- Courchevel, France
Caviar, Cristal, Chanel-monogrammed ski lifts; Courvechel is the winter home to lovers of the glam life. The pistes are well-groomed, the pavements are heated and the place is littered with Michelin-starred restaurants and more than 100 designer boutiques.
YOU’LL LOVE: Azimut, the Michelin-star restaurant in the heart of the resort. You can tuck into the traditional tartiflette, while taking in mountain views.
- Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Cortina d’Ampezzo, the 1000 year-old town surrounded by the Dolomites – a UNESCO world heritage site – in the Southern Alps is as lavish as it gets. It’s also rich with culture, so you can ski between the bunkers and trenches at Col di Lana, the open-air history museum that was once a World War One battleground. It’s also the winter rendezvous point for famous faces like George Clooney and Naomi Campbell. Try not to gawk.
YOU’LL LOVE: The orange-pink glow cast over the Dolomites at sunset. Warm up afterwards with a thick Italian-style hot chocolate on the terrace of Rifugio Scoiattoli.
3. Kitzbühel, Austria
A medieval town once famous for mining copper and silver, Kitzbühel boasts breath-taking views of the Kitzbühel Alps and the Wilder Kaiser mountains. Crowds flock to the picturesque town in January for the annual Hahnenkamm downhill race, thought to be one of the most challenging downhill slopes in the world, so get ready for some serious people watching.
YOU’LL LOVE: The high-fortressed city walls at night. Kitzbühel is known as the most beautiful ski town in Europe for a reason, so your every snap will be regrammed.
4. Gstaad, Switzerland
Surrounded by mountains in the Saanen valley, Gstaad has been home away from home to authors, artists and iconic silver-screen stars – the name is Bond, James Bond – for years. Picture postcard-worthy Swiss scenery, fairy-light streets lined with designer boutiques and traffic-free towns. You couldn’t have asked for a better backdrop.
YOU’LL LOVE: The Six Senses Spa at The Alpina, which has an impressive 12 treatment rooms as well as a yoga studio and juice bar. After you’re done snapping the sensory pods and ice showers, challenge yourself to the Silent Retreat. It’s the perfect pit-stop for skiers seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of the slopes. You’ll have to wear a bracelet letting the world know you’ve taken a vow of silence. If anyone asks, you did it for the ‘gram.