Leaders of the ski industry are arriving in Kitzbühel, Austria, as the final preparations are put in place for the fifth annual World Ski Awards.

Ski tourism’s event of the year will be staged at the five star A-ROSA Kitzbühel for the fifth consecutive year from the November 17th-19th.

An extensive weekend programme is in place which will see the elite of the ski industry invited to engage in three days of exclusive networking events, private skiing, sight-seeing tours and a host of other VIP activities.

The highlight of the weekend will, of course, be the glittering World Ski Awards Gala Ceremony itself on the evening of Saturday November 18th – when the 2017 winners will be unveiled.

World Ski Awards managing director, Sion Rapson, said: “With so much work having gone into the prestige event, it is a pleasure to begin welcoming guests here to the A-ROSA Kitzbühel in the Austrian Alps for our fifth annual World Ski Awards.

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“The fabulous hotel was instrumental in the success of the inaugural World Ski Awards in 2013, while subsequent years have seen the event develop into the industry’s must-attend international gathering.”

Nestled among the Austrian Alps, the A-ROSA Kitzbühel is a stylish Alpine winter ski destination.

Built in the style of a Tyrol castle, the resort boasts 115 rooms and 36 suites all offering spectacular views of the Streif – the most famous ski slope in the world.

Uwe Schramm, general manager at the A-ROSA Kitzbühel, said: “We are extremely excited and happy to be hosting the 5th annual World Ski Awards again this year at the A-ROSA Kitzbühel.

“The World Ski Awards are an absolute highlight to us, and myself and the entire team are incredibly proud to be hosting this prestigious event – which provides a fantastic networking opportunity for the international ski hospitality industry – at our resort.”

The World Ski Awards programme has categories for the Best Ski Resort, Best Ski Hotel, Best Ski Boutique Hotel and Best Ski Chalet for the world’s premier ski tourism nations.

The individual country level winner with the most overall votes will not only win the national award but also the world level award in the respective category.

Find out more on the official World Ski Awards website.