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Longing for a luxury lodge in one of the world’s best ski destinations? If your desk-chained daydreams are filled with fresh mountain air, desperate-to-be-skied downhill runs and fireside vin chaud-fuelled fondles, allow us to whisk you away to one of our stylish slopeside stays, freshly plucked from the peaks, pistes and valley villages of the US, France and Switzerland. Slip on your sunnies and strap on your boots: at these five boutique mountain hotels the ski season is set to dazzle…
1. THE KNOCK-YOUR-SOCKS-OFF NEWCOMER
Meet Viceroy Snowmass (above), a hunk of a hotel blessed with a laughably good location, clean-lined Eastern style, an irresistible Ute Indian-inspired spa and a chandelier-strung restaurant that’s a destination in itself. From here, the four peaks of Aspen, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk offer themselves up for exploration, all under the curation of your own dedicated concierge. But don’t bet on doing it all first time round – being lured back for more every season is half the fun.
Take the mountain scene off a Swiss chocolate wrapper, throw in an award-winning spa and a good dose of sleek slate-hued design, and you’ve got the Cambrian. Float under halcyon skies to the chime of cowbells in the outdoor pool, luxuriate in the steam room as the snow swirls outside, or doze under crisp down-stuffed linen… this place is the pinnacle of remedial relaxation, and the ski runs are just a cable car ride away.
This snow queen of a chalet is not afraid to flaunt her glitzy good looks, mixing up a heady cocktail of Alpine opulence to create the perfect habitat for hedonistic capers. Rug up to sip on champagne cocktails on the terrace of Le Bar Trappeur, join the well-heeled as they tour Megève’s 81 restaurants or shimmy till sun-up at infamous Jazz Club les Cinq Rues… oh, and don’t forget to book a date with the slopes.
The majestic mountain setting of this cowboy-cool former mining town helped it fight off fierce competition to win the inaugural Smith Hotel Award for the Greatest Outdoors last week. Whatever your chosen powder-snow pursuit – be it dog-sledding, snowshoeing or heli-skiing – you’re sure to regain a mountain-fresh glow here with a warm post-piste soak in one of Dunton’s indoor or outdoor natural springs. Then curl up in your cabin or share travel tales around the communal dining table in the original saloon – this is après-ski, Western style.
There’s an obvious perk to this hotel’s piste-side perch, and that’s the luxury of being able to slide straight onto Courchevel’s biggest terrace for an al fresco lunch, still foot-in-boot… then out again, tartiflette overdose notwithstanding. The luxuries don’t stop there, though: offering muscle-soothing massages, jaw-dropping mountain vistas and sparkling service, Portetta makes the peaks of 1650 your round-the-clock playground.
For more ski holiday inspiration, check out Smith Ski, our collection of luxury lodges and ski resorts. Will you be hitting the slopes with the little Smiths in tow this season? Don’t miss our top three family-friendly ski destinations over at Smith & Family.
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