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Where to find the best luxury ski chalets – 5 top destinations

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Finding the perfect luxury ski chalet can transform a great vacation into an unforgettable one. However, with the multitude of options available, pinpointing the ideal location that offers unparalleled luxury, stunning vistas, and world-class slopes can be a daunting task.
This comprehensive guide aims to demystify the process, focusing on five of the world’s most coveted ski destinations: France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Finland.
By the end of this guide, you will have a clear understanding of what each destination has to offer, allowing you to choose the perfect luxury ski chalet destination for your next holiday.

How to choose the right luxury chalet for you

First things first, to choose the right luxury ski chalet for your needs, it is essential to consider factors such:

  • Size: Determine the number of guests that will accompany you on your trip and choose a chalet that has enough bedrooms and living spaces for everyone to be comfortable. Some larger chalets even have facilities such as games rooms, cinemas, or spa areas for added luxury.

  • Amenities: Make a list of must-have amenities for your vacation, such as hot tubs, indoor pools, ski-in/ski-out access, or fully equipped kitchens. This will help narrow down your options and ensure that you have everything you need for a luxurious stay.

  • Location: Consider the proximity to the slopes and other activities or attractions in the area. Some chalets may offer stunning views of the mountains, while others may be closer to restaurants and shops. Decide what is most important to you and choose a location that meets those needs. We’ll dive into the best luxury chalet destinations below.

Luxurious ski chalets are the pinnacle of a luxury skiing holiday, offering an unparalleled level of comfort and indulgence. From cosy log cabins to modern architectural masterpieces, there is a luxury chalet for every taste.

Where to find the best luxury ski chalets in the world: 5 top destinations

The best private ski chalets can be found in some of the most picturesque and desirable locations in the world. Here are five top luxury destinations to consider for your next luxury ski holiday.

France​


France is a world-renowned destination for skiing, with the French Alps being home to some of the most exclusive and luxurious ski chalets in Europe. Popular resorts include Val-d’Isère, Courchevel, and Méribel, all of which offer an abundance of world-class slopes and stunning views.

Courchevel 1850​


Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, Courchevel 1850 is a byword for luxury skiing. Known as the ‘St. Tropez of Winter Sports’, it boasts a dazzling array of high-end chalets. These chalets offer exquisite interiors, private spas, and even personal chefs. Not to mention the resort’s access to the world’s largest ski area, Les Trois Vallées.

Méribel


A balance of charm and sophistication makes Méribel a top pick. With wooden chalets that blend seamlessly into the mountainous backdrop, it offers an authentic alpine experience coupled with luxury. Méribel forms part of the same ski area as Courchevel, providing equally impressive ski opportunities.

Chalet Mont Tremblant​


An extraordinary home with exceptional amenities, aesthetics and design. This luxurious chalet embodies the pinnacle of opulent alpine living. A heated outdoor pool and a raised hot tub add a luxurious dimension to this already exceptional private residence. Mont Tremblant is not just a luxury ski chalet but a contemporary mountain getaway. With opulent décor and great facilities, the private chalet has been designed to create a warm and friendly atmosphere. This stunning six bedrooms chalet is set inside its own gardens in the heart of Meribel, with magnificent views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains.

Val-d’Isère


Val-d’Isère is a favourite of the rich and famous, attracting A-listers from around the world. Its charming village centre exudes an old-world charm with cobbled streets and traditional stone buildings. The luxury ski chalets here offer top-notch services such as private cinemas, in-house spas, and personal butler service.

Top luxury chalets in val-d’isère:​


Chalet Face A Face manages to harness the authenticity of the French Alps, with its chocolate box wooden roof and wrap-around balcony, whilst also exuding an elegant contemporary interior. The result is a strikingly beautiful property designed with families at heart. Discover the spa, open-plan living and mesmerising mountain views that make this one of the finest chalets in Val-d’Isère.

Chalet du Crêt​


Chalet du Crêt is a tastefully restored and luxuriously comfortable chalet for families and groups of friends in a quiet corner of one of the Alps’ most sought-after resorts. The property is sufficiently off-the-beaten-track to be able to offer guests peace and quiet after a hard day on the slopes, but also within easy reach of the lifts and all the excitement of Val d’Isère.
  • In-chalet ski and boot delivery service
  • Concierge service prior to arrival and for the duration of your stay
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Mid-week towel change
  • Robes, slippers and toiletries
  • Hairdryers in every bathroom
  • Lift pass delivery service

Switzerland


Switzerland is synonymous with luxury, making it a natural choice for those seeking the ultimate indulgent ski vacation. The Swiss Alps are home to some of the most luxurious ski resorts in Europe, including Zermatt, St. Moritz, and Verbier.

