Top 5 super chalets for skiing this season
Uber-luxurious chalets with price tags to match their swish design are always in demand. Skiing has been bridging continents and cultures over recent years bringing a new set of consumers to the fore from nations such as the UAE and Russia to complement the strong British showing in these high-end chalets and resorts.
Here I round-up which chalets make it into my top five for this season, including a few brand-new properties.
Chalet Mont Blanc
Chalet Mont Blanc is the newest super chalet in the Alps and is set to take the crown of top property for 2014/15. Situated overlooking Megeve in France, the 12-16 person chalet enjoys classic alpine vistas from the atrium style living area and also from the swimming pool situated on the outside of the floor to ceiling windows. The chalet has every feature the most discerning skier used to the luxuries of Europe’s finest chalets could possibly be expecting. Arrive in style utilising the chalet’s very own heli-pad before taking a relax in one of two swimming pools (outdoor and indoor) with views over the village. My favourite feature of a chalet is regularly the cinema, after the third or fourth day on the slopes it’s time for a night in, this chalet has a superb cinema. The location above classy Megeve is not detrimental to the chalet’s ease of access to skiing though with a ski-in/ski-out position alongside the Jaillet piste.
Prices for the whole chalet start from €120,000 per week.
One of the top properties in one of the top resorts in Europe, Chalet Lhotse is an incredible myriad of luxury design and features, truly amazing and somewhere I’ve stayed on a number of occasions. Situated right in the centre of the lively French resort, with views of the famous La Face, the chalet some fun social spaces such as the open plan living area complete with a grand piano and a bar. The shining star for this giant of an alpine chalet is the spa. Rivalling the spas of the Val d’Isere hotels, Lhotse’s offering includes a massage room, solarium, hammam, gym, outdoor hot tub and an indoor pool with the piste de resistance – a state of the art projector and screen, again, hankering to my love of chalet cinemas.
Prices for the whole chalet start from £20,900 per week.
Chalet Zermatt Peak
Towering over the village, Chalet Zermatt Peak seems to have been designed by Ian Fleming. Nestled against the rocks the chalet benefits from its hillside position with views of the famous Matterhorn. Entering the chalet involves walking down a private tunnel with electric security doors and video surveillance. Once inside, guests are welcomed by the ski room and walk-in wine cellar, stairs then lead to the five floors that the divine property is spread over. Floor to ceiling windows ensure that the views over Zermatt and the Matterhorn are maximised with a mobile De Sede sofa offering maximum comfort in the large living area. Each room has a private dressing area as well as en-suite bathrooms including a Jacuzzi bath in the master. The top floor gallery bedroom includes a glass roof for views of the night sky and falling snow.
Prices for the whole chalet start from CHF 65,000 per week.
Famous free-skier and rally driver, Guerlain Chicherit (four time freeriding world champion), owns what is set to become Tignes’ coolest chalet rental for 2014/15. Chalet Quezac is situated in the Les Brevieres area which is more traditional and picturesque than the large areas of Tignes Le Lac and Val Claret. A large terrace features an iconic Tignes gondola and this sets the tone for the fun interiors of the chalet that features a pool table, table tennis, a bar, hot tub and artwork throughout including penguins guarding the entrance to the living area. Although Tignes is not often seen as the most luxurious of resorts this opening is great news for the resort which shares slopes with Val d’Isere but has a more youthful feel, something that developed when it was host of the Winter X Games Europe.
Prices for the whole chalet start from €17,000 per week.
North America’s finest chalet is Big Horn in the hard-core back-country dreamland of Revelstoke – nowhere I’ve skied has such amazing ‘champagne’ snow. The chalet even comes complete with a heli-pad for heli-skiing excursions – allowing access to some of the world’s finest couloirs and powder haunts. The chalet sleeps 16 with a team of staff on hand to offer a rounded and bespoke service through a stay – famed for their ability to cater for every request made, regardless of how elaborate it may be.
‘The Great Room’ is the chalet’s heart with its triple-height ceiling and a roaring fire. An eating area at the chef’s table or a formal dining room represent contrasting places to enjoy the fine food provided by the chef. Eight large bedrooms are each serviced by private bathrooms. The fun really takes place in the chalet’s various entertainment rooms whether it be the state-of-the-art cinema with its extensive media collection, pool room with bar, large outdoor hot tub and for the more fitness orientated there’s an exercise pool, sauna and massage rooms along with a gym. Views from the chalet take in the Columbia river and Monashee.
Having led an expatriate upbringing living in Norway, Azerbaijan and Dubai, Oli Corkhill has always been on the move. He spent six winter seasons living in Verbier and loves checking out new resorts (skiing everywhere from Argentina through to Bulgaria).
Oil has been involved in the ski industry since his early teens. Before setting up Alpine Guru, he was a ski instructor managing a division of an independent ski school and worked as a consultant in the oil industry.
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