The Powder And The GloryBy Pippa Middleton
With a report that slaloms between Saint-Moritz and Deer Valley, Whistler and Wanaka, one well-equipped skier rates the sweetest slopes on the planet, from their powder quality to their luxury options (Heli-picnics! Ski butlers!), to their apres-ski ambience.
Some ski resorts are renowned for their pristine snow, extreme conditions, and champagne powder, others for their nightlife, wildlife, and charming mountain restaurants. Just in time for peak season, I've pulled together what I deem to be the very best of resort skiing in the world -- from Europe's chocolate-box villages, with their authentic alpine traditions, to the powder fields of the western United States. So it's time to boot up, clip in, and make fresh tracks down the best slopes around the world.
ASPEN AND SNOWMASS, COLORADO
Snowmass has a lot of nice long runs and is quieter than Aspen (15 minutes away); it is out of the hustle and bustle and is known for "champagne" powder. Aspen hosts the annual Winter X Games and is favored by A-list skiers and apres-skiers.
The Big Burn is the most famous ski run at Snowmass. At the Cirque, skiing is in the bowl of the mountain, which is steep and opens after a good dump of snow.
The Woody Creek Tavern
was one of Hunter S. Thompson's favorite haunts. David Burke Kitchen Aspen, above Bungalow 8, opens this season.
The St. Regis Aspen, the Little Nell, and Viceroy Snowmass.
Read Pippa's full article in Vanity Fair