Skiing is one of the world’s most glamourous sports, so it’s only natural that there are some incredibly stylish and fashionable ski resorts in the mountains. Surrounded by spectacular scenery, and dedicated in equal parts to the pursuit of outdoor adventure and high fashion, these ski destinations are known for their glitz and their glamour.
Discover the best fashionable ski resorts with Inghams this winter. From boutique fashion shops, to champagne bars, these five resorts are the most stylish places to ski.
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
It’s Cortina! The glitziest and most glamourous of all the Italian ski resorts. Known as the ‘Queen of the Dolomites’, Cortina is recognised as the most fashionable ski resort in Italy. We’d be remiss not to include it on this list.
Cortina’s high street is lined with boutique shops, art galleries, and even a yachting shop! You’re just as likely to see people wandering the streets in sophisticated, fur coats as you are to see them in ski gear – especially during the 5pm ‘passeggiata’, the traditional, Italian, evening stroll. This is a great time to peruse the designer shops, or enjoy an Aperol Spritz in a classy bar.
Adding to the resort’s allure, it is one of the most filmed and photographed resorts in the Italian Alps. The resort was a prominent location in the James Bond film, For Your Eyes Only, which is hardly surprising, Cortina is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. The iconic, jagged peaks of the Dolomite Mountains rise up around the resort giving it a very cinematic look and feel.
Not only is it one of the premier resorts in the Three Valleys, the largest ski area entirely situated in France, but it is also one of the most luxurious ski resorts in the French Alps where the skiers are as perfectly groomed as the pistes. Popular with the rich and famous, Courchevel was the choice for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first family ski holiday with Prince George and Princess Charlotte in 2016.
Courchevel 1850, the highest village in the ski resort, has a wealth of boutique shops selling high-end luxury clothing, jewellery and perfume. Step directly out of Inghams very own Chalet Hotel Les Anemones and walk straight into Chanel!
The ski resort has an exceptional fine dining culture too. Courchevel 1850 alone has five Michelin starred restaurants, with Michelin starred restaurants in nearby Le Praz and La Tania as well. If you wanted to, you could eat at a Michelin starred restaurant for every night of your 7-night holiday.
Ischgl has done well to combine traditional, Tyrolean charm with an urbane, glitzy atmosphere. The resort centre, built largely in the traditional style is full of swanky, luxury shops and a stylish range of hotels offering incredible spa and wellness facilities, we highly recommend the Hotel Brigitte and the Hotel Solaria, both renowned for their excellent service and cuisine.
The resort is also renowned for its après ski scene, which is equal parts lively and sophisticated. You won’t struggle to find classy nightclubs and chic champagne bars, but you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy regular, on-mountain concerts such as this year’s Mountain Opening Concert, which is being headlined by Jason Derulo.
Let’s not forget Ischgl’s fantastic skiing either. The resort has an ultra-modern lift system providing incredible access to the 238km of piste. The ski area is wonderful for intermediate skiers with plentiful cruising red runs, while advanced skiers will be impressed with the free ride opportunities.
Whistler is best known as one of the world’s premiere ski resorts, with its colossal ski domain suited to skiers of all abilities, abundant powder, and accessible backcountry. But Whistler is also a stylish ski destination – one of the most sophisticated in Canada.
The pedestrianised village centre is great for people watching. Get comfortable in one of the many village cafés or chic bars and watch as the passers-by explore Whistler’s boutiques, jewellery shops, and up-market sports gear shops. Whistler has a thriving cultural scene, with a couple of commercial galleries as well as the Audain Art Museum, which houses First Nation carvings and Canadian art work.
Incredible restaurants abound in Whistler, with a wide choice of stylish places to eat out. Booking in advance is strongly recommended for many of the best restaurants in the village, which are incredibly popular, especially during peak season.
Combine style with cuisine in Courmayeur, well known for its gastronomic excellence and range of swanky restaurants. This stylish ski resort is home to some of the best food in the Alps. We highly recommend the elegant Al Torchi restaurant, part of the Hotel Scoiattolo. Inghams guests can upgrade locally to eat at this restaurant specialising in typical Aostan dishes.
The lovely, cobbled centre is home to a range of high end shops including Guichardaz, Moncler, and Courmayeur 105 which offers a fine selection of luxury Italian brands. You’ll also find many famous perfumeries selling an extraordinary selection of boutique and luxury fragrances.
Courmayeur’s sophistication extends to its nightlife. The resort is inundated with ultra-cool lounges, famous cocktail bars, and chic night clubs, many of which stretch out along the refined Via Roma, at the heart of the resort.
Let us not forget the incredible skiing too. A stylish example of modern architecture, and a marvel of engineering, the Skyway Monte Bianco cable car opened in 2015 and whisks skiers to the boarder with France and some of the best off-piste in Europe.