Given the glitzy image of skiing, and the cool image of snowboarding, it's no surprise to find plenty of celebrities getting into the sport and hitting the slopes. Many swanky resorts will embrace high-profile visitors, as it can raise the profile and image of their resort more than any other publicity. Deer Valley Resort, in Utah, even has an annual Celebrity Skifest every December !
Skiing is one of the few sports in which you can find yourself sharing the same sporting stage as famous film stars, royalty, billionaires, and Olympic sports-people without actually realising it ! So which a-list and b-list celebs could you potentially be sharing a chairlift with next time you head off for the pistes ? Read on...
|Roman Abramovich||There is a story that has done the rounds that the Russian oligarch once requested that the plush French resort of Courchevel shut down for a while so that he could have his very own private skiing session. A request that was politely turned down !|
|Gerhard Berger||Austrian Formula One star has been regularly snapped on the slopes of his homeland.|
|Prince Charles||The British Royal and heir to the throne made Klosters famous in the 1980's and 90's with annual ski holidays at the Swiss resort.|
|David Coulthard||The Scottish driver bought a property in Villars and was a regular skier in Switzerland after finishing his F1 career.|
|Lady Diana||Diana, Princess of Wales, was a regular visitor to Klosters, as well as the Austrian ski resort of Lech.|
|James Hunt||The F1 driver was spotted on many an Alpine piste, including the slopes around the Swiss party resort of Verbier.|
|Boris Johnson||Back in 2011, Boris wrote an article for the Daily Telegraph saying "In the course of a 35-year skiing career of relentless incompetence, I have been involved in some of the most epic prangs ever witnessed."|
|Dmitry Medvedev||The Russian Prime Minister visited the Rosa Khutor ski resort a number of times to test out the slopes before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.|
|Roger Moore||Mention Roger Moore and skiing, and most people will conjure up the image of him in his yellow Bogner ski suit in the pre-title sequence of The Spy Who Loved Me, shortly before disappearing off a cliff in the iconic Union Jack parachute scene. But Roger Moore was also a keen skier, and had a property in Crans Montana for many years.|
|George Osborne||The Mr Bean lookalike, and some-time Chancellor of the Exchequer, has been pictured hitting the slopes of Klosters, in Switzerland.|
|Vladimir Putin||As well as being a big fan of martial arts, the Russian President is a decent skier, pictured a few times in his shades at Krasnaya Polyana around the time of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Apparently Putin likes his off-piste as well as some fine accommodation - there are rumours of gold fittings being built into a suite at the Krallerhof hotel in the Austrian ski resort of Leogang.|
|Gavin Rossdale||The English lead singer of rock band Bush (and ex-husband of Gwen Stefani) has been pictured at quite a few of the American ski resorts, including Mammoth Mountain back in Christmas 2014.|
|Gwen Stefani||American singer from rock band No Doubt is a big fan of the slopes, spotted in plenty of the American resorts, and often seen at the annual Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest.|