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The Top 10: Best Ski Resorts

Nothing beats post-holiday gloom like a ski break. Now is the time to plan your winter ski trip, as many of the best lodges book up months in advance. From rustic Western escapes to chic Alpine destinations, here are ten of Indagare’s picks for the best ski resorts across the globe.

1. The Lodge, Verbier

As well done as his other properties (Morocco’s Kasbah Tamadot and the Caribbean’s Necker Island), Sir Richard Branson’s exclusive-use chalet The Lodge, offers luxurious Swiss accommodations for groups of up to eighteen. The over-the-top rental comes with an indoor pool, spa and mini ice rink—perfect for a lively group vacation. virginlimitededition.com/en/the-lodge 

2. L’Apogée, Courchevel

Owned and run for three generations by the Pizzinini family, Rosa Alpina is one of those wonderful European hideaways where tasteful design, fantastic cuisine and heartfelt hospitality come together to create an extraordinary place. 

“It’s hard to understand how great Rosa Alpina is until you go. The hotel delivers. From the food to the staff, everything is genuine.” ~Indagare’s Melissa Biggs Bradley

4. Little Nell, Aspen

Aspen’s most coveted address offers stylish rooms, a slopeside location and superb service. The city’s only ski-in/ski-out resort has an enviable location, at the base of Aspen Mountain, plus a see-and-be-seen bar scene.

5. Four Seasons Jackson Hole

“The Handle Bar is awesome for dinner.” ~An Indagare member

6. Montage Deer Valley

This five-star ski lodge blends the grand ski palace tradition with a distinctly Western atmosphere and modern amenities to pamper today’s pickiest families and couples.

“The staff really knows how to spoil its guests and cater to families.” ~Indagare’s Melissa Biggs Bradley

7. Alpina, Gstaad

The first new luxury hotel to open in Gstaad in 100 years, the Alpina seamlessly blends state-of-the-art amenities and decadent creature comforts into a relaxed but chic “Alpine Modern” setting.

“Alpina Gstaad is a beautiful modern mountain hotel; the service is of high quality without being too much, delicious alpine breakfast, beautiful scenic views, great spa/pool area and close proximity to town. We would stay here again if we were to return to Gstaad.” ~Camilla Locker, Indagare member since 2013

8. Almhof Schneider, Lech

A family favorite located on the fringe of town, the Almhof Schneider combines warm, friendly service with sophisticated accommodations and stylish design.

“The friendly owner, Frau Hannelore Schneider, makes her rounds at the restaurant every night, chatting for a few minutes at each table and discussing the news of the day.” ~Indagare’s Caroline Hansen

9. Mont Cervin Palace, Zermatt

Mont Cervin Palace remains Zermatt’s most luxurious hotel, occupying a prime location in the center of town for more than 150 years. The hotel is ideal for those who require the highest level of service available in Zermatt, a variety of room options, around-the-clock amenities and a lively lobby scene.

“The hotel was nice and the ski service was great despite tricky logistics, as taxis, funiculars and trains are required to navigate the area.” ~Indagare member J.L.

10. Les Fermes de Marie, Megève

The best of the best, Les Fermes de Marie marries comfort with elegance and feels undeniably Savoyard—with a touch of Parisian effortless style. Its guestrooms spread throughout eight antique chalets are warm and stylish, boasting a down-to-earth yet world-class vibe.

“Les Fermes de Marie was unique and cool if not a bit quirky. It felt like the Sound of Music with rolling hills.” ~An Indagare member

– Blair West on December 28, 2016

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