Top 10 Exclusive Ski Resorts
There's always a demand for exclusivity! So we've pulled togther a top 10 exclusive ski resorts that may be overpriced or full of shopping rather than the best pistes, but they are exclusive in most senses of the word - usually the one that begins with money!
We've tried to get away from it just being about money, so our top 10 exclusive ski resorts are based around factors like, quality of restaurants, the accommodation, the skiing, the shops and the actual ski resort itself in terms of location from airports, atmosphere and all round facilities.
** These are not in any particular order
Fashionable St Moritz lies in the Engadine Valley. The setting is beautiful with the town sitting at the western end of the lake with mountains either side. Split into two areas, Dorf with smart hotels and shops and Bad which is slightly quieter in character. The upper Engadine boasts 350km of piste at high altitude so the snow is very reliable and suited to all levels of skiers and boarders. When not skiing there is polo, golf, cricket and horse racing.
Known as the 'Pearl of the Dolomites' Cortina is easily Italy's most glamorous and fashionable ski resort. The town is connected with other resorts in the area through the Dolomiti Super Ski pass which gives skiers over 740 miles of runs. There are great beginners slopes, intermediate and black expert runs. Après-ski includes michelin-starred restuarants.
Jackson Hole is to North America what Chamonix is to Europe. It offers one of North America's biggest vertical drops, endless backcountry skiing, great snow and great advanced skiing. Its motto is 'Like nothing you have skied before'. The town of Jackson is a 5 minute shuttle from the pistes and has incredible character with traditional saloons and bars sitting alongside gourmet restaurants, galleries and boutiques.
Courchevel is widely recognised as one of the most exclusive alpine ski resorts giving skiers and boarders direct access to the Three Valleys, the largest skiable domain in the world.There are all the facilities you would expect in a top quality resort, hotels, bars, restaurants and shops. For real glamour head to Courchevel 1850 favoured by the rich and famous and Russians. You will find a good selection of luxury chalets and up market hotels, top designer brand shopping and exclusive boutiques.
St Anton, at the centre of the Arlberg ski circus, is firmly established as one of Europe's top ski resorts. There is superb skiing for all abilities covering St Anton and the neighbouring villages of St Christoph, Lech and Zurs. The resort has a sophisticated,cosmospolitan atmosphere with lively bars, great restaurtants and plenty of shopping opportunities.
Aspen is one of the world's most prestigous and well-known ski resorts with slopes for all levels and experience. The ski terrain is spread over 4 separate areas Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass all of which are covered by the same ski pass.Aspen is a vibrant, sophisticated town with boutiques, fine dining and trendy bars.
Spectacularly situated beneath the majestic Matterhorn, Zermatt has everything to offer you. From fantastic skiing top pictureque surroundings and a lively, sophisticated nightlife. The skiing and boarding suits all levels, you can even ski down to Cervinia in Italy. The choice of eating on the mountains is phenomenal, with more than 30 restaurants offering great cuisine amidst spectacular scenery. A sophisticated and chic resort.
Whistler is the largest ski area in North America and is Canadian skiing at its best with just over 8000 acres of skiable terrain and more than 200 marked trails. The high speed lifts are some of the most advanced in the world. The town itself is an attractive pedestrian-only resort full of great restaurants and bars. A truly world class resort that's a little more exclusive now thanks to the 2012 Winter Olympics.
Located high in the swiss alps Verbier has first rate skiing and snowboarding terrain, 400km of terrain spead across four valleys. Off piste skiing offers wide powder fields and naturally rolling terrain. On the pistes there are steep mogul runs and long linked groomed trails. The resort is fashionable and lively with stylish bars and clubs. Luxury chalets and hotels abound to cater for the celebrities and vips that flock here from around the world.
Located in the heart of the Banff national park are three of the world's finest ski resorts - Mt Norquay, Lake Loiuise and Sunshine village. Skiing in Banff is an unforgettable experience a magestic blend of glaciers, jagged peaks, forests and lakes combined with wide opened slopes, expansive snow laden bowls and thrilling drop offs. The town itself is bursting with bars, boutiques and exclusive restaurants.Canadian skiing at its best.