World Ski Awards Handed Out


Verbier takes the crown for the world’s best resort with Bear Lodge, Les Arcs named ‘World’s Best New Ski Hotel’. We look at the winners across all the categories. NEW

The global initiative recognises excellence in ski tourism and has unveiled the winners of its 10th annual programme.

The results follow a survey for the world’s leading ski travel, tourism and hospitality brands.

Votes were cast by ski industry professionals and ski consumers, with the nominee gaining the most votes in a category named the winner.

Verbier was named ‘World’s Best Ski Resort’ for the second year running.

The Swiss resort made it a double celebration with W Verbier collecting ‘World’s Best Ski Hotel’.

“We would like to thank all the destination’s partners who make Verbier live and shine internationally and without whom this award would not have been given to us,” said the  Director of Verbier Tourism, Simon Wiget,.

“This victory is that of the entire destination, of the shopkeepers, hoteliers and other professionals of Verbier and the Val de Bagnes; it is also that of our daily ambassadors, the secondary and annual residents, the seasonal workers and our loyal customers.”

Verbier, Switzerland. Image © PlanetSKI

Verbier, Switzerland. Image © PlanetSKI

See here for an earlier PlanetSKI article as we look at a survey compiled by Forbes:

France took double honours in the newcomer categories, with Bear Lodge, Les Arcs named ‘World’s Best New Ski Hotel’ and Val-d’Isère’s Chalet Abade recognized as ‘World’s Best New Ski Chalet’.

“We would like to thank all our staff who bring Bear Lodge in Arc 1950 to life, without them, this award would not have been given to us,” said the owner of VIP SKI, Andy Sturt, that offers holidays to Bear Lodge.

“This is the culmination of seven years’ design and development, during which VIP SKI has tried to create the ultimate ski experience.

“The new wing of Arc 1950 blends seamlessly into the picturesque high-altitude village and offers a completely new level of comfort and convenience.”

Bear Lodge, Arc 1950. Image c/o VIP SKI

Bear Lodge, Arc 1950. Image c/o VIP SKI

PlanetSKI will be staying at Bear Lodge next month as we pass through Les Arcs and we look forward to reporting back.

Val Thorens voted as ‘France’s Best Ski Resort’ for the 10th time at the World Ski Awards.

“We celebrate our 50th anniversary this season so we’re absolutely delighted to be awarded ‘Best Ski Resort in France’ again,” said the director of Val Thorens Tourist Office, Vincent Lalanne.

“We continue to invest substantially to make our ski holiday experience second to none whether that’s with new hotel developments, restaurants or designated ski areas for ski touring or fun zones for children.

“And this year sees the opening of the €40 million Le Board sports, wellness and business centre right in the heart of the village. It’s a marquee new development for the resort.”

La Grande Derniere, Val Thorens. Image © PlanetSKI

La Grande Derniere, Val Thorens. Image © PlanetSKI

– Chalet Zermatt Peak claimed ‘World’s Best Ski Chalet’.

– Stein Eriksen Residences in Utah took ‘World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel’.

– LAAX in Switzerland was named ‘World’s Best Freestyle Resort’.

– Ski Dubai picked up ‘World’s Best Indoor Ski Resort’.

– Leo Trippi was voted ‘World’s Best Ski Travel Agent’.

– Sunweb won ‘World’s Best Ski Tour Operator’.

– Tesla Transfers collected the title for ‘World’s Best Ski Transfer Operator’.

– LAAX’s rocksresort took the title of ‘World’s Best Green Ski Hotel’.

– Northern Escape Heli-Skiing, from British Columbia was ‘World’s Best Heli-Ski Operator’.

– Compagnie des Alpes gained the award for ‘World’s Best Ski Resort Group’.

– Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel was named ‘World’s Best Ski Resort Company’.

Kitzbuhel. Image © PlanetSKI

Kitzbuhel. Image © PlanetSKI

“Our winners represent the finest brands in global ski tourism and my congratulations to each of them,” said the  Managing Director if the World Ski Awards, Sion Rapson.

“The 10th annual World Ski Awards programme received a record number of votes from ski consumers across the world, and serves as a barometer on the eve of the upcoming season.

“This shows that the appetite for ski tourism has never been stronger.”

Awards were also announced on a country-level, featuring the best resorts and hospitality providers from the world’s best ski tourism destinations.

For a full list of winners visit here.

About World Ski Awards

Launched in 2013, World Ski Awards aims to drive up standards within the ski tourism industry by rewarding the organisations that are leaders in their field.

Votes are cast by ski industry professionals (senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators and media) and by the public (ski tourism consumers) in a range of categories, including best resorts, hotels, chalets and tour operators.

Votes are submitted online via the World Ski Awards website.

World Ski Awards is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 29th anniversary.

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