One of the largest resorts in the world and consistently voted one of the best-loved too, Courchevel is a luxury resort with a price-tag to match; think designer shops, Michelin-starred restaurants, and upmarket hotels. However, away from the glitz and glamour, it offers great ski conditions and slopes that you can access via 60 lifts.
Gstaad looks like something from a Christmas card, with its beautiful wooden houses always covered with a dusting of snow. It has retained its charming old-fashioned feel by banning the use of cars, meaning that the air is clear and the view is never hindered by pollution. As well as great ski slopes, there are opportunities for cross-country skiing and hiking, and the Swiss Open tennis tournament is held there every summer.
This busy town is known for its vibrant après-ski scene, with parties that start at the slopes and go on well into the early hours of the next morning. There are dozens of great restaurants to choose from and great skiing with over 150 lifts and 186 miles (300km) of ski slopes that are suitable for all ages and abilities. They also have a large fake-snow producing facility, so you're certain to get a great day's skiing even if the weather isn't playing ball.
At the foothills of the iconic Matterhorn, there are exquisite views everywhere you turn in Zermatt. You can ski all year long in Zermatt due to its high altitude, with long runs that offer an exhilarating workout before stopping for a rest and a cheese fondue at one of the many lodges in the town. The annual Hahnenkamm race is great fun to watch and usually takes place at the end of January.
Kitzbühel is a good choice for families, as there are a lot of local schools that teach skiing, snowboarding, and even ice skating. It's also a little cheaper than some resorts, with many family-run inns that offer better value than luxury hotels or catered chalets. There are gentle slopes and nursery runs for beginners, but advanced skiers won't be disappointed due to the challenging freestyle areas with incredibly steep terrain.