3 New European Ski Chalets

No one does contemporary ski chalets like the Europeans. These wintery palaces of wood, steel, and stone typically have spacious living rooms, multiple bedrooms, and spa-like baths. They may even have spas, swimming pools, and screening rooms, not to mention wine cellars, gyms, decks for dining, and private bedroom balconies. The kitchen is invariably top-of-the-line, but it’s more for looking at than for use. That’s because the staff does virtually all of the cooking, including daily breakfast, afternoon tea, and dinner on five of six nights of the week. Privacy, comfort, and luxury are what count. Here are three new chalets from Leo Trippi, which has been in the luxury travel game since 1882.

Chalet La Fenice, Cervinia

Call it Alpine yin and yang. Cervinia lies on the Italian side of the Matterhorn, while the resort of Zermatt is on the Swiss side of that venerable peak. You can ski between the two towns and have breakfast in Italy and lunch in Switzerland. By next spring, the Matterhorn Glacier Ride II will be in operation. When the highest continuous Alpine crossing by cable car is completed, you won’t need skis to make the transition. In the meantime, you can book Chalet La Fenice. Originally built as a stone chalet in 1934, Chalet La Fenice lies high above Cervinia on the slopes of the Matterhorn, minutes from the ski lifts. The chalet is set over six floors spanning nearly 13,000 square feet and has five terraces, two south-facing balconies, and uninterrupted panoramic views.

There is a ski room, and the living area has a two-sided fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows to provide spectacular views of the Matterhorn. The Club Room is designed for apres ski drinks while a study is available for those who need to work. A wine cellar abets the dining room and kitchen. Chalet La Fenice can accommodate 14 adults plus two additional children across seven en-suite bedrooms, the star being the top-floor penthouse bedroom, The Matterhorn Suite. For diversions, there is a game room with a bespoke Etrusco pool table and even a Prosimu F1 racing and flight simulator for entertainment. The 32-foot indoor pool features a partial glass floor and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the slopes of the Matterhorn. There’s also an open-air steel Jacuzzi, glass-walled steam and sauna rooms. Arrange for a massage in the treatment room or hit the state-of-the-art gym. The cinema room has a state-of-the-art HD projector, an advanced surround-sound system, three tiered rows of comfy seating, and a true cinema screen.

Chalet Pescosta, Kronplatz

The Dolomites are on the list of every serious skier, thanks to the region’s incredible Italian lifestyle and dramatic scenery. While most Americans head to the more prominent resorts, such as Cortina, others seek out lesser-known gems where locals tend to go. Among them is Kronplatz, in the South Tyrol, part of the vast Dolomiti Super Ski area. Chalet Pescosta is close to the Miara cable car and the village center. The three-story chalet offers impressive views of Erta, an official Alpine Ski World Cup run, and San Vigilio. On the top floor is the living area, with large windows and balconies which provide breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The dining area and kitchen are here as well. The chalet can sleep up to 12 guests across six en-suite bedrooms, and there’s a spa, a swimming pool with a counter-current, a lounge, and a Finnish/Bio sauna. Other perks include a ski room with a boot dryer and an underground garage for up to four vehicles. It has an eco-build, using solar panels and thermal insulation, among other elements, certifying it as “CasaClima Nature.”

Chalet Nanook, St Martin de Belleville

Ski towns like Courchevel and Meribel are among the best-known resort towns in Trois Vallees. Yet anyone looking for a true French experience might be better off staying in one of the lesser-known ski villages like St. Martin de Belleville. It’s where you’ll find Chalet Nanook, a spacious retreat in the heart of the village. The slopes are within walking distance, opening up the vast Trois Vallees ski area, which has 370 miles of interconnected slopes and is the largest in the world. The chalet has five levels, and you enter on the ground floor, where there’s a ski room, a four-car garage, and an elevator. The open-plan living and dining areas are on the second floor, with double-height ceilings and a fireplace. On the other side of the fireplace is an elegant dining area and a well-equipped kitchen with a breakfast bar. Doors slide open onto an extensive balcony. Chalet Nanook can accommodate 12 adults and three children in six bedrooms. There is a cinema room and a games room, but the outstanding feature of the property is the spa area, with an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, hammam, and sauna.

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