Best Luxury Ski Resorts for Skiers and Non-Skiers

Best Luxury Ski Resorts for Skiers and Non-Skiers

 

What are the best luxury ski resorts for skiers and non-skiers? TravelSort reader Paul writes “I love to ski but my wife, having had a couple bad ski experiences, refuses to ski. I've taken the occasional long weekend away to ski on my own, but we're talking about a winter trip together. What are the best luxury ski resorts that will also appeal to non-skiers?”

While U.S. skiers may be most familiar with Vail / Beaver Creek and Lake Tahoe, some of the best luxury ski resorts for pampering skiers and non-skiers alike are in Europe. Here are the ski resorts that have garnered the best reviews from my skiing and non-skiing clients:

1. Cheval Blanc Courchevel

Closest Major Airport: Geneva (2.5 hour drive)

For the Skier

  • Ski in, ski out access to the Jardin Alpin and Bellecote slopes
  • 58 ski lifts in Courchevel provide access to 150 km. of ski runs, including 34 red and 8 black runs
  • If the non-skier has a change of heart, there are several “ZEN” areas that are enclosed, with a gentle slope, for beginners
  • Ski Concierge service even preheats your ski boots
  • Dedicated flag planted each morning next to your ski equipment, making it easy to identify

For the Non-Skier

  • Le 1947 Restaurant, the only 3 Michelin Star restaurant in Courchevel 
  • Complimentary house car service to the town center
  • Dog sledding
  • Indoor pool and jacuzzi
  • Cheval Blanc Spa includes hammam, sauna, cold plunge pool, experience shower
  • Fitness Center, with private trainer and private yoga and pilates classes available for a fee
  • Aquamotion, about a 14 min. drive away, offers a variety of pools, including an indoor surf pool, and there are indoor climbing walls as well
  • Snowmobiling
  • Ice skating
  • Snowshoeing

Virtuoso Benefits

  • Daily full breakfast served in the restaurant The White or room service for up to two in-room guests
  • $150 euros Food & Beverage credit to be used during stay in any of the Property’s restaurants, bars or for room service, (credit is not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full).
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Early check-in/late check-out , subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Le 1947, 3 Michelin Star Restaurant at Cheval Blanc Courchevel

 

2. The Chedi, Andermatt

Closest Major Airport: Zurich (2 hour drive)

For the Skier

  • The Gemstock peak (2961 meters) is the highest mountain near Andermatt, with access to the challenging 4.3 km. Bernhard Russi ski run 
  • Off-piste skiing
  • Some of the most reliable snowfall among European ski resorts
  • 120 km. of ski runs across Gemstock, Nätschen, Sedrun and Oberalp
  • Ski Butlers 

For the Non-Skier

  • Helicopter trip for panoramic views
  • The Glacier Express train also offers magnificent views along its route from Zermatt to St. Moritz, stopping in Andermatt
  • Snowshoeing
  • Indoor pool open daily 7am-8pm
  • Health Club open daily 7am-9pm; yoga and pilates studio offers both group and private classes
  • The Spa offers a Finnish sauna, bio sauna, steam room, hot and cold plunge pools, and comprehensive array of treatments, including Balinese massage, Ayurvedic massage, Tibetan massage, Thai Reflexology, REN facials and more
  • The Japanese Restaurant offers sushi and Kaiseki menus

Virtuoso Benefits

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (No upgrades from Deluxe Suites to Grand Deluxe Suites / Grand Deluxe Suites to Gemsstock Suite / Gemsstock Suite to Furka Suite)
  • Complimentary Full Breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay served in The Restaurant (included in the room rate)
  • $100 USD equivalent Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full, only applicable towards treatments)
  • Authentic Swiss Chocolate Platter served with a bottle of Champagne
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland

 

3. Montage Deer Valley

Closest Major Airport: Salt Lake City, Utah (45 min.-1 hour drive)

For the Skier

  • Ski in, ski out access
  • 100 trails served by 20 lifts
  • Ski Concierge service includes boot warming 

For the Non-Skier

  • Sundance Film Festival (held annually in January)
  • Indoor lap pool
  • Spa Montage: sauna, steam room, relaxation room, meditation area, spa treatments
  • Hot Air Balloon rides
  • Snowshoeing
  • Sleigh rides
  • Dog sledding
  • Bowling
  • Natural History Museum (about 1 hour drive from the resort)

Virtuoso Benefits

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability (view category & applicable to hotel inventory only. Residences are eligible for an upgrade at time of arrival, based on availability)
  • A daily breakfast credit up to US $60 (per room, per night for breakfast in restaurant)
  • $100 USD Equivalent Spa Services credit, (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full, not valid towards retail purchases)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Montage Deer Valley

 

4. The Alpina Gstaad

Closest Major Airport: Bern, Switzerland (1.5 hour drive; or Geneva, 2 hour drive)

For the Skier

  • The hotel offers shuttle services to nearby ski lifts, sells lift passes, and offers ski equipment rental in the Lorenz Bach ski shop in the hotel
  • Tiger Run is the most challenging nearby slope and is 2.5 km. long
  • Glacier 3000 offers 25 km. of runs, including the challenging and magnificent 7 km. Olden Run.
  • For beginners and kids, Gstaad-Wispile and Eggli offers easy runs

For the Non-Skier

  • Great people watching; popular with celebrities
  • Indoor pool and jacuzzis
  • Six Senses Spa: Hammam, sauna, steam room, experience showers, hot and cold plunge pools
  • In addition to spa treatments, the spa also offers group yoga, pilates and Tai Chi classes 
  • Fine dining: Sommet Restaurant and Megu Restaurant each have 1 Michelin Star
  • Non-skiing winter sports: winter biking, snowshoeing, winter hiking
  • Sleigh rides
  • Beautiful views on clear days at Glacier 3000, about a 30 min. drive from Gstaad

Virtuoso Benefits

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Full breakfast daily for up to two in-room guests
  • $100 CHF Spa Services credit per person to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland


What are your favorite luxury ski resorts that appeal to both skiers and non-skiers?

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