Notable Winter Destinations: Snowy Landscapes and Luxury Ski Retreats

Whistler, British Columbia

Each season, the team at Jetset Magazine works to provide our readers with the very best in luxury destinations and experiences for the affluent jetsetter. In this issue, we take an inside look at some of the most stunning and awe-inspiring winter destinations worthy of noting when planning your next snow-filled family vacation or exotic getaway.

Snowmass Club
Snowmass Village, Co.

Located 8,000 feet above sea level a short drive from Aspen, Snowmass Club offers an all-inclusive country club experience and the ideal mountain lifestyle. In the winter, enjoy skiing and snowboarding or cross-country skiing through 200 acres of majestic mountain scenery. In the warmer months, test your skills on the magnificent Snowmass Club Golf Course, a traditional Irish links signature course designed by Jim Engh. It combines stunning panoramic vistas with challenging elevation changes and bunkers. In every season of the year, make Snowmass Club your private mountain playground.

British Columbia, Canada

This Canadian winter playground offers an impressive choice of outdoor adventures, including skiing (downhill, Nordic and heli-skiing), snowboarding, winter ziplining, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and the PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience gondola, not to mention all of the opportunities for après-ski fun. Ski or snowboard: Whistler Blackcomb, an 8,100-acre dream destination for skiers offering 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers, world-class terrain parks and over 200 marked trails. Stay: Four Seasons Private Residences, Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

St. Moritz

It’s easy to see why this elegant Swiss enclave is one of the world’s top holiday destinations. It has hosted the Winter Olympics twice and is the site where James Bond sped down the slopes in “The Spy Who Loved Me.” Set on the south-facing flank of the Alps, St. Moritz is home to winter sports, designer boutiques, haute cuisine and Switzerland’s highest casino. Ski or snowboard: Corviglia, offering first-class skiing and après-ski dining. Stay: Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, Carlton Hotel St. Moritz.


This enchanting UNESCO World Heritage city is well known as the birthplace of Mozart and the filming location for “The Sound of Music.” It’s also a city of culture with museums and historic palaces to explore and classical music concerts to enjoy. Check out the local beer pubs, sample award-winning gourmet cuisine or drop into a local coffeehouse to experience warm Austrian hospitality. Ski or snowboard: Kitzbühel, set above a scenic medieval town. Stay: Schloss Fuschl, Schloss Mönchstein.

About The Author

Si Si Penaloza's first brush with unbridled luxury came when she was 18 months old, when she toddled from the lobby of Hôtel Ritz Paris into the adjacent Bar Hemingway – only to be busted 15 minutes later. After cutting her teeth as a curator, arts editor and cultural critic, she fell down the rabbit hole of luxury travel. A natural born flâneur, she thrives as a professional lounger – jetting to the world’s top destinations to review hotels and spas for top international outlets. Amid bouts of horizontal hedonism, she’s not immune to the lure of stunt journalism – interviewing Brad Pitt, George Clooney and the cast of Ocean's Thirteen in Cannes, reporting from Prince Harry’s Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Caribbean or racing the Top Gear team through the vineyards of Stellenbosch. She’s also been known to trek the Himalayas in seersucker pajamas, track baby kiwi birds at Cape Kidnappers, observe octopus at 80 feet below in Curaçao and frolic with frisky penguins on Cape Town's Boulder Beach. For editorial consideration please contact editor@jetsetmag(dot)com.

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