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Verbier in Switzerland has been named the ‘World’s Best Ski Resort’ for the first time, knocking France’s Val Thorens off its perch. 

Verbier received the illustrious title at the 2021 World Ski Awards, which were voted for by ski industry professionals and by the public in a range of categories, including best resorts, hotels, chalets and tour operators. This year, more than 2.2million people cast their votes.

It was a double victory for Verbier, with the five-star W Verbier ranked as the ‘World’s Best Ski Hotel’ for the sixth consecutive year. Other major winners at this week’s online awards ceremony included Switzerland’s Chalet Zermatt Peak, which sits ‘in the shadow of the majestic Matterhorn’, and was named the ‘World’s Best Ski Chalet’; and Austria’s ‘exquisite’ Aurelio Lech, which was awarded the ‘World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel’ gong. For the ninth year running, Deer Valley was named America’s best ski resort, while Thredbo won the gold medal for Australia’s best ski resort.

Verbier in Switzerland, pictured, has been named the 'World's Best Ski Resort' for the first time, knocking France's Val Thorens off its perch

Verbier in Switzerland, pictured, has been named the ‘World’s Best Ski Resort’ for the first time, knocking France’s Val Thorens off its perch

Verbier received the illustrious title at the 2021 World Ski Awards, which were voted for by 2.2million people. Pictured is a skier going off-piste at the Swiss resort

Verbier received the illustrious title at the 2021 World Ski Awards, which were voted for by 2.2million people. Pictured is a skier going off-piste at the Swiss resort 

It was a double victory for Verbier, with the five-star W Verbier (pictured) ranked as the 'World's Best Ski Hotel'

It was a double victory for Verbier, with the five-star W Verbier (pictured) ranked as the ‘World’s Best Ski Hotel’

It’s the sixth consecutive year that W Verbier has been named the world’s best ski hotel. Pictured is a bathroom in one of the hotel’s suites 

A suite at W Verbier. An awards statement said of the resort: 'Verbier has carefully maintained its charm as an alpine village'

A suite at W Verbier. An awards statement said of the resort: ‘Verbier has carefully maintained its charm as an alpine village’

Verbier, which is the gateway to the 4 Vallées ski area, impressed the judges with its ‘world-class terrain, charming chalets and a thriving après scene’.

An awards statement said: ‘Perched on a sunny plateau at an altitude of 1,500 metres in the heart of the Swiss Alps, with its slate-roofed chalets, Verbier has carefully maintained its charm as an alpine village.’

It’s noted that ‘with nearly 100 lifts and more than 400km (248.4 miles) of ski runs for all levels of expertise’ the resort is ‘a must for skiers from all over the world’. ‘Its “après-ski” is a real institution that welcomes a cosmopolitan clientele of all generations, not to mention the unforgettable nightlife,’ it added.

Chalet Zermatt Peak in Switzerland, which has been named the 'World's Best Ski Chalet' at the World Ski Awards 2021

Chalet Zermatt Peak in Switzerland, which has been named the ‘World’s Best Ski Chalet’ at the World Ski Awards 2021

One of the bedrooms at Chalet Zermatt Peak. The chalet sits in the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn mountain

One of the bedrooms at Chalet Zermatt Peak. The chalet sits in the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn mountain 

The exterior of Aurelio Lech in Austria, which collected the ‘World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel’ gong at the World Ski Awards

The exterior of Aurelio Lech in Austria, which collected the ‘World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel’ gong at the World Ski Awards

Inside the spa at Aurelio Lech. The hotel was described as 'exquisite' in an awards statement

Inside the spa at Aurelio Lech. The hotel was described as ‘exquisite’ in an awards statement 

Rocksresort in Laax, Switzerland, has been named the 'Best Green Ski Hotel 2021'

Rocksresort in Laax, Switzerland, has been named the ‘Best Green Ski Hotel 2021’

Val Thorens, the highest resort in Europe at 7,546ft (2,300m), had been awarded the best-resort gong seven times in the awards’ nine-year history. Until now, only Kitzbühel had managed to steal the main title away from the French resort.

Val Thorens was, however, named ‘France’s Best Ski Resort’ of 2021. Making it all the more attractive, the resort’s Hotel le Pashmina was chosen as the ‘Best Ski Boutique Hotel in France’ for 2021.

According to the awards, the five-star hotel is ‘one of the most beautiful mountain hotels, with lots of light, big spaces, soft materials and lively colours’. The hotel is also home to chef Josselin Jeanblanc and his Michelin-star restaurant ‘Les Explorateurs’.

