Ski Gstaad St Moritz Courchevel Zermatt

Ski Gstaad, St Moritz or Courchevel ?

Ski Gstaad St Moritz Courchevel Zermatt ? With the holiday season around please consider these  European resorts for your next travel destination.ki Gstaad St Moritz Courchevel Zermatt ? With the holiday season around please consider these  European resorts for your next travel destination

Ski Europe Gstaad St Moritz Courchevel Zermatt
Polo St Moritz

 

Ski Gstaad, St Moritz or Courchevel ? Decisions, decisions, decisions whats a girl to do ? When planning at trip to the elite ski resorts of Europe please refer to our helpful guide to some of the best ski resorts in the world.

 

Ski Gstaad, St Moritz or Courchevel ?
Winter wonderland: Olivia Palermo and husband Johannes Huebl were seen shopping in Gstaad, Switzerland

   Ski Europe Gstaad St Moritz Courchevel Zermatt

If you prefer to be entertained off the slopes, then the shops, restaurants and glamour of these prestigious resorts . Glamorous St Moritz was the resort of the film stars from the 1950’s, 60’s and & 70’s, with Brigitte Bardot, Greta Garbot and European Royalty all favouring the resort. St Moritz is home to the famous Cresta Run, the natural ice toboggan run; vintage James Bond 007. Where Europeans society achieve to gain membership to the the Shuttlecock Club and upon gaining membership are awarded with a tie harder to get then a coveted Masters Jacket.

St Moritz Après Experience

Apres-Ski shopping Via Serlas is St. Moritz’s answer to Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse and Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles. Just on a much smaller scale. From Chanel and Gucci to Louis Vuitton, all of fashion’s top international names can be found along this stylish shopping boulevard. You’ll also find more major labels and boutiques in the village centre.

Ski Gstaad, St Moritz Courchevel ?

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel the center of St. Moritz

 

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, in the center of St. Moritz, has been synonymous with glitz and glamour since the resort opened as the Palace Hotel in 1896. Le Grand Hall, the spacious lobby, is a favorite see-and be-seen, whether après-ski or during the summertime when the hotel bustles with wellness seekers who come for the region’s magnificent landscapes, as well as for the hotel’s renowned spa, the Palace Wellness. Everything at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is high-profile and big name. Each of the rooms and suites comes with personalized butler service, and and King’s Club is St. Moritz’s most buzzed-about nightclub and they have an in-house Nobu. Reservations 

Ski Europe Gstaad St Moritz Courchevel Zermatt ? Suvretta House – St Moritz
Suvretta House – St Moritz

 

Suvretta House  

Survetta House emerges from the trees of the Upper Engadine Mountains as if from the pages of a fairy tale, its imposing turrets and Belle Epoque exterior standing out against rugged valley landscape. The century-old property upholds old-world traditions, including jackets and ties (or cravats) for men in the lobby and Grand Restaurant after 7 P.M. Informal attire at the Survetta Club. From December through April, an adjacent ski lift is available to transport guests to more than 350 kilometers of downhill runs. During the summer season, endless options exist for exploring the region by foot, bike, horseback or even abseil. A tennis pro is on hand for lessons on the hotel’s three clay courts, and golfers can choose from three nearby courses. A driving range, putting and pitching green are on property. Reservations 

 

 

Gstaad rivals St Moritz for its shopping

 

Gstaad rivals St Moritz for its shopping on the Promenade, with all the big brands including Ralph Lauren, Prada and Louis Vuitton setting up there. Meanwhile, Courchevel benefits from outrageously good restaurants and foodie extreme sports.If you can avoid the peak times like Christmas, New Year and Spring you will reap the rewards with empty pistes and very few lines.

