As the mercury plummets, our minds are turning to the mountains (and sumptuous knitwear, ofc). While early-season skiing was largely a no go, we’re hopeful that by spring we’ll be hitting powder (or at the very least booking our family winter ski trip 2021/22).
To help with your planning, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite ski hotels, everywhere from Jackson Hole to Courchevel.
Channelling the glamour of 60s and 70s ski hotels, Caldera House is not your average resort. Up there with our favourite mountainside escapes, the boutique hotel is plotted next to the cable-car station in Teton Village (i.e. the gateway to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort), offering seclusion and easy access to the slopes all in one. Understated and sophisticated in design, with all the amenities you could dream of, Caldera House is one of the most talked about spots in town. Post-ski session, thaw out in the Club Lounge – a space occupied by guests and members (from pro snowboarders to tech disruptors) – Aperol Spritz in hand.
Aman Le Mélézin, Courchevel, France
At the heart of Les Trois Vallées, Europe’s highest-altitude resort, sits Aman Le Mélézin. After a long day on the slopes, retreat to cosy rooms decorated in a pared-down palette of blonde wood and creamy furnishings – a contemporary spin on the classic ski lodge. Lap up those floor-to-ceiling views of the snow-dusted larch trees (mélèzes), that give the hotel its name, from your private hot tub before indulging in some fine Japanese dining followed by a cocktail at the plush hotel bar. Santé.
Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colorado, US
After being renovated in 2012, this landmark Aspen stay went from 19th-century classic to mega popular après-ski spot. While retaining its small-town charm, Hotel Jerome now offers a sleek lobby bar, in-house ski rentals, a spiffy spa, and two full-service restaurants (not forgetting the ever-popular J-Bar). Situated between the base of Ajax and the river, the hotel draws an A-list crowd as much for its proximity to the slopes as for those luxe Western-vibes interiors.
Experimental Chalet, Verbier, Switzerland
The Experimental Group’s high-altitude outpost, Experimental Chalet, brings 70s glamour to the Swiss ski scene in Verbier. The design – a reimagining of the classic mountain chalet trope – is oh-so enticing: think Edelweiss carpets mingled with 60s artworks. Gorge on rosti at Gregory Marchand-led restaurant or recharge at Biologique Recherche spa – and be sure to make the most of the hotel’s après-ski soirees. After dark, head downstairs to the Farm Club – the cornerstone of the Swiss resort’s nightlife.
Ultima Courchevel, Courchevel, France
Newcomer Ultima Courchevel is an ultra-luxury, secluded resort comprising of 13 chalets, two world-class spas, and ski rooms with exclusive ski-in-ski-out access. The most sought-after winter destination in the French Alps, Ultima Courchevel’s exceptional position (located between 1850 and the edge of La Rosière Forest) gives guests the chance to discover unspoilt surrounds in the heart of the three valleys. For those seeking premium powder, and privacy away from the crowds, this is a serious contender.
Sopris House, Crested Butte, Colorado, US
This hotel’s Wild-West stylings make our heart go pitter patter. Set between peaks in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, the grid-set resort town of gabled cabins, porches, and picket fences, oozes with charm. In case you missed the memo: Crested Butte, a former mining town, is ski central in winter. Check in to Eleven Experience’s Sopris House, a resort that goes above and beyond to make ski-obsessed guests feel totally at home. From quirky interiors – think Antler chandeliers and games room fitted with a retro jukebox – to worthwhile add-ons, including a private chef and mountain-man guide, you’re truly spoilt for choice here.
Valsana Hotel Arosa, Arosa, Switzerland
Looking for some fun? Book into Valsana Hotel Arosa. The Swiss ski resort is void of Alpine stuffiness, packing a punch in the design stakes – we’re talking old botanical prints, quirky reclaimed furniture, and industrial accents that create a laidback, refreshed space. Plotted amid Swiss chocolate-box builds, lap up those snow-capped views, then make the most of the surrounding Arosa-Lenzerheide ski area (which has 225 kilometres of slopes to explore). After a day of skiing, head to Restaurant Twist for some lip-smacking cheese fondue.
Le Coucou, Meribel, France
Far more colourful than your average Alpine retreat (with not a plaid or check print in sight), Le Coucou is a contemporary take on mountain living. With interiors mastermind Pierre Yovanovitch on board (you’ll clock his signature teddy-shaped chairs about the place) what else would you expect? The hotel showcases the slopes at every turn, but for those happy to retreat indoors there’s ample to occupy you. Head to Tata Harper Spa for some R&R or book a table at Italian outpost Beefbar for a truffle-filled supper.
Le Grand Bellevue, Gstaad, Switzerland
Le Grand Bellevue in picturesque Gstaad is a total Gemini: classic, palatial exterior offset by modern chalet interiors. On arrival, we suggest you order a hot chocolate from the tempting specialist menu – our order: ‘The Snow White’, a blend of white-milk chocolate with almond-crisps. Warmed by the cosiest of welcoming drinks, check in and have your bags dropped off in your room. From there, plan out the times of day you’re keen to zip down the surrounding Alps, or for the less adventurous, pencil in when you’ll be heading to the cobblestoned city centre for a peruse of the shops.