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Uncovering the Domain Decisions Behind the Best Winter Resorts
By SmartBranding Team access_time 35 min read


Winter resorts are a beloved destination for a variety of people, including skiers, snowboarders, and winter sports enthusiasts, as well as those who simply love the magic of snow and the warmth of a cozy fireplace.

With the rapid advancement of technology, many of these resorts are leveraging digital marketing strategies to attract visitors and establish their online presence. One important aspect of this is the selection of a domain name, which serves as the address for the resort’s website and plays a crucial role in establishing the resort’s online identity. A well-chosen domain name can help to build customer trust and drive word-of-mouth marketing.

In this article, we will provide a concise overview of some of the top winter resorts across the globe, and analyze the brand and domain names they’ve chosen, as well as the considerations taken into account when making those choices.



Gstaad is a small village located in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. It is known for its picturesque alpine setting, world-class ski resorts, and luxurious hotels and chalets. The history of Gstaad as a winter destination can be traced back to the early 20th century, when it was discovered by wealthy European and American tourists who were drawn to its unspoiled mountain landscape and clean, crisp air.

The history of Destination Gstaad is deeply entrenched in the local population, who take great pride in preserving their traditions and Alpine authenticity. This includes the challenging living conditions in the mountains and the continuation of traditional crafts and customs. Travelers have been describing the beauty of the valley since the 18th century and it has become a popular holiday destination in the 19th century. The completion of the Montreux-Oberland railway in 1905 created a connection between Gstaad and the outside world, thus laying the groundwork for the growth of tourism. The region’s first tourist associations were established in Gstaad and Saanen in 1906 and this was followed by a decade of hotel-building, the most famous of which is the Gstaad Palace, opened in December 1913. The infrastructure in the region was reconstructed in the 1920s and 1930s with the building of the Kurpark, Kursaal, golf course, tennis courts and the first funicular railway on the Wispile in 1934. The first summer chairlift, the “Telesiège” on the Wasserngrat, was opened in 1946.

Over the years, Gstaad has become synonymous with luxury and exclusivity, attracting a wealthy and famous clientele. It has also established itself as a hub for a variety of winter sports, including skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and ice hockey. In addition to its winter attractions, Gstaad is also a popular destination in the summer months, with hiking, mountain biking, and golf being among the popular activities.

Interesting fact

For hotel staff in Gstaad, who end up working up to 14 hours a day, Christmas is often celebrated on 28 December.

Gstaad oozes glamour and style and is as picture-book pretty as anywhere on earth. Even though we were both appalling skiers, we had the best holiday.

Elizabeth Hurley, about her visit with Hugh Grant

Gstaad has carefully cultivated its reputation as a premier winter destination and has invested in marketing efforts to attract visitors. One important aspect of this has been the securement of the and domain names. This not only helps to establish Gstaad’s online identity and protect it as a brand, but also makes it easier for visitors to find and share information about it.

St. Moritz

St. Moritz’s winter resort dates back to 1864 when Caspar Badrutt made a wager with four British summer guests that if they found St. Moritz attractive in winter, he’d invite them to stay. This marked the start of winter tourism in the Alps, with the first tourist office in Switzerland established the same year. St. Moritz developed rapidly, hosting the 1928 & 1948 Winter Olympics, 20+ FIBT World Championships, 4 FIS Alpine Ski Championships, 40+ Engadin Skimarathons, a golf tournament (1979), snow polo tournament (1985), Cricket on Ice (1989) & Sailing/Windsurfing World Championships. In the 1980s, St. Moritz was promoted & registered as ‘Top of the World’. The expression was registered as a trademark by the tourist office in 1987.

St. Moritz has developed a reputation for its ski slopes, as well as its hot springs, golf courses, and spas. It also hosts a variety of cultural events, such as the White Turf Horse Racing. However, St. Moritz isn’t just a ski destination; it has become a destination for luxury travelers who come to enjoy its five-star hotels and fine dining.

