Need inspo of where to ski next? Love them or hate them, the Royals do know a good ski resort when they see one. OK, so they won’t be the cheapest, but there’s often a bargain to be had, especially if you go for a 5 or 6 day holiday (instead of 7). Avoiding Saturday flights can often save you a packet too. So, let’s find out which resorts are the king of the mountain…
A perfect pairing of lively skiing and relaxing thermal water spas, it’s no wonder Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall love skiing with their daughters on the pristine pistes of Bormio. Bellissimo! And with few Brits holidaying in the area, they can cruise down the easygoing blues and reds without prying eyes and unwanted attention. The best of the apres ski is on the mountain before sunset, while the evening vibe is chilled and laid-back.
A favourite of William, Catherine and their royal brood, Courchevel is renowned as one of the Alp’s premier ski resorts. Popular with the rich and famous for its luxury chalets, boutique shops and private spas, it’s a pretty spectacular resort. The skiing is epic too. Seasoned skiers love the variety of terrain, and newbies are treated to plenty of gentle slopes that lead back to the main village.
Renowned as a glamorous winter playground for the rich and famous, Verbier is where Princess Beatrice & Princess Eugenie go skiing with the family. From easygoing blues to gnarly off-piste verticals, there’s something for all levels here. And it’s not all go, go, go. Cruise down pristine first-track corduroy in the morning and chill out on sun loungers with champagne in the afternoon. Smashing!
Glitzy and glamorous, St Moritz is a first-rate ski resort in Switzerland. Oh so chic! Whether you’re just starting out or are a skilled pro, the picturesque sunny pistes are fun and varied, and you may even spot the Earl and Countess of Wessex on the slopes! There’s plenty to do off the pistes too. Upmarket bars and gourmet restaurants entice you in for classy cocktails and Michelin-starred cuisine.
Set in one of the snowiest parts of Austria, the exclusive ski resort of Lech boasts exceptional skiing terrain that is spot-on for newbies and intermediates. But off-piste fans can get their fix, too, with plenty of freeride powder bowls to explore. Magic! Popular with the Dutch Royal Family, Lech is adorned with sophisticated champagne bars, 5-star restaurants and boutique shops. Oh, and if you need some R&R, the spas are pretty luxurious here too.
A skiing holiday in Spain is virtually unheard of amongst the British set, but Baqueira-Beret has the royal seal of approval from the King of Spain. A charming resort in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees, cruisey blues and swift reds stream down the mountains. Freeride lovers are spoilt for choice, and the heliskiing is out of this world. Magnífico! End a big day on the hill with fizz and tapas at the Moet Lounge before a siesta and late evening dinner.
With close proximity to the well-to-do city of Geneva, it’s no surprise that Villars is fashionable amongst the rich and famous, including the Danish Royal Family. The vast snowsure skiing area