This story originally appeared in the November/December 2018 issue of Elite Traveler.
Skiing, heli-skiing, snowboarding or cross-country—whatever your preference, a beautiful, cozy place to unwind after a day on the slopes is a must. We’ve carefully selected the most sublime ski suites, chalets and lodges in the world, from the jagged peaks of the Dolomites to the fresh powders of British Columbia, with exclusive itineraries to delight both snow bunnies and those only interested in après ski.
British Columbia, Canada
As Canada is the birthplace of heli-skiing, you’ll need a lodge with its own helipad to explore all that gloriously fluffy powder. Bighorn has just that, in its backyard no less, as well as snowcat, backcountry and lift skiing. It’s been named as the best chalet in the world four times by the World Ski Awards, and it’s easy to see why. Located near the base of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, its views of the Monashee Mountains and mighty Columbia River are epic, and each of the eight bedrooms has a balcony for you to enjoy the scenery across the valley. Or, if you want to breathe in that fresh mountain air, take to the large outdoor hot tub with a cocktail from the fully stocked open spirit bar. All wellness needs are taken care of too, as there is an indoor current swimming pool, a fully equipped gym and massage rooms. The triple-height great room with roaring log fire is supremely welcoming and a divine place for an aperitif before heading into the dining room for a gourmet dinner prepared by your award-winning chef, paired with your choice of fine wine. Opt for the unforgettable 12-course teppanyaki experience, in which the food is cooked right in front of you.
Off piste The dedicated lodge manager can create a custom itinerary for your stay and give you an experience of a lifetime. In the past, they’ve even sculpted ice bars in the garden. For those who aren’t so interested in heli-skiing, a dog-sleigh ride can take you to the top of a mountain where a private gourmet picnic awaits.