Top 5 destinations for ski enthusiasts

Nov 6, 2017

From adrenaline-inducing heli-skiing experiences in Iceland to luxury ski safaris in Italy, each of these scenic winter escapes will provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable break on the slopes. Luxury tour operator Scott Dunn shares five great destinations for ski enthusiasts to make the most of this year’s winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

Courchevel, France

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Courchevel 1850 is situated in the heart of Les Trois Vallées, the world’s most extensive ski area. The resort, which boasts its own airstrip, promises an upmarket experience with an array of ski runs suitable for all levels. Every evening, an army of piste bashers get to work to ensure that there are endless miles of perfectly prepared green, blue, red and black runs, making Courchevel 1850 one of the best resorts in the Alps for groups of varying standards. For the little ones or beginners, Magic Academy is among the best ski schools in the world.

The village at 1850 is well known for its selection of designer boutiques and a wide range of haute couture and jewellery, as well as some superb dining options. Think sunny terraces and big wine lists; the most famed are Le Chalet de Pierres, Le Cap Horn and La Soucoupe.

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Niseko, Japan

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Blessed with incredible snowfall due to its location on the west of Hokkaido, directly in the path of the winds blowing down from Siberia, Niseko is Japan’s leading ski resort. It is made up of four ski areas – Annupuri, Niseko Village, Hirafu and Hanazono – all interlinked and covered by one ski pass.

Hirafu village is the largest resort, with a vibrant atmosphere and a wide array of hotels, restaurants, bars and shops.The Hakuchozan luxury chalet is ideally situated in this area, with a chalet manager, butler, driver and chef on hand to cater to a skier’s every need. While in Niseko, the more daring skiers or snowboarders should make sure to head through the gates at the top of the mountain to create fresh tracks in the backcountry – the ultimate powder experience.