The holiday season is a time for joy and celebration. From the sound of tinkling sleigh bells to the taste of hot chocolate by a roasting log fire, there's nothing greater than Christmas in the snow.

So, what better way to get in the festive spirit than coming together for a Luxury Skiing Holiday?

The best places to ski at Christmas provide stunning views, a wide range of snow activities and plenty of terrain to hone your skills. Not only that, but the magical ski villages leave you with everlasting memories.

Including classic French chalets and snow-dusted American mountaintops, here's our top ski holiday destinations for an unforgettable Christmas adventure.

1. Courchevel, France

Featuring beginner-friendly ski schools with lots of snow sure slopes, Courchevel is an enchanting destination that's perfect for a Christmas escape. There's an excellent après ski scene and access to pistes from green to black, meaning all abilities are accommodated for during your stay. Should you want to extend your holiday, travel to the world-renowned neighbouring resorts of Val Thorens and Méribel.

However, Le K2 Palace is one of the best ski resorts for Christmas breaks. Based in Courchevel, this stunning ski hotel offers sumptuous Michelin star food, luxury spa treatments, and beautiful views spanning for miles. Enjoy heli-skiing or exciting dog sledding tours and explore the Fabulous French Alps.

"Courchevel is a skier’s paradise! The pristine slopes suit all abilities while the exquisite French cuisine is perfect following a thrilling ski day with family and friends. So, raise a glass of fine French wine and tick this magical destination off your bucket list!" - Joy Woodside, Ski Product Manager

2. Val-d'Isère, France

Further east, another France Ski Holiday ideal for the festive season is Val-d'Isère. Val-d'Isère's luxury wooden chalets, 300km of pistes and 90 lifts make it a popular ski region for a winter break. There are ski resorts with guaranteed snow at Christmas and incredible facilities to help you relax.

Airelles Val-d'Isère is one such resort. A ski-in/ski-out hotel with panoramic views of Pointe du Montet, Airelles boasts cosy apartments and fine dining restaurants with a Mediterranean twist. Alternatively, you can stay at the intimate Le K2 Chogori - another resort with superb festive activities. Enjoy a soothing treatment at the Goji Spa while the children play at the Kids' Klub.

3. Megève, France

Overlooking the spectacular Mont Blanc Massif, Megève features excellent ski-able terrain lined with beautiful trees. The cobbled, snowy streets link chic boutiques with vibrant bars while the short transfer to Geneva makes for a perfect ski weekend over the Christmas period. So, whether you’re an intermediate skier, advanced skier or complete beginner, you’re sure to have a wonderful ski break.

The abundance of snow activities at Four Seasons Megève make it a winter wonderland for the holiday season and a fan favourite resort among first-time skiers. Enjoy a hot chocolate between runs, snow-safe bike rides and ice skating. Then, why not unwind in your luxury wooden chalet for the night?

4. St Moritz, Switzerland

Renowned for its unique chocolate box resorts and beautiful landscapes lit up by festive lights, St. Moritz is a ski haven waiting to be explored. Scout out incredible views of Piz Nair and Engadin during your runs. Then enjoy the ski region's immersive snow activities and stellar après ski for a luxury Swiss holiday.

One of best places to go skiing in December through the Swiss Alps is Kulm Hotel. Built in 1853, Kulm Hotel has developed into a sportsperson's paradise thanks to its Olympic Bob Run and ski-able terrain. The soul-soothing heated pool, exquisite fine dining options and cosy suites ensure your Christmas is an experience like no other.

5. Andermatt, Switzerland

Considered one of the Best European Ski Resorts in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Andermatt is a skier's paradise. Featuring sensational slope activities and tremendous year-round skiing conditions, your festive holidays can be spent on relaxing winter walks and in restaurants that serve delicious fondue.

Perched among the area's sweeping valleys and towering mountains, you can celebrate Christmas in style at The Chedi Andermatt. An immaculate ski resort renowned for its Chedi Asian-inspired brand, this family-friendly hotel offers an exquisite array of facilities. From the Finnish sauna to the laidback Bar and Living Room, it's considered as the best ski resort for New Year's Eve for extended holidays.

6. Aspen Snowmass, USA

In North America, you'll discover picturesque towns and holiday destinations, but also some of the Best USA Ski Resorts for Christmas. Home to 5,500+ acres of snow sure slopes and a passionate community, Aspen Snowmass is one such example. The western Colorado ski sanctuary is narrowly pipped by Park City as the largest ski resort in the USA. But it also features amazing winter experiences.

Viceroy Snowmass provides these festive experiences in the form of seamless ski-in/ski-out facilities and family-friendly outdoor activities. Perfect for a luxury USA ski holiday, you can take an evening gondola ride up to Elk Camp and learn the ropes with skiing lessons alongside your family.

“Christmas in Colorado is quite simply the stuff of dreams! With four high altitude mountains to explore as you soak in the breathtaking Rockies, every ski day feels like a pinch yourself moment. So, enjoy a hearty American welcome with exceptional hospitality and experience Aspen over the festive time to truly put the icing on the Christmas cake!" - Joy Woodside, Ski Product Manager

Discover your holiday spirit on an unforgettable festive ski holiday

Want to celebrate the holiday season, but aren't sure where the best places to ski at Christmas are? Our Travel Specialists can tailor-make your next magical adventure for a merry time in a winter wonderland.

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