These are the top 10 most exclusive ski destinations in the world

This Swiss town is the most sought-after ski resort...

Do you enjoy skiing in the most luxurious and sought-after resorts? A study revealing the top 10 most exclusive ski destinations has just been released in case you were thinking about starting that search for an ultra-chic chalet in high-end surroundings.

Published by Engel & Völkers, the list includes popular powder spots in Europe, as well as ski regions in the USA and Canada.

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Every year, these regions attract skiers and winter sports enthusiasts from all over the world, including many famous names. The data used in the ranking is based on the top prices per square metre for freehold apartments in those ski regions worldwide where Engel & Völkers is represented. Get ready to hit the slopes in style...

Discover the most exclusive ski destinations below:

In the list of freehold apartments in ski resorts, Gstaad is ranked in first place with a top price per square metre of 33,900 euros.

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Anyone looking to buy a premium freehold apartment in Canada will pay up to 25,100 euros per square metre. Whistler-Blackcomb commands such prices and therefore comes second in the ranking, closely followed by Aspen with a price high of 23,700 euros.

In the Austrian ski resort of Kitzbühel, freehold apartments in prime locations cost up to 18,700 euros per square metre. This places the Tyrolean winter sports region in fourth place in the ranking.

The famous Swiss ski resort of St. Moritz is in fifth place; prices per square metre here reached 18,500 euros in luxury locations. The Venetian winter sports region of Cortina d’Ampezzo ranks in sixth place with a top recorded price per square metre of 18,000 euros. Zermatt and Davos come in seventh and eighth place in the ranking, with freehold apartments selling in prime locations for prices per square metre of up to 16,700 euros and 12,100 euros respectively.

In Vail, the second largest ski resort in the USA, freehold apartments commanded top prices of up to 11,800 euros per square metre. Finally, Courmayeur also makes it onto the ranking with a top price of 11,000 euros per square metre.

Ranking of the Top 10 most exclusive ski destinations worldwide: (Highest price per square metre for freehold apartments)

1. Gstaad, Switzerland - 33,900 EUR2. Whistler-Blackcomb, Canada - 25,100 EUR3. Aspen, USA - 23,700 EUR4. Kitzbühel, Austria - 18,700 EUR5. St. Moritz, Switzerland - 18,500 EUR6. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy - 18,000 EUR7. Zermatt, Switzerland - 16,700 EUR8. Davos, Switzerland - 12,100 EUR9. Vail, USA - 11,800 EUR10. Courmayeur, Italy - 11,000 EUR

Meanwhile, the study also revealed that prices for detached ski properties have reached new record highs. With an asking price of 46.7 million euros for an exclusive chalet on the Suvretta Hillside, St. Moritz comes in first place in the ranking of detached ski properties.

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In Aspen, ranked in second place, a luxury property was successfully brokered by Engel & Völkers for 20.8 million euros. With a top asking price of 20.6 million euros for a chalet, Zermatt takes third place in the detached properties ranking.

Ranking of the Top 10 most exclusive ski destinations worldwide: (Highest price for a residential detached property)

1. St. Moritz, Switzerland - 46.7m EUR2. Aspen, USA - 20.8m EUR3. Zermatt, Switzerland - 20.6m EUR4. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy - 17m EUR5. Kitzbühel, Austria 14.9m EUR6. Whistler-Blackcomb, Canada 12.1m EUR7. Gstaad, Switzerland - 12.1m EUR8. Vail, USA - 11.3m EUR9. Courmayeur, Italy - 5.5m EUR10. Davos, Switzerland - 4.3m EUR

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Contributing Editor

Ruth Doherty is an experienced digital writer and editor specializing in interiors, travel and lifestyle. With 20 years of writing for national sites under her belt, she’s worked for the likes of, Standard, Ideal Home, Stylist and Marie Claire as well as Homes & Gardens.