The harsh winter knocks on our doors, but with it comes one of the sports most loved by many: skiing. Europe has great white stations that have nothing to envy to Aspen in the United States or Mont Tremblant in Canada and where famous people and many Hollywood actors spend their vacations. Moreover, several films have been shot in the Alps mountain range showing impressive views with vertiginous mountains. 

Luxury hotels, Michelin restaurants and spas with the best treatments mean that among the following selection of exclusive destinations to enjoy the snow are those preferred by Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Emma Watson, Chiara Ferragni, Lady Gaga and Prince William with Kate Middleton.

St. Moritz

In St. Moritz you can enjoy horseback riding through the Engadine Valley. 

In St. Moritz, in the Upper Engadine, at 1,856 m above sea level, the number of sunny days is well above average. 154 years ago, the hotelier Johannes Badrutt made a risky bet with English holidaymakers: he promised them a mild sun in the Engadine in midwinter. Badrutt won and St. Moritz became one of the most exclusive winter sports destinations in the world. Indeed, the winter sportsman has at his disposal 350 kilometers of slopes with a very modern infrastructure.

On the mountain next to St. Moritz, Corviglia, are some of the steepest starting slopes in Switzerland, reaching close to 100% on the Piz Nair wall. In the Cresta Run, the pilots launch a skeleton sled into the ice channel. Cross-country ski lovers can use a network of routes of about 200 kilometers perfectly marked in the Engadin. The amusement park for lovers of snowboarding, curling and altitude training completes the variety of winter sports that can be practiced in this ski resort.

The Carlton Hotel is one of the favorites of the ‘celebrities’. 

Celebrities who visit St. Moritz usually arrive by private plane. We are talking about George Clooney, the British singer Robbie Williams and the supermodel Claudia Schiffer, who have been joined by Lady Gaga and Adam Driver after filming several sequences of the film The Gucci House in this spectacular landscape. And it is that, in life, Maurizio Gucci owned four chalets in Saint Moritz. In fact, his widow, Patrizia Reggiani, fell out with him on numerous occasions because Maurizio did not want to give any of the resorts to their two daughters, Alessandra and Allegra.

To stay like these celebrities, and maybe run into them, the best options are the Carlton Hotel and Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. The first, located on top of Lake St. Moritz, has 60 rooms and suites of up to 160 square meters with heated terraces and incredible views of the mountains that hosted two editions of the Winter Olympics. In addition, paying homage to the historical past of the place as a spa due to its medicinal waters, discovered 3000 years ago, the hotel has a spa with the best treatments. Its restaurant, Da Vittorio, is another of the great attractions of this hotel, which also organizes torchlight sleigh rides and horseback riding through the Engadine valley.

The indoor swimming pool of the Badrutt Palace hotel.

Legendary, without a doubt, is Badrutt’s Palace, with 156 elegant rooms and suites, all with impressive views of the lake or the center of this Swiss town. Historically, they organized dances for the jet set, and even on one occasion an elephant welcomed the aristocrats who used to spend their holidays in this hotel, also famous for its après ski, the aesthetic treatments it offers and the exquisite dishes of its Chesa Veglia restaurant. 

One of the latest hotspots is the Kulm Hotel, with two high-level fusion restaurants, The K by Mauro Colagreco and the Sunny Bar by Claudia Canessa. Tourist attractions, such as the leaning tower, the remains of the church of San Mauricio –whose origins date back to the year 1500–, or the Segantini Museum, complete this visit to St. Moritz that is sure to be unforgettable.

Gstaad

Le Petit Chalet, a charming restaurant in the Le Grand Bellevue complex .

Many years ago Gstaad was a small, virtually unknown town located near the Swiss town of Saanen. However, when the train from Montreux arrived in 1905, hotels began to be built and eight years later it became the winter refuge of Belgian King Albert I, who fell in love with the region, as did many English aristocrats and actors, such as Julie Andrews, who referred to Gstaad as “the last paradise in a crazy world” (the last paradise in a crazy world).

In the following decades, this ski resort became the favorite of Greek royalty, the House of Savoy and personalities such as Jackie Kennedy, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, actors Roger Moore and Elizabeth Taylor, singers David Bowie and Bono and the jewelers Chopard and Cartier. The reason? 200 kilometers of slopes at a height of up to 3,000 meters, as well as several snow parks and numerous toboggan runs.

Hotel Gstaad Palace exterior.

Winter hikers have a network of 185 kilometers of trails and can also go glacier skiing or from a helicopter.

To fully enjoy the landscape of this Swiss canton, nothing like the chalets of the Grand Bellevue hotel, which also has suites and even a private cinema, as well as an exclusive lounge for après ski and a restaurant that delights guests and clients. VIP.

Courchevel

Landscape with views of Courchevel.

This ski paradise located in the French Alps, in the Tarentaise valley, Savoie, is part of Les Trois Vallées, the largest ski area in the world, with more than 600 kilometers of interconnected ski slopes reaching 1,747 meters Tall. It is also the only French winter resort to have six constructions registered as historical monuments in France, with five as the most outstanding of 20th-century mountain architecture.

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