There are few destinations that conjure visions of opulence like St. Moritz. Tucked within the Upper Engadine valley are five-star hotels, Michelin restaurants, and luxury shopping (from Brunello Cucinelli to Hermes Moncler) that makes Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive look quaint. Wherever you turn here — from late-night cocktails at The Dracula Club to blackjack at Casino St. Moritz — you’ll rub shoulders with mink-clad oligarchs, aristocrats, and their posses. With such well-heeled clientele, service is exceptional. Beyond the 220 miles of mind-blowing downhill, guests can curl, snow kite, snow shoe, and test their bobsled skills on the Olympia Bob run, the oldest bobsled run in the world and only natural ice run. Traditions like White Turf snow polo (thoroughbred horses race on the frozen lake), Snow Night Corvatsch (Switzerland’s longest floodlit slope for night skiing, pizza, and cocktails on Friday nights) and the hardcore Snow Safari Tour (ski from Corvatsch to Corviglia popping into to mountain huts to snack along the way) prove that this resort’s legendary status is well deserved.
The Best Run: The 400-meter giant slalom Audi Ski Run on the Corviglia.
Coolest Offering: Private husky-sled driving lessons, courtesy of the Kulm and Kronenhof hotels, offering two-hour dog-sledding classes, where guests learn how to clamp up the dogs, use equipment, and master driving techniques before stepping on the back of the sled and driving the Siberian huskies around a custom-made track.
Apres: Experiencing cheese fondue and Cristal at high altitude amongst high society at a luxe Alpine hut is a thrill. El Paradiso delivers views that match the scene.
Where to Stay: If you're willing to pay up, it's hard to go wrong here. Try the Kulm Hotel, Grand Hotel Kronenhof, or Badrutt’s Palace to start.