Val d'isere

The first thing people consider when choosing a ski holiday destination, is the resort itself. The most popular resorts for a luxury ski vacation in France are Courchevel, Val d’Isere and Meribel. In Switzerland – Verbier, Zermatt and St.Moritz. These resorts offer guests world class skiing, highly efficient lift systems, an abundance of top quality ski schools, restaurants, night life and luxury retail opportunities.

COURCHEVEL – This resort in the Three Valleys has attracted the rich and famous of Europe for many years. Everything about Courchevel is orientated towards luxury, and the ski chalets in this resort are amongst the best in the world. The ski season is long, the snow record exceptional, and the skiing is endless. Fine dining, up market boutiques and excellent nightlife, keep legions of followers coming back year after year.


VAL D’ISERE – With its high altitude, snow sure reputation and easy access to La Grande Motte glacier over in neighbouring Tignes Val d’Isere is another very popular resort. L’Espace Killy offers over 300 km of varied pistes to please skiers and boarders of all abilities. Val d’Isere itself is a charming, vibrant resort and home to some of the most exceptional chalets that the Alps have to offer. In fact the uber luxurious chalet Marco Polo in Val d’Isere, was recently voted, “France’s Best Ski Chalet” at the World Ski Awards in Kitzbuhel.

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MERIBEL – This resort, lying in the very heart of The Three Valleys is an excellent base from which to explore over 600km of piste and limitless powder opportunities. The skiing area is immense and the incredible lift system offers skiers of all abilities the opportunity to visit a different valley each day without ever having to remove their skis. The village itself is exceptionally pretty with the chalets made of local wood and stone capped with charming slate roofs. Meribel is home to some of the finest luxury ski chalets in the world.


VERBIER – This resort in the Four Valleys ski area of Switzerland has long been acknowledged as one of the best for advanced skiers, off piste skiers and après ski. Home to some of the most exclusive chalets that the Alps have to offer, Verbier has always attracted those who like to work hard, ski hard and play hard. With the arrival of the luxurious new W Hotel, this already bustling and exciting resort looks set to become even more fashionable.

W Hotel Verbier

ZERMATT – With its high-altitude skiing, awe inspiring scenery, and picture postcard car-free village, all set in the majestic shadow of the iconic Matterhorn, some might say that Zermatt has it all. Almost one third of the 4000m mountains in the Alps are clustered around this world famous resort, which has been visited by mountaineers from all over the world since the first successful ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865. The hotels and restaurants are world class, the skiing is at its best, the air is clean and with 300 days of sunshine, the climate is also very welcoming.

ST.MORITZ – With its glitz, glamour and good looks, it’s easy to see why St. Moritz attracts an elegant and stylish crowd, and why it remains one of the most famous and exclusive resorts in Europe. St. Moritz is renowned for its champagne lifestyle and champagne climate – it is estimated that the sun shines for 322 days a year. Everything about this resort is stunningly beautiful. The view over the frozen lake as you whizz down the wide open pistes, is simply breath taking. St. Moritz really is a “fairy tale fantasy” on snow.


About the Author
Ceri Tinley

Ceri Tinley co-founder and MD of Consensio Holidays the leading luxury chalet operator in the French Alps.