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World Ski Awards winners revealed in Kitzbühel

World Ski Awards winners revealed in Kitzbühel

World Ski Awards has recognised the very best in the global ski tourism industry during its inaugural Gala Ceremony at A-ROSA Kitzbühel this evening.

The event, attended by 200 handpicked guests, saw the title of World’s Best Ski Resort go to Val Thorens (France), while Bighorn, Revelstoke (Canada) took

World’s Best Ski Chalet, Aurelio Lech (Austria) won World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel and World’s Best Ski Hotel went to The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch (USA).

In a special presentation at the end of the evening, the WSA Academy presented a unique trophy for Outstanding Services to Ski Tourism to Dr Josef Burger, chief executive of the Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel.

Taking place over the weekend of November 15th-17th in Austria’s legendary winter sports destination, guests are taking part in a three day programme of unrivalled networking events, dinners, and exclusive ski experience activities.

Ski tourism figureheads and market leaders from North America, Europe Asia, South America and Australasia were in attendance as the World Ski Awards winners were unveiled this evening.

Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel chief executive Dr Josef Burger, centre, was recognised for Outstanding Services to Ski Tourism by World Ski Awards

Sion Rapson, managing director, World Ski Awards, said: “The reaction to this – our inaugural event – has been phenomenal. Hundreds of thousands travel professionals and skiers across the globe have voted for their favourite resorts, chalets and hotels. Tonight’s winners can take enormous pride – they have been voted the finest in class.

“On behalf of World Ski Awards, I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the ski tourism figureheads and market leaders who have joined us this weekend. From here in Austria all the way to Japan, Australia and Canada, our winners represent the best in ski from every corner of the globe.

“And what better place to celebrate than right here at A-ROSA Kitzbühel. Home to the legendary Hahnenkamm Race, this historic medieval town is synonymous with ski tourism and one of the world’s most iconic winter sports destinations.”

Val Thorens, of France, took the title of World’s Leading Ski Resort

World Ski Awards is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards, which is heralded as “the Oscars of the travel industry”.

Uwe Schramm, general manager of host A-Rosa Resort Kitzbühel said: “We are happy to have been the hosts of the first annual World Ski Awards ever.

“Welcoming the international players of the ski tourism industry in Kitzbühel and celebrating our achievements together is a great honour for us.

“I want to personally congratulate all winners from so many different places of the world such as Australia, Japan, Canada, Finland an the Unites States and many more, who all came to Kitzbühel, an incredible location to experience a charismatic mix of endearing tradition and glamorous cosmopolitan atmosphere.”

He added: “Winning an award as ‘Austria’s Best Ski Hotel’ ourselves was definitely the cherry topping of this thrilling evening.”

For more information visit the official website.

World Ski Awards Winners – 2013

Best Ski Resort

  • Andorra’s Best Ski Resort - Vallnord
  • Argentina’s Best Ski Resort - Cerro Castor
  • Australia’s Best Ski Resort - Perishe
  • Austria’s Best Ski Resort - Kitzbühel
  • Bulgaria’s Best Ski Resort - Bansko
  • Canada’s Best Ski Resort - Lake Louise
  • Chile’s Best Ski Resort - Portillo
  • Finland’s Best Ski Resort - Ruka
  • France’s Best Ski Resort - Val Thorens
  • Germany’s Best Ski Resort - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Italy’s Best Ski Resort - Cortina d’Ampezzo
  • Japan’s Best Ski Resort - Niseko
  • New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort - Treble Cone
  • Norway’s Best Ski Resort - Trysil
  • Russia’s Best Ski Resort - Krasnaya Polyan
  • Slovenia’s Best Ski Resort - Kranjska Gora
  • South Korea’s Best Ski Resort - YongPyong
  • Sweden’s Best Ski Resort - Åre
  • Switzerland’s Best Ski Resort - LAAX
  • United States’ Best Ski Resort - Deer Valley Resort

Best Ski Hotel

  • Andorra’s Best Ski Hotel - Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa
  • Argentina’s Best Ski Hotel - Llao Llao Hotel & Resort
  • Australia’s Best Ski Hotel - Hotel Pension Grimus
  • Austria’s Best Ski Hotel - A-ROSA Kitzbühel
  • Bulgaria’s Best Ski Hotel - Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko
  • Canada’s Best Ski Hotel - Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside
  • Chile’s Best Ski Hotel - Portillo
  • Finland’s Best Ski Hotel - Rantasipi Rukahovi Hotel
  • France’s Best Ski Hotel - Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles
  • Germany’s Best Ski Hotel - Schloss Elmau
  • Italy’s Best Ski Hotel - Cristallo Hotel, Cortina D’Ampezzo
  • Japan’s Best Ski Hotel - Niseko Hilton
  • New Zealand’s Best Ski Hotel - Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
  • Norway’s Best Ski Hotel - Radisson Blu Resort Trysil
  • Russia’s Best Ski Hotel - Grand Hotel Polyana
  • Slovenia’s Best Ski Hotel - Hotel Larix
  • South Korea’s Best Ski Hotel - Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort
  • Sweden’s Best Ski Hotel - Copperhill Mountain Lodge
  • Switzerland’s Best Ski Hotel - Carlton Hotel St Moritz
  • United States’ Best Ski Hotel - Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch

Best Ski Boutique Hotel

  • Andorra’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Grau Roig Hotel
  • Argentina’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Charming Luxury Lodge & Private Spa
  • Australia’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Peppers Rundells Alpine Lodge
  • Austria’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Aurelio Lech
  • Bulgaria’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Villa Gella
  • Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Adara Hotel
  • Chile’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Hotel Antumalal
  • Finland’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Hotel Iso-Syöte
  • France’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Hotel Le K2
  • Germany’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Hotel Staudecherhof
  • Italy’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Hotel Hermitage Spa & Beauty
  • Japan’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Ryokan Sakaya
  • New Zealand’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Eichardt’s Private Hotel
  • Norway’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Herangtunet Boutique Hotel
  • Russia’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Peak Hotel
  • Slovenia’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Hotel Raj
  • Sweden’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Hotel Granen
  • Switzerland’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Hotel Chesa Grischuna
  • United States’ Best Ski Boutique Hotel - Goldener Hirsch Inn

Best Ski Chalet

  • Andorra’s Best Ski Chalet - Els Llacs
  • Australia’s Best Ski Chalet - Rockpool Lodge
  • Austria’s Best Ski Chalet - Aurelio Club Chalet
  • Bulgaria’s Best Ski Chalet - Villa Gella
  • Canada’s Best Ski Chalet - Bighorn
  • Finland’s Best Ski Chalet - Rukan Salonki
  • France’s Best Ski Chalet - Chalet Marco Polo in Val d’Isere
  • Germany’s Best Ski Chalet - Country Home Pitzner
  • Italy’s Best Ski Chalet - San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge
  • Japan’s Best Ski Chalet - The Vale Niseko
  • New Zealand’s Best Ski Chalet - Azur Luxury Lodge
  • Norway’s Best Ski Chalet - Havsdalsgrenda
  • Slovenia’s Best Ski Chalet - Julian Alps
  • Sweden’s Best Ski Chalet - The Villa - Copperhill Private Lodge
  • Switzerland’s Best Ski Chalet - Chalet Zermatt Peak
  • United States’ Best Ski Chalet - Casa Nova, Deer Valley