OK I’ve made that up that the Swissglais verb to ski is Verbier but it is only to give the resort the prominence it deserves.
Verbier is celebrating and not just because at last we’re getting a ski season (my delayed start on the run will start in March, Dieu s’il vous plait).
The Swiss village in the Valais Canton, the gateway to the 4 Vallées region, has been named World’s Best Ski Resort 2021 at the World Ski Awards.
It was a double celebration for the village with W Verbier collecting World’s Best Ski Hotel.
Chalet, allez, allez, allez
Chalet Zermatt Peak, sitting in the shadow of the Matterhorn, claimed World’s Best Ski Chalet.
Whilst Austria’s exquisite Aurelio Lech won World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel.
Now proper skiers (moi? aspiring) will tell you rightly about the world beyond Switzerland and the Alps
And that is recognised in the awards.
With the latest arrival on Japan’s luxury ski hospitality scene, The Vale Rusutsu, taking World’s Best New Ski Hotel.
Ski Dubai, served by our old friends Attraction Tickets, boasts an impressive array of snow-based activities.
And that’s why it picked up World’s Best Indoor Ski Resort.
With the newcomer accolade for World’s Best New Ski Chalet.
Murphski and I
Now if only I had a chalet trip to Val D’Isere set up for March.
And better still I only have an old friend and champion skier there with me.
The multi award-winning Catherine ‘Murphski’ Murphy on the party to pick me up when I’m down.
And I mean that quite literally.
Bravo to all the winners and as they say in these quarters, a word from the sponsors.
Sion Rapson, Managing Director, World Ski Awards, said: ‘Our winners represent the very best of the global ski tourism sector and my congratulations to each of them.
‘The 9th annual World Ski Awards programme received a record number of votes from ski consumers across the world.
‘This shows that the appetite for ski tourism has never been stronger and bodes well as the global recovery gathers momentum.’
If I’d been there, of course, I’d have fed Sion the line The Swissglais verb to ski is Verbier.