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JETSET’s Top 10 Global Ski Destinations

  1. FRANCE>VAL-D’ISÈRE 

Known For: Massive, come-hither mountains. Plus the resort connects with Tignes. The result? A ton of varied terrain.

Stay: Be one of the first to stay above 8000 feet at the gorgeous Refuge de Solaise, which opens in December and features 16 rooms, four apartments, a spa with a swimming pool, a seminar room, a children’s area, a bar, and two restaurants. Oui!

Play: Don’t miss the traditional torchlight descent down the base of the mountain, and if you’re wanting something more adventurous, go dog-sledding with huskies.

Dine: La Baraque is hip and happening, with live music, artisan cocktails, and a sleek alpine ambiance.

Family Fun: Traveling with several families or groups with varying ski levels? This is your jam, and a reputable ski school will have your little ones perfecting turns in no time.

All About Aprés: La Folie Douce is an on-mountain hot spot, where lunch tables turn into dance perches once the sun starts to tease au revoir.

 

  1. SWITZERLAND>ZERMATT

Known For: Quaint town with no cars, incredible skiing directly into town, the majestic Matterhorn, skiing into Italy, and adrenaline-pumping heli-skiing.

Stay: Small, 5-star chalets are within walking distance to town and lifts. Perched above the town of Zermatt,  Chalet Zermatt Peak is divine, with five chic bedrooms set over six floors, each with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Play: Non-skier? We’ve got you covered. Ice skating and cross-country skiing will get your alpine engines revved.

Dine: Chez Vrony has some of the best views of the Matterhorn. And seeing as it’s been in business for 100 years, you can’t go wrong with its Swiss cuisine and yummy wine list.

Family Fun: The toboggan run will leave your kiddos breathless—the mile-long track is safe and fun.

All About Aprés: Originally built in 1902 as a chicken shack (yes, to house chickens), Harry’s Ski Bar is now a cozy little hideaway with sheepskin-covered seats and vintage black-and-white ski photos.  

 

  1. ITALY>CORTINA D’AMPEZZO

Known For: Its storied 1000-year history, the surrounding Dolomites, and a glitzy DNA.

Stay: Nestled among the Dolomites, Cristallo, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, is inspired by the Art Nouveau movement. It’s hosted the whos-who of Italian government, actresses, socialites, and athletes.

Play: Snowmobile up to a refugio for a mountain-top dinner, tackle cross-country skiing, boutique hop, or book a decadent spa treatment at Cristallo.

Dine: Tivoli is a ten-minute drive from the Socrepes slopes, but its Michelin-starred fare is well worth the effort.

Family Fun: If a family of seasoned skiers, tackle the Sellaronda circuit. With a maze of connected lifts, it’s considered one of the most impressive ski circuits in South Tyrol.

All About Aprés: Your long slope-side lunch may just turn into your aprés afternoon. Settle into an on-mountain dining chalet for a delicious meal, inspired wine pairings, and homemade grappa to cap off an unforgettable day on the mountain.

 

  1. AUSTRIA>KITZBÜHEL

Known For:  Austrian town with lots of glitz.  Great ski mountain and famous for the Hannenkam World Cup ski race.

Stay: Family owned and operated and located on a hillside surrounded by lush gardens, Tennerhof has unbeatable alpine views and just 39 charming suites.

Play: At the base of the mountain you’ll find chic boutiques flanking the main promenades. Whether a skier or not, shopping here is a must.

Dine: Ask most any local where to go for a night on the town, and the white-linen tables of Lois Stern restaurant tops the list. Expect high-end Austrian cuisine by one of town’s top toques.

Family Fun: Spend an afternoon at Museum Kitzbuehel, which celebrates the area’s ski history, local lore, and famous contemporary artists.

All About Aprés: As the old saying goes, if you could only be a fly on the wall at The Londoner—a favorite local bar that has no problem getting rowdy.

 

  1. GERMANY>GARMISCH

Known For: More intermediate skiing. The town lies near the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak, accessed by train and cable car.

Stay: The Das Kranzbach is famous for a jet-set crowd and stunning views. It’s removed from the main drag of Garmisch, and doesn’t allow children—the intention is a get-away-from-it-all escape, with the slopes a short drive away.

Play: Not for the vertically challenged, the AlpspiX consists of two crossed-steel beams that cantilever in an X formation from the edge of a cliff, allowing you to feel in mid-air atop a vertical drop of about 3300 feet above ground. The reward? 360-degree views of the Zugspitze, Waxensteine, and the Alpspitze north face.

Dine: Bei Marcus is festive and fun, with authentic Bavarian cuisine and German beers.

Family Fun: It may be a one hour drive, but young ones will cherish a visit to the Linderhof Palace, built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

All About Aprés: Located at the base of the Kreuzeck lift, the Kandahar 2 ski bar has an eclectic design and calls for plenty of sun-kissed afternoons.

