For those snow-sport obsessed souls, few spots posses such means to play on the mountains than Vail, Colorado. With over 200 trails and more than 30 lifts in the town, Vail isn’t the kind of town to retreat in the chalet and skip the slops. Vail is a bit of a drive to get to from the Denver airport, but if you’re able to land in Eagle-Vail airport, you’re just a few minutes away. Do stay at the Four Seasons Resort. Though it’s not right on the slopes, the property is the best in town with an incredible spa, dinning options and a massive heated pool to soak in. Perhaps skiing isn’t your thing? Visit the ice rink in the Lionshead neighborhood or go for a stroll window shopping.
In what is perhaps the most iconic winter destination of them all, Zermatt, Switzerland is the pinnacle of snow-covered travel. Zermatt is the Alps vacation you’ve always dreamed of; snow-dusted evergreens nestled along the cozy village below the majestic Matterhorn. Obviously the snow sports are incredible, but Zermatt is so much more than skiing. Take a cable car up the mountain and discover the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise or take the Glacier Express for some of the most exquisite sightseeing by way of train. When it’s time to thaw a little, find glamorous-refuge at the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof. Find your way to Cervo Puro for dinner and partake in one of the incredible Italian-inspired dishes to reclaim calories lost on the slope.
Where the chic go to ski, Courchevel is a high-altitude playground for the most glamorous of snow bunnies. Courchevel is made up of five villages, and between them all there’s a 180 ski lifts that can transport 260,000 skiers an hour, so you can rest assured you won’t be waiting in a line long. As you could imagine, there’s no shortage of ultra posh places to rest your head at night in Courchevel. But one hotel route is a step above the others; Chalet Edelweiss. The chalet can arrange ski instructors, helicopter transfers, and essentially anything else your heart desires. Few spots can beat Soucoupe for dining and atmosphere; enjoy black truffle tagliatelle next to a roaring fire.
A winter wonderland of natural beauty, Abisko, Sweden bewitches visitors with its vast activities, landscape and most of all, the northern lights. Abisko is home to the ICEHOTEL, the famous property built mostly out of the cold stuff, permitting you to have a real-life Frozen fantasy. Yes, there’s skiing, but do opt for northern lights hunting at Abisko National Park. Run with Sweden’s most iconic creature, the reindeers and even get the be pulled in a sled by them.
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