Best Luxury European Ski Resorts To Visit in 2020
2020 has been a year. One global pandemic plus one hot, humid summer - we are not surprised you are desperate to escape to the cool breeze of the mountains. If you are planning on hitting the slopes this year then why not do so in style? We have put together a list of the our favourite and some of the best luxury European ski resorts you can visit this winter.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz is a tiny Swiss mountain village located in the Albula Alps below the Piz Nair. The village overlooks the wide glaciated valley of the Upper Engadine and the beautiful Lake St. Moritz. The town attracts the daring and adventurous, having twice hosted the Winter Olympics and famously setting the scene for the legendary opening sequence of the James Bond film ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, featuring Roger Moore speeding down the mountainside.
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.
More commonly referred to as Cortina, this Italian resort attracts the famous and the fashionable. The town is nestled in the centre of the Dolomitic Alps in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. Known for its trendy Italian boutiques and glamorous style scene, Cortina hosts a fashion weekend at the start of each December. Corso Italia, the towns main high street, transforms into a glamorous runway show. Moon boot-clad fashionistas traipse the cobbled pavements, a true spectacle for any Cortina holiday-goer to enjoy.
The village of Lech is located in the Bludenz district in Vorarlberg, Austria on the banks of the river Lech. This upmarket ski resort is known for its charming picture book houses and beautiful summits. The streets are lined with old school chalets and quaint buildings, giving it the feeling of being inside of a vintage snowglobe. Lech is also home to the notable ‘The White Ring’, the world’s longest round ski run connecting together the villages of Lech, Zürs, Zug and Oberlech.
Val D’isere, France
Val d’Isère is a ski resort in the French Alps, not far from the Italian border. Val d’Isère is one of the most popular high-end ski resorts in the whole of Europe, and rightly so. It has an average record of 800cm of snowfall every winter, ensuring you are never struggling with less than perfect conditions and are guaranteed with snow all year round. The village itself is architecturally superb, with the beautiful traditional Tarentaise church located in the middle of the village. Every year, Val D'Isere hosts its famous New Year’s Eve Fireworks party, so we recommend this resort for any party-loving mountain goer.
Zermatt is in the south of Switzerland’s Valais canton, nestled directly below the Matterhorn peak. The village is famous for its varied ski runs and extraordinary hiking possibilities. This luxury resort is perfect for outdoorsy types as there is a mountain trail for cyclists and walkers starting at the Winkelmatten and continuing up the Furi. The town is a famously a car-free zone, except for silent battery-driven vehicles. This means that the stunning view of the Matterhorn is never obstructed by air pollution. This makes for the perfect peaceful, luxury escape.
Verbier is a village found in the canton of Valais in south-western Switzerland. This mountain town has attracted many from the upper echelons of society and is even known to be the stomping ground for royals. It is also frequented by several notable pop stars - to put it bluntly, there is a ski lift named in James Blunt’s honour. The glamour does not stop here. The resort’s nightlife is almost as legendary as its slopes, so if you enjoy après you will certainly love Verbier.