THE WINNERS AT THE 2021 WORLD SKI AWARDS

WORLD WINNERS 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Verbier (Switzerland)

Best Freestyle Resort 2021: Laax (Switzerland)

Best Ski Hotel 2021: W Verbier (Switzerland)

Best New Ski Hotel 2021: The Vale Rusutsu (Japan)

Best Green Ski Hotel 2021: Rocksresort (Switzerland)

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Aurelio Lech (Austria)

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Chalet Zermatt Peak (Switzerland)

Best New Ski Chalet 2021: Chalet Face à Face (France)

Best Ski Resort Company 2021: Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel (Austria)

Best Indoor Ski Resort 2021: Ski Dubai (UAE)

Best Ski Tour Operator 2021: Tui

Best Ski Travel Agent 2021: Leo Trippi

Best Heli-Ski Operator 2021: Bella Coola Heli Sports (Canada)

Best Ski Transfer Operator 2021: Schneebeben

AUSTRALIA  

Best Ski Resort 2021: Thredbo

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa Hotel

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Astra Falls Creek

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Sequoia Penthouse Thredbo

CHINA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Vanke Lake Songhua Resort

JAPAN 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Rusutsu Resort

Best Ski Hotel 2021: The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel Hokkaido

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Ki Niseko

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Aspect

NEW ZEALAND 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Mt Hutt

Best Ski Hotel 2021: The Rees Hotel, Luxury Apartments & Lakeside Residences

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Matakauri Lodge

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Azur Luxury Lodge

SOUTH KOREA  

Best Ski Resort 2021: YongPyong Resort

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Dragon Valley Hotel

ANDORRA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Vallnord – Pal Arinsal

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Hotel Plaza

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: The Xalet Bringué Hotel & Spa

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Ski Chalet Alpine Residence

AUSTRIA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Kitzbühel

Best Ski Hotel 2021: A-ROSA Kitzbühel

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Aurelio Lech

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Hahnenkamm Lodge

BULGARIA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Bansko

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Aparthotel Lucky Bansko SPA & Relax

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Alpin Hotel

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Villa Gella

CZECH REPUBLIC 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Skiareál Špindlerův Mlýn

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Harmony Club Hotel

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Savoy Špindlerův Mlýn

FINLAND 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Levi

Best Ski Hotel 2021: KIDE Hotel by Iso-Syöte

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Iso-Syöte

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Rukan Salonki Chalets

FRANCE 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Val Thorens

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Pashmina

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Le Chalet Mont Blanc 

Source: World Ski Awards 

GERMANY 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Oberstdorf

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Schloss Elmau

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Staudacherhof

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Country Home Pitzner

ITALY 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Dolomites Val Gardena

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Montana Lodge & Spa

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Saint Hubertus Resort Luxury Hotel & Spa

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Cesa del louf

NORWAY 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Geilo

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Radisson Blu Resort Trysil

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Nermo Hotell

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Havsdalsgrenda

POLAND 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Kotelnica Bialczańska

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Radisson Blu Hotel & Residences, Zakopane

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Crocus

ROMANIA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Sinaia

RUSSIA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Rosa Khutor

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Rixos Krasnaya Polyana Sochi

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Grand Hotel & Spa Rodina

SLOVAKIA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Jasná Nízke Tatry

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel FIS Jasná

SLOVENIA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Krvavec

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Ramada Resort by Wyndham Kranjska Gora

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Rozka

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Chalet Planina

SPAIN

Best Ski Resort 2021: Baqueira/Beret

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Rafaelhoteles By La Pleta

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Meliá Royal Tanau Boutique Hotel

SWEDEN 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Åre

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Hotel Bügelhof

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Eriksgårdens Fjällhotell

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Skutan Ski Lodge

SWITZERLAND 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Verbier

Best Ski Hotel 2021: W Verbier

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Ultima Gstaad

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Chalet Zermatt Peak

ARGENTINA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Chapelco Ski Resort

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Llao Llao Hotel & Resort

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Charming Luxury Lodge

CANADA 

Best Ski Resort 2021: The Lake Louise Ski Resort

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: The Josie

Best Ski Chalet 2021: Whiteworth Chalet

CHILE 

Best Ski Resort 2021: Portillo

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Hotel Termas Chillán

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: Hotel Posada Farellones

U.S.