Interesting fact

St. Moritz is home to the oldest ski lift in Switzerland, which began operating in 1935. St. Moritz is also known for its mineral springs, which were discovered more than 3000 years ago and are used in a variety of spa treatments and therapies.

We had such a great time in St. Moritz skiing. It’s a wonderful place.

Liv Tyler, about her stay with Joaquin Phoenix

St. Moritz has leveraged good marketing to ensure that it remains a popular destination. It has secured a .com domain name that exactly matches its resort’s name –, making it easier for potential visitors to find it online. Similar to Gstaad, the resort also has the local domain extension –


Chamonix, located in the French Alps, is one of the oldest and most beloved ski resorts in the world. The area was first developed in the late 1600s by Swiss-born adventurer Jacques Balmat, who was the first to ascend the mountain peak of Mont Blanc. Since 1741, the VallĂ©e de Chamouny has seen a surge in tourism, initiated by William Windham and Richard Pocock’s thrilling accounts of their journey, documented in “Voyages aux Glaciers de Savoie”. It has since become renowned for its skiing, snowboarding, and climbing champions – including James Couttet, Charles Bozon, Lucienne Smith-Couttet, and Karine Ruby. Numerous streets and landmarks have been named after these heroes, such as Balmat, Paccard, Edward Whymper, Joseph Ravanel, Jean-Esteril, Charlet-Straton, Vallot, and Bozon.

Throughout the years the small alpine village has grown, becoming a top destination for skiing, hiking, and mountaineering. The resort’s popularity can be attributed to its stunning scenery and its accessibility to the rest of Europe. Chamonix is only an hour away from Geneva, Switzerland, and is easily reached by train, plane, or car. It is also one of the most affordable ski resorts in Europe, making it a favorite for budget-conscious travelers.

Interesting fact

The ski scenes from James Bond film The World Is Not Enough were filmed in Chamonix.

Chamonix is the birthplace of modern mountaineering and skiing, the perfect place to explore the beauty of the alps.

Ueli Steck, Swiss rock climber and mountaineer

In recent years, Chamonix has done a great job with its marketing campaigns. The resort has secured the .com domain name, which is an exact match for the resort’s name. This helps potential visitors quickly find the official website and learn more about the area.


Courchevel is a ski resort located in the French Alps. It was originally opened in 1938 by the French National Ski Federation and since then, has become one of the most popular ski resorts in the world. Two Savoyard men, Laurent Chappis and Maurice Michaud, first imagined the designs for the new resort while they were held captive in a Nazi prisoner of war camp in Austria. From February to April 1946, Chappis – an avid skier – made multiple solo ski trips in the Trois VallĂ©es region to map the best routes and bring his ideas on the resort’s layout to life. His goal was to establish a resort that was as close to nature as possible; no concrete structures, no deforestation and no overly tall buildings. The initial plans meant to leave every rock and tree undisturbed; the resort would be built around the existing terrain, rather than bulldozing over it. An example of this is the Chalet Petit Navre in Courchevel 1850, designed by Denys Pradelle. It is made from natural wood with a low-sloping roof and blends into the landscape without being too noticeable.

Courchevel has always been well known for its excellent ski conditions and its luxurious accommodation, which is why it quickly became a favourite destination for the wealthy and famous. The resort has also benefitted from strong marketing campaigns in recent years, which have allowed it to reach a larger audience. Courchevel has also been a pioneer when it comes to leveraging the power of the internet to promote itself.

Interesting fact

Courchevel is not just one village or ski resort – it is actually a chain of several villages located at different altitudes (1350, 1550, 1650 and 1850). In 2003 Roman Abramovich tried to buy Courchevel 1850.

Courchevel 1850 spoils you so much, you won’t want to ski anywhere else after trying it! Even Zermatt didn’t live up to it (although the
nightlife there is better).

