Royal Resorts

Follow the tracks of royalty...but without the princely sums

If you’re looking for inspiration on where to ski this year or next, in the spirit of Kate and William's Wedding of the Year, then why not consider following in the tracks of royalty? See our feature below on resorts where you can ski like the royals – but without the princely sums.

Zermatt, Switzerland

In 2007, Will and Kate holidayed together in trendy Zermatt – one of Switzerland’s greatest ski areas and often counted in the world’s top 5. Zermatt lies at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn and has an impressive sense of majesty with skiing up to 3500m and plenty to keep even the most expert skier amused. The mountains are dotted with cosy alpine huts where a Swiss Roesti is a must. A network of mountain railways and cable cars transport you round the 3 different ski areas and the pretty centre is traffic free and awash with eateries and popular après-ski bars.

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Méribel, France

If you fancy skiing with royalty this season head to Méribel. As patron of the British Ski and Snowboard Federation, Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, visit every March when Edward presents prizes at the British Skiing Championships. Méribel is a long standing favourite with British skiers for its pretty alpine style and wide appeal for everyone from expert skiers to families. Inghams’ Chalet Hotel Les Grangettes is at the heart of the resort and its house bar, The Mériski, is a popular stop for après-ski.

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Lech, Austria

The picturesque resort of Lech am Arlberg was a firm favourite of Diana, The Princess of Wales, who stayed here 5 years in a row.
 
She stayed in one of Inghams best loved hotels, the historic 5* Arlberg in the centre of the village, which is full of character and right on the slopes.
 
Prince William and Harry were photographed enjoying a sleigh-ride through the village.

Lech is filled with Austrian charm and has extensive snowsure skiing that links with Zürs, St. Anton and St Christoph -  the only ski area in Austria with heli-skiing. Lech even limits the number of ski passes sold to prevent queues, and many chair lifts have heated seats to save any discomfort. That is a benefit you don’t have to be royal to enjoy!

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Verbier, Switzerland

Verbier has always had a wide appeal, from royals to family and groups who all come for the same thing -  its fantastic powder and lively après scene.
 
The Duchess of York worked a season here as a chalet girl and always takes here family here. Princess Eugenie celebrated her 18th birthday in Verbier with family and friends.

It is also the place to come for groups of family and friends, with lots of chalet accommodation  that is rare outside of France.

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Klosters, Switzerland

The exclusive Swiss resort of Klosters is where the first William and Kate rumours began when they were photographed kissing on the slopes back in 2004.

It is the ultimate ski favourite amongst the Royal family who traditionally spend their Easter here, however it has a wide appeal and a good range of hotels.
 
 Charles and Diana sparked engagement rumours in 1981 when they skied here togethere as did Fergie and Andrew 5 years later!

Equally popular is nearby Davos which shares its ski area. These popular resorts are known for their extensive pistes and expert terrain, as well their Royal connections.

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Alberta, Canada

One of Kate and Will’s first royal engagements as a married couple will be to Canada in June, when they visit Alberta. William's first trip to Canada was  in 1998 when he visited Vancouver with Prince Charles and Prince Harry. Alberta’s has royal connections as it was even named after Queen Victoria's daugher, Princess Caroline of Alberta, who married the Governor General of Canada.

Alberta has some of the world’s best skiing with popular resorts of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. Banff and Lake Louise are just 40 minutes apart, set spectacularly in the beautiful Banff National Park. Jasper is known for its shimmering glaciers and waterfalls, abundant wildlife and family friendly skiing.

Perhaps William and Kate will try skiing in Canada next year, and stay in the Mount Royal Hotel, Banff?

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