Our Favorite Ski Resorts
Whether taking in the panoramic views of Switzerland and Italy from the Matterhorn or zipping down the slopes of Canada’s Whistler-Blackcomb, we love our ski holidays. Electrifying days on the slopes coupled with fun-filled nights in mountaintop villages…. what’s not to love?
Pro tip: Pack your favorite SWIMS loafers for those après-ski hot-tub parties!
1. Åre, Sweden
Offering unparalleled adventure, Åre boasts more than 80 pistes for skiers of every level, including northern Europe’s greatest vertical drop. The long, dark nights are made for night skiing, running into reindeer and viewing the awe-inspiring aurora borealis. After snowmobiling to the summit, brush off the chill in the village centre with an aperitif before dinner. Then, feed your body and soul with an array of chic restaurants serving up local cuisine, and a mix of traditional and trendy shops. Both cozy and cosmopolitan, Åre offers dogsledding and igloo accommodations for the rough and tumble, and tranquil luxury spas and art exhibits for the more hygge-inspired traveler.
2. Megève, French Alps
Once you experience the romance of Megève’s medieval cobblestone streets, rustic but chic chalets, upmarket hotels, designer boutiques and high-end culinary experiences, you’ll understand how it earned its reputation as one of the most famous and storied ski resorts in the world. And, that’s before you’ve even put on your skis. Spend your winter holiday on epic ski runs clocking your speed against world champions on the “Schuss au Mont d’Arbois,” hiking, snowshoeing, dog sledding and more. Dedicate a day to revitalizing your body and mind at a cosmopolitan luxury spa before heading out to Michelin-rated restaurants offering traditional and creative cuisine to temp your palate. If you book your trip in late March, don’t miss Megreve’s International Jazz festival.
3. Zermatt, Switzerland
Often called the mountain of mountains, as well as the most beautiful peak in the Swiss Alps, Zermatt’s Matterhorn has been called a “cragged rock tooth forging into the heavens.” With year-round powder, this majestic mountain has been an inspiration to countless artists, writers and naturalists. Situated at the border of the western Swiss canton of Valais between Zermatt and the Italian resort of Breuil-Cervinia, the Matterhorn is one of the highest summits in Europe. Book a ski safari, an unplugged adventure with acclaimed singer/songwriters or an unforgettable heliskiing tour. Enjoy a respite from the hustle of city life in Zermatt’s car-free village, home to extraordinary restaurants, spas, hotels and more.
4. Lech, Austria
Known as the cradle of alpine skiing, Lech has continually inspired winter-sport adventurers for more than 100 years. A marriage of the traditional and modern, Lech’s motto “more time, more space” encourages you to set your worries aside and focus on the present moment. Escape into fresh powder by day and indulge in creative culinary experiences by night. With ski runs and activities for all levels, including a dedicated slow-pace option for those who want to experience cross-country skiing, Lech Zürs am Arlberg consistently ranks as one of the top ski resorts in the world.
1. Heavenly Ski Resort: Lake Tahoe, California
Not for the faint of heart, this ski resort offers some of the most exclusive snowsport activities in the world. Situated above Lake Tahoe’s majestic blue waters, Heavenly is for serious winter sports enthusiasts who want to explore off-the-grid terrain. After you conquer the mountain, reward yourself by heading to Heavenly Valley’s Unbuckle, the ultimate après ski party with Vegas-style nightlife, all-night dance clubs, world-class entertainment and five-star dining.
2. Vail Ski Resort: Vail, Colorado
With a skiable terrain that caters to both beginner and advanced skiers and snowboarders, and five-star service and amenities, Vail can satisfy even the most discerning of winter-sport aficionados. After a day on the slopes, venture out to explore sophisticated nightlife options along the quaint cobblestone streets of Vail Village. Sample world-class cuisine and wines at one of Vail’s many culinary events. Vail also boasts a fantastic music scene.
3. Whistler/Blackcomb Ski Resort: Whistler/Blackcomb
Immerse yourself in natural beauty while still experiencing unparalleled luxury at the Crystal Lodge & Suites at the Whistler/Blackcomb Ski Resort. Nestled in the heart of the village, just steps from Whistler’s record-breaking gondola, this winter paradise combines easy access to adventure with sophisticated dining options and pulsing nightlife. Spend the day on the pistes among the towering mountains, then drop your skis or snowboard with the valet and relax in the heated pool or hot tub before you head out to a dining experience like no other. Ranked number one in North America, it’s impossible not to fall in love with this Whistler’s endless winter wonderland.
4. Mont-Tremblant Ski Resort: Mount-Tremblant, Quebec
With its first chair lift opening in 1939, Mount-Tremblant is one of the oldest, largest and most varied skiable terrain in eastern North America. Looking for a new way to experience the slopes? Mount-Tremblant offers alpine tours where you can climb the highest peak in the Laurentians with your skis, then ski down one of 96 marked trails. Freestyle enthusiasts will love the snowparks. Featuring panoramic views of nearby lakes and forests, you can practice your moves on more than 50 ramps, jumps and banked turns. Once you’ve perfected your flips, spins and inverted rotations, celebrate with traditional French-Canadian fare and spirits in Pedestrian Village.