The 2014 Gala Ceremony welcomed over 200 leading representatives from the ski hospitality sector, with partners Audi, Leitner, Prinoth, Demac Lenko, and iSki all contributing to a spectacular occasion.
In a night of high drama at A-ROSA Kitzbühel, Austria, the title of World’s Best Ski Hotel went to Stein Eriksen Lodge of the United States, while host Bergbahn Kitzbühel was recognised as the World’s Best Ski Resort Company. They joined Bergbahnen Kitzbühel, Kitzbühel Tourismus and A-ROSA Kitzbühel in supporting the event, as World Ski Awards returned to the Alpine resort for the second year.
The World Ski Awards Academy presented three prestigious Outstanding Contributions to Ski Tourism Awards during the evening.
In Europe, Reto Gurtner, President of the Management Board, LAAX, was celebrated for his contribution to ski tourism in Switzerland, while the President of Lake Louise Ski Resort, Charlie Locke, was recognised in North America.
In Asia, Akio Shinya, Chief of the Niseko Avalanche Research Institute, was honoured for a lifetime dedicated to improving safety in the mountains of Japan.
Elsewhere the title of World’s Best Ski Tour Operator went to Crystal Ski Holidays, World’s Best Ski Travel Agent was awarded to Leo Trippi and InterContinental Davos took the title of World’s Best New Ski Hotel. Voters also recognised Chalet Quezac as the World’s Best New Ski Chalet, Big Horn, Revelstoke, was voted the World’s Best Ski Chalet and World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel went to The Vale Niseko.
In Spain, Cerler Aramón has been awarded as Best Ski Resort in 2014, while the Baqueira Hotel La Pleta has won as Best Ski Hotel.
In France, have risen with these awards Val Thorens ski resort and the Altapura Hotel while in Germany these awards have been to Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski resort and hotel Das Kranzbach.
In America, the winners of the night were the ski resort Cerro Catedral and Llao Llao Hotel in Argentina, the ski resort Valle Nevado and Gran Hotel Termas de Chillan in Chile and the Lake Louise ski resort and the Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside hotel in Canada or Deer Valley ski resort and the hotel Stein Eriksen Lodge at the United States.