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US Overtakes France as Top Ski Destination

US Overtakes France as Top Ski Destination

The United States overtook France to become the world’s top destination during the northern hemisphere winter ski season, thanks to a spate of bad weather, a French ski body has said.

Over the winter, France suffered a three percent fall in visitors, compared with a year earlier, putting it in second place behind the United States, while Austria took third place.

“We remain top in Europe,” insisted Laurent Reynaud of Domaines Skiables de France (DSF), a professional body which groups 238 ski lift operators across the country.

For several years, France and the United States have been vying for the top spot, which has been determined by levels of snowfall in the two countries.

Since the winter of 2008-2009, France has taken the top spot four times.

But during the winter season, its ranking slipped as a result of “a very difficult start (to the season) due to a lack of snow at low and medium altitudes, followed by changeable weather which disrupted operating conditions,” DSF said.

At the same time, visitor numbers jumped on the US West coast when compared with the previous winter when conditions had been very dry.

In France, tourist numbers have fallen across the board in recent months, notably in the wake of a wave of deadly Islamist attacks. Official figures show that in the first six months of 2016, the number of tourists visiting France fell by seven percent.

Meydan One project

Dubai to build world’s largest indoor ski slope (again)

Meydan One project

Dubai, the Gulf emirate best known for its extravagant projects and scorching temperatures, announced Tuesday it would build the world’s largest indoor ski resort, with a 1.2-kilometre run.

DUBAI: LAND OF THE TALLEST, LARGEST AND THE MOSTS

Dubai’s current indoor ski resort, opened in 2005 in the Mall of the Emirates, remains the largest in the world, according to the Guinness World Records website, boasting a 400-metre (yard) slope.

indoor skiing facility of Dubai

The slope runs year-round, despite summer temperatures in Dubai that can top 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit).

The new covered ski resort comes as part of a scheme dubbed Meydan One, also to include the world’s tallest residential tower at 711 metres (2,333 feet), a dancing fountain sweeping up to 420 meters (1,378 feet), a vast shopping centre, a 350-room hotel and a marina.

Estimated to cost of up to 25 billion dirhams ($6.8 billion), the project is to extend from the Meydan race track in the desert to Burj Khalifa.

Ski Dubai

The first phase of the project, eventually to house up to 78,000 residents, should be completed in the next five years, in time for the UAE’s hosting of World Expo 2020, according to its promoters.

With its reputation as a liberal city in a conservative environment, Dubai has become a business and financial hub attracting businesses and expatriates seeking to establish themselves in the Middle East.

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The emirate, which has also emerged as a tourist destination, last year logged 13.2 million visitors, and aims for 20 million tourists by 2020.

Park City Mountain Resort

Plans afoot to build largest ski resort in the US

Park City Mountain Resort

Utah is set to become home to the largest ski resort in the US, with a $50 million injection that will include a high-speed, two-way gondola that connects Park City Mountain Resort and the slopes of Canyons Resort.

In total, that means that skiers will have access to more than 7,300 acres of terrain.

The project is being called “one of the most ambitious and impactful plans undertaken at any resort in US ski history” by parent company and mountain resort operator Vail Resorts.

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If the plan receives regulatory approval, the money would first go towards building an “Interconnect Gondola,” an eight-passenger ride that would start at the base of Park City at Silverlode Lift, going to the Flatiron Lift at Canyons.

Existing lifts would be upgraded to increase passenger capacity and reduce crowding. Money would also go towards expanding and upgrading resort restaurants with increased seating as well as improving maintenance and upgrades to snowmaking equipment.

The project is scheduled to be complete for the 2015-2016 ski season.

Under the new scheme, the unified resort would be named ‘Park City Mountain Resort’ and the Canyons base area renamed ‘Canyons at Park City.’

Banff Springs

Luxurious ski resorts for non-skiers

Banff Springs

Luxury  are increasingly recognizing that winter doesn’t belong just to snow bunnies by launching innovative new activities — think snow paragliding and igloo building — for their non-skiing guests.

For couples who have a hard time reconciling one person’s ski needs and the other person’s aversion to frozen toes and broken limbs, online booking site Trivago has curated a list of some of the most luxurious hotels that double as wintry fairylands and offer a variety of activities.

