Everyone from the likes of royalty to Kennedy head north for the winter to take their turns on some of the poshest pistes in the world. Après–ski is a lifestyle, darling. But chances are you’ll never run into Will and Kate or Madonna in the snow. Oh no, they only ski at the finest and most exclusive spots. Come on, did you really think they’d share fondue with commoners? Click through to see where the chicest get their chalet on.
Ah, Aspen, the closest thing to the see-and-be-seen Swiss Alps here in America. Between turns in the snow, A-listers warm up at the members-only Caribou Club and even spot young Kennedys getting arrested. How glam!
Despite its well-publicized bankruptcy and its founder’s time in prison (drama!), the Yellowstone Club in Montana remains one of the hottest (or should we say coolest?) ski resorts in the world. A playground for Old Boy wealthies, CEOs, and Justin Timberlake, it provides privacy and luxury to anyone who can afford that initial fee of $300,000. Can you?
Michelin-starred eateries await the Euro glamazons and pop stars who frequent this French destination. Chalets for the week may run you over $50,000, but the caviar and Cristal keeps flowing.
A favorite of the British royal family, Klosters was the spot Will and Kate first puckered up for the paparazzi. Princess Diana loved to party at Casa Antica nightclub, and Prince Charles has made frequent romps in the snow there.
Some of Hollywood’s finest flock to Deer Valley for a run in the snow. Sure, Utah may seem out of the way, but the annual Sundance Film Festival manages to draw in the big names. And what’s better than a post-ski movie or two?
A little less ostentatious, but all the more luxurious, the Alpine escape of Lech Zürs combines two exclusive ski villages in Austria, boasting a massive collection of 4 and 5-star hotels. Was that the Princess of Monaco who just flew by? Yes, yes it was.
The go-to destination for jet setters and fashion folk, Gstaad boasts a literal palace where socialites can stay and play. The annual ASMALLWORLD Winter Weekend, which has hosted everyone from Adrien Brody to Carey Mulligan, proves just that.
The oldest winter holiday spot in the world, Switzerland’s St. Moritz is a classic show-off destination, where you can take in the “champagne climate” among Trumps and Russian billionaires. Hmmm…
The Italian Alps don’t always get the attention they deserve, but perhaps that’s a good thing. Cortina d’Ampezzo is surrounded by the famous Dolomites, which provide a scenic backdrop for your snowy activities unlike anywhere else in the world. Adapt to the Italian way of life by strolling along the Corso Italia, and keeping an eye out for plenty of expensive racing cars. Hey, if it’s good enough for Bardot…
Written by Stephanie Maida
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