Ski Chalets in the World’s Top Winter Resorts
Luxury Defined heads for the slopes in search of the ultimate ski chalet
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 seven luxury ski chalets in chic Alpine destinations and the thrill-seekers’ ski meccas of the Andes and the Rocky Mountains. It may be a bright, crisp winter, but it’s all downhill from here!
The Ridge Cabin in Aspen, Colorado
The Ridge Cabin is an authentic and luxurious 36-acre ski retreat in backcountry Colorado. Its wide sundeck and glass walls frame the views of the Elk Mountains. The living spaces are anchored by the double-height living room. There’s also a sleek galley kitchen and breakfast bar, a cozy owner’s bedroom, and a four-bunk guest bedroom. A solar array provides additional energy. In the wintertime, residents can spend their time snowmobiling or cat-skiing the front slopes of Aspen Mountain, and return to a luxury retreat away from the crowd. The summer brings endless hiking, biking, and jeep trails to explore the evergreen forests and flowering mountain meadows of the backcountry. It’s a world away, yet less than a mile from the Sundeck restaurant (atop Aspen Mountain) and a 20-minute drive from downtown.
Cascade Ridge Condominium in Big Sky, Montana
Big Sky Resort is a skier’s paradise an hour south of Bozeman, Montana. This luxurious freestanding condominium in the Cascade Ridge gated community is set into the mountainside, allowing residents to ski from the front door along the Plenty Coups trail to the base of Big Sky Mountain Village. The 3,089-square-foot floor plan offers five bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, vaulted ceilings, radiant in-floor heat, two fireplaces, garage, and two spacious decks with views of Lone Peak, Fan Mountain, and the Spanish Peaks. The property, which will begin construction in 2022, includes partial ownership of the Cascade Ridge Lodge, situated at the top of the Big Sky Resort’s Little Thunder Chairlift. After a day on the slopes, residents can plunge into the lodge’s heated indoor pool and spa or relax by the hearth of the great room.
Bassett Mountain in Wilmington, New York
The former home of the Paleface Mountain Ski Area, Bassett Mountain is a world-class residential retreat in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks. The 1,140-acre estate includes a four-story main residence, built into the mountainside to showcase the 360-degree airline views of Whiteface Mountain and the surrounding peaks, and a separate A-frame lodge with a commercial kitchen, guest bedrooms, an office, conference space, and an indoor pool. There are two mountaintops, pristine forests, and miles of trails for cross-country skiing, hiking, and snowmobiling. The location is private and secluded, yet close to Lake Placid’s Olympic Center, Olympic Jumping Complex, Mt. Van Hoevenberg, and Whiteface Mountain. In the spring and summer, residents can enjoy world-class fly-fishing on the AuSable River and hiking in the Adirondack Mountains.
Palos Verdes House in Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina
Palos Verdes House is a lodge-style home on 1.14 acres overlooking the snow-capped peaks of Argentine Patagonia in the exclusive Arelauquen Golf & Country Club. The rusticated fieldstone house adjoins a forest reserve of the club for great hiking and cross-country skiing. Renovated in 2016, the home’s sleek interior geometries were executed in cool white and cream with neutral accents in tan wood and stone. Wide flagstone sundecks and a hot tub bask in the mountain views. Further creature comforts include two spacious sitting rooms, a fully kitted contemporary kitchen, day dining room, and a built-in barbecue grill. Accommodations include five expansive bedrooms, three with en suite bathrooms, and two with a shared bathroom. The guest house offers an additional en suite bedroom, a guest bathroom, kitchenette, and small attic bedroom above the sitting room. Adjoining the guest house is a staff room and a garage. The Arelauquen Golf & Country Club is a playground for four-season recreation, with a championship golf course, polo facility, and tennis center. Cerro Catedral, the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere, is just nine miles away.
Slopeside Condominium in Whitefish, Montana
This ski-in, ski-out condominium has a prime location in Slopeside, a gated community at Whitefish Mountain Resort. The exterior—sundecks, covered balconies, and rustic stone accents framing a candy box chalet stained the color of dark Swiss chocolate— unfolds into a sleek, open plan living space that is stunningly expansive. An elegant, efficient galley kitchen adjoins the dining space and the great room’s two-story arched window and oversized stone fireplace. Four bedrooms—each with its own mountain view—four bathrooms and one partial bathroom feature dark wood floors and trims playing against neutral paint schemes. The owner’s suite offers its own private balcony and fireplace. And don’t forget the hideaway back deck with its own hot tub. The property has approved zoning for nightly/weekly vacation rentals.
As Good As It Gets in Aspen, Colorado
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.
Grand Chalet in Villars-Sur-Ollon, Vaud, Switzerland
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.