Top 5 Ski Chalets in the Swiss Alps that You can Explore
Skiing is a popular activity across Europe, the South American Andes, North America, East Asia, Australia and New Zealand - wherever there’s a combination of mountain slopes, snow, and adequate tourist infrastructure. Speaking of tourist infrastructure, the ski chalets, typically found in the Swiss Alps, offer the perfect combination of traditional winter charms and contemporary amenities to skiing enthusiasts. If you are planning your next skiing adventure in the Swiss Alps and need a place to put up, here are some of the top-rated ski chalets to consider. Take a look.
1. Hotel Ormelune, Val d’Isere (France)
From distance, Hotel Ormelune looks like an old-school sporting institution, donning the foot of the Val d’Isère resort. This chalet in Southeastern France, however, got a flashy makeover in 2009. With reputable French designer, Alain Perrier at the helm of the revamp, the Ormelune now features faux fabric-clad animal busts in the reception area, a reservation desk designed from vintage suitcases, and rainbow-colored bars. Moreover, the Ormelune isn’t just a pretty snug residential spot. You can also opt for private lessons in heli-skiing and deep-tissue massages to get relief from sore muscles after a rigorous skiing session.
2. The Omnia, Zermatt (Switzerland)
Perched at the top of arguably the most celebrated ski village in Europe, the Omnia is a sight to behold. This majestic chalet features a signature angular wood-and-glass apex and modernist mountainside log cabins. Helmed by ace New York-based architect Ali Tayar, the Omnia now features suave contemporary interiors and exquisite modular furniture. To add a dash of flair, Tayar has also included intuitive pieces inspired from prominent masters such as Saarinen and Mies van der Rohe. Therefore, don’t be surprised if find a cool, egg-shaped fireplace in your room or sheepskin covered chairs at the outdoor terrace lounge.
3. Taxhof, Bruck (Austria)
Pristine mountain landscape is just one asset of this historic chalet, set in the middle of the Austrian Alps. Likewise, this centuries-old inn is a magnificent, yet quiet getaway from other, rather busy, resorts such as the Schmittenhöhe and Kitzsteinhorn. More than 12 generations of the same family have taken care of the Taxhof. Therefore, it’s no wonder that this quaint chalet combines the best features of both rustic wooden chalet and contemporary amenities. The best feature of this chalet is the Dachboden Suite, which features an in-suite sauna, skylights, atrium-like windows and a cozy rooftop terrace. Next time you plan a ski adventure, just remember that the Bruck region features some of the most daring glacier ski trails in the world.
4. Das Kranzbach, Krün (Germany)
Located high in the Bavarian Alps, this modernistic nature retreat features exquisite interiors designed by the famous British designer Ilse Crawford. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the Das Kranzbach is the favorite ski spot for many winter athletes. While it is conveniently located from the slopes at Alpenwelt Karwendel, Das Kranzbach effortlessly merges the contemporary and vintage styles. Likewise, the country house features tufted Chesterfield sofas, painted Windsor chairs, George Nelson bubble lamps, and custom wallpaper by Timorous Beasties. In addition, both beginners and intermediates can opt for ski lessons at the local ski school, from Max Rieger, the legendary Alpine Ski World Cup champion.
5. Le Lodge Park, Megeve (France)
According to the owners Jocelyne and Jean-Louis Sibuet, the Le Lodge Park is the perfect residence for ski enthusiasts in France. Likewise, this conveniently located residence from the posh Megève ski resort features trapper-style aesthetic and glamorous furnishings. No wonder, the rooms here offer some of the chicest amenities such as antler chandeliers, whimsically designed spa, and rugs furnished from moss-covered bark, birches, and sheepskin.
(All photographs are courtesy of the original owners unless otherwise indicated)