When ski enthusiasts are planning a holiday, they obviously want a great sports experience, but what about quality accommodation, superb amenities and spectacular scenery?

Ever since it was built in 1901, the Cristallo Hotel Spa in Italy has been one of the top ski resorts to see and be seen in Europe. Situated in a valley in the Italian Dolomites and surrounded by jagged mountain peaks, this beautiful hotel has a spectacular view of the limestone cliffs opposite. The sights inside are equally splendid. Hand-carved wood panelling, painted ceilings and chandeliers are everywhere. Its amenities are second to none, including three dining rooms, and a world-class spa.

Another jewel in Europe’s crown of beautiful ski resorts is the Kempinski Grand Hotel Des Bains, located in the ever- glamorous town of St. Moritz. Directly across from the hotel is Corviglia, one of the most popular outdoor recreation areas in Europe. Every amenity awaits visitors here, from a tennis court to a casino. Feast your eyes on the fabulous decor and majestic mountain views, and your palate on the menus of six award-winning restaurants.

Beaver Creek Resort, located in the picturesque town of Breckenridge, Colorado, was recently named the “consummate kid-friendly ski resort.” It also has the some of the most spectacular scenery in North America. With no less than seven platinum-level properties available, this resort has something for everyone. The dining choices here are world -renowned. Two of the best-known restaurants at the resort are Zach’s Cabin, and Beano’s Cabin, both accessible only by sleigh. This assures guests an unsurpassed view once they arrive.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in British Columbia, Canada. It has, in fact, recently been named by Forbes as the number-one ski destination in the world. Whistler is spectacular all year, but it really shines in the winter. An unlimited array of activities is available, including helicopter sightseeing tours. The Fairmont in Whistler is the only hotel to offer a rooftop wedding venue, providing some of the most breath-taking views anywhere in Whistler. Nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, the Fairmont is unique in that it is the only hotel providing ski-in and ski-out accommodation right to and from your door. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola also provides an incredible view of the entire town, all from the comfort of your cable car. This is a definite must-see when visiting Whistler.

There is an important factor to keep in mind when you’re planning a ski holiday. Always be sure to purchase ski insurance before you leave. This will cover you against the expense of injuries suffered while skiing, heli-skiing, or even tobogganing. There are a wide range of options available, including skiing out of bounds, (known as off-piste) and also for theft or damage to your equipment. After all the time and energy you have put into planning your once-in-a-lifetime adventure, not to mention all the money, it is certainly in your best interest to purchase ski insurance. You’ll be all set to enjoy a worry-free holiday.