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1. Courchevel, France
Caviar, Cristal; Courvechel is the winter home to lovers of the glam life. The pistes are well-groomed, the pavements are heated and the area is littered with Michelin-starred restaurants and more than 100 designer boutiques, what more could you ask for?
YOU’LL LOVE: Azimut, the Michelin-starred restaurant in the heart of the resort where you can tuck into traditional tartiflette, while taking in the mountain views.
2. Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
Cortina d’Ampezzo, the 1,000-year-old town in the Southern Alps is as lavish as it gets. Surrounded by the Dolomites – a UNESCO world heritage site – the area is rich in culture and you can even ski between the bunkers and trenches on the Col di Lana mountain, once a World War I battleground. Cortina is also a winter hideaway for famous faces such as George Clooney and Naomi Campbell, so there’s no doubt you’ll be in great company.
YOU’LL LOVE: The orange-pink glow of the Dolomites at sunset. Warm up after a long day of skiing 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 breathtaking views of the Kitzbühel Alps and the Wilder Kaiser mountains. Crowds flock to the picturesque town in January for the annual Hahnenkamm race, thought to be one of the most challenging downhill ski slopes in the world; get ready to see some serious skiing.
YOU’LL LOVE: The old 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 a home away from home for authors, artists and iconic silver-screen stars for years. Picture postcard Swiss scenery, twinkling streets lined with designer boutiques and traffic-free zones: 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’ve finished taking surreptitious snaps of the sensory pods and ice showers, challenge yourself to the Silent Stay at the hotel. It’s perfect for weary skiers seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of the slopes. Wear a bracelet to let the world know you’ve taken a vow of silence, and you’ll go unbothered for the duration of your stay.