With the cold winter months slowly blanketing Cairo in doom and gloom, skiing isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when pondering a getaway. Granted, Cairenes love all things sun, sea and sand, but with Mall of Egypt set to feature an unholy indoor ski slope, the joys of sliding down a snowy hilltop, not remembering a word your instructor told you, is something that Egyptians have never truly appreciated.
Our friends at award-winning, members-only, fancy-pants luxury lifestyle management and concierge service, Quintessentially Lifestyle Egypt, agree with us and, after bugging them for a few days, have imparted their considerable wisdom to suggest the best ski resort destinations in Europe.
As one of four satellite villages in its locale, Courchevel holds the distinction of being the only ski resort to be built from scratch, rather than being built on existing villages. Nestled nicely in the French Alps, the high-end destination also boasts some impressive shopping options, being home to Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Prada, Dior and Chanel shops, amongst other. It’s also a bit of a hotspot for the world’s foodies, with seven restaurants holding a total of twelve Michelin Stars between them.
Recommended Resort: Le Strato Ski Lodge
Located in Haute-Savoie in the Rhône-Alpes region, Megeve is considered one of the world’s most extravagant ski resorts, was once the go-to for French aristocracy and is now commonly frequented by celebrities, royalty and other dignitaries. With 217 crystal white slopes covering over 400km of space, Megeve is a popular destination for winter sports, as well as a popular golfing destination in the summer.
Recommended Resort: Chalet Zannier
Another celebrity hotspot, Verbier’s most loyal visitors include Prince Harry and Richard Branson, the latter of whom owns resort, the Lodge. More than just a holiday destination, however, the Swiss commune is home to a vibrant art and photography community and hosts a number of events, ranging from the Verbier Music Festival, to horse shoe, Grand Concours Hippique, as well as the world’s premier extreme skiing and snowboarding contest, Verbier Xtreme.
Recommended Resort: The Lodge
Located in the Bludenz district of Vorarlberg, Lech sits on the banks of its namesake river. As part of the Alberg region, it is considered one of the birthplaces of modern alpine skiing and is home to many ski champions, with Tom Cruise and the late Princess Diana being notable fans. Away from skiing, Lech has plenty of notable touristic and cultural attractions, as well as bustling dining scene.
Recommended Resort: Hotel & Spa Aurelio Lech
Known for its distinctive medieval architecture, Kitzbuhel is also, like Lech, located along the banks of a river. Unlike many of the world’s lavish ski destinations, however, Kitzbuhel is more than just about skiing, with distinguished sporting events held there, including the ITU Triathlon World Cup (2007-2011) and the ATP Austrian Open, as well as annual historic car festival, Kitzbüheler Alpenrallye, attracting petrol heads from around the world.
Recommended Resort: Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol
As home of the only piste in Sweden suitable for high-tier downhill racing, Åre is the Scandinavian destination of choice for skiers. Although it may not hold the same standing as some of the other destinations on this list, Åre has seen more recognition come its way in the past decade, with British travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveller, naming it the winner of its World’s Top Ski Resorts competition. In 2006, it became the first ski resort to feature hybrid ski lifts.
Recommended Resort: Copperhill Mountain Lodge
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