9 Warm and Cozy Ski Chalets for the 21st Century

While they still afford glorious mountain views and a toasty respite by the fire, these contemporary ski chalets bring winter getaways into the modern age.

  1. Ski de Luxe

    Vacation Home

    A vacation home is a luxury most people dream about. While many nurture visions of lakefront cabins and beach bungalows, others imagine a cozy, snowy hideaway—the ski chalet. We pulled together some of the most lavish, modern mountaintop retreats we could find to get you daydreaming about a hot chocolate by the fire after a long day on the slopes.


  2. Four-Season Fantasy in Japan

    Winter Home

    Serving as both a winter and summer home, this ski chalet combines modern with enough rustic to maintain a woodsy feel. Plenty of windows and an open floor plan allow for breathtaking views from most anywhere in the house. Our favorite touch? The heated bathroom floors.

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  3. Compact Swiss Contemporary

    Small Ski Chalet

    An exposed timber frame sounds traditional, but this up-to-the-minute ski retreat is anything but. The compact 590-square-foot space is the antithesis of a grand ski chalet, and the well-lit, sparse interiors make for a bright environment. The size and layout make it possible to heat the home using just a small wood-burning stove.

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  4. Alpine Retreat

    Winter Retreat

    Although confined by local restrictions, the architect of this alpine ski home was able to create a sustainable structure with a modern envelope. Despite its contemporary appearance, the house fits in comfortably with its picturesque surroundings, thanks in part to a design that incorporates stone and wooden columns that take cues from local architecture. Rainwater collection and thermal isolation contribute to the building's green credentials.


  5. Skiers' Haven Near Toronto

    Winter Cabin

    A modern-day chalet, Maison Glissade employs a cantilevered second floor that includes an outdoor seating area for warmer days or for stargazing on chilly nights. The open floor plan of the main living space allows for large family gatherings.


  6. Sugar Bowl Residence

    Modern Ski Chalet

    As with a traditional ski lodge, this contemporary interpretation employs plenty of wood. By subbing the rustic with the sleek, this California chalet stands out as modern while still echoing its earthy backdrop.

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  7. Transformation in Aspen

    Classic Ski Chalet

    The renovation of this classic ski chalet allowed for a modern update to both the interiors and exterior. The use of recycled and natural materials helps the home blend in with its surroundings, while solar collectors fuel power and hot water. We particularly like the small section of green wall in the dining room, which brings a little life to wintery surroundings.

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  8. Comfy Quarters in Quebec

    Quebec Chalet

    La Luge, a 1,300-square-foot winter retreat in Canada's Laurentian Mountains, makes the most of its compact size with an open floor plan, expansive window walls, and warm wood interiors. Amenities include a flexibly furnished bunk room to accommodate a crowd of vacationers, and a huge spa-like bathroom to get away from them. If you like what you see, you can book a stay and experience this contemporary ski chalet yourself.


  9. Truly Fab Prefab

    Prefab Cabin

    The prefab movement is stronger than ever. We’ve seen prefab homes and beach houses, and now a modern ski chalet. The unique slope-side structure is painted black, making for a stark contrast against the snow.

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  10. The Wee Ski Chalet

    The Wee Ski Chalet

    Others may be seeking white on the nearby slopes, but the homeowners of the Wee Ski Chalet, in Colorado, had green in mind when they set out to construct their winter getaway. The near-net-zero house utilizes passive solar siting and wheatboard interiors, while concrete floors inside retain thermal energy and a photovoltaic array provides power.

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