The Team, October 2018

It takes a special blend of ingredients to create an unforgettable luxury ski escape. Beautiful surroundings, luxurious facilities, first-class service and outstanding food – to name but a few. That said, there’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to luxury ski holidays. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful getaway in an alpine village or an action-packed break in a lively resort, it’s all about finding the perfect 5-star ski holiday for you. Why not take a look at our pick of the best luxury ski escapes this winter for a little inspiration?

Hotel W, Verbier

Best for: urban decor and stylish après ski. best luxury ski escapes

A firm favourite amongst the Ski Independence team, this gem offers contemporary accommodation right on the slopes of Switzerland’s largest ski area, the 4 Valleys. And we’re not the only ones who are impressed. Hotel W was awarded the accolade of World’s Best Ski Hotel in the 2017 World Ski Awards. Inside, you’ll find glossy interior design, cutting-edge wellness facilities and an array of global dining options from sushi to fusion tapas.

Les Barmes de l’Ours, Val d’Isère

Best for: fabulous spa experiences best luxury ski escapes For 5-star luxury and a fantastic ski-in/ski-out location, this beautiful French hotel ticks all the boxes. Sophisticated Les Barmes de l’Ours boasts world-class facilities, including three restaurants, bowling alley, hair salon and playroom. Our highlight has to be the serene 1,000m2 wellness spa, complete with glass pool ceiling for star-gazing.

The Chedi, Andermatt

Best for: sleek Asian-inspired interiors best luxury ski escapes You might not expect the opulent hospitality of Asia in the heart of the Swiss Alps, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at this unique hotel. The Chedi Andermatt gracefully blends Alpine beauty with Asian style to create a unique ski experience. From the Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant and Oriental spa to the personal Ski Butlers who pre-warm your boots, prepare to be treated to every imaginable extravagance.

Edgewood Tahoe, Heavenly

Best for: spectacular lake views best luxury ski escapes Nestled on the shores of Lake Tahoe, this majestic mountain lodge delivers top-class service, while keeping things wonderfully relaxed. Expect amazing food in a choice of restaurants, classic interior design that balances nature with luxury, and a stunning spa. Our favourite place to drink in those incredible views is Edgewood Tahoe’s lakefront outdoor pool and hot tub.

The Capra, Saas Fee

Best for: intimate chalet charm best luxury ski escapes Cosy up in dramatic mountain surroundings at this Swiss alpine hotel. The aesthetic at The Capra is exquisitely traditional – think wood panelled walls, roaring log fires, soft lighting and snug sofas. But with that warm chalet glow comes contemporary comforts, including a blissful spa with outdoor hydrotherapy pool, a cellar stocked with fine wines, and a movie projection room.

AYA Niseko, Niseko

Best for: modern Japanese luxury best luxury ski escapes Discover Japan’s heavenly powder conditions with a stay at this decadent hotel on the northern island of Hokkaido. The ski-in/ski-out location at contemporary AYA Niseko is perfect for enjoying every possible minute in the snow, before returning for unparalleled pampering. Decadent facilities include the AYA spa with natural hot springs, a ski valet service, delicious izakaya-inspired cuisine at Ginger restaurant, and even an art gallery.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper

Best for: amazing facilities in the Canadian wilderness best luxury ski escapes This magnificent mountain resort in Alberta’s Jasper National Park, has a picturesque village feel with cedar cabins dotted among the trees and quiet paths winding down to the shores of Lac Beauvert. Book a sumptuous room or suite in the main lodge or choose your own secluded Signature Cabin for a luxurious ski retreat. Facilities at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge include outdoor hot tubs, a fantastic choice of bars and restaurants, and memorable ice skating experiences on the lake.

Chalet Royalp Hotel & Spa, Villars

Best for: unforgettable family holidays best luxury ski escapes The relaxed atmosphere of this chic Swiss chalet hotel is popular with families looking for comfortable accommodation with excellent facilities. The interior design at Chalet Royalp Hotel & Spa takes inspiration from authentic alpine style while adding in exceptional modern luxuries from private cinemas to Michelin-starred French cuisine in the Jardin des Alpes restaurant.

Four Seasons Resort & Residences, Whistler

Best for: superb service best luxury ski escapes You can expect the warmest of welcomes at this dazzling resort in Canada’s leading ski destination. The concierge service at the Four Seasons Resort & Residences is second to none, attending to your every need both on and off the slopes. Facilities include an incredible outdoor pool, first-rate childcare and entertainment, and a tranquil full-service spa.

Hotel Pashmina, Val Thorens

Best for: high-altitude indulgence best luxury ski escapes Perched right on the slopes of the highest ski resort in the Alps, this luxurious French refuge offers a gorgeous home-from-home feel, with comfort and relaxation the highest priorities. Hotel Pashmina beautifully embodies cosy mountain charm, with luxurious touches such as L’Occitane spa experiences and Michelin-starred dining at Les Explorateurs. If it weren’t for the vast 3 Valleys ski area on your doorstep, you’d never want to leave.

The Ski Independence team have been creating tailor-made luxury ski holidays for 25 years. That’s over two decades of tailor-making holidays to fit our clients perfectly. Whether our expert Ski Specialists are finding your dream hotel, recommending the best après-ski or taking care of your travel upgrades, let us take care of every detail.

Call the team on 0131 243 8097 or request a tailor-made quotation online.