Ski chalets have advanced by leaps and bounds from their humble beginnings as the summer cottages of Alpine cattle herders. Thanks to advances in global air travel, skiers and snowboarders from every part of the world have an array of options for their winter getaways, from the historic charm of the Swiss Alps to the mountains of America’s Big Sky country. And while many chalets retain the hallmarks of their architectural forbearers—natural carved wood, white plaster, and peaked roofs—new, innovative designs are expanding the possibilities of what a luxury mountain retreat can offer. Indoor pools and spas, heated mudrooms, gourmet kitchens, and sumptuous interiors mean high altitude is no longer a barrier to first-class style and luxury.
Majestic Mountain Views
Conrad Point Drive, MontanaThe state of Montana is named for the majestic peaks that form its dramatic skyline, so it’s no surprise that some truly choice skiing is to be found here. This spacious estate on Flathead Lake offers views of nearby Glacier National Park, a private dock, and several covered boat lifts for sailing in warm weather. When the snow falls, Blacktail Mountain Ski Area on the western side of the lake features easily accessible skiing and snowboarding. This home is offered furnished and has four bedrooms as well as a two-bedroom guest cottage. With exposed beams and natural stone, it has the charming aesthetic of a traditional camp cottage as well as the amenities and space of a luxury home.
Big Sky Beauty
Beaver Creek Road, Big Sky, MontanaThe Big EZ estate has stunning panoramic views of three mountain ranges plus sixty acres of open meadow that surround it with tranquility and privacy. This contemporary residence has thirteen bedrooms and guest quarters as well as thoughtful amenities like a stainless steel chef’s kitchen, and features large natural log beams and high ceilings throughout. The Big EZ estate also has a trout pond, challenging and picturesque hiking trails, and an outdoor hot pool with a waterfall. Located near world-class skiing at Big Sky Resort, one of the largest ski resorts in the country, this impressive residence is an ideal home base for enjoying outdoor recreation year round.
Spacious Estate in Utah
North Summit View Drive, Deer Valley, UtahThis ski-in/ski-out Deer Valley home designed by Utah architect Michael Upwall in 2011 is perfect for hosting big gatherings. Several large, open-plan living spaces with double-height ceilings are beautifully designed with picture windows that frame views of the majestic Jordanelle Reservoir. This estate has six bedrooms and a bright, sunny chef’s kitchen with a dining area as well as a private cinema and a private ski locker at the Jordanelle Ski Run. Located less than an hour from the Salt Lake City International Airport, it is situated in one of Utah’s most tranquil areas.
Sweet New England Farmhouse
Strawberry Hill Farm, Stowe, VermontNew England is always sparkling and serene during the winter months, and a cozy, historic estate like Strawberry Hill Farm offers the perfect place to spend a ski vacation when there’s fresh snow on the ground. Situated on 190 acres in Stowe, Vermont, Strawberry Hill Farm is close to numerous ski trails and enjoys views of majestic Mount Mansfield. Built in 1820, this four-bedroom estate boasts several fireplaces and lovely period details such as wide-plank wood floors. Fully updated with state-of-the-art appliances in the kitchen, it also features a formal garden, a pool, a guest cottage, and a four-stall stable.
Elk Meadows, Tabernash, Colorado
This 15,000-square-foot Elk Meadows estate is energy efficient and offers something special for every season of the year. With six bedrooms and ten baths, it also boasts a large great room and a dining room that can accommodate 24 guests. Located near the Continental Divide and Winter Park, one of Colorado’s most spectacular ski resorts, this home was designed with entertaining in mind thanks to its kitchen with two complete cooking stations as well as Wolf and Bosch appliances. Five master suites have walk-in closets and jacuzzi soaking tubs, making this the perfect second home or primary residence in one of the most beautiful parts of the American West.
Mountain Village Penthouse
Sunny Ridge Place, Telluride, ColoradoThis spectacular residence at Mountain Village in Telluride offers a new twist on the classic ski chalet: a luxury condominium penthouse. It’s designed in classic Western style with hammered copper surfaces, wrought iron lighting fixtures, exposed wood beams, vaulted ceilings, antique chestnut floors, and natural stone, and its penthouse perch affords expansive views of surrounding mountains and the Telluride Ski Resort. Located in Mountain Village, this unique getaway serves up a terrific blend of condo convenience and access to the best that Telluride has to offer.
Historic Rocky Mountain Retreat
Catmando, Telluride, ColoradoCatmando is situated on 35 pristine acres just outside Telluride with views of the gorgeous Gray Head Wilderness Preserve. It overlooks the popular Telluride Ski Resort and is located near the highest concentration of 13,000- and 14,000-foot peaks in the United States. The main living space of this five-bedroom estate has 35-foot ceilings and was once a Civil War barn, making this a remarkably historic property for Colorado. An observatory, a fitness center, a home theater and game room are coupled with numerous ingenious design elements like the Bhutanese-inspired foot bridge as well as the fire pit and multi-tiered patio.
Traditional Tyrolian Chalet
Kitzbühel, Tyrol, AustriaThis four-bedroom chalet in Tyrol is located in the birthplace of modern skiing. Situated at the base of the Kitzbühel Alps, it’s within close proximity of a golf course, spectacular skiing, and historic Muenichau Castle. It’s also designed in classic Alpine style with exposed wood beams, and its enormous windows offer natural light and stunning views. The estate includes a spa with a sauna and rain forest shower, a gazebo and adjacent terrace, a pool, and a landscaped garden. For winter athletes, the garage includes a heated ski boot warmer and storage for equipment.