Who: The Adventurous Family with Teens
Why: Seeing—and skiing—the dazzling Swiss Alps is on many people’s bucket lists, and teens who swish will appreciate the long runs and perfect powder as much as mom and dad. Non-skiers needn’t worry though, there are plenty of other ways to burn energy: Why not try snow kiting, bobsledding, or ice-skating? And of course, the Aprés scene is legendary in the Engadine—sip a glass of Champagne (or hot cocoa for the under 18s) while curling up on a sheep-skin-covered chair at El Paradiso or hit up Hotel Schweizerhof’s famous Piano Bar.
Book a room at the glamorous slope-side Carlton Hotel St. Moritz, part of the Leading Hotels of the World. Ideal for families, the all-suite property features 60 lake-facing suites, ski rentals, a ski school on property, personal butler service, a Kids & Teens Club, a spacious spa, and Michelin-starred restaurant Da Vittorio. If you prefer to avoid the crowds of St. Moritz, spend a few nights in Arosa at the Tschuggen Grand Hotel, also part of the Leading Hotels of the World, which recently unveiled its redesigned private mountain funicular, which whisks guests straight into the resort. And for those who take comfort in, well, comfort, the resort is renowned for its Mario Botta–designed four-floor spa complex built directly into the mountain. And, if you’re staying over New Year’s, be sure to reserve your tickets to the over-the-top New Year’s Eve party at celebrity favorite Badrutt’s Palace—this year’s theme is Palace in the Sea.