Catered Ski Vacations: Top 5 Destinations for Luxury Accommodations
To a discerning guest, luxury catered ski chalets should have lush amenities – with things like vintage champagne, fine wine, egyptian cotton, hot tub, indoor pool, and spa amenities. It should have a gorgeous, panaramic view from a private balcony – for privacy is considered a must.
The staff should be impeccable, and should include a famous chef – or at least a very versatile one. When guests arrive at luxury catered ski chalets, they expect to be pampered. After skiing, they may be welcomed with a glass of refreshing champagne, and an exotic appetizer – truffles, or caviar perhaps.
Many of the top chalets are located in Europe – in France and Switzerland. For example, there are Swiss or French chalets in the ski resorts of Verbier, Meribel, Klosters and Courchevel. There is a top catered ski chalet in Switzerland – in Valais: Veysonnaz Chalet Hidden Dragon.
You’ve heard the term “location, location” – well, this is in the heart of Switzerland’s 4 Valleys, it’s a very exclusive, private vacation home with 6 bedrooms and ski-in/ski-out access. And it has lovely panoramic views. This is a top recommendation. The other 4 listings of luxury catered ski chalets follow below.
Courchevel: Heaven Personified
Courchevel certainly has the reputation for being a top luxury ski resort. The scenery is to die for. And with 117 downhill ski runs, you have a lot to choose from. The slopes are groomed nightly, and the snow-making systems are excellent – 35% of the terrain is covered by man-made snow. This resort truly has something for everybody to enjoy. It’s got a mall (with nice boutiques), a few supermarkets and also Courchevel is expanding with a new ski lift (6 person lift). There is nightlife, with piano bars & live DJ’s – and sometimes live music.
Meribel in France
Meribel is one of the more attractive ski resorts in France. Many people visit Meribel each year; they are drawn to its beauty, as it is nestled in the heart of the Three Valleys. Now to the good part – the skiing. Ski opportunities are bountiful, and this is the most convenient location from which to explore the 189 lifts.
Note: Méribel Jack’s Bar is nearby for happy hour. Le Loft is above the ice rink, and has a lively atmosphere with live music. There are restaurants – really good ones, with french food, and things like pizza and other american food.
Morzine – A Traditional Resort in the Portes du Soleil
Located in France, Morzine has experienced much growth in the past several years, and is quite popular with the Brits. At The Morzine – Les Gets Sector, there is 107 km of ski runs between 1000 and 2020 meters in altitude; at The Morzine – Avoriaz Sector, there’s 70 km of ski runs between 1000 and 2350 meters in altitude. It is noteworthy that half of all Morzine’s ski runs are rated either Beginner or Intermediate. Yet downhill skiing is not the only available winter sport. For families who prefer a resort with snowboarding, there is a snowpark, and a snowcross. The Morzine sector is home to Lindarets village, which is a picturesque valley filled with charming, chalet-style architecture and friendly villagers.
Klosters Ski Resort in Switzerland
This is a ski-resort which has royal connections – the British royal family, to be precise. There are 2 parts to the resort here, with a bus connection between them. There is a cable-car, which gives access to Parsenn. And trains run between Klosters and Davos; this is included in the cost of the lift pass.
Klosters is a truly romantic getaway, so if you like that go for it. Lying 1,200 m above sea level in the heart of the Graubunden district, this wonderful relaxing getaway is known for its ambience and friendly residents. Expect a hearty welcome when you go into this scenic village.
These exclusive ski resorts tend to have chaffeurs at the ready, are quite private, and will handle many administrative duties – such as booking ski lift passes for you, arranging for skiing equipment, or a massage appointment – so that all the visitor has to do is relax.
That is the whole idea. Anticipating the guests every need and want is the end goal for the staff. And for the visiting vacationer, having a seamless vacation break.