Visitor review, On The Snow magazine

The resort has invested in, creating an online presence, which has helped it to further increase its visibility and reach a larger audience. In addition to its strong online presence, Courchevel has also leveraged its reputation to create a strong brand identity. The resort has become synonymous with luxury and adventure, and its marketing campaigns have helped to solidify this reputation. Courchevel has become one of the most popular ski resorts in the world, thanks to its excellent ski conditions, luxurious accommodation, and strong marketing campaigns.

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb resort was founded in 1966 by two ski enthusiasts, Franz Wilhelmsen and Dave Murray. The resort was initially proposed as part of a failed attempt to win the 1968 Winter Olympics, construction began regardless and the resort opened in January 1966. It was initially known as Whistler Mountain, but after a merger with Blackcomb Mountain in 1997, the resort was rebranded as Whistler Blackcomb.

The resort quickly established itself as one of the top ski destinations in North America, and today it is the largest ski resort in North America and one of the most popular ski destinations in the world. The resort features two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb, which offer over 200 runs and the world’s longest ski season. Whistler Blackcomb has become a beloved destination for both locals and tourists due to its consistently high-quality ski runs, stunning natural scenery, and vibrant nightlife. The resort provides a variety of activities for all ages, from skiing and snowboarding to mountain biking and hiking.

Additionally, Whistler Blackcomb has a number of accommodations, restaurants, and other services that make it a popular destination for family vacations, romantic getaways, and group trips.

Interesting fact

Whistler Mountain originally had another name – London Mountain. As the construction of the resort started, the company founded by Franz Wilhelmsen and Dave Murray decided they didn’t like the name of the mountain. They changed it to Garibaldi Whistler Mountain because of the whistling sound the marmots make as they greet visitors.

It’s a place that has got the soul of the mountain, and the soul of the mountain is in the people who live here.

Franz Wilhelmsen, « the Father of Whistler Â», founder of Garibaldi Lift Co.

Whistler Blackcomb has leveraged good marketing and Domain strategy to increase its popularity. The resort has secured a .com domain name exactly matching its name, making it easy for visitors to find and book accommodations, inform themselves about the history of the destination, news and events, local attractions and promoting businesses in the area.

Val d’Isère

Val d’Isère is one of the world’s most popular ski resorts. Since his first visit in 1929, Jacques Mouflier had become an ardent admirer of Val d’Isère and was convinced that it could be developed into a ski resort. Despite the harsh climate and the remoteness of the village, Nicolas Bazile, the mayor of the time, recognized the potential of the project and their meeting in the summer of 1931 began the project. In 1932, the development of essential public services such as the post office, electricity, running water, improved road access and the first hotels started.

In 1936, the first chamber of commerce was formed to represent the resort’s economic activities and a town planning policy was implemented to maintain the character of the village and divide the commune into two zones (sports and accommodation). In 1937, two ministers being stranded by a blizzard and the opening of the road up the Col de l’Iseran made Val d’Isère a well-known name throughout France.

Today, the resort is one of the top destinations for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities. Val d’Isère has become a loved destination thanks to its combination of challenging slopes, high-quality facilities, and excellent après ski atmosphere. The resort’s snow-sure slopes, which span an impressive 200km, attract skiers of all abilities from around the world. Val d’Isère is also home to some of the world’s best ski schools and instructors, and the ski lifts are some of the most modern and advanced on the planet.

Interesting fact

During WWII, the village secretly housed Jewish children. In 1946, the population of Val d’Isère was just 350 people.

Ski champions from every country will come to complete here, where we’re standing right now. – I gazed at the the serene slopes where a pastoral calm reigned and at the mountain tops silhouetted against the gathering twilight and I felt worried. My father was clearly losing his mind! And yet …He seemed so convinced of the reality of these impossible stories that, without realising it, I was immediately won over by his enthusiasm. It was in 1935.