Verbier


Verbier is a popular choice among the world’s elite, and it’s easy to see why. Its luxury chalets are unparalleled, many with private cinemas and indoor pools. Verbier is also renowned for its vibrant nightlife and vast off-piste terrain, which draws experienced skiers from across the globe.

Top luxury chalets in Verbier

The Alpine Estate​​


In the stunning Alps, overlooking the famous resort town of Verbier, discover a truly exceptional property. Chalets Norte and Chalet Sirocco join together to create a vast retreat perfect for large groups or families wanting a luxury ski holiday in Switzerland. The Alpine Estate is utterly beautiful, its elegant, sophisticated décor, with huge open fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows and a gentle, cosy ambience harnessing the beauty of the Alps region. The 11 bedrooms spread across 1,500 square metres of living space are just the beginning of what’s on offer at this exclusive catered ski chalet. With two swimming pools and soothing waterfalls, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, and a spa and gym, it provides the very finest amenities in sumptuous surroundings.Every aspect of Ithaafushi has been carefully selected and crafted – from the sophisticated and elegant contemporary furnishings to the exquisite fine art, all while maintaining the enchanting charm of the Maldives.

Chalet Marmotierre​


Chalet Marmotierre is one of those properties which truly takes the breath away. Over 1,500 square metres of beautifully designed living space welcomes families and large groups to enjoy a luxury Swiss ski holiday together, whether it’s enjoying meals created by your private chef around the large dining table or listening to the kids squealing with laughter as they watch a 3D movie in the cinema.
Comprised of two chalets joined together, Chalet Marmotierre offers everyone plenty of space for themselves, as well as huge living spaces. Bathed in natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows, it offers a gentle, contemporary décor, with natural woods and bespoke furnishings. With a jaw-dropping list of facilities including a bowling alley, spa, swimming pool, 3D cinema and poker room, Chalet Marmotierre is in a class of its own.

Zermatt


Nestled beneath the iconic Matterhorn, Zermatt is a picturesque village that exudes luxury. Its car-free streets add to its charm, and the exclusive chalets here offer breathtaking views of the mountain. With access to over 360 km of pistes and some of the best restaurants in the Alps, Zermatt is a must-visit for any luxury ski enthusiast.
Christiania Penthouse - Luxury Zermatt Chalet - Interior

Chalet Zermatt Peak​


  • Wrap-around, panoramic views over
  • Zermatt and to the lofty Matterhorn peak
  • Beautiful five-bedroom ski chalet with open-plan living spaces
  • Private, luxury wellness spa with sauna, hammam and steam room
  • Large Jacuzzi which transforms from indoors to outdoors
  • Master suite with a glass roof, perfect for stargazing
  • Sophisticated contemporary design with floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Second alfresco kitchen and dining area perfect for balmy summer evenings
  • Well-equipped ski room with heated boot warmers
  • Fully inclusive with a private chef and concierge staff 682 square metres of living space spread over six floors with a lift

Chalet Denali​


  • A private and exclusive boutique chalet
  • Perfect for groups or families
  • A personal chef who will cater to your tastes
  • Understated, elegant décor of neutral tones and softwoods
  • Spectacular views of the Matterhorn peak
  • Heated ski room with a lift through all five floors of the chalet
  • A sumptuous spa complete with hammam, massage suite and hot tub
  • Balcony with panoramic mountain views
  • Within proximity to Zermatt and the pistes
  • Spacious bedrooms with beautiful freestanding bathtubs

St. Moritz


St. Moritz is a winter wonderland for the wealthy and famous, offering some of the most prestigious chalets in Switzerland. The resort’s chic ambience, first-class restaurants, and exclusive shopping boutiques make it a unique destination. Coupled with its fantastic slopes and extensive cross-country ski trails, St. Moritz exudes a timeless elegance.

Italy


Italy is often overlooked as a luxury ski destination, but it offers some hidden gems for those in search of a chic and indulgent holiday. The Italian Alps are home to charming resorts such as Cortina d’Ampezzo and Courmayeur, both boasting stunning scenery and exclusive chalets.

Cortina D’Ampezzo


Known as the ‘Queen of the Dolomites’, Cortina d’Ampezzo is Italy’s premier luxury ski resort. Its chalets are renowned for their opulence and grandeur, often featuring palatial living spaces and sweeping mountain views. The resort’s charming pedestrianised centre, filled with high-end boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants, adds to the overall allure.

