Deciding on which ski resort to stay at on your trip can be tricky, so why not enlist the help of the rich and famous? Many celebrities love to ski and there is no greater hallmark of quality than if somewhere that is favoured by A-list celebrities. Not only does it validate the resort, but it also means that you might well bump into a famous singer or actor during your stay! (Just remember to play it cool). |
Here are a few resorts that I know have been frequented by celebrities and the reasons that they like them.
- William and Kate - Pippa Middleton - Posh & Becks - Ranulph Fiennes - Roman Abramovich - Jeremy Paxman
Clearly, you are in good company if you select Courchevel 1850, as this is favoured by some huge names and some of Britain’s most loved celebs. The famous resort in the French Alps is part of Les Trois Vallees (the largest linked ski areas in the world), so you really are spoilt for choice on the slopes regardless of your skill level.
Courchevel 1850 is not just a great choice for skiing, however. It is bursting at the seams with Michelin-starred restaurants, swanky cocktail bars, high-end shopping and the type of chalet catered accommodation you would expect to see in a James Bond film. This creates an amazing atmosphere, particularly under the stars at night. Glitz, glamour and 600km of pristine pistes awaits here. No wonder this place is a magnet for A-listers.
- Jamie Oliver - Bono - Billy Piper
Located in the beautiful Savoie area of south-east France, this spectacular resort is famed for its natural beauty, high-quality skiing and a pulsating après scene. Many celebrities arrive to take advantage of its links to the neighbouring Tignes area (they combine for 300km of pistes), whilst others (and many Brits) choose this resort for the fun once the sun goes down.
There are dozens of great pubs, bars and clubs to choose from so there is always somewhere to go no matter what mood you are in. With Jamie Oliver as a frequent visitor to Val d'Isere, you may have guessed that it also has a superb dining scene. After a tough day of shredding powder, you are spoilt for choice with many resort and mountain restaurants serving tantalising cuisine within luxury settings. The skiing, cool atmosphere, fun nightlife and glamour around the resort make it very popular with the rich and famous.
- Emma Watson - Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Brigitte Bardot (in her time!) - Natalie Imbruglia - Posh & Becks - The Middletons
Many A-listers head to the French resort of Meribel ever since Brigitte Bardot was snapped on the slopes back in the 1960s. It is a good choice, as it is right in the centre of Les Trois Vallees so it boasts some of the best skiing on the planet against a stunning backdrop. It also can be very secluded and private, which is perfect for celebs who are looking to escape their public lifestyle on holiday. It is quieter than many of the other resorts around the region due to the lack of hotels – this means that it is largely comprised of luxury chalets that provide plenty of comfort.
There are many inviting bars and restaurants, but even these can be quieter and more peaceful than places like Courchevel, for example. So if you are looking for some peace and quiet with your skiing in a picturesque setting, you will want to book into chalet catered accommodation at Meribel.
Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has been helping avid skiers and hikers craft their perfect winter holiday for over a quarter of a century. If you're planning a winter break in a skichalet, catered or self catering options from Ski Amis in the Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley are perfect for winter sports fans searching for the holiday of a lifetime.
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