The Omni Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia, USA

The Omni Homestead

While your partner heads out to carve snow, take a soak in the outdoor, adult-only hot springs at The Omni Homestead tucked into the Allegheny Mountains. The property, which has hosted 22 US presidents, sits on the largest private hot springs in Virginia. Once you’re sufficiently warm and toasty, head over to the on-site movie theater. Other activities include ice skating, snow tubing, and snowmobile tours.

Les Airelles, Courchevel, France

Les Airelles

Famed for its world-class skiing, the village of Courchevel 1850 is part of Les Trois Vallees, the largest ski area in the world. At Hotel de Charme Les Airelles, adventure seekers can explore the area by horse, snowmobile, snowshoe, or even helicopter.

Guests in search of peace and solitude can read a book quietly in the library, or warm up by the fireplace, while gastronomes can look forward to Michelin-grade fare at Pierre Gagnaire for Les Airelles.

The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Banff Springs

It’s called Canada’s ‘Castle in the Rockies,’ for good reason. Guests have a slew of winter sports activities to choose from at the stunning, 19th century property, including canyon ice walking, dog sledding, ice fishing, and the very Canadian sport of curling. Thaw out at Banff’s hot springs or at the hotel’s mineral pool and pulsating waterfalls.

The Cambrian, Adelboden, Switzerland

The Cambrian

Contemporary and minimal in design with cowhide accents and luxury furnishings from B&B Italia, Porada and Knoll International, all rooms are equipped with a flatscreen TV, DVD player, wifi. Non-ski activities include snow tubing, winter hiking, igloo-building, ice climbing, night sledding, and even snow paragliding.

St. Regis Aspen Resort, Aspen, Colorado, USA

St Regis Aspen Resort

One of St. Regis’s biggest non-ski assets is its Remede Spa, which holds the distinction of being named best spa in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine. After a tiring day on the slopes or snowshoes, guests can try out their innovative new treatment, the Farm-to-Massage-Table, an interesting twist on the gastronomic farm-to-table trend.

Like its culinary predecessor, the ‘FTMT’ concept uses locally-sourced and natural ingredients in its treatment. Bibliophiles can also catch up on their reading and curl up with a book and a glass of wine at the hotel’s newly built library.

Cristallo Spa & Golf, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Cristallo Spa and Golf

About two hours from Venice, in the Dolomites mountain range, sits the Cristallo Spa and Golf, a luxury resort that’s also renowned for its world-class spa that includes everything from anti-jet lag facial treatments and Lomi Lomi massage, characterized by slow, winding movements that evoke the rippling of waves for long-lasting relaxation. The hotel is also located near the Olympic bobsleigh track for non-skiing thrill seekers.

Montage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah, USA

Montage Deer Valley

Montage Deer Valley only opened in 2010 but has already amassed a string of accolades from travel publications like CN Traveler and Travel + Leisure in categories like best hotel, spa and resort.

This winter season, activities include cross-country ski, snowshoeing, tubing, ice-skating, snowmobiling, dog sledding, fly fishing and train rides. Guests can also visit nearby Utah Olympic Park to watch top athletes train in Nordic jumping, bobsled, luge and skeleton.

Four Seasons Whistler, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

Four Seasons Whistler

As the largest ski resort in North America, the Four Seasons Whistler has earned itself a solid reputation among ski bunnies.

But aside from skiing and snowboarding, the luxury resort offers another activity that’s not exactly synonymous with winter: golf. On the 18th green, putters will be met with a PGA pro, board a private helicopter to fly 8,000 feet (2,438 m), and undertake a glacier tee-off from the 19th hole.

With tips from your personal PGA golf coach, participants get set to make their longest drive and slam their biodegradable golf ball into the abyss of the wintry Canadian mountain range.

Val Thorens ski resort

Val Thorens in France named world’s best ski resort

For the second year in a row, the highest ski resort in Europe and the largest ski area in the world, Val Thorens in France, has been named the World’s Best Ski Resort.

At the second edition of the World Ski Awards, held at A-Rosa Kitzbuhel in Austria over the weekend, Val Thorens took the coveted title, as voted by executives, travel buyers, tour operators, media and consumers.

The World Ski Awards are organized by the same group that holds the World Travel Awards, pitched as the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry.

