Bespoke ski adventures that are about more than the slopes

Annys Shin

THE WASHINGTON POST – Ski Safari in the Dolomites – This safari is about as far from a savanna as you can get. One possible itinerary offered by luxury tour operator Scott Dunn starts in Venice or Innsbruck, Austria.

After a stay in five-star accommodations, you can ski from one family-run rifugio to another in the Dolomites, the mountain range in northern Italy that UNESCO has named a World Heritage site.

En route you will enjoy breathtaking views and northern Italian cuisine. It’s a good idea to book at least six months in advance. Prices start at USD5,000 per person.

Deer Valley – Located in Utah’s Wasatch Range, Deer Valley was a site for the 2002 Winter Olympics and still hosts major ski competitions.

Serious skiiers looking for serious comfort can book a stay at the Sts Regis Deer Valley Residences in Park City.

A trip to Hokkaido, Japan, might include powdery ski runs and views of a (dormant) volcano.
ABOVE & BELOW: The spa at the St Regis Deer Valley Resort in Utah; and skiers are dropped off by helicopter atop a mountain in Iceland.

It comes with a private elevator entrance, a kitchen with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, and butler services. After a long day on the slopes, you can head to the nearby spa for a body polish or a detox wrap, or even get your skin exfoliated with diamond dust. Rates start at USD3,000 per night.

Niseko, Japan – Niseko, on Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, is famous for its powdery snow and gorgeous views of a nearby (dormant) volcano.

The village itself has bars and restaurants serving the best in traditional Japanese cuisine.

If that is not enough excitement, you can throw in a stop in Tokyo.

A custom five-day Tokyo-Niseko tour by travel operator Scott Dunn starts at about USD5,000 per person.

Iceland – LineUpExplorers, a travel agency based in Germany that specialises in surf and ski vacations, and Iceland-based tour operator Arctic Heli Skiing offer an ultra-private, ultra-lux heli-skiing tour in the Troll Peninsula in northern Iceland.

A helicopter takes you and three friends to remote slopes, where you’ll stay at a private lodge with your own chef. Prices for a four-day excursion start at USD8,200 per person.