After several heavy snowfalls, many pistes across Europe are experiencing record-breaking coverage. For both seasoned skiers and lovers of the great outdoors alike, these conditions make certain mountainous regions the ideal getaway spots, or even unique places to call home. From cosy log cabins to smart stone buildings, there’s a whole host of delightful high-altitude havens to choose from.
‘Chateau’ and ‘Chalet’ isn’t a common blend, but this remarkable property in North-east Italy manages it with panache. Each of its five bedrooms is decorated in a different traditional style, from 17th-century opulence to timeless rustic charm. What’s more, the lounge comes complete with an impressive ceramic log fire. It’s a 10-minute drive to the Ortisei ski resort in Val Gardena – a region that links up with the Sella Ronda circuit to offer 500 kilometres of piste.
Courchevel sits in the sweet spot between Grenoble, Chamonix and Turin, and is every inch the Alpine idyll. However, the Art Chalet is no ordinary ski hut. From the outside it’s your typical tiered mountain lodge, but step inside and you’ll find a high-end haven for lovers of art and design. It’s perfect for those who need a break from the city, but still want plenty to feast their senses on. With nine bedrooms, a 'wine cave' and its own cinema, this is a party chalet par excellence.
Sometimes when the travel bug bites, you have to explore a little further. This five-bedroom chalet close to Japan’s Happo resort is an ideal destination for skiers seeking something a bit different. The mountain views are spectacular, while this elegant cabin's minimalist design is perfectly matched to its fresh, natural surroundings.
With the snowfall we’ve had in the UK this winter, Glencoe’s slopes have become a hotspot for domestic skiers. Just 30 minutes down the road from the pistes, this cabin offers convenient access to the local slopes. However, with stunning views of Loch Dochart and the Trossachs to enjoy – along with a cosy, còsagach-inspired interior – we might not always make it out the front door.