Best Ski Resort 2021: Deer Valley Resort, Utah

Best Ski Hotel 2021: Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley

Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021: The Lodge at Blue Sky 

 

For the ninth year running, Deer Valley (pictured above) in Utah was named America's best ski resort

For the ninth year running, Deer Valley (pictured above) in Utah was named America’s best ski resort

Pictured above is Thredbo, New South Wales, which won the gold medal for Australia's best ski resort

Pictured above is Thredbo, New South Wales, which won the gold medal for Australia’s best ski resort

Pictured is Val Thorens, the highest resort in Europe at 7,546ft (2,300m), which has been awarded the best-resort gong seven times in the awards' nine-year history

Pictured is Val Thorens, the highest resort in Europe at 7,546ft (2,300m), which has been awarded the best-resort gong seven times in the awards’ nine-year history

Fireworks in Val Thorens. The French ski resort was named 'France's Best Ski Resort' of 2021

Fireworks in Val Thorens. The French ski resort was named ‘France’s Best Ski Resort’ of 2021

Hotel le Pashmina (pictured) - the 'Best Ski Boutique Hotel in France' for 2021 - is described as 'one of the most beautiful mountain hotels, with lots of light, big spaces, soft materials and lively colours'

Hotel le Pashmina (pictured) – the ‘Best Ski Boutique Hotel in France’ for 2021 – is described as ‘one of the most beautiful mountain hotels, with lots of light, big spaces, soft materials and lively colours’

Hotel le Pashmina is home to chef Josselin Jeanblanc and his Michelin-star restaurant 'Les Explorateurs' (pictured)

Hotel le Pashmina is home to chef Josselin Jeanblanc and his Michelin-star restaurant ‘Les Explorateurs’ (pictured)

Vincent Lalanne, director of Val Thorens Tourist Office, said: ‘We are really honoured to be awarded the accolade of “Best Ski Resort in France”, thanks to our community of Val Thorens fans. We also want to congratulate Verbier for winning the “World’s Best Ski Resort” title, which we’ve achieved seven times.

‘We are also delighted to once again be able to receive and welcome British visitors now that the French Government has allowed leisure travel to resume.’

In the newcomer category, the gong for the ‘Best New Ski Hotel’ went to The Vale Rusutsu, positioned at the base of the ‘world-class ski slopes’ of Japan’s Rusutsu Resort. The hotel was designed ‘with nature as its focus’ and features ‘luxury condominium-style apartments’. Meanwhile, Chalet Face a Face in Val d’Isère, France, reigned supreme as the ‘Best New Ski Chalet’, winning over the judges with its ‘understated opulence’.

Winners also included Switzerland’s Laax – home to the world’s biggest halfpipe (‘World’s Best Freestyle Resort’); Ski Dubai, with its ‘impressive array of snow-based activities’ (‘World’s Best Indoor Ski Resort’); Bergbahn AG Kitzbuhel (‘World’s Best Ski Resort Company’); Bella Coola Heli Sports, Canada (‘World’s Best Heli-Ski Operator’); Rocksresort, Switzerland – with ‘urban, eco-conscious styling amid a stunning natural environment’ (‘World’s Best Green Ski Hotel’); Schneebeben (‘World’s Best Ski Transfer Operator’); Leo Trippi (‘World’s Best Ski Travel Agent’) and Tui (‘World’s Best Ski Tour Operator’).

The enticing pool at Le Chalet Mont Blanc, Chamonix, winner of 'France's Best Ski Chalet'

The enticing pool at Le Chalet Mont Blanc, Chamonix, winner of ‘France’s Best Ski Chalet’

Le Chalet Mont Blanc describes itself as 'a chic and modern retreat... five floors of unrivalled excellence'

Le Chalet Mont Blanc describes itself as ‘a chic and modern retreat… five floors of unrivalled excellence’

The gong for the world's 'Best New Ski Hotel' went to The Vale Rusutsu, which is positioned at the base of the 'world-class ski slopes' of Japan's Rusutsu Resort (pictured)

The gong for the world’s ‘Best New Ski Hotel’ went to The Vale Rusutsu, which is positioned at the base of the ‘world-class ski slopes’ of Japan’s Rusutsu Resort (pictured) 

Ultima Gstaad, pictured above, collected the gong for 'Switzerland's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021'

Ultima Gstaad, pictured above, collected the gong for ‘Switzerland’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2021’

A room at Hahnenkamm Lodge, Kitzbuhel - which received the accolade of Austria's best ski chalet

A room at Hahnenkamm Lodge, Kitzbuhel – which received the accolade of Austria’s best ski chalet 

Awards were also announced on a country level, with the best resorts, hotels and chalets from the world’s leading ski tourism destinations receiving accolades.

