Nothing beats the thrill of the descent. Fresh air in your lungs and fresh powder under your skis, isn’t it magical?
Trudging up the slopes to the ski lifts laden with gear, however, isn’t. As the season opens, we have been scouting out the best ski in/ski out chalets around the world. These have all been built with ease in mind – just clip on your skis at the door and off you go.
From luxury interiors, to Michelin starred chefs and slope-side massages, these are the best experiences you are going to get up a mountain.
Located just five feet from the slopes, this luxury chalet in Montana is as ski in/ski out as you can get.
Balancing on stilts under the forest canopy, and up above the powder snow, this chalet couldn’t be in a more prime (or picturesque) setting for a snow sport adventurer’s getaway.
The Snow Bear Chalets at Whitefish Mountain Resort, which sleep between 6-10 people each, also feature private hot tubs and even constellation rooms for star gazing.
Developer Gail Lynn Goodwin told Verdict that they stumbled upon the unoccupied lot and decided that it would be the ideal location for a ski in/ski out retreat.
“We could have built absolutely anything, but the idea for treehouse-style chalets that hover above the slopes seemed like a novel one. They are private residences, rather than a large imposing hotel. We believe that this is something that the Whitefish Mountain Resort region has been crying out for.”
Altitude wreaks havoc on the body, especially to one that has been hurling down the slopes all day. Spa Diane Barrière, a 10,000 ft luxury haven, is the solution and you can ski right in. The extensive spa menu includes revitalising body scrubs, massages and even cryotherapy. This is the treatment of the moment where the body is submerged into a -90°C chamber for three minutes. The result is said to be firmer, plumper skin and boosted circulation.
After a little self-indulge, guests can then head out to the top deck for a slope-side massage and a dip in the open-air jacuzzi.
The spa is situated within the Hôtel Barrière Les Neiges. This is a 42-room Alpine hotel featuring a cinema room, a 65-foot pool and a luxurious ski and boot room for those skiing in and out. The interiors were designed by Nathalie Ryan, who has decked every room out in white marble, silks and velvets.
Then boasting a two Michelin starred chef no less, Hôtel Barrière Les Neiges is also a fine-dining hub of Courchevel. Chef Mauro Colagreco’s gastronomic area of expertise in Italian cuisine with an Argentinian twist.
The majority of Iceland’s landscape is vast, uninhabited and blanketed in fresh snow. The ideal place to heliski.
Perched on the northern coast of the country, amongst 3,000 surrounding acres of wild terrain, is 12-bedroom luxury lodge Eleven Experience’s Deplar Farm. From the outside the property looks simple, with a wooden facade like a traditional Icelandic farmhouse. Yet inside, guests are transported into a fur-draped winter wonderland, with luxurious soft furnishings and cashmere throws.
Guests can take the hotel’s airbus helicopter up to the mountains to heliski, to tear up the terrain with a private and secluded skiing experience. No dreaded ski lifts required.
Back in the lodge, a saltwater swimming pool and a chef serving a selection of Atlantic-caught fish dishes also add a restorative touch to those seeking a healthier getaway from the raclette-fuelled Alpine trips.
Why waste precious holiday time lugging your skis up to the chair lift? Breeze out the door instead and straight down the slopes. Gstaad’s newest luxury hotel features ski in/ski out accommodation, with the additional luxe trimmings. Think a butler service, Baccarat crystal chandeliers and a La Prairie spa.
Ultima Gstaad is also located within mere steps of the Rutti Ski Lift, so it couldn’t be easier to get up the slopes as quickly as possible.
Japan is world’s up-and-coming skiing destination. Resorts are popping up all the time, and with 60 feet of powder each season on Japan’s Mount Niseko Annupuri, it’s easy to see why.
The theme of the hotel is tranquility. Greenleaf Niseko Village offers fuss-free boot room to slopes access in minutes, and even the interiors offer a relaxing vibe. The hotel is decorated with hand-painted murals of trees and butterflies, and features blonde wood details and soft furnishings – all from New York design team Champalimaud Design.
A highlight of the hotel is then also its natural hot springs which are the perfect remedy for tired feet at the end of a long day.