Ski and Stay at the World's Best

6th December 2017 - Craig Charley
Laax Happy Snowboarders © GaudenzDanuser.com

In the recent 2017 World Ski Awards, a host of our resorts and properties came out on top. Find out which made the cut and why our experts think they deserved to win below.

Congratulations to all the winners and runners up, all thoroughly deserved!

World's Best Freestyle Resort - Laax

Laax skiers top view © Gaudenz Danuser Winter 15/16

"With the longest continuous halfpipe in the world, an Olympic-sized kicker and total of over 90 features, it’s no wonder Laax has come up top in the Freestyle category. Not only does it host a number of top freestyle events, the resort is also home to the famous Freestyle Academy with a huge indoor training facility." - Andrea Selig, Switzerland & Asia Product Manager

Find out more about Laax »

World's Best Green Ski Hotel - rocksresort, Laax

rocksresort offer

"rocksresort is made from 500 tons of 40-million-year-old quartz stone. This sets the tone for the resort, in its responsible and sustainable approach to resources and the environment. It adheres to high energy efficiency standards, uses regional hydro-power, and heat waste is reused. Even employee clothing is supplied by environmentally conscious brands!" - Andrea Selig, Switzerland & Asia Product Manager

Find out more about rocksresort »

Japan’s Best Ski Resort - Rusutsu Resort

Rusutsu Powder © Grant Gunderson

"Located in snowy Hokkaido, Rusutsu is a well-kept secret amongst the locals and offers fantastic uncrowded skiing and boarding with easily accessible tree-ski terrain." - Andrea Selig, Switzerland & Asia Product Manager

Find out more about Rusutsu »

Japan’s Best Ski Hotel - The Westin Rusutsu Resort

Westin Rusutsu Resort © Starwood Hotels

"The two-level rooms in the Westin Rusutsu Resort are really spacious and a novel set-up for a hotel, while still meeting the high Westin standard. Sitting between the East and West mountains, it's easy to get onto the slopes, and while there are three excellent options for dining, you can easily take the free monorail over to Rusutsu North and South Wings for even more choice." - Craig Charley, Senior Marketing Executive

Find out more about the Westin Rusutsu Resort »

Japan’s Best Ski Chalet - Sekka Kan

Hirafu Apartments - Sekka Kan

"One of Niseko’s most sought-after properties, located right at the heart of Hirafu Village. Sekka Kan combines the best of Western luxury with contemporary Japanese design." - Andrea Selig, Switzerland & Asia Product Manager

Find out more about Hirafu Apartments, Niseko »

Norway’s Best Ski Resort - Trysil

Trysil Pudder Skiing © Ola Matsson / SkiStar

"A worthy winner and a great all-rounder. Trysil’s guaranteed snow, immaculately groomed and uncrowded pistes provide perfect conditions for blissful skiing." - Andy Hemingway, Scandinavia Product Manager

Find out more about Trysil »

Norway’s Best Ski Hotel - Radisson Blu Resort Trysil

Radisson Blu Resort Trysil from the Slopes © Ola Matsson 21x9

"This hotel ticks all the boxes. A prime location, ski-in ski-out at the main base area, great facilities and a superb range of rooms, suites and luxury apartments makes for a winning combination." - Andy Hemingway, Scandinavia Product Manager

Find out more about the Radisson Blu Resort Trysil »

Norway’s Best Ski Chalet - Havsdalgrenda, Geilo

Havsdalsgrenda Exterior

"Stylish ski-in ski-out accommodation; beautiful panoramic views of the valley and attentive service really set this property apart." - Andy Hemingway, Scandinavia Product Manager

Find out more about Havsdalgrenda »

Sweden’s Best Ski Resort - Åre

Åre Kabinbana © Karl Hagglund / Skistar

"Beautiful scenery and nature await you in Åre where soft peaks provide a wonderful backdrop, with highlights like the indigenous population of reindeer and access to over 1,000 acres of world-class terrain. Off the slopes, Åre is known as the Stockholm of the mountains due to the fantastic dining opportunities, nightlife and outdoor activities." - Andy Hemingway, Scandinavia Product Manager

Find out more about Åre »

Sweden’s Best Ski Hotel - Copperhill Mountain Lodge, Åre

Copperhill Mountain Lodge © Jonas Kullman

"Scandinavian style and luxury at its best. Copperhill is a superb choice if you’re looking for something special and off the beaten track." - Andy Hemingway, Scandinavia Product Manager

Find out more about Copperhill Mountain Lodge »

Switzerland’s Best Ski resort - Laax

Laax Offer © Gaudenzdanuser Winter 1516

"Laax has been on our radar for a long time, and as one of the UK’s top tour operators to the region, we know the resort very well. Constant investment in the infrastructure and town have seen it evolve into a modern and convenient resort​." - Andrea Selig, Switzerland & Asia Product Manager

Find out more about Laax »

Canada’s Best Ski Resort - Lake Louise

Lake Louise Epic © Dan Evans

“One of the largest resorts in Canada with awesome terrain and quite frankly the best backdrop of any mountain in North America. With a long, consistent season “the Lake” will always be my top pick in the Rockies for the best of everything." - Andy Knights, Sales Manager

Find out more about Lake Louise »

Canada’s Best Ski Hotel - Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside

Pan Pacific Mountainside Offer

"It is all about the location and it does not get much better than the Pan Pacific Mountainside - plus the hotel excels in the quality of the rooms and the customer service is faultless." - Rupert Hatfield, Canada Product Manager

Find out more about the Pan Pacific Mountainside »

Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel, Whistler

Summit Lodge Offer

"The Summit Lodge is what all boutique hotels should be like - it is a small, high-quality and attractive hotel. It also tries to be different and achieves this very well, adding unique touches to each guest experience." - Rupert Hatfield, Canada Product Manager

Find out more about the Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel »

Canada’s Best Ski Chalet - Bighorn, Revelstoke

Bighorn Revelstoke

“If mind-blowing luxury is what you’re after, then Bighorn in Revelstoke can provide it, along with a private chef and enough space to entertain your friends or family in Canada’s snowiest and arguably steepest resort." - Andy Knights, Sales Manager

Find out more about Bighorn »

United States’ Best Ski Resort - Deer Valley

Deer Valley Groomed Skiing © Deer Valley Resort

"One of the most exclusive ski resorts in the world, with Utah’s famous fluffy snow for its perfectly groomed, tree-lined trails. Located near the town of Park City, which is only 45 mins transfer from Salt Lake City International Airport." - James Rivers, USA Product Manager

Find out more about Deer Valley »

United States’ Best Ski Hotel - Waldorf Astoria Park City

Waldorf Astoria Park City

"The epitome of luxury, this stunning hotel is located on the slopes of Park City Mountain resorts, now the USA’s largest ski resort." - James Rivers, USA Product Manager

Find out more about Waldorf Astoria »

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For a tailor-made quote for any of the properties and resorts above, or for advice based on first-hand knowledge, call us on 01273 224060 or request a quotation online.

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Senior Marketing Executive

One of the handful of non-skiers before joining Ski Safari, I've now skied in North America, Europe and Asia. After my first taste of powder and tree skiing in Japan last winter, I'm looking forward to more off-piste adventures!