What type of luxury snowboarder are you?
If you have cash to splash and want a snowboarding holiday perfectly matched to your personality, look no further – we havr our own favourites, but this time we canvassed luxury travel guides, to match the different types of luxury snowboarder with their ideal resort…
You’re a freeriding foodie - Courchevel
Work up your appetite shredding the world’s biggest ski area, then come home to Courchevel and feast like never before. The resort has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other ski resort on earth (2 restaurants have 3 Michelin stars, 3 have 2 Michelin stars, five have 1 Michelin star and many more come recommended in the Michelin Guide). And the Savoie area it sits in produces some of the finest cheeses and wines.
You like to boogie with billionaires – Verbier
Verbier’s clientele work hard (whether for their billion-pound businesses, on the world-class backcountry or avoiding badgering paparazzi) but however hard they work, they party heaps harder. The nightlife is hedonistic as it gets, centred around the exclusive Farm Club and Farinet bar, with international DJ’s, beer by the gallon and magnum after magnum of vodka and champagne.
You’re a hell for leather heli-boarder – Zermatt
When you’ve exhausted the Matterhorn-facing snowpark, the 360 kilometres of groomers and the countless powder runs of Zermatt’s Swiss-Italian ski area, take to the skies in a chopper and heliboard from the peak of Monte Rosa and many other 3,000m+ high mountains.
You ride with royals - Davos-Klosters
Spend long days on the Jakobshorn halfpipes and terrain park near Davos, freeride the Parsenn and finish up in Klosters where Prince Charles is a regular (there was a big event to mark his 40th anniversary with the resort this year, and the future king has a ski lift named after him!).
You board like Bond - Solden
The most recent 007 film, Spectre, takes Bond to the mountains of Solden, where you can storm down glaciers, refuel on martinis in the glass cube that is the Ice Q restaurant (and was the movie’s mountaintop clinic) and pretend the futuristic Aqua Dome Spa is your villain’s lair.
You shop as hard as you shred – St Moritz
Via Serlas in St Moritz is a mile of dazzling designer stores that will see you suited and booted for the snow in serious style. Have a personal shopper pick out the perfect Prada ensemble for Piz Nair’s off-piste and get geared up in Gucci for riding the glacier.
You want piste-side pampering - Val Gardena
Just being in the fresh air, Dolomite setting and gargantuan Superski region of Val Gardena does the world of good, and there are sensational spa hotels to provide the ultimate pre and post-ride pampering. Within its 3,500 square metre wellness centre, the ADLER hotel has saltwater pools, saunas, relaxation areas and every other spa offering you can imagine (packages with London flights cost from £1,369 next winter through SNO).
You’re a chalet connoisseur – Val d’Isere
If being in one of the world’s best, most snow sure ski areas and having some of the world’s craziest après wasn’t enough, Val d’Isere also has some of the world’s most uniquely luxurious chalets to call home for the week. Have a chalet the size of a hotel all to yourself, with its private swimming pool, home cinema and staff to cater to your every whim.