There are fewer winter than summer resorts, so it’s easier to rank the places. Courchevel in France must be number 1. The first skiing center in France was “tailor-made”, it encompasses 5 towns. Once small villages, they are now an oasis of elegance, luxury, excellent skiing conditions and world-class social life.
We recommend the hotel Les Grandes Alpes, composed of apartments for 4 to 8 guests. Grand, comfortable and expensive, with luxurious furnishings. A 300 m2 apartment for 8 people costs EUR 8,700 a night. The best way to get there is by car, as the small airport Courchevel Altiport is considered one of the most dangerous airports in the world.
But the skiing conditions are magnificent. The biggest ski lift goes from the town center up to the mountain top of Verstanclahorn (3,298 m). There are 307 km of skiing trails, and a ride down a 12 km Parsenn Weiss flugjoch is an experience. Note: You should avoid going there from mid-January to early February. World Economic Forum in the nearby Davos makes life difficult for everyone around.
The most famous hotel is Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. If in season you get a suite or even an ordinary room in that hotel, it’s as if you won a lottery. And the prize would be much needed, as the prices start at CHF 1,500 per night in the cheapest room, and go up to CHF 6,000 in a suite. Breakfast inclusive, of course.
A big advantage of St. Moritz are its hot springs, where you can relax after skiing or club excesses. Since recently, local attractions also include Jan Kulczyk’s estate “The Lonsdaleite”, whose size and elegant architecture are just breathtaking. Starting price – USD 185 million. The best way to get there is by car or a helicopter. The transfer from the airport in Bergamo takes about 3 hours.