5 Luxury Ski Chalets That Will Make Your Jaw Drop
For most people, a ski chalet is somewhere to relax after a day on the hill, have dinner with friends and family and get a good night’s sleep in preparation for another day of skiing. But what if your finances were to suddenly improve… say with a lottery win, what kind of chalet can you get when money is no object and price becomes irrelevant?
We thought we'd take a look at some of the most extravagant and luxurious ski chalets available...
- Price: from £51,000 / week
- Sleeps: 18
A classic alpine chalet that sits in its own secluded grounds on the edge on Verbier, its traditional exterior contains an opulent and lavish interior.
The chalet sleeps 18 people within 7 bedrooms and two master suites that have spectacular views and private balconies. Open log fires heat the luxurious yet comfortable living space which leads onto a large sun terrace.
In the morning your private chef will prepare a breakfast of your choosing, while a concierge ensures you have everything you need for the day.
Once you are off the slopes a chauffeur takes you back to the chalet for after-ski snacks and a warm down in the swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, salt bath, hammam or sauna. The swimming pool has a private vodka bar on a 1st floor balcony (for some après drinks) and is lined with onyx tiles and an underfloor heated teak surround.
The kids can watch a quick film before dinner in the 20 seat home cinema, play some video games or have a game of pool in the games room.
After a bite to eat, relax to the cigar club and private wine cellar - stocked with a variety of wines from a renowned Verbier cave. If you have any energy left you can dance the night away in your private Chinese disco.
- Price: from £22,000 / week
- Sleeps: 10
An award nominated chalet in the quaint village of Hirafu, Niseko, the Glasshouse has its own private creek and grounds. It has spectacular 360 degree views from the three terraces and large glass windows flood the building with light. One of the best vantage points is from the outdoor hot tub which look out to Mt Yotei.
Inside the chalet the décor is minimalist/modern with nods to Japanese culture. A large fire, underfloor heating and soft furnishing add comfort and warmth to the building.
You really get to experience the beautiful surroundings staying in the lodge - snow builds up around the lower windows meaning you can immerse yourself in Japan's world famous powder.
- Price: from £64,000 / week
- Sleeps: 16
If you are in search of powder and want to do it in style you can’t really beat ‘Chalet Bighorn’. Voted ‘world’s best ski chalet’ three years in a row, the chalet sits at the foot of Revelstoke Mountain overlooking the surrounding valley.
A private helipad sits at the bottom of the vast grounds from which you can fly out to ski tree lines, bowls and ridges. If you want to ski the resort you are a few minutes’ walk to the bottom of the lift and there is also access to backcountry cat skiing.
Within the chalet you have access to a range of entertainment including a pool table panorama room, cocktail bar, cinema room or you can relax in the outdoor jacuzzi. Massages and other treatments are available at the spa or if you have any energy left you can take part in private yoga class.
The chalet also comes with its own executive chef who will cook bespoke meals throughout the week.
- Price: from £20,000 / week
- Sleeps: 14
The perfect combination of traditional and modern, chalet Husky’s use of glass and steel with stone and wood creates a unique space to enjoy.
This chalet is great for families - it has an indoor climbing wall and soft dart archery/shooting gallery to keep the kids entertained and a swimming pool area big enough to relax and splash around in. There is also a range of spa treatments or a sauna/steam room for adults if you want a break from your little ones.
Meals are provided by your own private chef and chalet team to suit any tastes and health requirements. These are served in the large open plan living and dining areas, allowing everyone to spend time together and eat as a single group. /p>
Each bedroom has a lovely alpine feel to it, furnished with soft rugs and warming colours to let you get a good night sleep for the next day’s skiing.
- Price: from £18,200 / week
- Sleeps: 12
A classic American lodge hewn from mighty trunks of red cedar and local stone, Akasha is part of the exclusive Sunridge Plateau development. Your accommodation is one of the highest on the mountain although it remains only a ten minute walk to the centre of the ski village. As the largest ski resort in north America Whistler has every type of terrain park, run and back country area you can wish for.
The indoor spa has an unbelievable panorama swimming pool featuring a First Nation artist's hand-carved totems poles. From the spa, you can walk out onto the underfloor heated terrace and relax in the hot tub overlooking the mountains and valley below.
Huge atrium living spaces provide an airy feel and let in plenty of light for breakfast. later in the evening you can relax on one of the numerous terraces, receive a massage in the spa room or watch a movie. 4 poster beds and magnificent views complete the ultimate luxury lodge atmosphere.
About the Author:
Pete Fletcher - Outdoor Expert
Pete grew up hiking most of the trails in the Lake District before being introduced to skiing. A decade later and you're most likely to find him snowboarding, skateboarding or making a mean coffee.