5 ski resorts to check into for a magical winter break
The month of November (and the fast approaching December) can only mean one thing — winter is approaching and the ski season is near. If you're winding down for the year and are looking forward to planning that family holiday in sub-zero temperatures, you've come to the right place. Our friends over at luxury tour operator Scott Dunn is the expert when it comes to the most opulent experiences in resorts that offer world-class skiing this winter. From a luxury ski chalet in Niseko to a spa hotel in Courchevel 1850, each of these carefully selected resorts will impress even the most discerning skier.
Hakuchozan, Niseko, Japan
The most well-known of Japan's ski resorts, Niseko, is made up of four ski areas — Annupuri, Niseko Village, Hirafu, and Hanazono — all interlinked and covered on one ski pass. Blessed with incredible snowfall that's dry and deep, it's no wonder so many people flock to this part of Japan for the ultimate powder experience. Set in the heart of Hirafu Village, the Hakuchozan is a luxury chalet ideal for large groups or families looking to immerse themselves in the magic of Niseko. Accommodating up to 16 guests, this chalet features a 'Man-Cave' and a games room along with a large open living room featuring a wood-burning fireplace, as well as a jacuzzi deck. There's a chalet manager, butler, driver, and chef to cater to every need so guests can really kick back, relax, and experience all that Hakuchozan and Niseko has to offer.
Chalet Shar Pei, Val d'Isere, France
From the famous 'La Face' black run to the fabulous après-ski scene, the ski resort of Val d'Isère in the French Alps is a pleasing mix of superb skiing and lively chic spaces. Located in the expansive Espace Killy (which enjoys a good snow record), the skiing is virtually limitless here. Scott Dunn operated Chalet Shar Pei enjoys one of the best locations in Val d'Isère — just steps away from the chairlift and boasting fabulous views. Complete with Scott Dunn's renowned chalet service, including a private chef, host, driver service, as well as a choice of a private nanny or the exclusive Explorers Kids Club, all that's left for guests to do is ski to their hearts' content. After a long day on the slopes, return to a beautiful afternoon tea, followed by a dip in the indoor swimming pool or hammam, and be welcomed back upstairs with a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne and a roaring fire.
Rosa Alpina, Italian Dolomites, Italy
With access to the expansive Sella Ronda network of varied pistes amidst spectacular Italian Dolomite scenery, the Rosa Alpina is a beautiful family-run hotel that is full of charm. The 51 individually-designed rooms boast a contemporary alpine elegance offering fabulous views. Complete with a Michelin-starred restaurant, a spa with a full range of luxurious treatments, two different wellness areas, and "Hugs Bar", the hotel's very own après ski bar, Rosa Alpina is the perfect haven to return to after a day on the slopes. Foodies should make sure to speak to the owner Hugo during their stay, for insider tips on the best mountain refuges to dine at while skiing.
Severins Alpine Retreat, Lech, Austria
Lech in Austria offers the perfect combination of traditional charm, excellent snowfall, and beautiful hotels for both couples and families alike. It's also home to Severins Alpine Retreat, an exclusive and intimate alpine bolthole. Comprising of just nine suites and a large private residence, expect picturesque mountain views from private balconies, a fine-dining restaurant, and spa. Effortlessly blending the best of the old with the new, this is a hotel that pays respect to its history, yet understands its guests' desire for modern luxuries. Located just on the outskirts of Lech, the hotel's chauffeur service ensures guests get to the village and ski area with ease. For those who love long days on the slopes, the new Flexenbahn lift connection closes the loop on the Arlberg ski area, connecting Lech and St. Anton — giving skiers access to 305km of downhill slopes and 87 lifts, making it Austria's largest interconnected ski area.
Six Senses Residences Courchevel, Courchevel 1850, France
Scott Dunn at Six Senses Residences Courchevel is a brand-new collection of beautifully furnished residences, conveniently located in the heart of Courchevel. It's designed to give guests the ultimate combination of the facilities one would expect in a luxury five-star ski hotel, with the independence of a serviced apartment. Most of the residences have two or three bedrooms, making them ideal for families or groups of friends — larger four and five-bedroom apartments are available on request. Ideal for families, the on-site Explorers Kids Club is available for children aged four months to 11 years old, allowing parents to pamper themselves at the superb Six Senses Spa after a long day on the slopes.
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