Skiing is the ultimate winter pastime for the rich and famous. Whether you are looking for crisp mountain views or a hedonistic Après scene, there are more options than ever to choose from. From incredible private chalets in the Alps to ultra-cool resorts in Aspen, Elite Traveler has scoured mountain resorts all over the world to curate a list of the best luxury ski chalets and hotels in the world this season.
The Austrian town of Lech has long been considered an elite destination, but unlike Courchevel and Verbier, it has managed to retain its original Alpine charm. The town is growing, however, and Chalech is one of the newest luxury accommodations to open. The property contains five standalone chalets, but the pick of the trio is Chalech S.
Operated by Bramble Ski, this stunning mega-chalet offers supreme luxury and ultimate relaxation just a stone’s throw from pristine ski runs. The chalet sleeps 12 in six en-suite bedrooms across four floors, which are connected by a private elevator. The living area offers incredible views – certainly one of the best in town – over Lech and the Alpine mountains beyond. The private spa gives guests private access to a sauna, hammam and relaxation area while a swimming pool and gym are shared with the other properties.
A fully-serviced week includes two days with the Bramble Ski pros, who act as tour guides, ski instructors, and concierges. They can do everything from showing you the best ski runs to the best bars in town. A professional chef prepares a beautiful four-course dinner daily exactly to the preferences of you and your guests, while the expert in-house team serves a sumptuous breakfast each morning. There is also a driver on hand, who will meet you as you come off the slopes to get you out of your ski boots and into comfy shoes, ready for Lech’s lively Après scene.
Prices from $45,450 (approx.) catered, brambleski.com/chalech-s
Megève has been a luxury ski resort since the 1920s, so needless to say the locals know how to look after an Elite Traveler. Megève’s luxury scene is far more understated than nearby Courchevel and as a result attracts a loyal, old-money clientele.
Iris Chalet is the perfect example of Megève’s understated style. Its minimalist interiors exude a traditional mountain chalet but its lavish furnishings leave you in no doubt that this is an ultra-luxury accommodation. The chalet has seven bedrooms and comfortably accommodates 12 adults and four children. The private terrace offers beautiful views out across the mountains, which are best enjoyed from the oversized jacuzzi.
The chalet also boasts its very own wine cellar, allowing guests to choose their vintage each night or enjoy a bespoke pairing with dinner. Private chefs and ski instructors can be included as part of the package. The chalet is located a nine-minute drive from the main ski area, Mont d’Arbois, making a private driver an essential addition to any package.
Prices from $17,200 to $86,700 (approx.), lacollectionheh.com
Le Chalet Mont Blanc
There are few better places for an all-round ski holiday than Chamonix. Sitting in the shadows of the imperious Mont Blanc, Chamonix is a true year-round destination, offering just as much as it does fresh powder. The ultimate skiing destination needs the ultimate chalet, and in Chalet Mont Blanc they have just that.
With 3,330 sq ft of living space, it is the biggest chalet in town and comfortably accommodates 24 guests in 12 bedrooms. Each of those bedrooms has its own balcony or terrace, offering all-day sun and stunning vistas of Mont Blanc. Other standout amenities include a private helipad, a cinema, a boardroom, and a fully-equipped spa and wellness center, including a swimming pool with swim-against jets.
Guests can book a chef with Michelin-level experience to cook gourmet food throughout your stay. Ski lifts are just a short drive away and chauffeurs are on-demand throughout the day to whisk you to and from the best slopes. Set away from the busy center in the exclusive Coupeau neighborhood, guests will also be able to spot local wildlife from their balconies. Deer, chamois, and marmots regularly roam the grounds surrounding the chalet.
From $55,000 to $110,000 (approx.) per week catered, lechaletmontblanc.com