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10 of the best ski-in/ski-out hotels

31st December 2015 | Monica Adorno

Chalet Limitless, Megeve - ©Chalet Limitless

Chalet Limitless, Megeve

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No one wants to lug their ski gear through town and back to the hotel, especially not with children in tow.  Imagine how pleasant it would be to clip on your skis or strap on your board and ski straight out of your accommodation onto the slopes.  The following chalets and hotels are just a stone’s throw away from the action – it’s all about location location location!

Read on for OnTheSnow’s top ski-in-ski-out hotels.

Hotel Firefly, Zermatt, Switzerland

With an uber-sleek design and majestic views of the surrounding Matterhorn, Hotel Firefly embodies owners’ Maria and Michael Kalbermatter’s vision of hotel perfection. 

The hotel’s 16 spacious suites have been inspired by the four elements: earth, wind, fire and water and each has been decorated to reflect a different one.  The rooms all have a kitchen, a dining room and nine of the rooms have a glass fireplace.  Every detail has been considered, from all-inclusive Nespresso machines and PlayStations to the in-room breakfast.  The bathrooms are modern and sexy with spa-like free-standing baths.  We love the hotel’s wine cave, which is set within the mountain rocks, and hosts private tastings.  Suites are suitable for 2-10 people.

Wine cellar at Hotel Firefly - ©Hotel Firefly

Wine cellar at Hotel Firefly

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Koh-I Nor, Val Thorens, France

Located at the peak of Val Thorens and offering direct access to the vast Trois Vallees ski region is the highest 5 star hotel in Europe – the utterly luxurious Koh-I Nor.

Famous for its diamond-shaped glass exterior, beautiful contemporary interiors – a mix of wood, stone, leather and fur - and a packed program for children, the hotel also houses two excellent restaurants.  Headed by Michelin starred chef Eric Samson, guests can enjoy 5 course dining at L’atelier d’Eric and gourmet food at Le Diamant Noir.  A third restaurant, La Cave, specialises in traditional Savoyard cuisine.

The hotel’s other facilities include a gorgeous 800m2 spa; one of the best we’ve seen, it’s not to be missed.

Lounge at Koh-I Nor, Val Thorens - ©Koh-I Nor

Lounge at Koh-I Nor, Val Thorens

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Chalet Marie, Avoriaz, France

With a perfect Alpine décor, all wooden hearts and Savoyard antiques, Chalet Marie is one of our favourite ski-in/ski-out accommodations. Oak-wood has been used abundantly in the décor which has resulted in a real chocolate box chalet.  The living area is warm and cozy with a roaring log fireplace and the wood panelled bedrooms are large and comfortable – all seven are en-suite - and are minimally decorated.  The lower ground floor has a heated boot-room and a small sauna.  Chalet Marie sleeps up to 14 people.

Chalet Marie, Avoriaz - ©Chalet Marie

Chalet Marie, Avoriaz

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Five O’Clock Lodge, Colorado, U.S.

Sitting on a private cul-de-sac amid a gorgeous pine-tree forest in Breckenridge, Colorodo, lies the opulently adorned Five O’Clock lodge. With seven bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom, and sleeping up to 22 people, the Five O’Clock lodge also has a state-of-the-art cinema, pool  table and a private hot tub on the patio next to the family room.  We love the real ski gondola in the recreational room and the two chairlift swings on the lower level patio.  On the main level there’s a barbeque on the large terrace off the dining room; there’s an additional deck on the upper level. Five O’Clock lodge is just 300 yards from the 4 O’clock Ski Run so you’ll be on the slopes in no time.  The Breckenridge Free Ride shuttle is located five blocks away on Ski Hill Road.

