Literary Greats

If the stars you aspire to are of a more literary or artistic persuasion then the best known tended to make their tours of the mountains back in the pioneering days of snow sports. Sherlock Holmes author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, for example, made some skiing firsts around Davos in the 1890s and Ernest Hemmingway toured the Alps in the 1920s staying in resorts including Austria’s Galtür, the inspiration for his short story, ‘An Alpine Idyll’ and where he did a lot of ski touring, using seal skins to ascend from a base at Madlenerhaus. He frequently drank—red wine—at the Hotel Rössle and was known to be a regular visitor to the Hotel Post, too.

Musical Choices

Composers have been inspired by the mountains and rock and pop stars of the past five decades all love to visit.

The Beatles filmed the iconic ski scenes for their movie ‘Help!’ in the Austrian resort of Obertauern not far from Innsbruck and stayed in the Hotel Edelweiss which is still going strong and proud of their Beatles connection.

A young George Michael, then a teen heartthrob in the band Wham! Stayed in Saas Fee for the filming of that ‘Last Christmas’ video that still appears on our TV screen every December. He stayed in 1984 at the five-star Ferienart Resort and Spa and you can still book the suite that was used in the video.

Ischgl has a long list of famous musician alumni including Kylie Minogue, Diana Ross and Elton John. More recently Mariah Carey stayed at the five-star Hotel Trofana Royal for her fourth wedding anniversary and her twin babies' Moroccan and Monroe’s first birthday.