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Ski Chalets in the World’s Top Winter Resorts

Luxury Defined heads for the slopes in search of the ultimate ski chalet

Ski chalets had their humble beginnings as the rough summer quarters of alpine herders—what one might call trudge up-ski down access. The first real ski resorts, like Davos and St. Moritz, developed around popular summer resorts. And my, how they’ve grown! The Rockies snowpack and its black diamonds, bumps, steeps, drops, bowls, moguls and chutes are ready. The legendary pistes are corduroy-groomed in the Alps, awaiting the schussers, bunnies and boomers. In this Luxury Defined collection of homes, we go off-piste to spotlight five luxury ski chalets in chic Alpine destinations to the thrill-seekers’ ski meccas of the Rocky Mountains. It may be a bright, crisp winter, but it’s all downhill from here!

As Good As It Gets in Aspen, Colorado

Located just four blocks from the Ajax gondola, this new ski-in residence is ultimately private, and at 20,000 square feet, can never be replicated in downtown Aspen.

This one-of-a-kind residence is one of just a dozen or so homes that can boast ski-in access on Aspen Mountain. Among those precious few, 1001 Ute Avenue is in a class of its own in terms of size and scale. This 20,000-square-foot home is truly a private resort, with all of the amenities one could want under one roof. There is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art gym, a complete spa with steam room, sauna, indoor hot tub, warm benches, cold plunge, plus a salon and massage room. Recreation opportunities abound, with a private bowling alley, theater, indoor pool, plus an outdoor pool, hot tub, and tennis complex on site. An incredible home office and a virtual training room that can be utilized as a Zoom conference room make for an incomparable work from home setup. Completed in 2020, the property is appointed with the finest materials sourced from around the world; technological innovations to enhance the property’s premium location; and a six-car garage with turntable.

Luxury Ski Chalet in La Clusaz, France

This luxury ski chalet has a picture-postcard setting in the village of La Clusaz, a world-class winter resort in the French Alps.

La Clusaz, a premier ski resort in France’s Haute-Savoie region, is the picture-postcard setting for this luxury Alpine chalet. The traditional timber home is built into the mountainside, allowing residents to ski out onto the challenging pistes of La Clusaz resort. It’s also a short walk to the center of the village. The three-level home offers 5,800 square feet of living space with seven bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms. The great room is a cozy retreat with a beamed ceiling and stone fireplace. The country kitchen has a breakfast area facing the slopes. On the lower level is a gym and a heated indoor lap pool, perfect for après-ski relaxation. Each floor leads out to a balcony or terrace facing the Aravis mountain range.

Turnkey Log Home in Big Sky, Montana

This private ski retreat is in the Montana ski mecca of Big Sky Resort, famous for its vast skiable terrain with a variety of challenging powder runs, spectacular Rocky Mountain vistas, and few crowds.

Big Sky Resort is a skier’s paradise, an hour south of Bozeman, Montana. This impressive log home, in Moonlight Basin’s Diamond Hitch community, is set into the mountainside, allowing residents to ski from the front door along the Bozeman trail to the base of Big Sky Mountain Village. The turnkey home offers 8,686 square feet of fully furnished living space with views of Spanish Peaks. The home has custom woodworking and large timbers, high-end finishes, and a new roof. There are seven bedrooms and eight full and two half bathrooms. Among them are two bunkrooms, three guest/family bedrooms, and two principal suites on the main level and the upper floor, each with a fireplace. Three cozy living rooms, a large dining room, spacious chef’s kitchen, movie theater, personal gym, and one of the best game rooms in Big Sky add to the allure.

Grand Chalet in Villars-Sur-Ollon, Vaud, Switzerland

The monumental Alpine chalet is set within 16 acres of private forest in the Swiss ski resort of Villars-sur-Ollon.

The Swiss Alps are the setting for this grand chalet in the Villars-sur-Ollon ski resort. The property encompasses 16 acres of private forest with direct access to the ski trails. The cable car station to the Roc d’Orsay ski resort is just five minutes’ drive. The residence was fully renovated and offers an impressive 20,731 feet of living space with mountain views from every room. The exterior has a classic Alpine style, with exposed wood beams and vast timber balconies. The interiors are light and airy, thanks to high ceilings and enormous windows. There are six en suite bedrooms in two separate wings. On one side of the residence are the main suite and guest suite; on the other are four en suite bedrooms, as well as a media room, reception room, children’s playroom, and kitchen. Roaring fireplaces warm the grand salon, dining room, and the library/office. The professional-grade kitchen has a breakfast nook with views of the forest and mountains. A ski room, indoor pool, sauna, fitness room, spa, Jacuzzi terrace staff apartment, and several garages and parking spaces are further highlights of this spectacular property.

Residents of this custom log home will enjoy direct ski-in, ski-out access to Telluride Ski Resort’s top-ranked chutes, glades, and moguls.

The mountain lifestyle awaits at this elegant log and stone residence on the Double Cabins ski trail in Telluride Ski Resort. The custom-built property occupies more than an acre on one of Mountain Village’s most sought after streets, offering direct access to Telluride’s world-class ski trails throughout the winter season and mountain biking in the summer months. The interior extends to more than 7,000 square feet across three levels. Almost every room has a view of the slopes, including the great room, which features floor-to-ceiling windows, a two-story stone fireplace, and French doors opening to a terrace. Beyond are the outdoor living spaces, which include a cascading waterfall and sculptures surrounded by woodland. Après-ski amenities include a full bar, movie theater, wine room, and several cozy fireplaces.