You don’t have to be rich to ski, there are many bargains out there, in some resorts you’d definitely feel like the kid at the sweetshop, looking in to a world way beyond what your used to. If your not in the wealthy minority and don’t like that fact being rubbed in your nose perhaps you should avoid the more upmarket, wealthier resorts. Or if you like celeb spotting and seeing how the other half live, here are three resorts that are prime contenders for poshest ski resorts in the Alps.
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Celeb watchers will be keen to note that Nicole Kidman and Robbie Williams have all skied here in the past, Madonna even hit the deck, minus the cloak but the truth is your more likely to find yourself sharing a ski lift with Mike Hucknall or Phil Collins. Fans of fine dining are spoilt for choice when they come here, Zermatt has the highest density of gourmet restaurants in the world. If you like you can even hire a guide to take you on a gourmet ski tour of the mountains. Highly recommended are the sweetbreads with morel cream sauce at Zum See and risotto with white truffle shavings at Chez Vrony. Take a private helicopter or limousine pick-up from Zurich, Geneva or Milan airports.
For apres ski dine at the stylish Cervo, situated in an ideal spot on the piste ñ typical dishes include succulent venison, home-made ravioli with ricotta and cÙte de boeuf. A cool place to hang-out is The Vernissage ñ a cinema, bar, restaurant and gallery all rolled into one, which was designed by Zermattís son, Hienz Julen. You can start the evening with here with cocktails,music goes on until 4am.
If money is no object, Chalet Zermatt Peak is a private catered residence costing more than £140,000 for two weeks in high season and is the most expensive in Zermatt. The highlights in this amazing chalet is a walk in wine cellar, 3 HD cinema areas and a wellness centre. The famous French footballer Thierry Henry wrote in their guest book: ìThe best chalet I have ever stayed in and I cannot wait to come back.î
St. Moritz, Switzerland
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If you name a brand of cigarettes after a town and your aiming for the sophisticated luxury market, St Moritz, the name speaks of class and elegance and thats because St Moritz attracts that kind of crowd. It even boasts a ìChampagne climate (dry air and sunshine to the rest of us). St Moritz is the place to flaunt your wealth. You’ll find plenty of flagship brand boutiques. You may spot Liz Hurley, Ivana Trump and Indian steel baron Lakshmi-Mittal or indeed rub shoulders with the creme de la creme at the Cartier Polo Tournament. St. Moritz is an exclusive ski resort, it is a favourite of Russian billionaires who fly their jets from Moscow to Samedan.
Apres-ski is as good here as anywhere in the Alps. Visit Altitude Bar in the Kulm Hotel with live piano music, or book a room here at CHF 2,120-per-night suite, where you have super lake views.
Courchevel 1850, France
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Courchevel boasts three resorts, 1550 and 1650, but 1850 is where its at. It is arguably the worlds most expensive ski resort, with 1850 attracting the big spenders like no other resort. The prices are as steep as the pistes and the place drips with ëposhí.
For apres-ski take a long luncheon at the two-Michelin-star Airelles restaurant decorated with jewel-toned silk curtains, Hermes tableware and Saint Louis chandeliers. Head to Le Piggyís ñ the oh-so-chic wine and piano bar ñ in the centre of town where a beer will set you back Ä14. Then its on to the Les Caves nightclub to quaff Dom Perignon or the finest MoÎt.
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