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Val Thorens ski resort

Other big winners of the night include the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City Utah, US, which was named the World’s Best Ski Hotel; Canada’s Bighorn in Revelstoke, British Columbia, which was named World’s Best Ski Chalet, and the InterContinental Davos in Switzerland, which took the title of World’s Best New Ski Hotel 2014.

The win came on the same weekend the ski resort opened its doors for the winter season, which started November 22 and stretches until May 10.

The opening also follows a major €40 million upgrade to ski lifts and slopes, including the construction of the highest zipwire in Europe.

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Val Thorens ski resort France

Also new this year is the opening of a Club Med-affiliated village, the Val Thorens Sensations, a contemporary 800-bed village.

As the world capital of ski cross, Val Thorens will also be hosting two World Cup events this season in addition to debuting an expanded program offering that will include freestyle, freeride, telemark, splitboard and even ice diving activities.

With more than 600 km of runs, 99 percent of which is situated above 2,000 meters, Val Thorens in the French Alps is also located at the highest point of the 3 Vallees, offering sweeping views of more than 100 Alpine summits spanning France, Switzerland and Italy.

Val Thorens

Here are the major winners of the World Ski Awards 2014

World’s Best Ski Resort 2014: Val Thorens (France)
World’s Best Ski Hotel 2014: Stein Eriksen Lodge (USA)
World’s Best New Ski Hotel 2014: InterContinental Davos (Switzerland)
World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2014: The Vale Niseko (Japan)
World’s Best Ski Chalet 2014: Bighorn, Revelstoke (Canada)
World’s Best New Ski Chalet 2014: Chalet Quezac (France)
World’s Best Ski Resort Company 2014: Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel
World’s Best Ski Tour Operator 2014: Crystal Ski

For the full list of regional winners visit worldskiawards.com.

Elemental Adventures yacht

Go heli-skiing from a boat this winter

Elemental Adventures yacht

What’s cooler than getting dropped off by helicopter on a pure-powder peak in a remote corner of the icy north in winter?

Boarding the heli from a boat, of course! And watching the boat diminish in size as you ascend far above the ocean into the mountains… We’ve found several companies that will give you the adventure of a lifetime.

The heli perched on the aft deck, Elemental Adventure takes groups aboard luxury power yachts through the protected inland waterways of Alaska, British Columbia and Greenland.

With the yacht as a luxury mobile home base, the possibilities go far beyond fresh powder, for the company website says it’s possible to ski unexplored terrain.

An all-inclusive charter for eight to 12 guests starts at an estimated €40,000 per day.

Those who wish for a sailboat may prefer Viking Heliskiing of Iceland. They accept groups of between two and eight persons to troll the formidably tall fjords on their schooner in the Troll Peninsula, then ferry clients to shore, where the heli awaits.

Safety training, ski equipment and meals are included and the package offers the opportunity for sea hunting and angling aboard the schooner. Prices start at €11,600 for six days and vary according to tour length.

Those who like the idea of the boat but less so the helicopter may wish to head out on Heliski Greenland‘s three-masted, 56-meter herring luggar that’s been refurbished into a passenger schooner.

It can accommodate as many as 34 passengers in its 17 two-person cabins and its common areas are spacious.

The ship sails for eight days, weaving in and out of the fjords, starting and finishing in Maniitsoq, where a charter plane flies the passengers from Copenhagen.

Rates start at €4,350 per person for a private group of six to eight people.

If all this sounds just fantastic but a bit pricey, Bergmann Mountain Guides of Iceland offers their Ski to the Sea Schooner Skiing Adventure, which, like Heliskiing Greenland’s schooner tour, does not involve a helicopter.

The schooner sails in the Arctic Circle, where summer skiing under the midnight sun is possible.

Rates start at €1,850 per person for a maximum of eight participants.

JC de Castelbajac ski suit

Rossignol X Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

JC de Castelbajac ski suit

French fashion designer Jean-Charles De Castelbajac has teamed up with Rossignol to design a new collection of looks for style-conscious skiers.

The latest  and Rossignol ski wear line includes tribal motifs and vibrant colors for female skiers (pink, green, yellow, blue, white, black) and solids for the men.