Dominique Mouflier, daughter of Jacques Mouflier, on how her father initiated Val d’Isère

Val d’Isère is leveraging the power of domains to promote itself as one of the best ski resorts in the world. The resort has invested in a strong digital presence, including a website, social media channels, and a dedicated .com domain name ( that exactly matches the resort’s name. This has allowed Val d’Isère to reach a global audience and own its brand story.

There are tags with QR codes around the resort that allow visitors to simply access a dedicated page on Val d’Isère’s website to different cultural and historical monuments – an excellent example of how a domain can be used in a creative way to connect with your audience and deliver relevant and timely information.


Seefeld Winter Resort is a ski resort located in the Austrian Alps. In 1022, the first mention of Seefeld was recorded, with monks and farmers beginning to inhabit the plateau. Consequently, the Count of Andechs erected a castle on the northern side of the settlement, which became known as Schlossberg. More recently, the 1985 Nordic Ski World Championships thrust Seefeld into the spotlight, with the publicity and televised images further enhancing its status as a top-notch resort. Its popularity can be attributed to its beautiful scenery and its proximity to Munich, making it a great destination for both skiers and tourists.

Seefeld’s name comes from German,  see – lake, and feld – field. It comes from Lake Wildsee, surrounded by green fields and wooded slopes.

Seefeld is also known for its excellent ski runs, particularly for beginner skiers, as well as its many luxurious hotels. The resort also offers a variety of other activities, such as snowshoeing and sledding, making it a great place to spend a holiday. The resort is constantly evolving and looking for ways to improve, such as investing in new infrastructure and hosting a range of events throughout the year. This has helped to keep Seefeld a popular and loved destination year after year.

Interesting fact

Seefeld is the birthplace of the legendary Toni Seelos, who popularized the parallel turn in skiing in the 1930s.

I was blown away by this gorgeous region, especially as all the leaves were starting to change. Bright splashes of red, yellow, and orange dotted the mountains that surrounded us in every direction.

Brenna Holeman, a world traveler, visited in autumn

Seefeld has been able to leverage good marketing through its website and social media presence, as well as securing a .com domain name that exactly matches the resort’s name. This has helped to draw in customers, as well as create a strong brand identity.

Sun Valley

In 1935, Count Felix Schaffgotsch was hired by Union Pacific Railroad chairman Averell Harriman to find the ideal spot for an American Ski Resort. After touring various mountains in the West, the Count was ready to give up as he heard about Ketchum, an old mining town in Idaho. Upon arriving in the Wood River Valley, he was captivated and sent a message to Harriman, saying it surpassed any place he had ever seen in Switzerland, Austria, or the U.S. Harriman approved, and thus the Sun Valley Lodge was completed in December 1936, marking the founding of Sun Valley.

Since then, Sun Valley has become a beloved destination over the years thanks to its diverse terrain, excellent customer service, and commitment to safety. The resort has consistently invested in top-of-the-line equipment, such as gondolas, lifts, and snowmaking machines, to ensure that each guest has the best experience possible. Sun Valley also offers a variety of winter activities, such as ski instruction, snow tubing, snowmobile tours, and more, to keep guests entertained all season long. One interesting, little-known fact about Sun Valley is that it was the first ski resort in the United States to have night skiing.

Interesting fact

Sun Valley is the home of the world’s very first chairlift. It was adapted from a system used to haul bananas onto ships in Panama.

Sun Valley is a place that captures the heart and soul of the skier, and if you have ever been there, you will understand why. It’s a place where you can ski all day and night, and still come back for more the next day, and the next, and the next.

Bode Miller, American World Cup alpine ski racer

As the world has shifted to a more digital presence, Sun Valley has adapted to ensure that it remains relevant and easily accessible for its guests. The resort has created a comprehensive website, which showcases the different activities, lodging options, and packages that are available to its guests. Sun Valley has secured a .com domain exactly matching its brand –


Since its establishment in 1966, Avoriaz 1800 has been an innovator in mountain tourism, taking a responsible approach. The plateau on which the resort was built used to be owned by the counts of Rovorée, but after becoming the property of the village of Morzine, the Alpine pastures were known as the “Rovorée” land which, over time, changed in pronunciation to “Avorée”, then “Avoréaz”, and eventually became the name we know today, Avoriaz (the “z” is silent).

