Carving in Colorado Snowboarding in Zermatt or Free-driving on Arlberg?

We’ve picked them. Our selection of top luxury ski resorts worldwide. Who has the most beautiful slopes, the best hotels, and where can you expect what kind of entertainment? We have chosen three luxury ski destinations.

If you live here, you usually know them. The top ski resorts in Austria. Hardly any people celebrate winter sports more than the Austrians. Except for the Swiss maybe. But where else on this planet you can celebrate your perfect winter holiday? I once looked over the ski edges and searched for the most luxurious ski resorts in the world. What can I tell you? I think I found them.

Snow guarantee in Aspen and Snowmass

Luxus Skigebiet Aspen im Herbst
Maroon Bells Aspen Colorado in fall.

Solely the panorama is like an exaggerated retouched postcard. White mountain peaks, sparkling blue skies, and powder snow. In the valley, the forests turn into color in all shades of red. Is that really possible? Yes, it is

Colorado is not just wild west and cowboys. Colorado has 25 ski resorts that advertise the slogan “America’s best skiing.”

The sophisticated Aspen has, in addition to its stylish infrastructure, over 2,230 hectares of slopes. Four ski areas can be reached from here. Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk are the names of the popular mountains where Wintersports lovers prefer to spend their Winter holidays on skiers.

Luxus Ski Gebiet Aspen Colorado
Aspen Colorado winter wonderland

Hard to believe that the ski resort was a small mountain settlement at the end of the 19th century. Aspen grew quickly after finding silver in the mountains.

After the silver boom, the village fell into slumber again, until a wealthy industrialist, Walter P. Paepcke from Chicago reactivated it in 1945 by building the longest chairlift of the world.

A ski resort was born and many celebrities followed his invitation. Five years after the end of the war, the first World Cup was played here.

The ski enthusiastic upper class initially resided in the small chalets that sprouted from the ground for this purpose.

Since then, a lot of time has passed and Aspen has evolved. Well-known hotel chains followed. Today the Who’s Who of Hollywood flies in with their private jets to spend Christmas and New Year. Even Kevin Costner has a villa here where he likes to spend the holidays with friends.

For the locals, admittedly rather few, it just means just wait. With the beginning of March, the hype has retired. Autumn is considered a “Secret Season”. In this season you can experience the famous Indian Summer and plan extensive hiking tours.

The best hotels:

Aspen

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https://www.thelittlenell.com/


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“The Little Nell” has been around for a long time. Short way to the slopes, very close if you want shopping or for a short walk to the city center. Great service, valet parking a nightclub and a restaurant. Many celebrities romp around here in the evening. watch out.

Snowmass

Große komfortable Zimmer bietet das familienfreundliche Viceroy
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https://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/snowmass

The Viceroy is very popular with families. The larger rooms have a kitchen, several bathrooms and are very spacious. The hotel’s owned ski rental makes it easy, also for long-distance travelers to spontaneously make a ski trip. Shuttle to and from the slopes. The village is also fast reachable and within walking distance. The reputation of excellent service precedes the hotel.


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Hot Springs

Dunton Destinations
Quaint, close to nature and authentic. American hut magic with flair.

https://www.duntondestinations.com/hot-springs/

A stay at Dunton Hot Springs is a special experience. The former gold digger village in a lonely clearing high on the mountain offers luxurious, lovingly furnished log cabins. Bookworms get their money’s worth in the specially designed library. Here is also unwind and relax announced. The wooden bathhouse invites you to take a dip in the hot springs in the open air. The dinner is taken together on a huge table and you get to know the other guests in a family atmosphere. Highly Recommended!

Superlative in Zermatt

Zermatt Ort Luxus Ski Gebiet

 

Since the 3S cable car opening, the new Glacier Ride, the place below the Matterhorn is unbeatable. So at least the unanimous opinion of the testers. From Zermatt to the Italian town of Breuil-Cervinia, proud 360 kilometers of pistes run from 2,900 to 3,920 vertical meters. Snow is assured here.

Zermatt is not cheap, that is to say straight away. Nevertheless, the price/performance ratio and the service are excellent. Another advantage – here the sport is the topic and not celebrate the Apres-Ski. If you are looking for cheap sausages with sauce, or reflect for a “high life” in the evening, you are at the wrong place. It is pure Swiss here. A nice pleasant setting to the Austrian ski circus. Attention – these slopes are tough – nothing for beginners.


