Into the Mountains: The Best Snow Sports Destinations
As we enter into November, things are getting colder here in the Northern Hemisphere, but that doesn’t mean everyone is out chasing warm weather. For some sports fans, the colder weather brings with it the best time of the year, as snow sports can begin once again. With most European ski resorts opening at the end of the month or the beginning of December, this is your perfect opportunity to plan a break from modern life to escape to the mountains. Not only do the resorts we have chosen below have impeccable snow sports facilities, but there is also plenty to do après ski including exploring the specially curated libraries provided by Ultimate Library.
Viceroy Kopaonik – Serbia
We kick off our exploration of the best places to go for snow sports with a trip to Serbia. While not a conventional holiday destination, being off the beaten path means that those serious about snow sports can avoid the crowds. Viceroy Kopaonik is located in the heart of Serbia’s Kopaonik National Park, one of the countries most popular tourist destinations year-round. At the foot of Mount Kopaonik, nicknamed ‘the sunshine mountain’ as it has on average 200 days of sunshine a year, Viceroy Kopaonik is a luxury ski-in, ski-out resort.
With all the amenities anyone searching for snow sports could need, Viceroy offer the Pique Ski Bar for the perfect après-ski chill-out spot. Slopeside, really does bring the resort straight to the slopes. There’s even an outdoor fireplace where you can continue to enjoy the views.
The skiing and snowboarding offerings by Viceroy are state of the art with over 50 kilometres of slopes for guests to use. Not only are these slopes stunning but three of the slopes at the resort are available for night skiing under floodlights, an unforgettable experience. The resort also features a large off-piste area for more experienced skiers for an exceptional adventure.
For a bit of relaxation after enjoying a day on the mountainside, the resort has an indulgent spa, inviting guests to enjoy a holistic wellness experience. There are mountain-inspired therapies alongside contemporary beauty rituals. There is also the Library – perfect for a slower-paced day with an afternoon tea and private book collection to peruse. Ultimate Library curated this collection for Viceroy Kopaonik, filling the shelves with books on snow sports such as Fifty Places to Ski and Snowboard Before You Die by Chris Santella and other titles on the beauty of the natural park (for example Mountain View by Sebastiaan Bedaux). These titles perfectly reflect the love of the local area and the contemporary west-coast vibe the resort has to offer.
Six Senses Courchevel – France
We travel to France and the alps in search of our next luxury skiing resort, Six Senses Courchevel. The area is renowned for having one of the longest skiing seasons and the best snow cover in the whole of the Alps. Six Senses Courcheval brings together the traditional and the contemporary in this resort and residence complex.
Again, this is a ski-in, ski-out resort with its own special ski concierge service at the main La Croissette lift. If skiing’s not to your taste there are many other snow sports and experiences on offer at Six Senses Courcheval aside from access to some of the best slopes in Europe. If guests want a behind-the-scenes experience, they can help to create the slopes themselves with a spot of ‘Piste Basher’ driving, flattening everything in your path.
More conventional snow sports on offer include snow scootering with accompanying dinner, husky sledding and snowshoeing. The husky sledding is the perfect way to explore the beautiful woodlands that surround the slopes, while snowshoeing allows guests to explore sustainably and traditionally, offering a day out together exploring the forest and the frozen lakes, easily accessible from the resort.
Like many resorts, Six Senses Courchevel offer a spa so guests can recover from their outdoor excursions. Setting itself apart though, this is a Six Senses spa with a whole host of treatments available using the latest technology. If a gene therapy facial is not your thing, then guests can step on over to the Club Lounge where there are some amazing titles curated by Ultimate Library. We provided a large number of illustrated coffee table books for guests to look at around the space including titles on mountain living and travel to fit the rugged landscape. We also included some great fiction titles for guests to rest and relax after spending a day on the slopes.