It was a very dry and unfertile plateau populated with a few chalets occupied by herdsmen who brought their animals up the mountain in spring and back down to the valley in autumn. On 22nd February 1960, Jean Vuarnet, a resident of Morzine and skier, became the downhill skiing World Champion and Olympic Champion in Squaw Valley. After retiring, he returned to Morzine and set out to realize his dream of creating a resort like no other, one that would ban cars and let skiers take over the centre-resort.

Sixty years on, this break from tradition still makes Avoriaz 1800 an idyllic winter resort, popular destination for ski and snowboard enthusiasts from around the world.

Interesting fact

Gerard Bremont, the son of a leading French industrialist and a major investor in the resort, famously called Avoriaz the “Saint Tropez de Neige”.

The success of Avoriaz is built upon a series of totally crazy projects.

Gerard Bremond, founder of the Pierre & Vacances group

The resort has adapted to digital trends and technology to become one of the most well-known winter resorts in Europe. Avoriaz 1800 now boasts a comprehensive website on an exact brand match domain –, offering visitors a range of information about the resort, its facilities and activities, as well as booking and ticketing services. This is a great example of how a resort can adapt to the digital age and make the most of its online presence.


Aspen Mountain, or Ajax as locals call it, is a ski area in Colorado renowned for its unique cultural flavor. Situated on the north flank of Aspen Mountain, its summit is 11,212 ft. above sea level. Est. in 1946, it’s part of the Aspen/Snowmass complex and is operated under a permit from the USFS. It features 673 acres, three restaurants, and stunning views.

Today Aspen is one of the most popular ski resorts in the United States, known for its luxurious accommodations and world-class skiing. Interesting fact is that Aspen Ski Co. has been privately owned since its 1946 founding by Friedl Pfeifer, Johnny Litchfield, Percy Rideout, and Walter Paepcke. It changed hands multiple times, culminating in 1993 when the powerful Chicago Crown family bought a 100% stake and has since remained the sole owner.

Interesting fact

For generations, the Uncompahgre band of the Ute Nation had used the area now known as Aspen as their ancestral hunting grounds. In 1879, silver prospectors encroached upon the native land and founded Ute City. In 1880, the Uncompahgre were forcibly removed from their homeland, thus officially making the area available to non-native people.

It was quickly renamed Aspen — rebranded because of the trees for better marketing possibilities, for finding investors basically.

Nina Gabianelli, VP of education and programs, Aspen Historical Society

We have a responsibility as the primary custodians of one of the most beautiful places on Earth. We want people to have access and to love this area, but in a sustainable manner. As owners of the Aspen Skiing Co., we hope to leave this as a thriving business for our children; a long-term view absolutely requires attention to the impact of human visitors on the quality of our environment.

Jim Crown

Over the years, the resort has adapted to the digital age and has developed an effective domain strategy. Aspen has secured the domain, which serves as its main website. The site is usually filled with information about the resort, its amenities, and its events. At the time of writing of this article there is a note « something new coming soon Â» so there are likely some exciting news and developments on the way.

In addition to, Aspen owns domains like, dedicated to their sister resort, Snowmass;, which is the website for The Little Nell, a luxury hotel located in the heart of Aspen and other local brands. Through its domain strategy, Aspen has been able to increase its visibility on the web and draw in more visitors to its resorts. By having a unified web presence, the resort can also better promote its other services and amenities. This helps drive more business and increase its overall profitability.