 

Unlike St. Moritz, Gstaad is not known for its expert ski slopes and Olympic-level skiing. But it is known for Alpine ballooning, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and winter hiking. For Gstaad’s best fondue, head to the cozy cellar restaurant of the Hotel Gstaaderhof. Take a two-hour group lesson with instructor, at Alpinzentrum Snowsport School pro Walter Perren. Divine Swiss Cheese at Molkerei Gstaad , this tiny cheese and tchotchke shop for souvenirs, such as a Swiss-flag coffee mug and schnapps.

 

 

Ski Gstaad, St Moritz Courchevel ?
Courchevel

Ski Gstaad, St Moritz Courchevel ?-amanda mills los angeles blog

One of the best in Courchevel is Le Chabichou

Le Chabichou

Courchevel, France- One of the best in Courchevel is recognized to be the restaurant Le Chabichou. Classic dishes here are made in accordance with the latest trends of the modern French cuisine. As a result the restaurant is awarded with two stars of Michelin. Guests of the hotel can not only try dishes, but also learn how to cook some of them, because the chef is ready to share secrets and regularly conducts master classes to the visitors of the restaurants. This is simply a place where you can combine both eating and learning how to cook all of those delicious dishes. Reservations

Courchevel is the largest of the resorts in the renowned 3 Vallées in the Savoie province of France. The Three Valleys comprise the world’s largest ski domain, an area with 372 miles of trails and slopes that are interconnected with 198 lifts. America’s six largest ski resorts would fit into the Three Valleys. Courchevel alone has 65 lifts and 102 runs, with a top vertical descent of more than 4,700 feet. Courchevel is built on four different levels, from 4,290 feet to 5,940. The highest cluster of buildings at Courchevel 1850 (metres) are, arguably, the most fashionable with luxury hotels and chalets and an energetic night life.

Ski Gstaad, St Moritz Courchevel ?shopAMLA
Ski Gstaad, St Moritz or Courchevel ? Shop GoGo Sweaters at #shopAMLA

Courchevel Après Experience

Starting with the traditional après-ski atmosphere and crowd, is Ku De Ta. This is Courchevel’s big name, slopeside venue. The party starts from 4pm with live music, vin chaud and hot punch served alongside some great late afternoon snacks or tapas. Ku De Ta also boasts its own vodka bar and for anyone wanting to keep up with sporting events.

So its more of a  snazzy nightclub you’re looking for, Les Caves is a great option. Located near the resort centre, this venue is popular with all nationalities of tourist, and plenty of locals too. Despite its popularity, this is not somewhere for those on a budget but certainly makes for a fun treat or special occasion. There is also a Parisian themed bar/restaurant above Les Caves called The Coyote, which is perfect for a change of scenery.

Ski Gstaad, St Moritz or Courchevel ?

Cheval Blanc by Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH

 

Ski Europe Gstaad St Moritz Courchevel Zermatt-Amanda Mills Los Angeles
Ski Gstaad, St Moritz or Courchevel ? CULINARY ART LE 1947 -Le 1947 derives its name from the most prestigious vintage of Château Cheval Blanc and provides the perfect stage for the striking culinary art of chef Yannick Alléno.

 

Cuisine Le 1947Reservations 

If Courchevel 1850 is the place to be seen then Cheval Blanc is the place to get noticed. Perched on 1850’s Jardin Alpine slope, the LMVH-owned Cheval Blanc is plush, yet the atmosphere is relaxed and family-friendly. Skip après-ski for a revitalising snow-sports recovery treatment in the Guerlain spa. Totally over the top and utterly fabulous is the only way to describe this unique way to experience the mountains. Brought to you by Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH, Cheval Blanc was conceived as an exceptional mountain top refuge. With stunning contemporary design, personalized attention to detail, unexpected delights, and impeccable service, this is high-net-worth living at it’s very best. Decadent yet refined, each of the thirty-four rooms and suites just ooze with money, lots of it..! We especially like the Junior Suites and the top floor Penthouse, and where else in the world can you fall asleep, and wake up in Louis Vuitton heaven?  Courchevel, FranceReservations 

Courchevel is home to seven Michelin-starred restaurants here, you foodies can expect a week of culinary indulgence. 1947 holds two stars, and is the creation of the Parisian chef Yannick Alléno, France’s answer to Heston Blumenthal. His open kitchen serves refined Savoie mountain fare, prepared using clever culinary techniques, only  serving 25 guests a night.

