The World Ski Awards has recognized the 2023 leaders in ski tourism, commending hotels worldwide for achievements in a variety of sectors.
In its 11th annual event, the World Ski Awards announced W Verbier in Switzerland as the best ski hotel of 2023. Open all year round, the hotel is located 1,531m up in Verbier, an alpine village in the Valais Canton. Guests have access to over 400km of terrain and a choice of 123 rooms and suites across four chalet-style buildings.
Switzerland saw further success with RocksResort, located in Laax, which won World’s Best Green Ski Hotel for a third consecutive time and a fifth time overall. Chalet Zermatt Peak, also in Switzerland, won World’s Best Ski Chalet for the fourth consecutive year, celebrating on Instagram.
Japan also had winners in multiple global categories. Setsu Niseko won the award for the World’s Best New Ski Hotel, while HakuVillas won World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel.
Meanwhile, Val Thorens in France won World’s Best Ski Resort for the eighth time. At 2,300m, it is the highest ski resort in Europe and is known for being surrounded by high-quality snow, which lasts from November to May. It celebrated its achievement on X.
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🏆✨ Val Thorens couronnée "Meilleure Station de Ski du Monde" pour la 8ème fois aux #WorldSkiAwards ! Merci à tous pour votre soutien. Continuons de briller ensemble ! #LiveUnited #BestSkiResort pic.twitter.com/NSqdtJYLK5— ❄️ Val Thorens ❄️ (@Val_Tho) November 13, 2023
GlobalData, Hotel Management Network’s parent company, tracked filings made by travel and tourism companies since 2016. Its findings show that the skiing industry suffered a dramatic if unsurprising drop in interest from companies during the pandemic but bounced back in 2021.
Of the awards, Sion Rapson, Managing Director at World Ski Awards, said: “Winning a World Ski Award signifies reaching the summit of ski hospitality. I congratulate our select group of winners for all their hard work, fortitude and unswerving commitment to excellence.
“This year we received a record number of votes from ski tourism consumers all around the world – most encouraging on the eve of the upcoming season. This signifies a rebound for the global industry and a return to pre-pandemic levels of interest and engagement.”
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