At this time of year, some seek sun, and others seek snow. If your idea of a perfect getaway is powdery slopes, cosy lodges, and a Hot Toddy, we’ve rounded up some ski destinations across the globe, apt for a visit whether you’re a ski veteran—or a first-timer seeking bragging rights.
Sundance Resort, Utah, USA
Robert Redford’s mountain resort and home to the eponymous Sundance Film Festival offers many dining and accommodation options, a beautiful spa, and an art studio—all alongside spectacular skiing. Settle into one of the rustic log cabin-style rooms (many have fireplaces and wet bars), or if you’re travelling with a group rent one of their fully-equipped mountain villas. The slopes offer skiing for all levels, and there are lessons available should you just be learning. Splurge on dinner in the award-winning Tree Room, which features live music most nights.
Zaborin, Hokkaido, Japan
Should you wish to ski in Japan at busy Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu, long celebrated for its powdery snow and variety in terrain, make this nearby hotel your base. The hotel is so peaceful and lovely to be in; you may actually never want to leave to ski. Beautifully designed in a minimalist Japanese style, the intimate property features just 15 individual villas—each with indoor and outdoor onsen baths. The food is an absolute highlight; each night, an 11-course meal is served by candlelight. Immersed in nature, expect to leave a stay at Zaborin in a state of complete serenity.
Harahorn, Hemesdal, Norway
This rustic compound of 17 farmyard-style buildings sits 1100 metres above sea level amongst Norway’s untouched Hemesdal mountains—often called ‘the Scandinavian Alps.’ With both downhill and cross country skiing available, as well as other activities like snowmobiling and dogsledding, it truly feels like a winter wonderland. The cosy and straightforward cabins at Harahorn are an excellent base for adventures. Most have fireplaces, and they have been designed to feel like a home-away-from-home. Meals and other activities are enjoyed together in the main building, warmly decorated with antiques and natural wood.
Hotel Valle Nevado, Andes Mountains, Chile
The Valle Nevado Ski Resort offers several lodging options—we prefer Hotel Valle Nevado. The all-inclusive property provides not only just meals but also ski passes with every booking. Additionally, they offer child care and activities for little ones, should they not be ready for mountainside adventures just yet. Cosy yet minimalist design details feature in each of the rooms, which have balconies overlooking the mountain. The restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine alongside delicious Chilean wines—ideal for rejuvenating post-ski. If you’re experienced, try heli-skiing, which gives diehards exclusive access to the freshest powder.
Mauna Kea, Hawaii
Not an experience for the faint-of-heart, skiing Mauna Kea involves renting a four-wheel-drive vehicle and getting yourself to the top of the mountain and having a driver waiting for you at the bottom to bring you up again. Bring your own (durable) gear as well—this isn’t a proper resort as one might expect, and is a true adventure! It’s worth it, though, for the views alone. Although it may feel like a world away with sandy beaches and tropical flowers, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel sits just below the mountain. The comprehensive resort is classically Hawaiian—warm and welcoming. Following your ski adventure, rejuvenate in the sun on their private beach.
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