5 Winter Chalets to Snap Up for the Coming Ski Season

Posted in What to Buy

What could be better than checking out of your regular routine and checking in to a chic ski resort – an escape to an alpine residence with winter-wonderland views and 24-hour personal butler service? Whether you’re looking for a dual-season getaway (winter snow-carving and summer biking-hiking) or year-round powder, here are five luxury chalets the affluent outdoors enthusiast can consider adding to the real-estate portfolio. 

Chalet Going, Kitzbuhel 

This new property lies in the quaint Austrian village of Going in Kitzbuhel. It’s a charming luxury chalet with easy access to the 469km of ski pistes between The Hahnenkamm and Kitzbühel Horn, making it a dream come true for winter-sport enthusiasts. The modern four-bedroom Alpine style holiday home comes fully furnished with designer interiors and an open living, dining and kitchen layout, plus a private spa with sauna facilities and wine cellar, while superb views of the breathtaking Wilder Kaise mountains can be enjoyed through the panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows of the chalet. To give the owners peace of mind, a dedicated management team tends the property while it’s vacant. 

HK$37,380,000, investorsinproperty.com

Megève, Rhône Alpes

Right in the heart of Megève in this little-visited part of the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area is this magnificent seven-bedroom French chalet. The location itself is a huge attraction if fresh powder, deserted slopes and a tourist-free range is what you’re looking for. Bordering both Switzerland and Italy but retaining its French character, the town of Megève is a prime location for luxury chalet living, and this stylish ski-in ski-out villa is hot on the market with a focus on entertainment and relaxation. Ski right into the property to enjoy a welcoming sanctuary that includes a heated swimming pool, home theatre, gym, chef’s kitchen, wine cellar, heliport and garaging for a dozen cars.

HK$375,800,000, prestigeproperty.co.uk

Summit House, Aspen

Built atop Red Mountain and overlooking Aspen and all four of the American resort town’s ski zones, Summit House, with its expansive size, premier location, unsurpassed views and year-round snow on the slopes, is one of the most magnificent homes in Colorado. The 18,000-square-foot property includes seven bedrooms with accompanying bathrooms, open decks, an entertainment room, spa, hot tub and fireplaces throughout. The exclusive neighbourhood is just a short drive from Aspen’s services, upscale retail and dining, making it a versatile holiday destination for all. 

HK$309,600,000, sothebysrealty.com

Foxwood, Higashiyama Niseko

It’s no surprise that Japan’s Niseko has become an alpine hotspot for residents of Asia over the past decade. The Higashiyama area is a favourite for families, with the restaurants and amenities in Hirafu Village just 10 minutes away. Catering to this demographic is Foxwood, a new luxury property located in quieter part of Niseko near the new Banzai Chair ski lift, another convenience for those with children. The estate consists of seven individual homes ranging from three to five bedrooms complete with open dining and living spaces and underground parking. Nearby are hiking trails, golf courses and cycling paths for spring and summer excursions, and champagne powder snow for activities in the colder months of the year. 

Price on request, hokkaidotracksrealestate.com

Huntingford Lodge, Whistler 

Arguably the top-choice ski destination in North America (or even the world), Whistler is where alpine holidaying dreams are made. This newly built contemporary chalet is modern in design and practicality, with five en-suite bedrooms, an office den, media room, fully equipped gym and entertainment room. Bright and airy, the home enjoys a flood of natural light with its floor-to-ceiling windows and abundance of outdoor space that includes a patio, sun decks and a garden fitted with a hot tub — and it’s just moments away from the ski lifts of Whistler Village and Creekside. Winter skating at nearby Alta Lake is another popular winter pastime. A bonus for non-Canadian buyers is that the chalet is exempt from foreign buyer tax. 

HK$53,500,000, whistler4sale.ca

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Top 5 Niseko Properties for Ski Lovers

Posted in Holiday Homes

Avid skiers who make their yearly powder pilgrimage in Niseko are no stranger to staying at the abundance of new hotels and chalets popping up around the slopes, but nothing beats having your own home base with all the creature comforts of home. If you’re in the market for your dream winter home, look to these exceptional new properties in Niseko.

Skye Niseko

Located above the popular area of Hirafu village within the Hokkaido National Park in Niseko, Skye Niseko is a privately owned luxury condominium-hotel ski resort that allows for ski-in ski-out access. Designed by global design firm Wilson Associates, the modern, minimalist property features two L-shaped interlocking buildings so that all living rooms and bedrooms have external views of the mountains. Skye Niseko is ideal for those looking for serviced luxuries during their stay but want a private home base. One- to three-bedroom apartments are currently available for investment, each fitted with state-of-the-art kitchens, heated outdoor balconies, open fireplaces and Rotenburo onsens. After a day out on the slopes, unwind at Ryoko Spa, or check out soothing Hokkaido fare at several onsite dining options.

Skye Niseko, 204-7 Yamada, Kutchan, Abuta District, Hokkaido 044-0081, Japan

The Pavilions Ginto Residences Niseko

Located just a hop and a skip away from Hirafu, Ginto is a brand new developed area just 800 metres from the most sought after ski lifts in the area. Part of The Pavilions Hotels and Resorts portfolio, The Ginto Residences gives you the chance to design your own luxury ski home or invest in one of the existing well-appointed villas, while expecting plush furnishings and picturesque views of Mount Yotei, private onsen baths, and all the spoils of a five-star resort in your own home. Owners also get preferential rates at The Pavilions Niseko Hotel & Resort, slated to complete by autumn 2020. Currently, Phase II of The Ginto Residences is releasing this November, with five new villas set to complete while four more villas are set to break ground next summer. 

Visit pavilionsginto.com for more information.

Hana Ridge Niseko

For a long time visiting the popular Hirafu slopes meant well over two hours’ travel from the nearest Chitose international airport. A newly developed airport expressway is currently being built, shrinking driving time to an hour and 45 minutes, while a brand new bullet train station in Kutchan is also in the works. At the epicentre of this development is Hana Ridge, Niseko’s first luxury chalet and land development with ski-in access from Hanazono ski resort and just around the corner from the Park Hyatt. All 12 plots have natural hot spring connections, uninterrupted views of Mount Yotei, and privacy in the midst of a lush silver birch forest.

Hana Ridge Niseko, 267-4 Aza Iwaobetu, Kutchan-Cho, Abutagun, Hokkaido 044-0084, Japan

Intuition Niseko

Part of the Zekkei Properties portfolio, Intuition Niseko is an estate located just several minutes’ walk from some of Hirafu’s most popular restaurants, bars, shops and supermarkets. Conveniently close to ski lifts yet quietly nestled in a forest setting, Intuition was developed with Tokyo-based ALA Inc., which was founded by Ryuya Umezawa — a veteran project manager who has worked with renowned studio Kengo Kuma & Associates for over a decade.

Visit intuitionniseko.com for more information.


If you’re looking for the ultimate alpine home, HakuVillas’ ultra-luxe Upper Hirafu penthouses are on the market. Just 200 metres from the Hirafu gondolas, HakuVillas boasts itself as the first luxury condominium development featuring in-house staff, including a personal butler, chauffeur and chef. Managed under the HakuLife brand, the development’s sister property Hakuchozan features holiday rentals for US$15,000 a night and a 7-night minimum during the wintertime — now you can invest in your very own for a VVIP experience every time.

Visit HakuVillas for more information.

Evelyn Lok
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