It’s true…there is more to a ski resort than just skiing. From chic, contemporary lodges to cosy chalets dotted throughout the world’s most renowned ski resorts, there is something to suit everyone, regardless of your skiing ability. Ski and snowboarding enthusiasts will be ducking and diving, searching for the next challenge…whilst some of us are “arm chair” skiers lured by the appeal of the après ski, where we can sit back and relax, enjoy the fresh air and take in the breathtaking views. Rest assured, whether you’re going with a part of a group, couple or flying solo you’re guaranteed to find an amazing Small Luxury Hotels of the World ski resort catering for all.
For those looking for a different ski experience somewhere a bit different you can take your pick. Here are some just to name a few…
If you want snow at your door step then Sun Mountain Lodge in China is a fabulous choice. This year-round luxurious resort is set in a spectacular mountainside setting. The Sun Mountains Yabuli is China’s largest ski resort and has recently undergone a complete renovation. Perched high on the summit of Sun Mountain Yabuli Resort, this boutique hotel offers state-of-the art snowmaking, heated high-speed gondolas and chair lifts. Its varied terrain is ideal for first-time skiers and the advanced trails are 3,080m in length with a whopping 804m vertical drop! Yikes! Sun Mountain Lodge is also the ideal place to relax. This all-suite retreat has restaurants, vibrant bars, a superb spa and a heated outdoor pool, so there is always something to do.
Alternatively, why not head to the world’s most southerly ski area in Argentina where you can enjoy and absorb the Latin American culture at Los Cauquenes Resort and Spa? You’ll be overwhelmed by the natural setting in this amazing part of the world. Nearby is the Cerro Castor Ski resort, which is perfectly positioned for skiers to receive the best quality snow. After a hard day’s ski, you can ease the aches and pains with a holistic massage and hot spring bath at their spa followed by magnificent Patagonian cuisine.
Then there are the amazing ski resorts in Europe. You’ll be spoilt for choice in choosing where to go in Europe. The Hotel Yastrebets Wellness & Spa is one of the best in Bulgaria. Situated in the heart of Rila Mountain, at this charming ski-in, ski-out hotel you’ll receive a warm welcome at the piano bar, tuck into a hearty meal and party the night away in their nightclub…and then hit the ski slopes again the next morning if you’ve got the stamina.
For more daring activities, Blanket Bay in New Zealand offers heliskiing. And if you’re a fan of horse racing, experience the International Races of St Mortiz, known also as White Turf, which take place in February, near The Crystal Hotel in Switzerland. For kings or queens of ski fashion then Kristiania Lech in Austria will have your ski boots customer-made!
The list of things you can get up to at a ski resort is endless. If you’re tempted to splash out and play in the snow this winter, see Small Luxury Hotels of the World ski breaks.