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‘Tis the Season: 5 Homes in Winter Wonderlands

Luxury Defined spotlights five spectacular homes in wintry landscapes

Here come the holidays, with a layer of fresh powder for your skis. Luxury Defined presents five scenic homes designed to make the most of the season—and the snowpack—in ultimate convenience and creature comfort. From a traditional Alpine chalet in the Italian Dolomites to a modern log home in Ontario, Canada, these deluxe residences come alive at wintertime, with glamour and glow enough for a 21st-century Currier & Ives print. There’s an ultra-chic chalet in La Clusaz, France; a mountain lodge under the big sky of Jackson, Wyoming; and, a contemporary estate near the pistes and lifts of Telluride Ski Resort. Ski in or ski out, build a snowman, or take your place by the hearth and dream of springtime. Sleigh bells ring. Are you listening?

Contemporary Log Home in Jackson, Wyoming

The winter wonderland of Grand Teton National Park is the backdrop to this elegant lodge-style home in Jackson, Wyoming.

This classic mountain lodge-inspired home is on the doorstep of Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. Encompassing nearly five acres and 7,000 square feet of living space, the property provides plenty of room for holiday relaxation and recreation. The airy interiors offer high, vaulted ceilings, exposed structural log beams, and detailed, rustic finishes for an ultra-contemporary look. Walls of windows frame the 360-degree mountain views. Four masonry fireplaces keep things cozy, and two separate and spacious offices create the perfect environment to learn and work from home. The inviting great room with a gourmet kitchen, wet bar, 600-bottle wine cellar, home theater, fitness studio, and three en suite bedrooms. A separate artist’s studio can double as a guest house. Car collectors will appreciate the roomy garage’s five heated vehicle bays. The home also offers pet owners an indoor kennel with dog wash and an “invisible” perimeter fence to keep pets safe. Colorful perennial gardens surround the home from spring through fall. Two ponds and a seasonal creek add to the charm.

The Echoes in Powassan, Ontario, Canada

Built on the foundations of a century-old barn and surrounded by 100 acres of balsam fir, spruce, and pine forests, the Echoes reimagines the log home for the 21st century.

“Rustic luxury” is the inspiration behind this enchanting 100-acre estate abutting 200 acres of Crown Land in Canada’s Northern Ontario Forest. Built on the foundations of a century-old barn, the 4,100-square-foot log home was designed with locally sourced materials and labor. The owner’s intention was to ensure the structure blended into the surrounding forest, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s principle of “organic architecture”—so the building integrates with its natural environment. The traditional timber structure crafted from Canadian white pine contrasts with the thoroughly modern interiors and amenities, from the sleek, chef-inspired kitchen to the smart-home automation. The bedrooms are all en suite and open to the vistas of an airy, three-season “Muskoka room.” The waterfront community of North Bay and its airport is just 20 minutes’ drive.

Luxury Ski Chalet in La Clusaz, France

In the heart of the French Alps, this ski retreat was designed as a traditional Alpine chalet but with all the modern comforts.

This luxurious ski chalet is in the picture-postcard alpine village of La Clusaz in France’s Aravis Range. The traditional timber home extends to more than 5,800 square feet across three levels. The great room features a beamed ceiling, stone fireplace, and glass doors which frame the views of the mountains and infuse the space with all-day sunlight. Beyond is a covered terrace, the perfect spot for après-ski relaxing or entertaining. The country kitchen has a breakfast area and also opens to a terrace. There are seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms. On the lower level is a heated indoor lap pool and personal gym. The property is close to the historic village and the challenging pistes of La Clusaz.

Contemporary Mountain Retreat in Telluride, Colorado

This mountain estate, minutes from the Old West town and ski resort of Telluride, is a haven of tranquility and innovative design in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains.

Situated on a lushly wooded landscape of spruce and Aspen trees in Telluride, Colorado, this majestic mountain residence is perfectly integrated into its rugged Rocky Mountain environment. The creation of celebrated architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, the innovative architecture is distinguished by geometric forms that frame views of the surrounding mountain peaks from nearly every angle. Comprising five bedrooms and four and one half bathrooms, the private quarters provide comfort and ample space for residents and their guests. Outside, nearly three tranquil acres are enhanced with entertaining patios and a spa deck overlooking the mountains.

Alpine Chalet in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy

This magnificent alpine chalet, poised on a mountainside in the Brenta Dolomites, is perfect for ski and après-ski, Italian style.

In a picturesque location in northern Italy’s Brenta Dolomites, near the historic village and ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio, is an idyllic alpine chalet that blends traditional Swiss architecture with contemporary comforts. Built from pine and reclaimed wood, the 5,300-square-foot, four-story retreat can accommodate large parties with six en suite bedrooms and a three-bedroom guest apartment. Vast windows frame the winter wonderland views from nearly every vantage. The property is arrayed with eco-friendly features (solar panels, energy-saving heating, and rainwater collection) and luxurious amenities, including a Turkish bath, sauna, multi-sensory showers, and an ice fountain.