 

  1. JAPAN>HOIKKADO 

Known For: Powder Skiing! Copious amounts of snow allow fresh tracks all day, nearly all winter long.

Stay: At great private chalets with onsens. Our faves? Aya Niseko, Kasara Townhouse, and Vale Niseko.

Play: Visit the Otaru Canals for some off-piste culture. And it wouldn’t be a trip to Japan without reserving your private karaoke room!

Dine: Our culinary hit list includes Yoteimaru, The Barn, Kamimura, and the Roll Pizza Food Truck.

Family Fun: Check out night skiing at Hirafu for family fun under the lights.

All About Aprés: Here, the focus is on onsens and zen (not tequila and late nights). Refuel and recharge for the following morning’s powder rush.

 

  1. SOUTH AMERICA>PORTILLO 

Known For: Themed ski weeks, like Ski With the Superstars, hosted by celebrity mountaineer Chris Davenport, and Chilean Wine Week (August). Portillo is also one of the preferred ski resorts for summer training of the U.S., Canadian, Norwegian, and Austrian National Ski Teams.

Stay: Ski Portillo lives like a luxe cruise ship on the snow. Self-contained and remote by design, expect 123 rooms (opt for an Inca Lagoon view). Double rooms, suites, and family apartments are available.

Play: Complimentary yoga classes are offered in the evenings, and every Friday the torchlight parade, staged by the Ski School, descends down the Plateau Run.

Dine: Chef Rafael Figueroa oversees the main dining room. Elegant and serene, it overlooks the lake and features two seatings per night.

Family Fun: Portillo is renowned for its instructors and safe slopes. Get the kiddos onto the slopes daily and they’ll be tackling powder in no time. What’s more, each child taking Kids Camp or regular ski school is enrolled in a weekly Thursday race designed especially for them—a Portillo tradition for 50 years.

All About Aprés: Tio Bob’s is a must! This on-mountain gem is hugged by the Andes and frames Lake Inca views. A Pisco Sour to toast a day on the slopes is nearly mandatory.

 

  1. U.S.>EAST COAST: STOWE 

Known For: Training grounds for aspiring Olympians. Additionally, Vermont is a trailblazer in the green movement and that same ideology is a guiding force throughout the state’s ski industry.

Stay: The Lodge at Spruce Peak is Stowe’s only ski-in, ski-out luxury resort. Stay in the Penthouse Suite and enjoy perks typically reserved for residence owners: private check-in, dedicated concierge, daily continental breakfast, and more.

Play: Cross-country skiing is as much a Vermont winter tradition as hot chocolate and snow angels.

Dine: At Plate restaurant, California meets Vermont. Seasonally inspired cuisine by Chef Aaron Martin includes such tempting dishes as a wood-smoked burger and Parisian gnocchi.

Family Fun: At Sugarbush resort, Cabin Cat Adventures features a unique way to experience the mountain, such as Allyn’s Lodge fireside dining at the top of Gadd Peak, or sunset groomer rides to the top of Lincoln Peak.

All About Aprés: The Den is to Stowe what The Chammy is to Tahoe. Ski boots are nearly mandatory at this favorite watering hole.

 

  1. U.S.>WEST COAST: TELLURIDE 

Known For: The dare-to-look-away view of Bridal Veil Falls and steep and deep skiing.

Stay: The ski-in, ski-out Madeline Hotel & Residences, by Auberge Resorts, is located at the foot of the mountain. Dining options are as noteworthy as the spa and outdoor heated pool, which overlooks Colorado’s rugged peaks.

Play: Telluride is known for its summer festivals, and come winter the Telluride Fire Festival still entices revelers with fire dancing, music and more (held Dec. 6-8). Also, hit Telluride Brewing Co. for some of the finest handcrafted brews in the west.

Dine:  Oooh, the alpine restaurants! Our picks? The Butcher and the Baker Café (breakfast or lunch), 211 South Oak, and Brown Dog Pizza (a mainstay).

Family Fun: Simply riding the gondola between the town and upper mountain village ensures memories in the making.

All About AprésThere Bar is where the locals go. Think cheeky artisan cocktails and oh-so-tasty small plates.

 

  1. CANADA>REVELSTOKE 

Known For: Views of Mount Begbie and Lake Revelstoke. Experts rejoice: With the most vertical in North America, this is the place to be for heli and cat skiing. It’s also known for die-hard locals, who get after it all day, most every day.

Stay: Sutton Place Hotel, located at the base of the mountain. This condo-style property features gourmet kitchens, ski-in/ski-out access, lockers, and a hot tub.

Play: Take the whole group dog sledding or snowshoeing and elevated play is guaranteed.

Dine: You simply can’t go wrong at the Rockford Grill. Gorgeous views. No-fuss. All flavor.  

Family Fun: The Cabin Bowling Alley is hip and happening, with eight lanes, a cool vibe, and fun for all ages.

All About Aprés: With a name like The Village Idiot, you can’t not have a beer here after earning your turns. Cheers!