World Ski Awards

Sat 18 November 2017

World Ski Awards 2017 - Val Thorens

Val Thorens has taken the title of World's Best Ski Resort at the 2017 World Ski Awards.

The legendary French resort - the highest resort in Europe - was the big winner at ski tourism's event of the year which took place at the five star A-ROSA Kitzbühel for the fifth consecutive year this evening, welcoming the elite of the ski hospitality industry to Austria.

Also among the winners was the W Verbier. The W's first alpine and ski resort in Switzerland, which walked away with the title of World's Best Ski Hotel.

Elsewhere Chalet Les Anges, Zermatt - created by the world famous interior designer, Magali de Tscharner - took the title of World's Best Ski Chalet, while The Vale Niseko was voted World's Best Ski Boutique Hotel.

Sun Web scooped the trophy for World's Best Ski Tour Operator, with Leo Trippi named World's Best Ski Travel Agent.

In a first for World Ski Awards, Rocksresort - whose stone buildings are heated with entirely renewable biomass energy - was voted World's Best Green Ski Hotel.

Bergbahn AG Kitzbuhel was also honoured during the red carpet event, taking the title of World's Best Ski Resort Company, while Bella Coola Heli Sports was recognised as World's Best Heli-Ski Operator and Ski-Lifts picked up the award for World's Best Ski Transfer Operator.

Meanwhile LAAX was celebrating having been recognised by voters as World's Best Freestyle Resort, while Ski Dubai scooped the trophy for Best Indoor Ski Resort.

Two of the night's biggest winners were Fahrenheit Seven and Alpaca. Hip design-led hotel, Fahrenheit Seven, collected the trophy for World's Best New Ski Hotel while Alpaca, in the French resort of Méribel, was recognised as World's Best New Ski Chalet.

An extensive programme of events is taking place over the weekend, seeing guests invited to engage in three days of exclusive networking events, private skiing, sightseeing tours and a host of other VIP activities.

World Ski Awards Managing Director Sion Rapson said: “The 2017 World Ski Awards has been our most successful to date, firmly cementing our position as the global benchmark for ski hospitality.

"It has been a pleasure to recognise so many industry leaders here this evening and I hope their recognition, both by their peers and members of public ski community, will inspire them to aim ever higher in the pursuit of excellence."

In an unique presentation, the World Ski Awards Academy honoured ski industry stalwart, Hans Grimus, with the title of Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism.

The native Austrian, who left his homeland for Australia 56 years ago, was instrumental in constructing the first lifts on Mt Buller - a resort village in eastern Victoria, Australia - as well as building his eponymous hotel.

Voting for the 2017 Gala Ceremony closed at the end of September, with a record number of ballots cast by leading ski tourism professionals.

These were tallied alongside the votes of hundreds of thousands of ski consumers from around the world, with the winners revealed earlier this evening at A-ROSA Kitzbühel.

Find a full list of 2017 World Ski Awards winners on the official website, worldskiawards.com/winners/2017

2017 World Winners
World's Best Ski Resort 2017: Val Thorens (France)
World's Best Freestyle Resort 2017: LAAX
World's Best Ski Hotel 2017: W Verbier (Switzerland)
World's Best New Ski Hotel 2017: Fahrenheit Seven Val Thorens
World's Best Green Ski Hotel 2017: rocksresort
World's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: The Vale Niseko (Japan)
World's Best Ski Chalet 2017: Chalet Les Anges, Zermatt (Switzerland)
World's Best New Ski Chalet 2017: Alpaca
World's Best Ski Resort Company 2017: Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel
World's Best Indoor Ski Resort 2017: Ski Dubai (UAE)
World's Best Ski Tour Operator 2017: Sunweb
World's Best Ski Travel Agent 2017: Leo Trippi
World's Best Heli-Ski Operator 2017: Bella Coola Heli Sports (Canada)
World's Best Ski Transfer Operator 2017: Ski-Lifts
Outstanding Contribution to Ski Tourism 2017: Hans Grimus

2017 Country Winners

2017 Best Ski Resort Winners
Australia's Best Ski Resort 2017: Thredbo
China's Best Ski Resort 2017: Vanke Lake Songhua Resort
Japan's Best Ski Resort 2017: Rusutsu Resort
New Zealand's Best Ski Resort 2017: Mt Hutt
South Korea's Best Ski Resort 2017: Vivaldi Park
Andorra's Best Ski Resort 2017: Vallnord
Austria's Best Ski Resort 2017: Kitzbühel
Bulgaria's Best Ski Resort 2017: Bansko
Czech Republic's Best Ski Resort 2017: Skiareál Špindlerův Mlýn
Finland's Best Ski Resort 2017: Iso-Syöte
France's Best Ski Resort 2017: Val Thorens
Germany's Best Ski Resort 2017: Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Italy's Best Ski Resort 2017: Val Gardena
Norway's Best Ski Resort 2017: Trysil
Poland's Best Ski Resort 2017: Białka Tatrzańska – Kotelnica
Romania's Best Ski Resort 2017: Sinaia
Russia's Best Ski Resort 2017: Rosa Khutor
Slovakia's Best Ski Resort 2017: Jasná Nízke Tatry
Slovenia's Best Ski Resort 2017: Krvavec
Spain's Best Ski Resort 2017: Aramón Cerler
Sweden's Best Ski Resort 2017: Åre
Switzerland's Best Ski Resort 2017: LAAX
Argentina's Best Ski Resort 2017: Cerro Catedral
Canada's Best Ski Resort 2017: The Lake Louise Ski Resort
Chile's Best Ski Resort 2017: Nevados de Chillán
United States' Best Ski Resort 2017: Deer Valley Resort

