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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.