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JC de Castelbajac ski wear collection

There is a full-body Lycra ski suit (€300) to keep the chill off while whizzing down the mountainside, as well as a puffy down miniskirt (€160) that’s sure to make an impression on the slopes or at the lodge.

Slim pants (€550) are also an option, for a cool and laid-back look.

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JC de Castelbajac miniskirt

JC de Castelbajac has also given a makeover to Rossignol’s ultra-lightweight Thinsulate Platinium jackets (€950) — which combine thinness, warmth and protection — and to the brand’s down coats (€900).

Masif Pass ski resort

North Korea opens new luxury ski resort

A US-based tour company is launching special ski packages to North Korea.

Masif Pass ski resort

Just weeks after a ski resort in North Korea opened to the public January 1, Uri Tours has launched five and seven-day ski holidays to the Masik Pass Skiing Grounds, billed as “the most exotic skiing destination on earth.”

ski grounds North Korea

So far, the tour operator has received bookings from six Americans, who will be among the first foreigners to hit the North Korean slopes this winter.

Nocturnal skiing North Korea

Originally scheduled to be unveiled in October, the resort experienced a series of setbacks, notably after being slapped with UN sanctions over the purchase of Swiss chair lifts. The ski lifts currently in place are from China.

Restaurant Masif Pass Ski resort

The ski packages, meanwhile, include access to the resort’s nine ski runs and four chairlifts. Getting to the top of the Masik Pass at 1,360 m (4,461 feet) requires taking three separate chair lifts and takes up to 40 minutes.

Indoor pool Masik Pass Ski resort

Here are a few other interesting resort specs:

-The total resort area is 1,412 hectares.
-All slopes combined have a total length of 110,000 meters.
-Slope widths vary from 40 – 120 meters.
-The maximum slope is 39.8 degrees.
-The resort has 120 rooms.
-A day-long ski lift pass is 25 euros (included in the package).
-Resort amenities include a lap pool, fitness center, massage, sauna, billiards and hair salon.

Hotel lobby Masik Pass Ski resort

Rates range between $1,895 for doubles and $2,850 for singles.

Masik Pass Ski resort bedroom

Moncler Grenoble Haute Montagne

Moncler launches new performance ski wear

Moncler Grenoble Haute Montagne

The luxury winterwear label has announced a new exclusive performance collection, the ‘Haute Montagne – Ski Resort Exclusive’ line for Moncler Grenoble.

Named after the company’s home city (although founded in Grenoble, the skiwear label is now based in Milan), Moncler’s Grenoble line celebrates “high-end skiwear which can also be used for the city.”

Set to launch on December 6 at Moncler boutiques in high-end resorts in North America and Europe, the ‘Haute Montagne – Ski Resort Exclusive‘ capsule collection doesn’t disappoint.

Two white and red outfits feature down jackets in lightweight technical nylon, coated with a special waterproof treatment, as well as nylon pants (constructed with 16% spandex for sporty stretch).

The pieces will also appear with luxe custom labels. Prices start at €455 for the women’s trousers, and €495 for the men’s ski pant, rising to €895 for the women’s jacket and €1,000 for the men’s.

You can pick up the pieces at Moncler stores in Cortina, Courmayeur, Crans Montana, St. Moritz, Chamonix, Courchevel, Verbier, Zermatt, Kitzbühel, Megève, Gstaad and Aspen.

Recon Snow2 HUD

Head-Up Display Brings Ski Goggles Into the Future

Recon Snow2 HUD

Recon Instruments has just unveiled its new and improved heads-up display (HUD), allowing wearers to see maps, speed, temperature, and playlists all while carving up the mountain.

Snow2 also captures vertical descents, jump airtime, navigation, and distance using a built-in precision GPS and an integrated suite of sensors. In other words, you’ll always know just how fast you’re going, how many jumps you took, and how much ground you’re covering.

The built-in GPS enables full resort navigation, and when paired with a compatible Android or iOS device, you’ll have real-time tracking delivered direct-to-eye. Also, when pairing with a smartphone, the device allows you to read texts, view a call display and access your music player controls.

The Recon Snow2 is actually the brand’s fourth-generation HUD — but this model has been designed to fit into goggles from leading brands such as Oakley, Smith, Scott, Uvex, Apina, Birko, and Zeal. Plus Recon is offering a standalone unit that comes preintegrated in a pair of goggles and isn’t removable.

