiful scenes and watch the sunset. This luxury ski chalet is the perfect property for those who love to entertain, with amenities including:
- BBQ, fireplace
- Hot tub
- Cinema and a popcorn machine
- Wine fridge
- Daily housekeeping
Prices from: USD $31,500 for 7 days
Niseko is the perfect luxury ski resort for larger groups looking for an escape in the mountains. It is renowned for its huge quantities of light, dry snow, securely placing itself on many ski enthusiasts' bucket lists. Make the most of this dream winter experience, with a range of Michelin-star restaurants and traditional Izakaya - you’ll love the dining as much as the skiing.
With four interlinked resorts, there are more than enough pistes, powder bowls, tree runs, half pipes and mogul fields to keep you busy and enjoying yourself.
Kiraku luxury chalet in Niseko
Kiraku is a gorgeous, spacious chalet with a minimalistic design, offering two living areas on different levels. This ski chalet also makes the most of the stunning views thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows, with scenery to enjoy throughout the day and into the night. Facilities include:
- In-house gym
- Billiard table
- Ski room
Prices from: 5.25 million JPY for 7 days
To compile the list, gross revenue figures were collated from every single resort and property that Oxford Ski Company has available.
Resorts were then organised in order of revenue from highest to lowest to determine the most popular chalets.
At each resort, the top property was selected to ensure a variety of luxurious resorts.
Due to the popularity of resorts in France and Italy, only the top 3 resorts in these countries were included.