Chalet Perla​


  • Panoramic views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site setting
  • In-house Michelin chef from the most renowned restaurant in Cortina, the Tivoli, preparing gourmet meals using the freshest local and imported ingredients
  • Full-time professional butler in each Chalet
  • Dedicated concierge 24/7 driver service, including access to a new BMW supplied by BMW Italy. Additional Mercedes E-class van available when required
  • Daily housekeeping and turndown service
  • Easily accessible by helicopter and from the international airports at Venice

Chalet Dolce Vita​


Chalet Dolce Vita is nestled in an exclusive town on Cortina’s most affluent street, the legendary Via Menardi. It is surrounded by the stunning backdrop of the Ampezzo Dolomites, a region recognised around the globe for its unique landscapes and cultural richness. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers breathtaking views of Mount Cristallo, Faloria, Cinque Torri, and Tofane, as well as a convenient position in the middle of town.

Courmayeur


Courmayeur, nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc, offers a blend of Italian charm and luxury. The chalets here provide cosy, chic interiors with inviting open fireplaces, perfect for unwinding after a day on the slopes. The resort is also famous for its vibrant après-ski scene and gourmet dining options.

Austria​


Austria is known for its traditional alpine villages and world-class skiing, making it an ideal choice for a luxury ski holiday. The Austrian Alps are home to the prestigious resorts of Lech and St. Anton, both boasting exclusive chalets and excellent snow conditions.

Lech


Lech offers a more exclusive experience with its traditional architecture and high-end chalets boasting stunning mountain views. Its location in the Arlberg region, which boasts some of Austria’s best skiing opportunities, makes it a top pick for luxury ski vacations.

Chalech S​


Stay in one of the finest chalets in Lech, Austria’s premier ski and summer resort as you enjoy the chic, modern décor, private spa, beautiful open-plan family spaces and the staggering alpine views. Whether you want to swoosh down the slopes all day or soak in the hammam, Chalech S offers the perfect space to unwind and create memories together.

Chalet 1597​


Chalet 1597’s interior has been preserved and the original features have been expertly blended with magnificent textiles and furnishings to create an elegant and lovely alpine residence. This luxury ski chalet was named Austria’s Best Ski Chalet at the World Ski Awards in 2014.
This luxurious chalet offers guests the chance to enjoy aperitifs in the dramatic ambience of the chalet’s classic stone cave and wine cellar. After dinner, relax in the cosy living room or watch a movie in the atmospheric cinema room after a day enjoying the Austrian Alps. This Alps chalet rental is the perfect choice for a luxury alps winter holiday with family and friends.

St Anton​


St Anton is a legendary ski resort in Austria, renowned for its challenging runs and vibrant après-ski scene. The luxury chalets here offer top-of-the-line amenities, including private spas and helipads. Lech offers a more exclusive experience with its traditional architecture and high-end chalets boasting stunning mountain views.

Chalet Maria Schnee​

  • Exquisite, seven-bedroom chalet spread over four floors
  • Beautiful Tyrolean décor with floors and doors made from 300-year-old oak planks
  • Spacious, south-facing balconies are perfect for après ski cocktails as the sun sets over the mountains
  • Indulge in the spa’s hammam or steam room, or enjoy a massage treatment
  • Family-friendly property with plenty for children, from quad bunk beds to a playroom and TV room

St Christoph


St Christoph is a hidden gem in the Alps, offering a more intimate and exclusive ski experience. Its luxury chalets offer ultimate privacy and seclusion, making it a popular choice for A-listers. The resort’s Michelin-starred restaurants and renowned spas add to its appeal.

Finland


Finland, home to the wondrous Northern Lights, may not be the first destination that comes to mind when thinking of luxury winter holidays. Still, it offers some unique experiences for those seeking a break from the traditional alpine resorts.

Lapland


Lapland is a popular destination for luxury winter sports enthusiasts seeking a unique experience. Its remote location in the Arctic Circle offers breathtaking scenery and opportunities to witness the Northern Lights. The luxurious chalets here offer cosy, traditional Finnish interiors, along with private saunas and outdoor hot tubs.

Octola Lodge​


With every possible luxury comfort and operating an all-inclusive service, Octola Lodge and the wonderful team will fulfil your every need. Sink into a hot tub beneath the stars or brave a dip in the healing ice pool, Octola Lodge is the ultimate wellness retreat set in the most beautifully remote setting.
If you choose to book the entire private chalet, 12 luxurious ensuites await you and your guests. For smaller groups, you have the option to book a private wing with four or six bedrooms. The separate two-suite villa may also be booked separately for more intimate stays, ideal for romantic honeymoons in Lapland spent beneath the stars. Whatever package you choose for your luxury holiday, Octola Lodge guarantees exquisite hospitality; so relax and make magical memories on the winter retreat of a lifetime.

Closing Thoughts


Choosing the right luxury ski chalet can elevate your ski holiday to exceptional heights. Whether you’re drawn to the sophistication of France, the exclusivity of Switzerland, or the charm of Italy, each destination offers a unique experience to satisfy even the most discerning luxury traveller.
Stick with this guide, and our luxury private chalets, and you’re sure to find the perfect base for your next luxury ski holiday.

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