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Winter is coming: Book your year-end holiday in one of these 5 luxury ski resorts

Mondays may not be as exciting anymore with the recent Game of Thrones season finale, but here’s another winter for you to look forward to: a holiday at one of the most luxury ski resorts around the world.

Not only are these ski resorts the pinnacle of luxury, they’re also known for their ski slopes and powder snows for the best winter sporting activities. However, the best thing about them is that you don’t necessarily have to subject yourself to these sports. Ski resorts have evolved to become an entire township of its own, providing everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to streets lined with designer boutiques like Chanel and Louis Vuitton.

If shopping for haute couture isn’t your thing, why not people-watch at one of the al fresco cafes or rub shoulders with the rich and famous (and maybe royalty) at one of the upscale bars in the resort? These luxury ski resorts often see famous guests visiting. Back in the day, Hollywood A-listers like Gene Kelly, Greta Garbo, and Gregory Peck were known guests at the Klosters in Switzerland too.

Year-end holidays are all about going out with a bang, so splurge on one from our five picks of these luxury ski resorts around the world.

1
Gstaad, Switzerland

Back in the day, Gstaad once saw Hollywood royalty like Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly. It still remains one of the most popular luxury winter-time resorts in Europe, and is the second most expensive ski resort in the world to purchase property. Once there, ski through approximately 220km of powdery snow and intermediate trails, or walk through the main promenade and do some designer shopping with Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Chopard, Hermes, and more.

Stay at: Le Grand Bellevue

2
Courchevel 1850, France

When it comes to the highest tier of luxury ski resorts, Courchevel 1850 in France takes the cake. It is the place to see and be seen whilst indulging in the most decadent activities like slurping down oysters and caviar with Cristal. This lavish ski resort also houses seven Michelin-starred restaurants, so you can dine at each one every day of the week while you’re there. Skiing-wise, Courchevel 1850 is home to one of the world’s largest ski areas spanning over 600km of ski runs.

Stay at: L’Apogee Courchevel

3
Lech-Zürs, Austria

Lech-Zürs are actually two neighbouring ski resorts: Lech and Zürs, but these exclusive establishments are often marketed together. The rich and famous often make their way up these Austrian mountains, but it’s not just the numerous five-star lodgings that attract them. The slopes too, are pristine and the best to ski on with excellent powdery snow with over 305km of pistes. The Lech-Zürs also offer one of the region’s best off-pistes trails, for the adventurous at heart.

Stay at: Chalet N

4
Deer Valley, Utah

Deer Valley in Utah takes exclusivity to another level by limiting the number of lift tickets sold per day to avoid overcrowding. But on the luxe aspect of things, Deer Valley takes themselves extremely seriously: ski slopes are well-maintained, patrons dine on only gourmet food, and ski valets tend to your every winter sporting need.

Stay at: St. Regis Deer Valley

5
Aspen, Colorado

One can’t help but think of Aspen whenever a ski resort is mentioned. The former mining town has since enjoyed decades of luxury, and is even known as the billionaire’s retreat. The skiing you get is world class, with snowfall comparable or even better than that of European mountains. Even when you’re not skiing, there are plenty other things to do, like hitting up the nightclubs or trying out their locally brewed beer.

Stay at: The Little Nell

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.