Snow2 comes equipped with a dual-core processor that the company says is three times more powerful than its predecessor and a more efficient battery that lasts about 35 percent longer. Snow2 now has a dedicated graphics processing unit providing enhanced brightness and contrast and increased screen readability. What’s more, it comes with wifi connectivity.

Snow2 sells for $399 and is available at Apple.com and in Apple retail stores worldwide as well as specialty ski and snowboard retailers in partnership with Smith, Oakley and Zeal.

Louis Vuitton Courchevel

Louis Vuitton Opens Pop-up Store in Courchevel

Louis Vuitton will open a pop-up store in the ultra-chic Courchevel ski resort this season, from this December 13 to April 6, 2014.

Louis Vuitton Courchevel

The temporary boutique at Courchevel Village 1850, with decor inspired by the region’s signature chalet style, will showcase items from the latest Louis Vuitton collections. Shoppers will find luggage and bags, ready-to-wear apparel, shoes, accessories, watches and jewelry from the prestigious brand.

LV Courchevel

The store will offer some of the very latest Louis Vuitton creations, including the Capucines bag available in pastel colors or in vison and the Lockit bracelet in white gold and diamonds.

St Regis Aspen Resort

The Top 10 Ski Resorts in North America for 2014

St Regis Aspen Resort

Colorado has emerged as the top ski destination in the US according to readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine, who gave the St. Regis Aspen Resort top marks for its ”gilded age” grandeur, butler service and stunning setting.

St Regis Aspen Shadow Mountain Lounge

In the latest edition of the publication’s best places to ski in North America ranking, all 20 resorts are found in the US, more than half of which are in Colorado. Canada was conspicuously snubbed this year.

St Regis Aspen Library

Located steps from the Aspen slopes, the top ski destination in the US leapfrogged its way spectacularly to the top spot from 45th place last year, thanks to a stunning renovation by award-winning interior designer Lauren Rottet, designed to evoke ‘mountain sunsets’ and sumptuous, ‘gilded’ glamour.

St Regis Aspen Deluxe King Guest Room

Central to the St. Regis Aspen Resort  is its premium spa and fine dining services. In collaboration with Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chef awards, the hotel launched a Chefs Club that features a rotating roster of award winners to develop their menu.

St. Regis Aspen Resort Chefs Club

Its newly opened Italian restaurant Trecento Quindici Decano is also helmed by chef David Viviano. The starting rate for double rooms in December is $759.

St Regis Aspen tub

Here are the Top 10 US resorts according to Condé Nast Traveler readers this year:

1. St. Regis Aspen Resort, Colorado
2. Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creak Mountain, Avon, CO
3. Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge, Telluride, CO
4. Lumiere Telluride, Telluride, CO
5. Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa, Lake Placid, New York
6. Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
7. St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City, Utah
8. Four Seasons Resort Vail, Vail, CO
9. Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, Tahoe, CA
10. Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe, Vermont

St Regis Aspen outdoor pool

Val Thorens

List of the best ski resorts around the world

Val Thorens

At the inaugural World Ski Awards held in Kitzbuhel, Austria, Val Thorens ski resort in France (and the largest ski area in the world!) was named the ultimate ski destination.

Other big winners include Canada’s Bighorn in Revelstoke, British Columbia, which took the title of World’s Best Ski Chalet; Aurelio Lech in Austria, named the World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel; and the Ritz-Carlton in Bachelor Gulch in Colorado, which was named the World’s Best Ski Hotel.

Votes were cast by senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media professionals in the ski and tourism industry.

With more than 600 km of runs, 99 percent of which is situated above 2,000 meters, Val Thorens in the French Alps is also located at the highest point of the 3 Vallees, offering skiers exceptional views of more than 100 Alpine summits spanning France, Switzerland and Italy.

Ski slopes are literally at skiers’ front doorsteps, while the village includes more than 100 bars and restaurants. Apres-ski activities include bowling and jazz or classical music concerts.

Aside from carving snow, guests can also try paragliding, extreme ice driving, snowmobiling, mountain biking on the slopes, and tobogganing down the longest toboggan run in France.

