Here come the holidays, with a layer of fresh powder for your skis. Luxury Defined presents six scenic homes designed to make the most of the season—and the snowpack—in ultimate convenience and creature comfort. From a grand chalet in the Italian Dolomites to a gorgeous mountain estate in Telluride, these deluxe residences come alive at wintertime, with glamour and glow enough for a 21st-century Currier & Ives print. There’s an ultra-chic, ultramodern apartment in St. Moritz; a mountain-view home under the big sky of Jackson, Wyoming; and, luxury ski homes just steps from the pistes and lifts near Sun Valley and Tahoe. Ski in or ski out, or take your place by the hearth and dream of springtime. Sleigh bells ring. Are you listening?
Madonna di Campiglio, Italy
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.
St. Moritz, Switzerland Home to the Cresta Run, the Snow Polo World Cup, and two Winter Olympics, the legendary winter resort of St. Moritz, in Switzerland’s Engadin Valley, is synonymous with international glamour. In the historic heart of the village is the contemporary and ultra-exclusive Chesa Futura, a futuristic, bubble-shaped building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning British architect Sir Norman Foster. Among its luxurious units is this chic 5,920-square-foot home with five bedrooms, chic living and entertaining spaces, and a grand terrasse overlooking the village, lake, and mountains. Steps away are the finest skiing and après-ski in the world.
Gros Ventre Butte Estate
Jackson, Wyoming This contemporary mountain home commands 11 private acres near the northernmost point Gros Ventre butte. It is a spectacular natural landscape with panoramic views of the Teton mountain range, the Snake River, and millions of acres of protected wilderness. The striking 7,850-square-foot residence is appointed with rich wood finishes, beamed ceilings, log-burning fireplaces, and walls of glass that capture the showstopping views. The great room and dining room are positioned at eye-level with snowcapped mountain peaks. There are five bedrooms, six and one-half bathrooms, and a separate, fully equipped guest wing. Nearby is the historic town of Jackson, Grand Teton National Park, and Teton Village ski resort.
Contemporary Mountain Retreat
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.
Incline Village, Nevada Water’s Edge is a classic lakefront lodge on a private cove in Incline Village, Nevada. Every detail of this elegant home has been planned to create an inviting and relaxing experience. Panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada are complemented by exquisite wood and stone finishes, and rich furnishings, which ensure comfort and luxury. The living and entertaining areas feature four bedrooms, a library, game room, home theater, wine cellar, and exercise room with sauna and elevator. The property includes 80 feet of shoreline with two moorings, and a vintage speedboat. The area boasts several ski resorts, including nearby Diamond Peak Ski Resort, and the largest concentration of groomed cross-country ski trails in the United States.
Bald Mountain Log Home
Nestled into a forested, riverfront setting in Ketchum, Idaho, this elegant log home affords luxury living on the doorstep of world-class recreation, steps from the ski lifts of Bald Mountain Ski Area and a short drive from Sun Valley Resort. The light-filled living spaces encompass 2,000 square feet, with four bedrooms, four full and one half-bathrooms. The airy, open layout is designed for year-round entertaining: the great room features a log-burning fireplace and the dining room is surrounded by French doors opening to a terrace. Outside, the landscaped grounds are an idyllic environment of evergreen, powder snow, and the cascading waters of Warm Creek Spring.