Time to snow: top premium ski resorts

Winter is perhaps the best time for active recreation. And, let’s all agree, it is best to do so at top ski resorts the world has to offer. Don't know which ones are better for this goal? iPREMIUM will fix this, and tell you about their advantages.

Courchevel, France

Courchevel is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and has long become a symbol of luxury winter holidays. But luxury hotels, branded boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants are not the only valuable things there. The others are luxurious scenery and excellent slopes. All the best that ski lovers can wish for is stationed here.
Courchevel is part of the combined ski area Les Trois Vallées. The resort includes six villages located at different heights: Saint-Bon, Le Praz, La Tania, Village, Moriond, Courchevel 1850 ( Courchevel 1850). Skiers are offered 150 km of excellent slopes of different difficulty levels, including special areas for beginners Easy Rider and theme parks for children. Having bought an unlimited ski pass, you can ski on the slopes of the entire Three Valleys zone, which is more than 600 km.
For greater convenience of guests, Courchevel has its own small airfield and heliport, which makes the journey much easier for ski fans. Air transfer from the airports of Lyon and Geneva will take just a few minutes.

Megeve, France

Megeve is exactly the place where you can often meet those of French bohemia, and also where one of the branches of the Rothschild dynasty lives permanently. And given that not so long ago, Megeve got awarded a membership in the club of privileged ski resorts The Best of the Alps, soon all the best of the best will gather here.

The old Alpine town is famous for its high level of service, Michelin-starred restaurants and luxury boutiques, as well as ideal slopes for guests of all skill levels.
The resort combines two ski areas: Evasion Mont-Blanc and Les Portes du Mont-Blanc. More than 200 Megeve ski slopes with a total length of about 400 km are designed for calm and comfortable skiing. The gentle slopes are ideal for beginners. But there are also interesting places for thrill-seekers, for example, the steep descent of Emile Allais in the Alpet Valley. Those who want to get off the beaten track will be able to get an unforgettable experience of skiing on the virgin lands and the glacier slope of the Vallee Blanche. The Evasion Mont-Blanc area has 7 parks for snowboarders and freestylers, as well as several toboggan areas.
By the way, it is best to get to Megeve from Geneva airport (86 km). From there, hop on your transfer by bus or helicopter.

Meribel, France

Located in the heart of the Three Valleys, Meribel belongs to one of the best ski regions in the world. By choosing it as your next holiday destination, you get the opportunity to ski on the slopes of Courchevel, La Tagny, Bril-les-Bains, Les Menuires and Val Thorens, united by a single ski pass.
The resort includes 150 km of prepared slopes and 28 km of routes, of which 9 are black, 23 are red, 36 are blue and 8 are greens , as well as 2 Olympic tracks, 2 slalom stadiums and 2 snowboard parks. In addition, its advantage is the length of the season, which starts in early December and lasts until the end of April.
True, there are also disadvantages. The resort does not have a single five-star hotel, but the resort offers a large selection of chalets and apartments, including luxe class. Chalets and apartments can be booked directly either through the resort's website or through real estate agencies.

St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz is perhaps the most glamorous and expensive winter resort in Switzerland, where you can often meet the rich and famous. After all, there is everything one may desire from a luxurious holiday: entertainment venues with performances by the best DJs, premium restaurants and, of course, boutiques.
The ski areas Corviglia, Corvatsch and Diavolezza are located on the slopes of five picturesque mountains at an altitude of 1800-32300 m. Skiers and snowboarders are in for 350 km of slopes. 70 percent of them are red and designed for trained athletes. There is also a place for professionals to ride - 10 percent of slopes are of increased complexity (black). The rest of the tracks (blue) are for beginners. The region is served by 60 cableways.
An integral part of St. Moritz is winter sports. This is not surprising, since their very concept was born here. Many competitions are held on the oldest 1.6 km long bobsleigh track in the world, the Olympia Bob Run St. Moritz - Celerina. There is also a toboggan run and the unique Free Fall downhill.

The most convenient way to get to St. Moritz is by train from Zurich with a change in Landquart or Chur.

Gstaad, Switzerland

Gstaad is another prestigious and respectable Swiss resort, which is a favorite place for skiing among aristocrats and celebrities. Madonna, Prince Charles and even Princess Diana came here, which is not surprising as local five-star hotels are considered among the best in the world.

Located in the center of a large ski area, which also includes the Les Diablerets glacier, the resorts of Schönried, Rougemont, Zweisimmen and Château d'Eau, Gstaad is one of its kind. The ski areas are connected by bus and rail links, which are served by 62 cableways.
The total length of the routes in the region is 250 km and the biggest descent (14 km) comes from the Les Diablerets glacier in Reusch. By the way, in the Glacier 3000 glacier zone you can ride even in summer. There are no difficult black tracks with a large gradient, but there are plenty of red and blue ones in the Rinderberg, Saanersloh, Lengebrand and Horneggli areas. In this case, the Top4 Pass will help you as it allows for skiing on all slopes in the area.
Gstaad can also offer guests other entertainment like cross-country skiing, sledding, and skating, trekking, paragliding, freestyle, and hot air ballooning. In addition, boutiques of all world fashion trendsetters, jewelry stores and luxurious restaurants are here, right on the central street of the city.
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