Ski-in/Ski-out is the holy grail for ski resorts.
The ease of slipping into your boots, sliding out the door and whizzing down the slopes in a matter of minutes is what makes a ski holiday special.
Find out where you can find the best ski-in/ski-out resorts this winter.
The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado
First and foremost, The Little Nell can boast the claim of being the only luxury hotel with ski-in/ski-out access to Aspen Mountain.
If you want personality in a ski resort, this is the one for you. A former mining town, Aspen grew out of a need for ski, and The Little Nell’s high standards have attracted celebrities and dignitaries from the outset. The hotel now has a great reputation for its art collection, while the surrounding village is loved for its food and wine, festivals and music scene.
Four mountains make up the Aspen Snowmass ski area and you will find The Little Nell concierge team waiting at the gondola to assist you on your way. The Little Nell is also great for unique experiences, including night skiing, Snowcat Academy adventures and exclusive opportunities to assist in grooming the mountain.
Hotel Barriere les Neiges, Courchevel 1850, France
Elegance and authenticity sum up Hotel Barriere les Neiges, Courchevel perfectly. Set on the highest of the four separate villages of Courchevel, it enjoys a cosmopolitan spot in the heart of the largest ski area in the world – an ideal spot for a ski-in/ski-out resort. Within walking distance of the village of Courchevel 1850, which you could class as the ‘Saint-Tropez of the ski world’, guests of this hotel will find plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants, designer shops and chic night spots in their midst.
The hotel’s interiors are everything you would imagine of a cosy winter chalet, with wood panels, fur throws and Scandinavian lines making up the guest rooms. Fouquet’s, the historic Parisian brasserie, has also opened its doors at the hotel. The original restaurant is famous for having opened the first projection room on the Champs-Elysees and attracted the elite of the French cinema scene. Here, you can get a taste of that effortless European sophistication with exquisite French cuisine.
As for ski facilities, the choice of slopes is unrivalled, with high-tech ski lifts connecting you across Le Trois Vallees (the Three Valleys). Hotel Barriere les Nieges ensures your skis are ready and your boots are warmed and waiting every morning, while expert guidance is available at the flagship Maison Orcel ski shop.
Nira Alpina, St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz is synonymous with elegance and class. You may have seen it in ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, when James Bond dashed down its slopes or during one of the two occasions the Winter Olympics were held here. Said to be the birthplace of winter holidays, this sense of ‘old school glamour’ is still in the very air of St. Moritz.
Experienced skiers will love staying at Nira Alpina. The Corvatsch cable-car is connected to the hotel by a private walkway, meaning you can be at 3,303 metres – with 300 kilometres of skiing opportunity waiting ahead for you – as quickly as possible.
Back at the hotel, the best place to relax is at the Rooftop Bar. Enjoy panoramic views of the mountains as you soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere, or arrange for a gin or whiskey-tasting if you really want to warm up!
Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Canada
Nestled at the foot of Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains, Fairmont Chateau Whistler enjoys diverse skiing terrain and lively après-ski at the village, where you will find fantastic food and cosy lounges open late into the night.
Catering for all levels of ability, this is a great option for families or groups. The Whistler/Blackcomb Ski & Snowboard School is the largest in Canada, plus there are ‘learn to ride’ lessons for beginners, private lessons for those who need a little refinement, and ‘Extreme Canadian’ guides for those ready for bigger challenges.
Here, you will also have a world-record breaker in your midst – the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola boasts the highest lift of its kind at 436 metres above the valley floor and the longest unsupported span of 3.024 kilometres.
Riffelalp Resort 2222m, Zermatt, Switzerland
The striking Matterhorn mountain is an emblem for Zermatt. This jagged peak has a fascinating history, from the explorers taking on the challenge to conquer its peak, to the villages of people who lived along its base.
Riffelalp Resort 2222m first opened its doors for the summer back in 1884 and European high society flocked its way. Today, it can boast Europe’s highest outdoor pool, heated to 35°C and offering stunning view of the Matterhorn. Its spa facilities also include a steam cave, saline baths and waterfalls in rocky underground grottos.
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Colorado
Set in Beaver Creek, this adorably named resort in Colorado, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is a great mountain lodge in true American West style – think blazing stone fireplaces, thick timber beams and frosty fir trees scattered across the landscape.
First laid claim to by a pioneer ranchman and his family, the area is now a sophisticated and intimate ski-in/ski-out resort with Vail Valley just fifteen minutes away. Offering a true Alpine feel, Beaver Creek attracts ski professionals and competitions, though the three distinct mountain areas cater to all levels of ability.
Perfect for families, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch offers a Ski Nanny service, which offers to take children to Beaver Creek village for their ski school lessons and later pick them up and bring them back for a snack while their parents make the most of every last run.
Hotel des Trois Vallées, Courchevel 1850, France
With décor harking back to 1950s, when the concept of snowsport holidays really began to take off, Hotel des Trois Vallées gives a nod to a bygone era with retro furniture and original art works by designers of the time, such as Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé, Pierre Paulin, Pierre Guariche and Pierre Chapo.
Its sense of style is what sets Hotel des Trois Vallées apart from the rest, as does its attentive staff and personalised service. It also has a fantastic spa that works with Filorga products and boasts a brilliantly sized Jacuzzi, Turkish bath and sauna to help reduce muscle fatigue after a day on the slopes.
If you are looking to find the best parties on the pistes, see our guide to finding the best après ski spots.
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