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 Extraordinary Accommodations

That’s difficult with over 30 five star hotels. I especially noticed these three:

For stargazers and people with an affection for the extraordinary

Kulmhotel Zermatt
Staying overnight in a research center about Zermatt
Junior Suite des Gornergrat Kulmhotels
Suites overlooking the Matterhorn Image: Linking Website

https://gornergrat-kulm.ch/hotel/forschungsstation/


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For all starry sky lovers an ideal place to live out all your passions: watch the stars, eat very well and sleep in exceptional hotels. However, you should do your reservation in time. Even if the rooms are nothing special, the location is popular. On the clear Swiss starry sky, you can count stars while lying in your bed, give them names, give them away until you sleep soundly.

The Chalet – Cozy and traditional living

https://www.cervo.ch/de/

Designed in the typical Swiss chalet style, the building already emits coziness and warmth from the outside look. The traditional house is known for its charming Swiss service. Although the wood-paneled rooms are rather small, the view of the Matterhorn is compensating this. Each chalet has its own small spa and traditional cuisine at the restaurant is recommended.

Mountain hotel with charm and chick

Der Wohnbereich der Monte Rosa Suite des Luxus Hotel Raff
Room with a view. Suite Monte Rosa. Photo: Linked to the hotel page

https://www.riffelalp.com/de/kulinarik/bar-2222m/


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Admittedly, it’s a bit off – the mountain hotel Riffelalp. But if you are looking for recreation, and want to enjoy luxury after your skiing it is the right place at 2200 meters a.S. The trip with the Riffelalp rack railway is especially entertaining. Another highlight is the hot outdoor pool overlooking the Matterhorn. Modest service, rooms are typically Swiss discreet and tastefully decorated. However, if you want to spend your holidays not only in the hotel and on the slopes should possibly arrive by car. The connection to the train station is not very frequent.

Free-Riding in the Arlberg Area

Hochmoderne Sessellifte in Lech am Arlberg

From Stuben to Zürs. Four beautiful ski areas. St. Anton, Lech-Zürs and Warth-Schröcken – proudly offering 305 kilometers of pistes and state-of-the-art lifts and facilities and free-riders get their money’s worth at almost 200 kilometers in deep snow. Also, the nightlife rocks the polar bear here. The entertainment program of St. Anton has it all. Since it is difficult for some to go back to the skis the next morning.

For those who like it a bit calmer, but also more expensive,  Lech is perfect. Here you can enjoy champagne and many culinary delicacies after a successful day’s skiing. Not in vain the Swedish royal house prefers to stay here during their Winter Holiday.

Families feel very well in Schröcken Zürs and Warth. Beautiful huts invite you to stop for a bite. One puts on family friendliness. So also the hotels in these regions.


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The hotel industry has adapted to the different target groups and everything from luxury resorts to family hotels can be found. My Top 3 In this region:

My hotel selection

Lech

https://postlech.com/

It is one of the most beautiful traditional houses that Lech has to offer. Successful here is the preservation of the old buildings in addition to modern home furnishings. Unpretentious luxury resort with excellent service. Especially nice it is the hotel garden, which is worth a photo.

St. Anton

https://www.antonerhof.at/de/

The family running hotel has a very individual style.  The balancing act between tradition and modernity succeeded. Although the room details need getting used to, it fits in with people’s sense of unique hotels. The fusion kitchen has an excellent reputation, the service suits and three minutes to the next lift are perfect. The proximity of the place also makes it interesting for Apres Ski and Party People.

Zürs

Image: Website linking Thurners

https://www.thurnhers.com/

And just in Zürs the only Leading Hotel of the World of the whole ski region is located here. The leadership of the Thurnhers ensures that this award is appropriate. But other awards regularly cheering the family-business house. Connoisseur Circle to Austria’s Best Ski Resort 2016, Sense Award, American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, and much more. In fact, this over 100 years old hotel is something special. Just an LHW hotel. Tip: book directly and enjoy the direct price advantage.in

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Enjoy planning your own winter vacation. Stay healthy and do not break anything. Better take some lessons first.

Peter

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