In 1893, KitzbĂĽhel made history when Franz Reisch became the first person to ski down the KitzbĂĽheler Horn mountain. This marked the beginning of a new era of skiing and tourism in the area, and the town gained even more attention when local skiing stars Toni Sailer, Ernst Hinterseer, and Hias Leitner emerged in the 1950s. Thanks to the global fame of these skiers, KitzbĂĽhel quickly became a fashionable winter resort, attracting a high-end crowd from both inside and outside of Austria.

Interesting fact

The longest downhill ski run in KitzbĂĽhel is the Streif, which is 3,000 meters in length. It’s known as one of the most difficult and dangerous ski runs in the world and is the site of the annual Hahnenkamm race.

KitzbĂĽhel is a wonderful place to ski and the mountains are simply breathtaking. It’s a unique experience that I can’t wait to experience again.

Lindsey Vonn, Olympic Gold Medalist

By leveraging digital technology, KitzbĂĽhel has been able to remain relevant in this digital age. The resort has secured the domain, allowing potential visitors and locals alike to easily access information and services. It is interesting to note that the domain name belongs to the city of Kitzbuhel.

Deer Valley

Deer Valley Ski Resort is a ski area located in Park City, Utah. It was founded in 1981 and has been rated the #1 ski resort in North America multiple times. The resort boasts over 2000 acres of skiable terrain, with over 109 trails and 17 lifts. The resort also offers some of the best lodging, dining, and shopping options in the area. Deer Valley has hosted numerous World Cup and Olympic events, making it one of the premier ski resorts in the world.

At Deer Valley, guests’ ski gear is carried by ski valets – this was the first resort to offer that service. Free parking-lot shuttles are available, and there is a state-licensed child-care facility. All employees are uniformed, tissues are provided in the lift lines, customers are referred to as “guests”, and complimentary overnight ski check services are offered.

Interesting facts

All but a handful of Deer Valley Resort’s ski run names are the names of mining claims in the area: Hawkeye, Hidden Splendor, Daly, and Know You Don’t. Two of the exceptions are Stein’s Way and Edgar’s Alley, and the ski run Supreme was named after founder Polly Stern’s favorite racehorse, Supreme Sensation, but it was shortened to just Supreme.

Deer Valley Resort is a magical place. It is a combination of the best skiing in the world and the best service you can imagine.

Bode Miller, Olympic Gold Medalist

Deer Valley didn’t compromise on its domain name either, investing in an exact brand match .com name This allows the resort to take full control over how people search & engage with them online by creating one central location for all relevant information.

Valle Nevado

Valle Nevado’s name translates to Snowy Valley in Spanish. This is a ski resort located on the El Plomo foothills in the Andes Mountains, 46 km away from Santiago, the capital of Chile.

Established in 1988 by French entrepreneurs, it features accommodation along with 900 hectares of skiing area. The development of the resort started in 1987 and finished in 1988, inspired by similar European resorts, especially Les Arcs in France.

In 2001 the resort opened the first detachable chairlift in the region, giving it an edge over its rivals. Valle Nevado is renowned for its gorgeous sunsets, where condors can be seen soaring among the snow-covered peaks as the sun fades. The snow-capped, above-treeline peaks that encircle Valle Nevado also contribute to the stunning Andean sunset, taking on a pinkish hue.

Interesting fact

Valle Nevado has the highest ski trails in Chile, with the best snow in South America.

Valle Nevado is the newest and grandest of the Tres Valles resorts. Sporting Chile’s only detachable quad and a five star hotel at its base area, Valle Nevado attracts a very international crowd that enjoy its expansive intermediate focused terrain. Valle Nevado features huge wide-open slopes amidst spectacular mountain scenery.


The importance of a good domain strategy is paramount for any business and Valle Nevado has taken this into consideration, securing to ensure that the resort has a strong online brand. This allows visitors to easily access information about the resort, including rates, amenities, and services.


