November 10, 2017
By Jody Hume
REAL TRAVELS: THE BEST SKI RESORTS WORLDWIDE
With winter holidays in sight, travel planning is top of mind. And what better destination than one of the world’s most scenic and ski-ready mountain peaks? We’ve rounded up four destinations that should satisfy anyone’s craving for fresh, powdery pistes, breathtaking views and luxe après-ski vibes. Read on for where to hit the slopes, and what to pack when you’re snowbound.
Amangani | Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Nestled next to the Grand Tetons in the Rockies, Amangani is a next-level luxury destination for winter adventurers. World-class alpine and cross-country ski terrain beckon at nearby Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and you’ll avoid the crowds with a Ski Concierge service that brings top-quality equipment to you. If you tire of more traditional pistes, you can always opt for heli-skiing, dog sledding or scenic photo airplane tours over the Tetons offered through the resort.
Suites and interiors are the perfect mix of out-West rustic and thoughtful luxury, with wood and stone elements inspired by the outdoor elements paired with inviting leather and faux-hide accents. If you’re lucky, you’ll experience some of the valley’s abundant winter wildlife including bison, elk, moose and wolves. Private wildlife tours are available as well as excursions into Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
Hotel Mont Blanc | Chamonix, France
Chamonix has been a European destination for centuries and still merits its must-visit status for ski bucket-listers today. Boasting the highest peak in the Alps at 15,781 feet, it was host to the first Winter Olympics in 1924. It’s a natural draw for black diamond thrill-seekers, but has plenty of slopes for beginners as well as a city center with shops, cafés and galleries to explore.
After a long day conquering rugged peaks, Hotel Mont Blanc Chamonix is just the sort of place you’ll want to return to. The 100-year-old hotel combines the nostalgic charm of Chamonix-past with vibrant, elevated interiors by French designer Sybille de Margerie. Relax with a massage at the in-house spa, an après-ski drink at the log-lined bar or a dip in the outdoor pool, heated year-round and with stunning views of the mountains.
The Little Nell Hotel | Aspen, Colorado
With the only ski-in, ski-out access in Aspen, The Little Nell is an obvious choice for anyone who’s serious about shredding the slopes. But that’s just the beginning. Right outside you’ll find your Ski Concierge, ready to assist with unparalleled ski-to-door experiences including everything from boot warming to snowcat powder tours to rides with panoramic views on the Silver Queen Gondola.
After a thrilling day on Aspen Mountain, which boasts an elevation of 11,211 feet, indulge après-ski style at 5-star restaurant Element 47, known for its farm-fresh Italian fare. Gas log fireplaces keep rooms and suites cozy and the hotel’s well-rounded art collection features work by Aspen locals as well as international artists.
SkiBoutique | Zermatt, Switzerland
Home to iconic Swiss landmark the Matterhorn, Zermatt is a ski-lover’s paradise where you can take on the slopes year-round. Choose your perfect stay with the selection of gorgeous chalets at SkiBoutique. Each is fitted with a unique set of luxuries, from a sauna room and hot tub to help you unwind from an adventurous day to an indoor cinema or game room.
Select a ski-in, ski-out location to ensure you spend as much time on the mountain as possible, and up your travel points by skiing across the border into neighboring Italy for an espresso. If you do head off the slopes, take the opportunity to wander Zermatt’s charmingly car-free streets, stopping in for shopping at snow-friendly spots like Bogner and Moncler.