The winners included the Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko, which won the title of Bulgaria’s best ski hotel; Novotel Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa Hotel, which was named Australia’s best ski hotel; Hotel Plaza – recognised as Andorra’s best ski hotel; and A-Rosa Kitzbuhel, which earned the title of Austria’s best ski hotel.

Among the other country-level winners were Oberstdorf, which was awarded the gong for Germany’s best ski resort; Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Morillon – celebrated as France’s best ski hotel; and Montana Lodge & Spa, which took the award for Italy’s best ski hotel.

A-Rosa Kitzbuhel, pictured above, earned the title of Austria's best ski hotel in the prestigious awards

A-Rosa Kitzbuhel, pictured above, earned the title of Austria’s best ski hotel in the prestigious awards

Montana Lodge & Spa took the award for Italy's best ski hotel, pictured

Pictured is the lobby area of Italy's Montana Lodge & Spa. The World Ski Awards named Dolomites Val Gardena as the country's best ski resort

Montana Lodge & Spa took the award for Italy’s best ski hotel. Pictured on the left is the hotel’s exterior and on the right the lobby. The World Ski Awards named Dolomites Val Gardena as the country’s best ski resort

Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside (pictured above) was named Canada's best ski hotel

Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside (pictured above) was named Canada’s best ski hotel

The outdoor pool at the award-winning Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside. This year, more than 2.2million people cast their votes in the awards

The outdoor pool at the award-winning Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside. This year, more than 2.2million people cast their votes in the awards

Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley, which scooped the 'United States' Best Ski Hotel' accolade

Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley, which scooped the ‘United States’ Best Ski Hotel’ accolade

Over in North America, Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside was named Canada’s best ski hotel, while Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley received the ‘United States’ Best Ski Hotel’ accolade.

Sion Rapson, Managing Director of the World Ski Awards, said: ‘Our winners represent the very best of the global ski tourism sector and my congratulations to each of them. The ninth annual World Ski Awards programme received a record number of votes from ski consumers across the world. This shows that the appetite for ski tourism has never been stronger and bodes well as the global recovery gathers momentum.’

For more information visit worldskiawards.com.

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Zen, the final new entry to the list of the world’s 101 largest superyachts for 2021, is shrouded in secrecy. 

Very little is known about what the interiors look like because its stylists all signed a nondisclosure agreement. 

As large as these new ships are they don’t quite make it into the top five section of the 101 largest superyachts list.

This image serves up a sneak peek of Project Y712, which is expected to be delivered in 2022. Reportedly commissioned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, this 127m (416ft) vessel will become the largest sailing yacht in the world

This image serves up a sneak peek of Project Y712, which is expected to be delivered in 2022. Reportedly commissioned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, this 127m (416ft) vessel will become the largest sailing yacht in the world

That list is topped by the 180.61m (590ft) Azzam, the 162.5m (533ft) Eclipse, the 162m (531ft) Dubai, the 156m (511ft) Dilbar and the 155m (508ft) Al Said.

With the 2021 list complete, Boat International is already looking forward to the 2022 edition, which looks set to be a bumper year for yacht building. Not least because it’s when Project Y712 will be delivered.

Reportedly commissioned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, this 127m (416ft) vessel will become the largest sailing yacht in the world.

Pictured is Project 1010, which should be ready in 2022. Measuring 118m (387ft) in length, it's set to be largest yacht that yacht builder Feadship has ever made

Pictured is Project 1010, which should be ready in 2022. Measuring 118m (387ft) in length, it’s set to be largest yacht that yacht builder Feadship has ever made

Other notable yachts to look out for will be the 107m (351ft) Lurssen explorer Northern Star III, in build for Canadian billionaire John Risley, and the largest ever Feadship, 118m (387ft) Project 1010.

Stewart Campbell, editor-in-chief at Boat International Media, said: ‘We’ve seen some truly special superyachts hitting the water this year. The standout must be 140-metre Solaris, built in Germany by Lloyd Werft. This new explorer yacht sets new standards for design, which is no surprise given the involvement of Marc Newson. In 2022, we’re expecting another bumper crop of large yachts to hit the water, including the largest sailing yacht ever built, 127-metre-long Project Y721, currently in build in the Netherlands.’

The full Top 101 list appears in the January issue of Boat International, on sale now. 

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