For many, the onset of winter means the chance to hit the slopes.
While there’s plenty of mountains to choose from around the world, some ski resorts are specifically known for their exclusive terrain and luxurious amenities.
We’ve put together a list of 18 ski resorts where celebrities, royals, and business travellers are known to flock to.
From the exclusive Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana, to the chic chalets of Zermatt, Switzerland, here’s where the rich and famous love to ski.
Despite hitting a bankruptcy crisis in 2008, the Yellowstone Club -- our final pick in Big Sky, Montana -- has bounced back as one of the country's most exclusive mountain clubs.
Located just north of Yellowstone National Park, its members include Bill Gates and Hollywood producer Peter Chernin, and it boasts a limited number of skiers and snowboarders on its pristine terrain.
Known for its impeccable Rocky Mountain scenery, Telluride, Colorado, has some top-notch ski terrain. This, in combination with its film and music festivals, Victorian storefronts, and rustic eateries, have made it a holiday destination for celebrities like Tom Cruise and Oprah.
Book your stay at Lumiere Telluride, where you can simply drop off your boots with the ski valet before relaxing in your own private hot tub.
One of the world's most famous vacation resorts, St. Moritz, Switzerland, boasts a chic, cosmopolitan vibe. You'll find a variety of designer boutiques, breathtaking scenery, and lots of fun events, like the Snow Polo World Cup.
Guests can enjoy the ultimate stay in luxury at the Kulm Hotel, which has been in operation since the Alps' premiere skiing winter season began in 1864. Amenities include a golf course nestled in the alpine landscape and rooms with balconies overlooking Lake St. Moritz.
Deer Valley, located in Park City, Utah, is popular among the elite thanks to uncrowded slopes and a stellar event lineup that includes the Sundance Film Festival.
Named the 'World's Best Ski Hotel' by the World Ski Awards in 2014, Deer Valley's Stein Eriksen Lodge has 180 rooms and suites and a luxurious spa in close proximity to the slopes.
Zermatt, Switzerland has stunning views of the world-famous Matterhorn mountain and plenty of luxury accommodations, all of which have made it the top choice for VIP vacationers like Phil Collins and Robbie Williams.
Embark on a gourmet ski tour where you can sample savoury bites before heading to the Chalet Zermatt Peak. The private catered residence boasts a walk-in wine cellar, various HD cinema rooms, and a chic spa area.
Found in the early 1920s by the Rothschild family, the commune of Megève in France has grown to be one of Europe's most popular ski resorts. Cobblestone streets are lined with high-end hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants, and horse-drawn carriages.
The Alpaga hotel is ideal for tourists looking for luxury, as it sits surrounded by mountains at a short distance from the ski lifts.
Home to the longest continuous vertical rise of any US ski area, the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a popular winter tourist destination.
Accommodations like the Four Seasons offer more than just pristine spas and suites -- travellers can also take advantage of everything from in-room boot fittings to heli-skiing and wildlife safaris.
Located in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, the well-known ski resort of Klosters is a charming combination of renowned mountain resort and unspoiled village. The area is known for having lodgings that cater to families, but it is also home to an array of luxury rentals and lodges that have seen regular high-profile guests, including Prince Charles.
Hotel Walserhof is a top pick for lodging here, with rooms that include two bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen, spacious living rooms, and terraces overlooking the area's gorgeous mountains.
Aspen, Colorado, has four different mountains for skiing and a variety of ski-in and ski-out chalets. Visitors can go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or hot-air ballooning, all while enjoying incredible scenery.
The Little Nell is one of the area's most renowned accommodations, where VIPs are treated to exclusive access to the mountain before the gondolas open to the public, as well as private excursions with the area's ski patrol team.
Lech and Zürs are considered to be some of the top ski destinations in Austria. Thanks to a diverse range of ski terrain, large amounts of snowfall, and high-end mountain facilities, the areas draw in celebrities and royals alike.
Everyone from Princess Caroline of Monaco to Tina Turner have been said to holiday here.
Whistler's incredible ski terrain has made it a go-to destination for celebrities and elite travellers.
Heidi Klum, Hugh Jackman, and Tom Cruise are all said to be regulars at the Canadian wonderland, which hosts events like the Whistler Film Festival in December and a variety of spas, shops, and cafes you can explore year-round.
In Sun Valley, Idaho, you'll find luxury lodges at the foot of snowy slopes, nearly line-free lifts throughout the winter, and tons of restaurants that serve gourmet cuisine.
It's also home to one of America's oldest ski resorts -- the Sun Valley Lodge -- which opened in 1936 and has over the years hosted guests like Clint Eastwood, Marilyn Monroe, and Ernest Hemingway.
The Hermitage Club, a 1,400-acre area across West Dover and Wilmington, Vermont, is a members-only ski club boasting luxury accommodations and four seasons of mountain activities.
Accommodations include private country homes, hotel condominiums, and townhouses. Members can fly their private planes to the Deerfield Valley Airport before enjoying a game of golf at the 18-hole Desmond Moorhead golf course or trying out nighttime snowmobiling.
Lined with boutiques, art galleries, and high-end restaurants, Colorado's Beaver Creek is another stop for those seeking an upscale winter experience.
Luxury hotels and condos are up for grabs, but many choose to stay at the Trappers Cabin, where you can book a private chef to cook gourmet breakfasts and dinners throughout your stay. Escalators can take guests straight to the slopes, which makes getting to and from a day of skiing as simple as possible.
Courchevel has several distinct resort villages, including the ultra-luxe Courchevel 1850. The villages are linked by lifts, pistes, and roads with serene woodland scenery.
In Courchevel 1850, various five-star hotels include Le Kilimandjaro, where individual chalets have a private butler who will warm your ski boots for you overnight.
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