Ski Europe Gstaad St Moritz Courchevel Zermatt? Amanda Mills LA-Richard Orlinski 1850 in Courchevel
Richard Orlinski 1850 in Courchevel

Best spot to lunch is a relaxed affair at the swanky Le Cap Horn on the slopes of 1850. Ski in for excellent seafood dishes, truffle pizza or fresh burrata flown in from Italy.

Dress to the nines for an evening sexy La Mangeoire, which transforms from a restaurant into the best party in town at around 11pm, complete with live music, dancers and great champagne cocktails.

Head to La Folie Douce for day-long drinking and incredible views. It’s at the top of the Saulire Express cable car from nearby Meribel, so non-skiers can join in as well as families.

The popular ski in  Fire & Ice bar in 1650 during happy hour for good-value cocktails and free pizza in a casual family friendly atmosphere.

 

Plan ahead and purchase lift pass Les Trois Vallées to access the largest skiing area in the world. Avoid the crowds on the pretty tree-lined runs to the villages of Le Praz and Tigne or head to 2,800 metres for stunning views and black diamond ski runs .

Ski Gstaad St Moritz Courchevel Zermatt- amanda mills la chanel store
Courcheve Chanel

Attention luxury shoppers and non-skiers Courchevel 1850 is  the perfect place to stock up on luxury items in the handsome designer boutiques in the centre of town, including Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Hermès and Chanel.

Well traveled ladies love local shopping at  Blu&Berry  a small  well-stocked boutique specialising in French designers including Céline and Isabel Marant.

Pick up ski picnic packs from the deli Chez Ma Cousine, where the shelves are full of unique foodie delights.

Ski Gstaad, St Moritz or Courchevel ?
La Ferme de mon

 

When in Megeve, France Dine at La Ferme de mon Pere

 

La Ferme de mon Pere-This seemingly modest restaurant in a rustic farmhouse is stylish ski resort of  Megeve – one of the best restaurants in France awarded with three stars by Michelin. Dishes are prepared under the guidance of legendary Mark Weir – the only chef for two restaurants that were awarded. Megeve, France- Reservations 

 

Ski Gstaad, St Moritz or Courchevel ?
Three Star La Ferme de mon Pere

 

Zermatt Ski Resort

Zermatt is a car-free ski resort at the foot of Switzerland’s most famous mountain, the majestic Matterhorn. This attractive blend of Alpine village and sophisticated holiday destination. The many mountain trains based here provide access to hundreds of kilometres of runs for skiing in Zermatt and the nearby Cervinia in Italy. 

Aerial View on Zermatt Valley and Matterhorn Peak at Dawn, Switzerland
Aerial View on Zermatt Valley and Matterhorn Peak at Dawn, Switzerland

Mont Cervin Palace 

Upon arrival at the train station, you will be picked up by a horse-driven carriage (most other hotels send a taxi). Mont Cervin Palace has an extensive wellness center including an indoor pool as well as a heated outdoor pool where you can relax with views of the Matterhorn. There’s a cigar bar, Davidoff Lounge, where guests can enjoy Cuban and Dominican cigars by a fireplace. Reservations 

Zermatt Apres Ski

Foodie favorite the stylish Cervo Restaurant – typical dishes include succulent venison, home-made ravioli with ricotta, and côte de boeuf. The coolest place to hang-out is The Vernissage – a cinema, bar, restaurant and gallery all rolled into one. Start the evening with here with cocktails; music goes on until 4 a.m.

Ski Europe Gstaad St Moritz Courchevel Zermatt-shopamla

 

 

 

Amanda Mills