Europe is home to some of the most elite, luxury ski resorts in the world. Every winter, thousands of skiers head to Europe’s top ski resorts across France, Switzerland and Austria, to enjoy world-class skiing, extraordinary chalets and incredible nightlife. Here’s a look at four of the best luxury ski resorts in Europe.
When it comes to exclusive ski destinations, it’s hard to look past Courchevel 1850. Located in the French Alps, Courchevel is part of ‘Les Trois Valleys,’ within close proximity to other resorts Meribel and Val Thorens.
Courchevel 1850 is a truly elite ski resort that features seven Michelin starred restaurants, a selection of luxury hotels, and flagship stores from some of the world’s leading luxury brands. It’s no surprise then, that the resort attracts wealthy clientele from all over the world.
The skiing here is decent, with an extensive, varied terrain that will suit skiers of different ability, although it can get busy during peak season. The nightlife is also very good, with a fine selection of bars and nightclubs that get going when the ski lifts stop. Check out Le Cap Horn for the ultimate prestige apres-ski experience.
Based in the south of Switzerland, near the border of Italy, St Moritz is another ski resort that is known for its exclusivity, prestige and glamour. Like Courchevel, this resort also features a selection of five-star hotels, exclusive restaurants, and high-end boutiques.
The ski area here is excellent, with almost 60 lifts and around 350km of terrain. The conditions are also appealing, as the resort gets plenty of sunshine.
While St Moritz doesn’t offer the nightlife options of other resorts such as Verbier of Zermatt, there is a small selection of bars that can be quite vibrant when the sun sets.
Based at the foot of the Matterhorn, Zermatt is one of the most iconic ski resorts in the world. The resort is consistently voted as one of the best ski resorts in the Swiss Alps.
The ski area boasts almost 240km of terrain, with the added feature that skiers can ski to Cervinia in Italy for the day.
Featuring a selection of stunning mountain restaurants, Zermatt is well-known for its fine dining and gourmet food.
However, Zermatt also features a very strong nightlife scene. With over 60 bars and multiple nightclubs, this is the place to be if you’re looking for a world-class apres-ski scene.
Lastly, a discussion of the top luxury ski resorts in Europe wouldn’t be complete with mentioning Verbier. An elegant, modern resort, Verbier features incredible views of the surrounding mountains and attracts a youthful crowd.
Also located in Switzerland, Verbier is the largest resort of the 4 Valleys ski area, featuring over 400km of terrain. The skiing here is excellent, offering an enormous range of challenging pistes and well as plenty of off-piste opportunities.
Verbier enjoys fantastic weather and has an outstanding selection of luxury chalets. As a result, its one of the most popular ski resorts in Europe.
The resort also features some of the best apres-ski and nightlife in the Swiss Alps, with a diverse selection of lively bars, pubs and nightclubs.