Destinations

The royals favourite ski destinations: Locations, fashion and frivolity

The slopes are their runway.

By Jess Pullar

It would be safe to say that royals and skiing go together like peas and carrots.

Indeed, an annual (if not, biannual) ski trip has been a staple on many a royal's calendar for as long as we can remember, and the pictures paint the ultimate picture.

From the flamboyant 80s to the frivolous 2010s, the royals know how to dress for fun on the slopes. *(Images: Getty)*
From the flamboyant 80s to the frivolous 2010s, the royals know how to dress for fun on the slopes. (Images: Getty)

From lavish locations to fashion frenzies, this elite are setting the precedent in peak ski holiday trends.

And so you have everything in one place, we've rounded up the key locations - and subsequent fashions - the royals indulge in each year. Get your travel planners at the ready!

Klosters, Switzerland

Klosters has long been a go-to destination of Prince Charles - in fact, the trip to the Swiss location became an annual affair with his two sons William and Harry when they were growing up.

Where they stay
While the village itself is picturesque, the accommodation is on another level. The place offers some seriously luxe chalets and hotels, along with a plethora of restaurants offering anything and everything to satisfy even the pickiest of taste buds.

What they wear
Bright colours are a must on any ski holiday, but it seems the head gear (both practical and entirely impractical) is how to make a true statement in Klosters. We'll let the photos do the talking...

Diana embodies true 1980s fashion with this bold plaited head piece. *(Image: Getty)*
Diana embodies true 1980s fashion with this bold plaited head piece. (Image: Getty)
Charles also opted to keep his noggin warm with a practical beanie. *(Image: Getty)*
Charles also opted to keep his noggin warm with a practical beanie. (Image: Getty)
Sorry all, but Fergie just won at ski-field-fashion. This jacket, boot and hat combo with fur trimmings is peak slope style. *(Image: Getty)*
Sorry all, but Fergie just won at ski-field-fashion. This jacket, boot and hat combo with fur trimmings is peak slope style. (Image: Getty)
While his sons might have opted for a more classic look, Charles proves accessories are key - loving the bandanna! *(Image: Getty)*
While his sons might have opted for a more classic look, Charles proves accessories are key - loving the bandanna! (Image: Getty)

Verbier, Switzerland

This Swiss destination offers the full package.

Proving it's the place for a family getaway, the York's have been known to spend many a family holiday there along with our favourite Danish royals - Crown Princess Mary, Crown Prince Frederik and their brood of four.

But when the babysitters are in, Verbier can get pretty loose for the adults - Prince William himself proved it in 2017 when he was caught on camera having a good old boogie in a nightclub at the ski resort.

See the glorious moment in the video below:

Look at those dad-moves! If that's not enough to tell you this place is a darn good time, we don't know what is!

Where they stay
The resorts in Verbier have a selection of shops, restaurants and nightlife (as affirmed above). A standout includes the lavish Virgin Lodge, which boasts stunning master suites with fireplaces, and bunk bed laden rooms for the kids.

Meanwhile, the W Verbier Hotel includes a day spa, a half indoor-outdoor pool and steam rooms - perfect for some skiing down time!

What they wear
William's dad-dancing aside, Verbier definitely has a real family-friendly vibe, and the same goes for the clothing.

Non-risque, yet charmingly chic sums up royal ski field fashion here - see the pics below for inspo.

Shades of pastel! The York's know how to colour coordinate. *(Image: Getty)*
Shades of pastel! The York's know how to colour coordinate. (Image: Getty)
Opting for a darker palette this time, the York ladies let their renowned auburn locks brighten up their matching ensembles. *(Image: Getty)*
Opting for a darker palette this time, the York ladies let their renowned auburn locks brighten up their matching ensembles. (Image: Getty)
Princess Mary looks cool and casual with her sunnies at the ready as she and her family pose for a photo in Verbier. *(Image: Getty)*
Princess Mary looks cool and casual with her sunnies at the ready as she and her family pose for a photo in Verbier. (Image: Getty)

Lech, Austria

Renowned for being the first place Princess Diana took her two young sons Wills and Harry for their first ski holiday, this one is a must-do for any royally fanatic skiers out there.

The Dutch royals are big fans, with the family-of-five often pictured frequenting the slopes.

The slopes themselves are diverse, with something for every skill-level.

Where they stay
The location's stunning surroundings is more than enough, but numerous cosy chalets dotted around the area will also help your cause. Some even offer childcare services, day spas and exclusive mountain guides, guaranteeing a well-rounded ski holiday experience.

What they wear
Di's colour of choice reigns supreme here - bright and bold reds make a strong statement on the slopes.

Some could even argue that Diana started the puffer jacket craze, a red jacket she wore in 1994 looks rather reminiscent of one worn in 2018 by none other than model and global fashion influencer Kendall Jenner.

Trend setting since ages ago - Diana's red puffer is reminiscent of a style worn by model Kendall Jenner recently, and fashion fanatics are going gangbusters for it. *(Images: (L) Getty (R) Instagram / @Kendalljenner)*
Trend setting since ages ago - Diana's red puffer is reminiscent of a style worn by model Kendall Jenner recently, and fashion fanatics are going gangbusters for it. (Images: (L) Getty (R) Instagram / @Kendalljenner)
Royal red is well and truly in vogue at this lush skiing destination, and the Dutch royals are case in point. *(Image: Getty)*
Royal red is well and truly in vogue at this lush skiing destination, and the Dutch royals are case in point. (Image: Getty)

The French Alps

You can't go past a royal ski holiday without considering the French Alps.

A favourite of Wills, Kate and their growing brood, the stunning location is a must-do if you're after the ultimate royal ski experience.

Where they stay
While on their visit in 2016, it is believed the Cambridges picked Courchevel, which is nothing less than dreamy. The resort offers more than 70 restaurants, spas and even cinemas to keep the kids entertained when you're tuckered out after a day in the snow.

What they wear
Duchess Catherine is already a style force to be reckoned with, and she proved it once again as she donned a sleek white jacket and bold red pants during the family vacation - forever our Queen of chic!

Too cute! The Cambridges spent a 2016 vacation in the French Alps. *(Image: Getty)*
Too cute! The Cambridges spent a 2016 vacation in the French Alps. (Image: Getty)
Kate can even make a snow fight seem chic. *(Image: Getty)*
Kate can even make a snow fight seem chic. (Image: Getty)