Winners Announced in the World Ski Awards’ Best Ski Resorts and Hotels 2019


The annual World Ski Awards took place recently in the prestigious surroundings of the 5* A-ROSA spa resort in Kitzbühel. We saw worthy winners in diverse categories including chalets, tour operators, and travel agencies – with the World Ski Awards’ Best Ski Resorts and Hotels 2019 also revealed. 
Here, we’re focusing on the ski resorts and hotels that made the grade in 2019, to offer up a little inspiration ahead of the winter 2019/20 ski season. You can find the complete roundup of 2019’s nominees and winners in all the categories on the World Ski Awards’ 2019 winners page.

World's Best Ski Resort 2019

Nestled in France’s famous Three Valleys ski area, the high-altitude ski and snowboard destination of Val Thorens took the top spot as the World's Best Ski Resort 2019. Here, visitors enjoy diverse terrain for snow-lovers of all levels, alongside an amazing range of ski in/out accommodation. Lively après ski, snow-sure slopes, and family-friendly facilities complete the picture. 
Val Thorens also won the award for France's Best Ski Resort 2019, beating attractive Alpine towns including Chamonix, Courchevel, Méribel, Megève, Serre Chevalier and Val d’Isère to the top spot. 
World Ski Awards winning resort Val Thorens

World's Best Freestyle Resort 2019

Terrain park-loving freestyle skiers and snowboarders have been flocking to Laax for many a season now, and the resort is a worthy winner in the World's Best Freestyle Resort 2019 category. Laax boasts a spectacular range of snow-parks, home to rails, kickers, boxes and rollers of all shapes and sizes – suited to everyone from beginners to professional boarders. 

Austria's Best Ski Resort 2019

The magical mountain town of Kitzbühel offers breathtaking Alpine scenery, traditional Tirolean hospitality, and a history dating back to the medieval era. Today, this Alpine gem takes pride of place as Austria’s best ski resort – great news for the welcoming 4* and 5* chalets and hotels dotted around the town. 

Italy's Best Ski Resort 2019

Italy's Best Ski Resort for 2019 was Val Gardena, one of the most popular bases for exploring the Dolomites and the Sella Ronda region. This intermediate’s paradise boasts beautiful valley views, superb local slopes, and plenty of challenging tree-runs to explore.

Switzerland's Best Ski Resort 2019

The jewel in the crown of the Four Valleys ski area, Verbier ranks among the most stylish and chic ski resorts in Europe – and took top prize as Switzerland's Best Ski Resort 2019. Discerning skiers and snowboarders love Verbier for its dazzling selection of 5* and 6* luxury apartments, chalets and hotels, and the resort’s après ski scene is famous across the Alps. 
World Ski Awards winning resort Verbier

World's Best Ski Hotel 2019

The W Hotel is widely considered Verbier’s most stylish and sophisticated property, and took the top prize as the World's Best Ski Hotel at the World Ski Awards 2019. It takes pride of place by the Medran lift station, with effortless access into the expansive Four Valleys network. The bedrooms all offer plenty of space, with welcoming balconies boasting uninterrupted views over the peaks of Verbier. The W Hotel was also crowned Switzerland's Best Ski Hotel for 2019. 

France's Best Ski Hotel 2019

It was a big night for Val Thorens, as the World's Best Ski Resort 2019 is home to the elegant Hotel Altapura – voted France's Best Ski Hotel for 2019. The Altapura is an elegant and welcoming luxury hotel ideally situated close to the slopes in Val Thorens. With contemporary design, wonderful facilities and beautiful mountain views, it’s a well-deserved win.
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