The World Ski Awards announced – PlanetSKI

Verbier wins the crown of the best resort in the world with Bear Lodge, Les Arcs named ‘World’s Best New Ski Hotel’. We look at the winners in all categories. NEW

The global initiative rewards excellence in ski tourism and has announced the winners of its 10th annual program.

The findings follow a survey of the world’s leading ski travel, tourism and hospitality brands.

The votes were cast by ski industry professionals and ski consumers.

The contestant with the most votes in a category was named the winner.

Verbier had been named “Best ski resort in the world” for the second consecutive year.

The Swiss station made it a double party with Verbier collection ‘The best ski hotel in the world‘.

“We would like to thank all the partners of the destination who make Verbier live and shine internationally and without whom this prize would not have been awarded to us”, declared the director of Verbier Tourisme, Simon Wiget.

“This victory is that of the entire destination, of shopkeepers, hoteliers and other professionals in Verbier and Val de Bagnes.

“It is also that of our daily ambassadors, secondary and annual residents, seasonal workers and our loyal customers.”

See here for a previous PlanetSKI article on what’s new in Verbier for the coming winter:

Verbier, Switzerland. Image © PlanetSKI

Speaking of awards and lists, see here for a recent article from PlanetSKI as we reviewed a survey compiled by Forbes of the best ski resorts in the world:

At the World Ski Awards, France won double prizes in the newcomer categories, with Bear Lodge, Les Arcs appointed “The best new ski hotel in the world” and Chalet Abade of Val-d’Isere recognized as ‘World’s Best New Ski Chalet’.

“We would like to thank all of our staff who keep Bear Lodge alive in Arc 1950, without them we would not have been awarded this award,” said VIP SKI owner Andy Sturt, who offers Bear Lodge holidays.

“It is the culmination of seven years of design and development, during which VIP SKI has tried to create the ultimate skiing experience.

“The new Arc 1950 wing fits perfectly into the picturesque high-altitude village and offers a whole new level of comfort and convenience.”

Bear Lodge, Arc 1950. Image c/o VIP SKI

Bear Lodge, Arc 1950. Image c/o VIP SKI

PlanetSKI will be staying at Bear Lodge next month during our visit to Les Arcs and we look forward to reporting back.

Val Thorens voted as ‘The best ski resort in France’ for the 10th time at the World Ski Awards.

“We are celebrating our 50th anniversary this season, so we are absolutely delighted to once again be voted ‘Best Ski Resort in France'”, declared the director of the Val Thorens Tourist Office, Vincent Lalanne.

“We continue to invest significantly to make our ski holiday experience unparalleled, whether with new hotel developments, restaurants or designated ski areas for ski touring or recreational areas for children.

“And this year sees the opening of the €40 million Le Board sports, wellness and business center right in the heart of the village. It is a landmark new development for the resort.

Find here a PlanetSKI report on the novelties of Val Thorens for the coming season:

The Great Last, Val Thorens.  Image © PlanetSKI

The Great Last, Val Thorens. Image © PlanetSKI

– Chalet Zermatt Peak claims “The best ski chalet in the world”.

– Stein Eriksen Residences in Utah took ‘World’s Best Boutique Ski Hotel’.

–LAAX in Switzerland was named ‘World’s Best Freestyle Complex’.

– Ski Dubai picked up “Best indoor ski resort in the world”.

– Leo Trippi was voted ‘World’s Best Ski Travel Agent’.

– Sunweb won ‘Best ski tour operator in the world‘.

– Tesla Transfers garnered the title of ‘World’s Best Ski Transfer Operator’.

– The seaside resort of LAAX took the title of “The best green ski hotel in the world”.

– Heliski Northern Escapeof British Columbia was “Best heliski operator in the world”.

– Company of the Alps won the award for “Best group of ski resorts in the world”.

– Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel had been named “World’s Best Ski Resort Company”.

Kitzbuhel.  Image © PlanetSKI

Kitzbuhel. Image © PlanetSKI

“Our winners represent the best brands in global ski tourism and my congratulations to each of them,” said World Ski Awards Chief Executive Sion Rapson.

“The annual program for the 10th edition of the World Ski Awards has received a record number of votes from ski consumers around the world and serves as a barometer for the eve of the season to come.

“It shows that the appetite for ski tourism has never been stronger.”

Awards were also announced nationally, featuring the best resorts and hotel providers in the world’s top ski tourism destinations.

For a complete list of winners, visit here.

About the World Ski Awards

Launched in 2013, the World Ski Awards aim to raise the standards of the ski tourism industry by rewarding organizations that are leaders in their field.

Votes are cast by ski industry professionals (senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators and media) and the public (ski tourism consumers) in a range of categories, including top resorts, hotels, cabins and tour operators.

Votes are submitted online via the World Ski Awards website.

World Ski Awards is the sister organization of the World Travel Awards, which is currently celebrating its 29th anniversary.

For more information on the World Ski Awards, visit

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