On 8 February 1865, Dr Friedrich Unger and Hugo Richter from Germany arrived in the Landwassertal Valley and checked into the Hotel Strela in Davos. Both men were suffering from debilitating illnesses and hoped that the Alpine air would help them recover. To the surprise of the locals, they began a course of treatment on a bed made from a hay sled covered with boards, and it was not long before they were skating on the Davos Lake. Dr Unger eventually settled in Davos, working as a doctor for over 20 years, and Hugo Richter married a local woman and took over the Strela Guest House before transferring his publishing business to Davos in 1872. This marked the beginning of winter sports in Davos, and the two men are credited with making it the popular holiday destination that it is today.

This is not the only lucky accident in Davos’ history. The Parsenn Derby, held in 1924, was one of the first downhill ski races in Switzerland and is the oldest all-comers race in the country. It takes place on a 12km-long downhill run from the freezing ski hut to Küblis, which was originally discovered by accident in 1895 by four British ski tourists. They effectively got lost due to their minimal knowledge of the area and ended up in Küblis after a freezing night in a search for another village, Arosa. Since then, the descent has become a legendary Alpine myth and a popular challenge for snow-sport fans.

Interesting fact

Davos is home to seven sites that are listed as Swiss heritage sites of national significance. Davos is also the highest city in Europe, located at 1,560 meters above sea level.

Davos is a unique experience on the slopes that you won’t find anywhere else: fantastic ski resort with an amazing atmosphere.

Shaun White, Snowboarder

Today, Davos Ski Resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in Europe. It is known for its wide variety of slopes, excellent snow conditions, and stunning views of the Swiss Alps. The resort caters to all levels of skiers and snowboarders, providing a wide range of slopes ranging from novice to expert. Davos also provides a variety of activities and amenities, such as a modern ski school, ski rentals, and a variety of cafés and restaurants. The official website of the resort can be found at, the local domain name extension for Switzerland.

Davos Ski Resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in Europe.


Zermatt is a picturesque Swiss alpine town located at the upper end of Mattertal in the Canton of Valais. It is well known for its mountaineering and ski resort, with some of Switzerland’s highest peaks nearby. The economy is heavily reliant on tourism, with around half of the jobs in the town being in hotels or restaurants and almost half of all dwellings being vacation apartments.

Zermatt has become renowned as a mountaineering and ski resort throughout the Alps since the mid-19th century, when it was “discovered” by British mountaineers, most notably Edward Whymper, whose 1865 conquest of the Matterhorn made the village famous.

The Matterhorn was one of the last alpine mountains to be conquered, and the first ascent ended dramatically with only 3 of the 7 climbers surviving the descent; the story is related in the Matterhorn Museum. This feat was followed by a rush on the mountains surrounding Zermatt, which led to the construction of many tourist facilities.

The name of the village, as well as that of the Matterhorn itself, derives from the alpine meadows, or Matten (in German), in the valley. The name appears first as Zur Matte – “in the meadow”, and became later Zermatt, first appearing on a map in 1495 and in a text in 1545, though it may have been used for some time prior.

Interesting fact

In Zermatt, upon arrival, you will be enchanted by the quaint cobblestone streets, horses with sleighs awaiting passengers, and the clean, fresh air without the disturbance of cars, buses, or honking. This is because all the vehicles there are battery-operated, making them nearly silent.

In an ideal world I would spend every weekend in Zermatt.

Vanessa Mae, Singaporean-born British violinist hosts a presentation site for the village, providing local history, events, and information about the area. On, you can find the official presence of the office of tourism for the Zermatt, with information about activities, lodging, and transportation. It is an excellent resource for travelers wishing to visit and explore the area. Both sites are essential for visitors to Zermatt, providing helpful information and resources for those wishing to experience all that the stunning village has to offer.

Zermatt It is well known for its mountaineering and ski resort, with some of Switzerland's highest peaks nearby.


