Part One: Legendary Ski Resorts That Will Have You Booking First Class Flights This Winter
Winter is indeed a wonderland if you love to ski, and now is the perfect time to book your first and business class tickets for winter travel. You won’t be on the slopes around the clock, though, and you’ll need a luxury hotel to complete your stay. In this first of a three-part blog, we list some of the world’s most exclusive mountain resorts and hotels. Whether you plan to ski, meet new people, relax or enjoy a fireside drink, these properties are the perfect winter escape.
Courchevel 1850, France
We’ve profiled Courchevel 1850 before for its high-profile guests, stunning setting in the Trois Vallee ski area and Michelin-starred restaurants. There are more than a handful of five-star hotels in the heart of Courchevel 1850, including Hotel Le Kilimandjaro where your private butler caters to your every whim. There are other notable hotels to consider in Courchevel 1850:
- Les Grandes Alpes offers a chic spa and fitness center as well as incredible views of La Croisette.
- Les Airelles provides ski in/ski out service, a ski valet and a private wintertime ice rink that endears the property to families.
-L’Apogee is one of the newer properties in Courchevel 1850, as well-known for its lively ice skating galas and nighttime ski parties as for its location at the peak of an Olympic ski jump.
Lech-Zürs, Arlberg, Austria
Frequented by European royals and celebrities, Zürs is a cozier version of Courchevel 1850. It’s also conveniently located, easy to get to by train once your first class flight lands in Austria, Germany or Switzerland. Zürs is connected to the picturesque village of Lech by ski lifts and pistes, offering visitors a wide range of lodging and recreational options. Back-country skiing is popular here, but the variety of groomed runs are just as enticing. While Lech and Zürs are low-key, their hotels are opulent and glamorous.
-Hotel Zürserhof is one of the top luxury hotels in the world, offering a variety of majestic rooms and suites, some with butler service. Personal coaching, a multi-purpose sports hall, tennis courts, a fitness center and a relaxing whirlpool are just a few of the recreation and fitness options here. The culinary services are equally sublime.
-Thurnher’s Alphenhof is similarly equipped with luxurious rooms and suites, ample sports facilities, rejuvenating spa services and delectable dining options.
We’re just getting started on the glorious ski resorts located around the world, so be sure to check back in for the next two installments of our series. In the meantime, check out our many first class airfare deals to Europe for travel this winter.