Here are a few other regional winners from the World Ski Awards:

Andorra’s Best Ski Resort 2013: Vallnord

Argentina’s Best Ski Resort 2013: Cerro Castor

Australia’s Best Ski Resort 2013: Perisher

Austria’s Best Ski Resort 2013: Kitzbühel

Bulgaria’s Best Ski Resort 2013: Bansko

Canada’s Best Ski Resort 2013: Lake Louise

Chile’s Best Ski Resort 2013: Portillo

Finland’s Best Ski Resort 2013: Ruka

France’s Best Ski Resort 2013: Val Thorens

Germany’s Best Ski Resort 2013: Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Italy’s Best Ski Resort 2013: Cortina d’Ampezzo

Japan’s Best Ski Resort 2013: Niseko

New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort 2013: Treble Cone

Norway’s Best Ski Resort 2013: Trysil

Russia’s Best Ski Resort 2013: Krasnaya Polyana

Slovenia’s Best Ski Resort 2013: Kranjska Gora

South Korea’s Best Ski Resort 2013: YongPyong

Sweden’s Best Ski Resort 2013: Åre

Switzerland’s Best Ski Resort 2013: LAAX

United States’ Best Ski Resort 2013: Deer Valley Resort

For the full list, visit http://worldskiawards.com.

Revelstoke British Columbia

Chabichou Courchevel 1850

Top 5 spas for après-ski luxury

Chabichou Courchevel 1850

After a hard day on the slopes, nothing beats an après-ski spa treatment. Here are a few of the world’s best luxury hotels and spas that will surely hit the spot.

Bagni di Bormio Spa Resort, Bormio – Italy

Bagni di Bormio Spa Resort

A spa town since Roman times, Bormio is home to the five-star Grand Bagni Nuovi, which first opened as a spa resort in 1836. Along with Murano glass chandeliers and art nouveau flourishes, the hotel features a gorgeous 5,500-square-meter spa, where a hydro-massage bath is fed with thermal water.

Facilities include open-air baths, Jacuzzis, saunas, and a Turkish bath, and a full menu of treatments from detox facials to enzymatic gommage.

bagnidibormio.it

Victoria-Jungrau Grand Hotel & Spa Interlaken – Switzerland

Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel

This five-star alpine hotel, featuring two spas, opened in 1856 and is in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, gateway to the Wengen (birthplace of downhill skiing), Grindelwald, and Mürren.

Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel and Spa

One spa features more than 30 Espa treatments, involving Eastern-inspired techniques, while the Sensai Select spa offers treatments designed by the Japanese company Kaneba. The spas are connected by a huge pool with hot tubs and a spa café for juices and teas.

victoria-jungfrau.ch

Le Chabichou Courchevel 1850 – France

Chabichou Courchevel 1850

This 42-room alpine retreat in Courchevel 1850 is nestled right on the piste and easily connects visitors to the entire Trois Vallées ski area. The spa, Cha’Banya, a subterranean wellness center built under the ski slope features a huge pool, a hammam, Polar bath, ice fountain, and salt grotto.

chabichou-courchevel.com

The Green Leaf Niseko – Village Hirafu – Japan

The Green Leaf Niseko

Nestled at the base of Mount An’nupuri in Japan, the 200-room Green Leaf Niseko Village features ski-in/ ski-out access to powder slopes as well as a gorgeous spa. Included is an open-air bath fed by a clear mineral spring that is cooled to about 104F (40C). Spa treatments include everything from acupressure to Ayurveda and specialty treatments such as the Rubber Neck bamboo tapping massage.

thegreenleafhotel.com

Fairmont Mont Tremblant Resort in Mont Tremblant – Quebec, Canada

fairmont tremblant

This ski-in/ski-out resort features 314 rooms and a lush spa features two outdoor Jacuzzis and a therapeutic hot tub, a dry sauna, steam bath, and a heated indoor pool. The spa menu includes an 80-minute remineralizing clay massage and a glass of champagne.

fairmont.com/tremblant

Hot new luxury ski resort openings for 2013

L'Apogee Courchevel

They’re among the most anticipated ski resort openings of 2013: a 5-star chalet set in the French Alps, the first alpine property out of the W hotel chain, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s “world-class” ski resort. Here are a few of the most luxurious ski resort properties opening up in the next few months

L’Apogée Courchevel

Courchevel 1850, France – Opening date: December 11

L'Apogee Courchevel room

A new luxury hotel is set to open in one of the most prestigious skiing destinations in the French Alps. With 53 suites, a penthouse and a five-star chalet that comes with a private chef and butler, L’Apogée Courchevel is located atop the Jardin Alpin, described as the prettiest spot in Courchevel 1850.

