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Hotel de Charme Les Airelles
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Courchevel, France: The massive Trois Vallees (three valleys) interconnected ski areas offer one of the greatest arrays of terrain on earth. Already-glamorous Courchevel has seen massive upgrades across the board, leading the government to classify a whopping 12 hotels with its highest five-star rating for this winter — plus a dozen four-stars. The very top luxury choices are Le Mélézin, Palace des Neiges, and Hotel de Charme Les Airelles, which just added a sumptuous five-story private villa to its accommodations. Likewise, Courchevel’s collection of Michelin-starred eateries expands with three new recipients, including one of the world’s most revered celebrity chefs at Pierre Gagnaire for Les Airelles Hotel, along with Le 1947 and Il Vino. courchevel.com

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Interlaken, Switzerland: In the shadow of one of Europe’s most famous peaks, the Jungfrau, Interlaken offers three major resorts on a single lift ticket. Many skiers come just for one of the grandest mountain hotels on the continent, the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, which features the world’s first Sensai Select Spa from renowned Japanese beauty brand Kanebo. The hotel offers one-stop convenience with in-house rental gear, lift tickets, ski instructors, and a private van that transports guests to the gondola at nearby Männlichen Grindelwald ski resort. New this winter is a guided gastronomic tasting tour of Interlaken in lieu of a day on the slopes. Do not miss the famed Piz Gloria revolving mountaintop restaurant, which doubled as Telly Savalas’ evil lair in the Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. After lunch you can tackle the same black-diamond run that 007 escaped down in cinema’s most famous ski scene. victoria-jungfrau.ch, jungfrau.ch

St. Anton, Austria: Behind the traditional Tyrolean exterior of this quaint village lies the most cosmopolitan mountain resort in ski-crazed Austria. The vast interconnected ski resorts of the Arlberg region rise above the town, and the quality of skiing is unmatched. Because of its enormous size, St. Anton’s recent improvements have been focused on more, better, and faster lifts: The Galzig cable car alone cost more than $25 million and whisks skiers to the Galzig area, the heart of the action. Another new high-speed lift, with eight-passenger gondola cars and heated seats, runs from the center of St. Anton directly to the Rendl ski area on the opposite side of the valley — a huge improvement over the bus — so visitors can now access the entire mountain range from town. For a ski break, there’s a new state-of-the-art recreation center downtown with a huge climbing gym (more than 100 routes) and even ice climbing. stantonamarlberg.com