Sölden, a town in the Austrian Alps, has a long history of settlement. Evidence of primitive tools found in the area suggest humans have been living there for thousands of years. In the 13th century, the area was home to 20 buildings, including the Berghof, which was first mentioned in records from 1370. By 1588, the Berghof had become a part of St. Petersberg Castle’s farmsteads. Today, the Berghof is used as accommodation for guests.

In recent years, Sölden has become a popular ski resort and is the location of the first World Cup races of the season. The giant slalom races usually take place on the Rettenbach glacier in late October.

Interesting fact

The ski resort of Sölden is the first ski resort in the world to feature two ski runs with a vertical drop of over 1,800 meters. This makes it one of the most challenging and unique ski areas in the world.

Sölden is one of the most stunning ski resorts I’ve seen. It’s an incredible place to ski, with some of the best slopes in the world.

Lindsey Vonn, Olympic Gold Medalist

Considering the letter ö is not supported in domain names, Sölden Resort has smartly acquired both and to prevent any confusion or loss of website visitors due to the various possible spellings of the name.

Sölden has become a popular ski resort, and is the location of the first World Cup races of the season.

Val d’Allos

Val d’Allos is made up of two sister stations and a traditional village, and it is known as a sports and family-style resort. It has earned the label “Famille Plus Montagne”, which indicates that it is a family-friendly destination that meets certain standards for amenities and services. Val d’Allos also offers a range of activities for children, including a recreation park with an exceptional verdant setting.

Val d’Allos is also known for its beautiful natural landscapes and outdoor recreational activities. The resort is located in the heart of the Mercantour National Park, which is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna. This makes it the perfect destination for nature enthusiasts who want to explore the great outdoors for any season. In winter, Val d’Allos is a popular destination for skiing and other winter sports, with a large ski area and over 230 kilometers of pistes. In summer, the resort is known for its beautiful natural landscapes and outdoor recreational activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, and more.

Interesting fact

Val d’Allos ski resort is the largest ski area in the Southern Alps. It is also home to the highest point in the Southern Alps, the Pic de Bure, at an altitude of 2,802 meters.

Val d’Allos is the perfect destination for a family ski holiday. With wide, gentle slopes, a fantastic snow park and plenty of activities on offer, it’s sure to keep everyone in the family entertained.

Alison Hargreaves, Ski Magazine

The resort has secured the domain, which serves as a convenient platform for potential visitors to learn more about its history and the various activities it has to offer.

Val d'Allos is made up of two sister stations and a traditional village, and it is known as a sports and family-style resort.

Isola 2000

Isola 2000 is a ski resort in the southern French Alps located on the territory of the commune of Isola and operated by the council of the Alpes-Maritimes. It first opened for business back in 1971. Isola 2000 is situated close to the Mercantour National Park, about 90 kilometers from Nice, France.

The idea for the resort was conceived in the late 1960s by a British Army ex-officer and Olympic skier, Peter Boumphrey, who spotted a basin in the area on a map. The local mayor of Isola, seeing little prospects for development due to the citizens migrating to cities, agreed to let Boumphrey and London-based contractors build the resort.

Prior to the opening of the resort, a small dirt road leading up to its location was often blocked off due to avalanches and rockslides during winter and summer, respectively. The road was improved, and upon completion, Isola 2000 had the capacity to sleep 6,000 people.

Today, Isola 2000 is known for its reliable snowfall and wide range of ski runs and slopes, making it a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts. The resort has a modern online presence on The website features all the information that skiers need to plan their trip, including accommodation and activities, as well as a live webcam to show the current conditions.

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Isola 2000 is the highest skiing resort in the southern Alps, with snow cover guaranteed throughout a long season that runs from December to April.

Isola 2000 is an amazing ski resort. I love the slopes and the beautiful scenery. It’s a great place to have fun and enjoy the snow!

Sofia Goggia, Professional Skier

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Isola 2000 is a ski resort in the southern French Alps located on the territory of the commune of Isola and operated by the council of the Alpes-Maritimes.

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