For many skiers looking to take to the slopes with the most exclusive crowd, chic resorts like St Moritz, Courchevel 1850 and Klosters will never lose their lavish appeal. Punctuated with luxurious five star hotels, Michelin starred restaurants and elegant piano bars, these are the resorts most favoured by royalty and aristocrats.
If you are looking for a more authentic experience on the piste, consider some of the lesser known beautiful ski resorts around the world, which can rival any of the mainstream resorts with their majestic scenery, picturesque pistes and charming villages. With so many hidden gems waiting to be discovered, we have highlighted some of the best hidden ski resorts situated in some of the most inspiring locations.
The resort town of Engelberg in Switzerland is a winter wonderland, where the ski season endures from October through to the end of May. Engelberg has become a mecca for advanced skiers who enjoy the exhilarating challenge of its descents.
The traditional village is enveloped in incredible scenery, whilst the mountains present skiers with spectacular views from its 2000 metre drop. Engelberg means “Angel Mountain”, a pertinent description that expresses the dramatic location of this dramatic Swiss ski resort.
Engelberg Tourist Center, Klosterstrasse 3, 6390 Engelberg, Schweiz
Telephone: +41 41 639 77 77
Sainte Foy Tarentaise, France
Sainte Foy Tarentaise is an intimate resort that sits quietly next to its more popular neighbours, yet maintains a peaceful charm that is rare in the ski resorts of the Alps.
Nestled in a valley near Les Arcs, Sainte Foy offers the same spectacular alpine scenery but without the crowds, offering spacious slopes suitable for beginners and expert skiers. The natural blend of traditional Savoyard architecture, friendly atmosphere and breathtaking scenery is an incredible combination that makes this a truly enchanting ski destination.
Sainte Foy Tourism Office, 73640 Sainte Foy Tarentaise
Tel : +33 (0)4 79 06 95 19
For unspoiled Arctic scenery and a warm welcome, head for Pyha in Finland. Located just north of the Arctic Circle, this unlikely ski resort is situated in Finland’s oldest national park.
Pyha is a ski resort that offers the luxury of total peace and quiet away from crowded slopes and noisy establishments. It’s a wonderful destination for both beginners and advanced skiers and has a friendly charm that is often difficult to find in some of Europe’s largest ski resorts.
Here you can relax in a traditional log cabin or soak up the atmosphere in private sauna. This resort also provides the incredible opportunity to see one of the world’s natural wonders, the Northern lights.
Pyha Central Reservations, Kultakeronkatu 21, 98530 Pyhätunturi
Telephone: +358 8 8600 400