Even non-skiers like to go to these resorts because they have fun activities and the scenery is out-of-this-world. Here are our favorite ski resorts from across the world.
1. Hermitage Hotel & Spa, Cervinia, Italy
It likely won't take much convincing to get you to consider a trip to Italy, but you might not necessarily associate a ski resort with the relatively warm country.
Northern Italy is home to some picture perfect mountains that are great for beginner and intermediate skiers alike.
Hermitage Hotel & Spa in Cervina not only provides immediate access to the slopes but an assortment of other fun activities that will keep the non-skiers happy as well. Along with great skiing, Hermitage offers its guests first-class spring water swimming pools, jacuzzis, gyms, and therapeutic treatments. A long day on the slopes is substantially more enjoyable when you can reward yourself with a massage afterward.
If you're looking to hit the slopes when the snow is best, plan to go between December and April. The ski-pass prices are relatively reasonable and are roughly 200 euros for a week-long pass.
2. Le Kaila Hotel, Meribel, France
Meribel is the trendy ski destination with glamorous hotels, boutique French shops, and of course, the immense French Alps.
Beginners and experts will be satisfied with the runs, and everyone in your party will be blown away by the views from peaks like Mont Du Vallon, the 2,952m behemoth.
The #1 hotel to call home for your vacation is Le Kaila, the 5-star epicenter of Meribel with direct access to the slopes, a variety of luxurious suites, a thriving bar, active nightlife, and Micheline star rated restaurants like l'Ekrin.
The best time to go to avoid large crowds is in January, and it's also an excellent time to hit the slopes as the cold weather provides ideal snow conditions.
3. The Sutton Place Hotel, Revelstoke, Canada
Everyone knows it gets cold in Canada, so of course, Canadians capitalize on the frigid weather and mammoth mountains to provide top-notch skiing and accommodations.
Revelstoke is in British Columbia, the site of some of the best mountains in Canada. It offers everything from Heliskiing for the extreme athletes to nice, easy runs for those seeking a more leisurely pace.
Flights to BC can be pricey so you'll want to shop around and time it well, and weatherwise, January and February tend to be the best times to go.
There are few lodging options that compare with The Sutton Place Hotel as it's the only true ski-in, ski-out hotel and offers all the conveniences and luxuries you could ever want.
Delicious dining at the on-site Rockford Wok or Mackenzie Common Tavern are the more popular attractions, and the hotel is only a few minutes away from downtown Revelstoke for the travelers that are looking to do a little shopping and exploring.
4. Cordee des Alpes Hotel, Verbier, Switzerland
Verbier has an excellent reputation among Europeans for its transcendent scenery and plush amenities offered at the local resorts, and we've come across no better resort in the area than Cordee des Alpes Hotel.
The 4.5-star hotel is flush with aesthetic splendor such as reclaimed timber beams and other natural materials like stone giving an authentic "ski chalet" feel. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Verbier with its many restaurants and shops only a stone's throw away.
Verbier has over 400km of ski runs to traverse, so if your main purpose is the slopes, you'll have more than you can imagine keeping you occupied.
The best time to visit Verbier for skiing is between January and March, but technically, it's totally skiable from November until May.
5. Hotel Almhof Schneider, Lech, Austria
Sure, lots of people come to Lech, Austria for the world-class skiing, but ski resorts like Hotel Almhof Schneider have developed their own reputations for top-notch service and quality.
Lech combines a number of picture-perfect mountains with quaint architecture and charming markets to make it an excellent destination for skiers and non-skiers alike. It's earned the spotlight in the past due to it being the #1 choice of the late Princess Diana.
Almhof Schneider offers 53 luxury suites with authentic wooden furniture and stone features, and you'll be treated like royalty by spa-staff. You'll also have a sauna parlor, indoor swimming pool, steam bath, and tanning beds at your disposal. These are the selling points to pitch to your traveling companions that might not be drawn to the epic slopes.
Whether you're an avid skier or not, you'll appreciate the beauty of the surroundings and the quality of the accommodations at these next-level ski resorts. There's a reason that they're a hit with those inclined to ski and those inclined to simply relax, so we know that whatever your preference, you'll have the time of your life!