2017 Best Ski Hotel Winners
Australia's Best Ski Hotel 2017: Hotel Pension Grimus
Japan's Best Ski Hotel 2017: The Westin Rusutsu Resort
New Zealand's Best Ski Hotel 2017: The Rees Hotel
South Korea's Best Ski Hotel 2017: InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort
Andorra's Best Ski Hotel 2017: Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa
Austria's Best Ski Hotel 2017: A-ROSA Kitzbühel
Bulgaria's Best Ski Hotel 2017: Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko
Czech Republic's Best Ski Hotel 2017: Clarion Hotel Spindleruv Mlyn
Finland's Best Ski Hotel 2017: Ruka Ski Chalets Apartment-Hotel
France's Best Ski Hotel 2017: Altapura
Germany's Best Ski Hotel 2017: Schloss Elmau
Italy's Best Ski Hotel 2017: Cristallo, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Cortina d’Ampezzo
Norway's Best Ski Hotel 2017: Radisson Blu Resort Trysil
Poland's Best Ski Hotel 2017: Hotel Bania Thermal & Ski
Russia's Best Ski Hotel 2017: Rixos Krasnaya Polyana Sochi
Slovakia's Best Ski Hotel 2017: Grand Hotel Praha
Slovenia's Best Ski Hotel 2017: Ramada Resort Kranjska Gora
Spain's Best Ski Hotel 2017: Meliá Sol y Nieve
Sweden's Best Ski Hotel 2017: Copperhill Mountain Lodge
Switzerland's Best Ski Hotel 2017: W Verbier
Argentina's Best Ski Hotel 2017: Llao Llao Hotel & Resort
Canada's Best Ski Hotel 2017: Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside
Chile's Best Ski Hotel 2017: Gran Hotel Termas de Chillan
United States' Best Ski Hotel 2017: Waldorf Astoria Park City

2017 Best Ski Boutique Hotel Winners
Australia's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Astra Lodge, Falls Creek
Japan's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: The Vale Niseko
New Zealand's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Eichardt's Private Hotel
Andorra's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Grau Roig Hotel
Austria's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Hotel Tannenhof
Bulgaria's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Alpin Hotel
Czech Republic's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Hotel Savoy
Finland's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Hotel Iso-Syöte
France's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Le Chalet Zannier
Germany's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Hotel Staudacherhof
Italy's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Saint Hubertus Resort Luxury Hotel & Spa
Norway's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Nermo Hotell
Poland's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Hotel ART&SPA Zakopane
Russia's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Sport Inn Hotel
Slovakia's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Hotel FIS Jasná
Slovenia's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Skipass Hotel
Spain's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Meliá Royal Tanau Boutique Hotel
Sweden's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Buustamons Fjällgård
Switzerland's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Romantik Hotel Chesa Grischuna
Argentina's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Charming Luxury Lodge & Private Spa
Canada's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel
Chile's Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Hotel Antumalal
United States' Best Ski Boutique Hotel 2017: Washington School House

2017 Best Ski Chalet Winners
Australia's Best Ski Chalet 2017: Sequoia Penthouse Thredbo
Japan's Best Ski Chalet 2017: Sekka Kan
New Zealand's Best Ski Chalet 2017: Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet
Andorra's Best Ski Chalet 2017: Els Llacs
Austria's Best Ski Chalet 2017: Überhaus
Bulgaria's Best Ski Chalet 2017: Villa Gella
Finland's Best Ski Chalet 2017: Rukan Salonki
France's Best Ski Chalet 2017: Chalet Grande Corniche, Les Gets
Germany's Best Ski Chalet 2017: Country Home Pitzner
Italy's Best Ski Chalet 2017: San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge
Norway's Best Ski Chalet 2017: Havsdalsgrenda
Slovenia's Best Ski Chalet 2017: Chalet Planina
Sweden's Best Ski Chalet 2017: Skutan Ski Lodge
Switzerland's Best Ski Chalet 2017: Chalet Les Anges, Zermatt
Canada's Best Ski Chalet 2017: Bighorn, Revelstoke
United States' Best Ski Chalet 2017: Ski Dream Home

Notes to Editors

About World Ski Awards

World Ski Awards – the only global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in the ski hospitality industry – is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards currently celebrating its 24th anniversary.

Launched in 2013, World Ski Awards aims to drive up standards within the ski tourism industry by rewarding the organisations that are leaders in their field. Votes are cast by professionals working within the ski industry – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media – and by the public (ski tourism consumers). Votes are submitted online at the World Ski Awards website.

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