Ski season is almost upon us and a whole host of beautiful new chalets are opening in the world's best ski destinations this winter, perfect for travellers who are all about the skiing and even those who come just for a snowy escape.
Checking in to a chalet rather than a hotel offers you freedom and privacy on your ski holiday, as well as a wonderful home from home for a big family or group of friends.
Whether you're after a chalet that encompasses al-fresco living, a family-friendly space with Nintendo Wiis and a private cinema, or an over-the-top chalet with its own spa in the basement, these are the impressive chalets you'll want to call home this ski season.
Luxurious, cosy and fun, our pick of the best new ski chalets offer private Jacuzzis, heated boot lockers and swimming pools fit for an Olympic athlete. Some of them come with wine cellars, many with private chefs and others have a pool table and bar.
They won't all break the bank either as one ski chalet in Chamonix offers amazing views, custom-made furniture and a lovely terrace for just £74 per person per night. For those looking to splurge, an extravagant new opening in Courchevel will set you back £6,860 per person per week to indulge in its gold bath tub, hammam and Russian glamour-inspired rooms.
Browse our pick of the world's best new ski chalets for the 2016/17 season...
Best new ski chalets for winter 2016/17
Best new ski chalets for winter 2016/17
The extravagant Chalet la Datcha is situated in the highest part of Courchevel 1850, just 50 metres from the slopes. Sleeping up to ten guests across five ornately decorated en-suite bedrooms, the chalet combines traditional elements such as wooden floors and exposed beams with distinctive Russian glamour: think sumptuous fabrics, roaring central fireplaces, chandeliers and lamps embellished with gold leaf. Downstairs is a spa area including a pool, hammam, sauna and massage room, plus a ski room with boot heaters and a wine cellar. To add to the luxury, guests have their own private chef and butler. From £6,860 per person per week based on up to ten adults sharing with Alpine Guru.
Located just 100 metres from the church in the old village of Val d'Isere, Les Sorbiers is perfect for families and groups of friends alike, sleeping ten adults and four children. The ground floor has an open-plan living area located around a focal fireplace and adjoining is a snug with TV and office area. The dining room opens onto the kitchen, with double doors leading out onto the garden and terrace, where you can enjoy your private Jacuzzi facing the mountains. The lovely chalet also has a private ski and heated boot locker adjacent to the apartment. From 9,500 euros per week on a self-catering basis with Consensio Chalets.
One of the most exclusive properties available to rent in Aspen’s core, Castle Rim is the epitome of luxury and glamour, sleeping up to 12 guests across its six bedrooms and boasting ultra-contemporary interiors and incredible mountain views. Inside, you will find a custom-made kitchen, a huge living area with a wrap-around sofa, separate family room (complete with a bar) and a recreation room with pool table, bar and TV. A beautifully furnished office doubles up as a handy wine room and outside, an enormous terrace features an outdoor hot tub and fire pit. From £1,150 per person per night, based on 12 sharing on a self-catering basis with Alpine Guru.
This beautifully renovated farmhouse is stunning outside and in. Ferme de la Corderie is a luxury ski chalet in Les Gets that mixes rustic charm and sumptuous contemporary style. The vast socialising space features a living area with sofas, armchairs, a roaring log fire and plush faux fur throws, a dining space with an intimate eating area and fluffy sheepskin throws on every chair - a great place to hole up after a day's skiing. The chalet, which sleeps up to 16 people, has a heavy focus on outdoor spaces, with its hot tub, an outdoor Sonos sound system, a heated terrace and steamer chairs, as well as plenty to keep you entertained inside, including spa treatments and retiring to the TV snug. From 12,200 euros per week with Firefly Collection.