Amenities include a restaurant helmed by a Michelin-starred chef, a champagne bar, spa, Jacuzzi, indoor pool, on-site hairdresser, ski-in and ski-out facilities and the largest kids club in the area.

www.lapogeecourchevel.com

W Verbier

Verbier, Switzerland – Opening date: December 1

W Verbier Hotel

Set within the 4 Vallées, where snow bunnies have 412 km of slopes to choose from, the opening of the W Verbier in December will mark the W hotel chain’s first alpine property.

Four, traditional chalets are connected by a contemporary glass atrium, while the gondola — which whisks skiers up mountain altitudes of 3,300 meters — is located at their doorstep.

A mix of natural and modern materials like wood and stone are used in the hotel’s 130 guest suites, which are designed to juxtapose urban New York cool, against traditional Swiss design. The restaurant, Arola, is helmed by a Michelin-starred chef who combines Spanish cuisine with Swiss flavors.

www.wverbier.com

The Chedi Andermatt

Andermatt Swiss Alps – Opening date: December 6

Chedi Andermatt Hotel Swiss Alps

Located below the Gemstock peak of the Urseren valley, Andermatt is about four hours from Munich and Stuttgart, two hours from Milan and 90 minutes from Lucerne and Zurich.

Billed as a five-star luxury resort, an artist rendering shows a soaring, multi-level, alpine-inspired property that will include a state-of-the-art spa and wellness center, pool, relaxation area, wine and cigar lounge, and après-ski bar.

Wood-paneled rooms are softened by plush textiles like velvet and throw blankets and leather sofas, while bathtubs are strategically located to offer panoramic views of the hotel’s natural surroundings.

www.thechedi-andermatt.com

Masik Pass ski resort

North Korea – Opening date: Unknown

masik pass ski resort

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is hoping to transform the Masik Pass area into a “world class” ski destination as his arch nemesis South Korea prepares to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Originally scheduled to be unveiled October 10 to coincide with the 68th anniversary of the Korean Workers’ Party, the opening has been stalled due to ambitious and unrealistic projections and sanctions that prevent the country from buying ski lifts from Switzerland.

Plans for the resort include 110 km of multi-level ski runs, a luxury hotel, heliport and cable cars.

BMW K2 M ski

BMW and K2 unveil limited-edition luxury skis

BMW K2 M ski

BMW has just released a fresh crop of limited-edition luxury skis, designed in collaboration with K2 Corporation. Among the series of new skis is the new M edition, inspired by the brand’s M line, which means they’re optimized for world-class skiers who traverse double-diamonds, not bunny slopes.

They are a hybrid of camber and rocker, to boost turnability and versatility, and based on K2’s Baseline ski, offering an edge grip that promises to be second to none.

The limited-edition blades aren’t available for purchase, but will be one of the prizes in this year’s BMW xDrive Cup, an informal winter sports competition held at various resorts around the globe.

Skiers and snowboarders can compete against one another on a variety of events and post their own SkiMovies in 10 of the 13 race locations. You can also earn badges in order to be entered into a monthly drawing for a pair of the limited M skis.

BMW also announced its BMW X1 Edition Powder Ride skis designed to match the orange and black color scheme of the brand’s new Concept K2 Powder Ride, an X1 all-wheel-drive “sports activity vehicle” that comes equipped with roof-mounted speakers and a roof rack for skis.

BMW X1 Edition Powder Ride skis

Skipark 360

Skipark 360° by C.F. Møller

Skipark 360

Sweden’s CF Møller Architects has just signed off on the new and spectacular Skipark 360°- set to be the largest indoor ski resort in the world.

The winter park will house the only indoor ski slope to meet the requirements for hosting the World Cup, measuring 700 meters long and with a drop of 160 meters.

At a height of approx. 135 m, it will be one of Sweden’s largest buildings, and will become a landmark in the forest landscape just outside Stockholm.
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