10 of the Best Ski Resorts in the Whole Entire World
Hot cocoa bar! Where do we sign up?
Whether your ideal ski vacation includes zipping down the slopes or curling up with a mug of spiked cider (and a copy of Vogue Us Weekly), there’s a resort with your name on it. Here, ten incredible options.
Best Views: Amangani Hotel (Jackson Hole, WY)
This 40-room resort perched over Grand Teton National Park boasts some serious amenities. (Hi, heated floors.) Still, the real reason to go is the breathtaking views, which you can spot from your private suite’s floor-to-ceiling windows--as well as the slopes themselves.
From $800 per night
Best for Beginners: The Park Hyatt (Beaver Creek, CO)
Many of the runs on this Colorado mountain are specifically designed for newbies, and ski instructors are on hand to offer private lessons in how not to crash into trees. In other words: bring your kids (or your klutziest girlfriend).
From $206 per night
Best for Experts: The Omnia (Zermatt, Switzerland)
With its diverse terrain, high elevation and plentiful snowfall, Zermatt is a serious skier’s dream come true. The Omnia hotel is built into a rock 148 feet into the air, and a tunnel and elevator transport guests directly from the lobby to the slopes.
From $349 per night
Best for LoveBirds: The Woodstock Inn (Woodstock, VT)
This picturesque New England B&B is a golf resort by summer and ski destination by winter. The rooms are elegant, the spa is luxurious and the quaint library is made up of wood-paneled furniture and stone fireplaces where you can canoodle to your heart’s content.
From $212 per night
Best Hot Tub: The Four Seasons Resort (Whistler, Canada)
After all that skiing, you really ought to pamper yourself. This British Columbia resort has three hot-spring-style outdoor whirlpools, where you can even get a concierge to bring you a round of hot chocolate shots.
From $188 per night
Best Regular Tub: Azur (Queenstown, New Zealand)
This New Zealand retreat--built into the hills of Lake Wakatipu--is only a five-minute drive from town but feels miles away from civilization. (You’re basically on the set of Lord of the Rings.) Each of the nine private villas features a fireplace, heated floors, a spa bath and huge windows.
From $798 per night
Best Hip, Glitzy Scene: Badrutt’s Palace Hotel (St. Moritz, Switzerland)
There’s no place more glamorous than this spot in St. Mortiz, which is, by all accounts, the hottest destination for Alpine jet-setters. Book horse sleigh and carriage rides or ice skating and private ski lessons, then settle in for dinner at La Coupole/Matsuhisa, which comes courtesy of the chef from New York's Nobu.
From $450 per night
Best for Fine Dining: Flocons de Sel (Megève, France)
This small town near Mont-Blanc in the French Alps has recently become quite the foodie hot spot. The luxurious Flocons de Sel is home to chef Emmanuel Renaut’s three-star Michelin restaurant, where you can chow down on smoked free-range egg yoke with mushrooms or langoustines in a violet-infused broth.
From $310 per night
Best for Wine Snobs: The Little Nell (Aspen, CO)
It isn’t uncommon to spot an A-list celeb at this Aspen resort (Jack Nicholson, Mariah Carey and Kate Hudson, to name a few). But famous people aside, The Little Nell is our pick for wine-lovers. The surprisingly unpretentious hotel restaurant, Element47, boasts one of the world’s 133 Master Sommeliers, who can help you pick the perfect Beaujolais Gamay to go with your pan-seared salmon with squash risotto.
From $278 per night
Best for Hot Chocolate Snobs: The St. Regis (Deer Valley, UT)
Uhh, there’s a gourmet hot chocolate bar in the lobby. That is all.
From $269 per night