Luxury ski resorts
White powder snow, rustic huts, 5-star hotels and the perfect combination of sporty action vacations and glamorous relaxation. This winter season, the alpine resorts shine again and attract top-class visitors from all over the world. Thanks to the traditional charm, varied leisure activities and luxury flair that surrounds each place, here you spend a vacation under the motto “see and be seen”. If you are still looking for the ideal destination, the following luxury ski resorts in the Alps offer a mix of pure relaxation, exciting winter sports and luxury that meets even the highest expectations.
St. Moritz (Switzerland)
In St. Moritz there are not only breathtaking mountain panoramas, but also beautiful lakes, culture, wellness and not without reason it is called one of the most fashionable luxury ski resorts. The village is located in the Upper Engadine and already twice the Olympic Winter Games were held in the resort. What is also special is how many sunny days St. Moritz is spoiled with! If you are looking for a time out, you certainly won’t go wrong with a winter vacation in St. Moritz!
Not only in summer, but especially in winter Kitzbühel shines with luxury and glamour and a huge offer of ski slopes, gastronomy and entertainment. A wide variety of hotels, chalets and resorts offer a vacation in a class of its own. Even for an afternoon of shopping after a morning on the extensive slopes, there is nothing lacking, because prestigious brands such as Prada, Louis Vuitton and co. are represented in the winter resort. You would like to enjoy the flair in Kitzbühel on a regular basis? An apartment in Kitzbühel averages 17,000 euros per square meter, depending on location, floor and amenities. For the most coveted view, on the Hahnenkamm, 21,000 euros per square meter can be expected. Single-family homes start at about 13,000 euros per square meter. If you want to buy a chalet in one of THE top luxury ski resorts, you’ll have to shell out around 22,500 euros per square meter.
At the foot of the Matterhorn lies Zermatt, a romantic village that, in addition to its luxurious reputation, is particularly quaint and authentic. The city center is car-free and between the luxury hotels and illuminated huts and houses, the mountain village convinces with a relaxed atmosphere and idyll. The vacation in Zermatt can be wonderfully versatile: Skiing in the snow-covered mountains, tasting delicious menus in fine restaurants and enjoying the nightlife. Moreover, it is not surprising that in this ski resort you can run into so many celebrities from politics, music industry or entertainment industry.
Zürs and Lech (Austria)
Lech is also home to luxury, celebrities and glamour. The fantastic downhill runs, snow-covered mountain ranges and glittering slopes promise a first-class winter experience in Austria’s largest ski area – the Arlberg. Among other reasons, more and more people looking for apartments and houses are also drawn to Zürs/Lech. For an apartment, you have to reckon with 11,000 to 13,000 euros per square meter. A chalet ranges from 11,000 to 17,000 EUR per square meter.
238km of ski slopes, many shopping opportunities and extensive partying at après ski make Ischgl a true winter fairy tale for guests. Ischgl is also one of the top luxury ski resorts in Austria on the real estate market. Properties between 70 and 90 square meters are particularly in demand, although smaller apartments (under 60 square meters) are also in high demand. Square meter prices for apartments between 8,000 and 11,000 euros must be expected. Single-family houses cost between 9,000 and 11,000 euros per square meter. For the rustic flair of a chalet, you pay around 13,000 euros per square meter in Ischgl.
What Kitzbühel is for Tyrol and the international audience, Saalbach is for Salzburg and the Austrians. Beautiful panorama, fun on the slopes, numerous events and Austrian cuisine make Saalbach a very popular place for winter holidays- and a sought-after real estate destination. Kitzbühel feeling without society hustle and bustle – that’s Saalbach. Real estate prices are also more moderate in Saalbach than in Kitzbühel. Depending on what type of property you are looking for, you end up with apartments between 6,000 and 10,000, single-family homes at around 8,500 euros and chalets at around 12,000 euros per square meter.
The Seefeld, becomes from year to year a more and more popular vacation destination. The Olympic region is a true hotspot for skiers, snowboarders and cross-country skiers. Among the luxury ski resorts, Seefeld is particularly appreciated for its intimacy. In contrast to Ischgl or Kitzbühel, Seefeld is rather quiet. But that doesn’t detract from the fairy-tale charm at all. Regarding real estate prices: Apartments cost about 5,000 euros per square meter in Seefeld, single-family houses about 7,000 euros. If you are looking for a comfortable chalet, calculate with about 12,000 euros per square meter.
Trend regions: Close to the city vs. high up
In addition to luxury ski resorts, two other trends in ski resort real estate have emerged, driven by the pandemic and climate change:
- Tiny chalets in or near the ski resort. Examples are: Mariazell, Puchberg am Schneeberg, Hochkar, Semmering and Hochficht.
- Winter domiciles at the highest altitude. Heavy rain and melted glaciers prompt the purchase of properties that are higher in elevation. Among the most popular places are: the Pitztal, Sölden, Zell am See, Stubaital and Gurgl.
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