Sitting above Verbier’s Chemin de Clou is Chalet Bibi, a stylish, secluded retreat with gorgeous mountain views and a wonderful spa. Modern yet elegant, the décor blends traditional wood floors, stone fireplaces and timber walls with cosy, neutral fabrics, contemporary furniture and large windows. Outside is a spacious terrace looking out to the Petit Combin mountain range, accessible from the living room and master bedroom, with five further bedrooms offering a cosy resting space for up to 11 guests. The spa boasts a sauna and hammam, and there’s even a hot tub on the terrace for evenings under the stars. Best of all, the chalet is fully-catered and two days of ski instruction are included in the price. From £2,800 per person per week based on 11 sharing with Alpine Guru.
Originally built in 1788 by one of Morzine's founding families, lovingly converted barn Chalet 1788 combines modern luxuries with stunning original features and was made for families. The chalet sleeps up to 12 people in five bedrooms, each featuring a private bathroom. Guests can relax after a hard day on the mountains in the wellness area complete with a sauna and outdoor hot tub, cosy up in front of the log fire in the living room or eat in the stylish dining room surrounded by views of the magnificent mountains. From £2,708 per week on a self-catering basis with AliKats.
Chalet LV01 Dolce Vita is one of three exceptional chalets that make up a brand new 'village' in the heart of the exclusive area of Via Mendardi in Italy’s Cortina D’Ampezzo. Offering luxury ski living at its finest, the chalet sleeps up to eight guests in four en-suite bedrooms, with high-end furnishings and state-of-the-art technology throughout. The spacious living area is complete with a fireplace and corner bar, elegant dining space, a private sound-proofed cinema and even a wine cellar fully stocked with the finest labels. The chalet’s basement is home to a modern spa with a 20-metre pool, plus a large fitness area for those not tired from a day on the slopes. You needn’t lift a finger either as a daily driver and 24-hour butler service is included. From £5,375 per person per week based on eight adults sharing on a self-catering basis with Alpine Guru.
Situated at the end of the main Sunnegga piste and offering direct access to the Sunnegga Express funicular, Chalet Meisters is ideal for fast access to the slopes while exceptionally spacious and decorated in contemporary style. The sitting and dining room features a fireplace and a sunny terrace looking out towards the iconic Matterhorn and there are three large en-suite bedrooms which sleep up to six people. The interiors are chic and cosy, providing a wonderful home from home. From £7,550 per week with Matterhorn Chalets, including evening fine dining, copious breakfasts and afternoon tea, as well as daily housekeeping.
This brand new property in Park City’s The Colony is ideally positioned for hitting the slopes with ski in/ski out access. White Pine Retreat North is an architectural gem that sleeps 12 guests across six en-suite bedrooms. Interiors pack a serious wow-factor punch, with huge double height ceilings, roaring fireplaces and tasteful furnishings. A sprawling heated outdoor deck offers the perfect spot to enjoy the amazing mountain views, with a fire pit and outdoor hot tub for al-fresco evenings. There is even a private cinema room for cosy nights in, or for keeping teens entertained. From £512 per person per night based on 12 sharing on a self-catering basis with Alpine Guru.
This ski out chalet in the village of Servoz is ideal for those who love the great outdoors and al-fresco-style living. Chalet Servoz has a large terrace with moving shutters that play with the light to create a beautifully tranquil space. The living room is oriented to the south, with big bay windows and a spectacular view of Mont Blanc. All of the furniture is either custom-made with raw wood or an antique piece. The chalet, which sleeps six, is located just five minutes from Les Houches and around 10km from the centre of Chamonix. From £74 per night per person with Le Collectionist.
Situated on the edge of the piste leading down to the Nasserein lift, Chalet Tschoder provides splendid views of the surrounding peaks and village. You can ski to and from the chalet making it the ideal spot for even the most astute skier. Rich fabrics and wooden beams create a luxurious setting and at the end of a long day you can relax in the spa and sauna. There is even a gym with the latest equipment and for entertainment, there is a bar to enjoy a pre-dinner glass of Champagne and chat about the day's skiing. The chalet, which is spread over four floors and sleeps up to 14 people, features French windows that open out onto a sunny terrace with a private outdoor hot tub. From £1,945 per person for seven nights based on 14 sharing on a full-board basis and including flights.