La Sivoliere, Courchevel 1850, France
Spread across three valleys, with eight different resorts and more than 370 miles of slopes, the Trois Vallées in France (Three Valleys) is the biggest connected ski area in the world. And Courchevel 1850, the haughtiest on-high resort here (at 1850 meters), attracts Russian moguls and the supermodels who love them in equal measure. But that's not why we're here. We love La Sivoliere because it offers all the luxe and adventure without the over the top attitude. Pinewood, fur and plush carpeting mix with minimalist white bedding in the rooms for toned-down modern alpine comfort. And there's a hammam and sauna as well as a pool to warm you at day's end. Grab your skis in the hotel's dedicated ski lounge and schuss approximately three-pole-pushes away to access the Dou du Midi lift, your gateway to Europe's biggest, baddest terrain.