A good ski hotel will meet a traveler’s basic needs, with a location near the slopes and a savvy staff who can drop some knowledge on where to find the freshest powder. A great ski hotel, however, elevates the ski experience entirely by presenting a cozy setting to unwind after a day of shredding out in the cold, whether that means curling up with a cup of cocoa by the fireplace or slipping off your snow-caked boots and relaxing in the spa. And while the U.S. and Canada have their fair share of divine ski-centric properties, there’s something magical about a snowy adventure in the Alps. From France to Italy to Switzerland, take a look at these eight ultra-cozy ski hotels.
Les Fermes de Marie, Megeve, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
Located in a picturesque mountain setting on a repurposed five-acre farm, this family-friendly ski property has plenty of alpine personality. The lighting is warm and low, the air smells of fresh pine and crackling fires, the rooms have a country-chic aesthetic, and the walls are hung with locally sourced taxidermy. Wood beams, stone details, and quirky collections like cowbells, leather-bound books, and funky antiques only add to the overall rustic, cozy vibe. We recommend holing up in one of the nooks and crannies to enjoy an apres-ski cocktail or mulled wine after a day on the slopes.
Au Coeur des Neiges, Courmayeur, Italy
The appeal of Au Coeur des Neiges lies not only in the stunning natural surroundings of the Italian Alps but also in the rustic interiors. Wooden furniture, fireplaces, and faux fur throws on the beds make each of the chalets here feel like a separate cabin in the woods -- albeit one with free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Plus, its prime location near the slopes (hence the hotel’s name, Heart of Snow) enables guests to ski in/ski out of the property, and return to the retreat for a relaxing session at the restorative spa with gorgeous views.
Chilly Powder, Morzine, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
Families in search of an authentic chalet experience in the French Alps should head to Chilly Powder, a property at the base of the Avoriaz ski runs in the Portes du Soleil region. Guests can take their pick from an array of accommodations, but no matter which you choose, you’ll be in for a cozy stay. All rooms have chalet-style accents, like built-in oak cabinets and closets, which match the country-craft furniture. Plus, supervised daycare is available here, meaning the kids will be taken care of when you want to indulge in the outdoor hot tub or relax in the sauna.
Auberge du Manoir, Chamonix, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
Nestled in Chamonix, France’s famous Alps village, this chalet exudes charm from every angle. The hotel bar is outfitted with a stone fireplace, overstuffed cottage-style furniture, and plenty of exposed wood. Rooms, too, are homey and inviting (Superior Rooms have stylish herringbone tweed blankets, while Junior Suites have plaid drapes and woven blankets). The on-site spa, sauna, and outdoor hot tub round out the offerings nicely.
Chalet Hotel Schoenegg, Zermatt, Swiss Alps
Striking and undoubtedly impressive, Chalet Hotel Schoenegg’s interiors reflect its surrounding scenery. Guests can catch a glimpse of the majestic mountains, including the humbling Matterhorn, from the restaurant and many of the rooms. Inside, an alpine lodge feel permeates the property, from the wood panels and beam ceilings in rooms to the cozy log fire in the bar. Plus, there’s a spa with hot tubs, a sauna, steam room, and even more lovely snowy vistas.
Tratterhof, Maranza, South Tyrol Province
The setting alone makes the Tratterhof special -- perched amid the Italian Dolomites, the property is surrounded by hills where cows craze freely. These sensational views can be enjoyed from the fantastic outdoor pool or room balconies. Given its location, the family-run hotel is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts (guided hiking tours are available, and guests can easily access the Gitschberg Jochtal ski slopes), but those interested in wellness will appreciate the full spa with saunas after an activity-filled day.
Pineta Hotels Nature Wellness Resort, Coredo, Trentino-Alto Adige
Nestled in a valley surrounded by thick forest on the edge of a small mountain village, this property’s peaceful setting draws travelers who crave a secluded getaway close to nature and away from modern life. Everything is dripping in quaint charm -- the lobby, for example, features a homey blend of warm wood furnishings, exposed beams, and comfy sink-into sofas. Rooms are simple, but cozy, and many have stunning views. The hotel also organizes a wealth of activities, from mushroom picking in the summer to skiing in the winter. To top it off, the same family has run the resort for three generations, creating an even more welcoming, personal ambience.
Hotel Savoy, Selva di Val Gardena, South Tyrol Province
Housed in a chalet-style building, the Hotel Savoy has a cozy country house vibe from top to bottom. Access to the Sella Ronda ski circuit from the hotel’s ski room makes it a popular pick among skiers, while the trails that start nearby lure hikers in the summer months. A cozy piano bar with a library and crackling log fire is the perfect place to unwind with evening drinks, while the spa offers a range of relaxing treatments as well as a sauna, steam room, and jetted tubs. A heated indoor/outdoor pool fed by mountain spring water only enhances the cozy feel.
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