Bellevarde Lodge, Val d’Isere, France
Whether you’re looking for gentle greens or thrilling blacks, with 300 kilometres of pistes, you’re bound to find slopes to suit you. This resort is known for its ‘Britishness’ so there’s no need to brush up on your French, not even when booking a ski instructor as Oxygene Ski have lovely English-speaking instructors. Renowned for its party atmosphere, Val d’Isere is packed with bars such as the infamous Dicks’ Tea Bar and the mountain-side La Folie Douce, with its gourmet self-service, glorious views and 17-metre long outdoor bar with live DJ. To sleep in style, book a catered stay in VIP Ski’s Bellevarde chalet. With beautiful rooms in luxurious, contemporary- meets -traditional style, the cosy hideaway features plenty of wooden panelling, huge widescreen TV and UK Freeview, as well as sleek bathrooms and friendly hosts on hand to spoil you with cakes and delicious meals. Perfect for serious skiers who like their food. Prefer to be in town? Book the Aspen chalet a mere five-minute walk to the chairlifts.
Bellevarde Lodge, Les Chalets d'Ouillette, Le Praz de la Legettaz 73150 Val d'Isere, France. 0844 557 3119, vip-chalets.com
For more on Val d’Isere see valdisere.com
Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado, Aspen
If money is no object and you want a little star-spotting with your skiing, Aspen is the place. The Colorado town is favourite with A-listers from Goldie Hawn to Heidi Klum and J-Lo. With four mountains to ski on, for every level of skier, there’s plenty to choose from, and even better - a ‘ski valet’ will transfer your gear from one mountain to the next overnight, so no lugging around heavy skis and struggling in uncomfy boots. Genius. There’s also plenty to keep non-skiers happy, from gorgeous spas to shopping galore at Prada, Fendi, Ralph Lauren or Moncler. The town is also home to more gourmet restaurants that you can sample in a week including the likes of Nobu and the sleek Eight K at the very glitzy Viceroy hotel. To ski-in/ski-out, book into the legendary Little Nell, that sits in prime position right at the foot of the slopes. The glam hotel which has famously turned Paris Hilton away because it was too full, comes with pristine rooms, great service and delicious truffle fries at their restaurant: the Ajax Tavern.
Little Nell, 647 E Durant Ave, Aspen, Colorado, United States + (970) 920-4600, thelittlenell.com
Doubles from around £135, room only. 7 nights from £3,095pp including B&B in a mountainside view room with economy flights from London Heathrow into Aspen Airport and transfers start. Ski Safari, 01273 224 060, skisafari.com
Find out more at aspensnowmass.com
W Hotel Verbier, Switzerland
W has brought its very own sense of style to the slopes. Fans of cool design will love the brand new W’s 130-room outpost in the snow. A master class in contemporary chalet cool, the W is set just off 412 kilometres of pistes, at the heart of the social après-ski scene. The gondolas are right outside the hotel, taking you up 3,330 metres in minutes. After a hard day on the slopes, indulge at one of the many bars and restaurants: Off Piste for an al fresco drink with a view, Arola for fine local cuisine by Chef Sergi and Carve for bubbles and hot tunes in very slinky, all black- and- chrome décor. For bubbles of a different kind there’s the beautiful indoor/outdoor WET® pool and the gorgeous AWAY® Spa. Bliss.
Hotel Goldener Berg, Ober Lech, Austria
The Austrian Alps are renowned for their pretty wooden chalets, perfect powder, expertly groomed slopes and exhilarating off-piste adventures – not to mention the warm mulled wine, cinnamon cookies and delicious fondues. The uber-stylish, yet low-key resort of Lech is a regular haunt for Euro-royals and those serious about their powder. Check into the lovely Goldener Berg perched on the mountainside, and right on the slopes in Ober Lech. The four star hotel is one of Lech’s most well known family-run hotels and was one of Princess Diana’s favourites. The ambience is traditional and stylish and it comes with a fabulous spa, heated pool, cosy bar, with compulsory roaring fire, and an outdoor deck for scenic après-chilling over an al fresco barbecue or a glass of mulled wine, happily ensconced in a sheepskin rug.
Nira Alpina, St Moritz, Switzerland
Nira Alpina, Via dal Corvatsch 76, 7513 Silvaplana, Switzerland , +41 81 838 69 69 , niraalpina.com. Doubles from around £242, B&B. Swiss, 0845 601 0956, swiss.com, flies from London Heathrow to Zurich from around £130 return