Five O'Clock Lodge, Breckenridge - ©Five O'Clock Lodge

Five O'Clock Lodge, Breckenridge

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Hotel Goldener Berg, Oberlech, Austria

Perched on a mountain-side at an altitude of 1700m in peaceful Oberlech is the family-owned Goldener Berg. The local Pfefferkorn family bought the hotel, which dates back to 1432, in 1965 and have been running it ever since.  In the last two years Goldener Berg has undergone a major refurbishment and has unveiled a sleeker design. New additions include a panaroma restaurant designed by celebrated architect Christian Prasser, a club restaurant and a stylish long bar.  We really love the wine cellar which has an impressive 580 wines from around the world.  The Pfefferkorn family have also demonstrated their commitment to sustainability with the installation of a biomass thermal station.  Plus the hotel’s 39 rooms and suites have been revamped and most come with gorgeous granite bathrooms.

Chalet Limitless, Megeve, France

With its prime place at the foot of the Etoile slope, Chalet Limitless boasts an incredible ski-in-ski-out location and provides guests with glamorous surroundings in which to relax. 

The chalet exudes modern alpine luxury and mixes pine panelling and beamed ceilings with sumptuous fur throws, shaggy rugs and velvet curtains.  Also included are a game room, a fitness room, sauna and steam rooms and a large living area complete with a swanky bar for entertaining guests.  All seven bedrooms come with large en-suite bathrooms.  The chalet sleeps up to 16 people and costs £13,940 a week.  Some pets are welcome, contact the owner for more information.

Chalet Limitless, Megeve - ©Chalet Limitless

Chalet Limitless, Megeve

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Hôtel Les Cimes, Le Grand-Bornand, Chinaillon, France

Having just undergone a makeover, all the bedrooms at the four-star Hotel Les Cimes are looking pretty fancy. The hotel which sits at 1,300m, provides easy access to hundreds of kilometres of slopes and runs where you can enjoy a variety of winter sports and treks.  All bedrooms have en-suite facilities and many have south-facing balconies which offer superb views of the surrounding peaks.  A breakfast fit for kings is served every morning in the small lounge by the fireplace.  Other bonuses include a stylish bar with an inviting wooden interior, leather couches and piano and a cool spa.

Hôtel Les Cimes, Le Grand-Bornand - ©Hôtel Les Cimes

Hôtel Les Cimes, Le Grand-Bornand

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Chalet Christophorus, Obergurgl, Austria

You’ll find Chalet Christophorus smack bang on the slopes at the bottom of the No 6 Blue Run. The ski school meeting point is just 50m away and the village centre is within walking distance too. The main Festkogl gondola is 30m from the chalet’s ski-room so you can strap your skis on and set off straight away.

Bedrooms are comfortable and attractively styled and most come with their own private en-suite bathroom. We like the traditional Tyrolean tiled stove. The chalet sleeps 34 people.

Hotel Chalet Dolomites, Alpe di Siusi, Italy

With 14 beautifully furnished rooms, each with their own balcony or terrace, and set against the dramatic backdrop of the Dolomite Mountains, Hotel Chalet Dolomites is a steal at €90-€105pp per night. The price includes half-board starting from a minimum five-day stay.

Other amenities include a Finnish sauna and a Turkish steam room and flat-screen TVs in each room.  The hotel has a sun terrace and guests can enjoy a fusion of Italian and German flavours at the excellent restaurant – try the South Tyrolean desserts, they’re sublime!   The hotel is located on the slopes of Alpe di Siusi and reachable by cable car.

Hotel Chalet Dolomites, Alpe di Siusi  - ©Hotel Chalet Dolomites

Hotel Chalet Dolomites, Alpe di Siusi

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Chalet Le Lac Blanc 1, Alpe d'huez, France

Sitting on the piste within touching distance of the main lift station and seconds from the ski school meeting point is Neilson’s Chalet Le Lac Blanc.  It’s positioned above a piste-side restaurant which is closed in the evening allowing for privacy.

The chalet sleeps 14 people however rooms are of varying size.  Five twin rooms and a bathroom occupy the second floor and the third floor has an attic style layout with two twin rooms which share a shower.  Staff are usually fantastic and are accommodating.  We like the daily afternoon tea which comes with freshly baked cake, pastries or biscuits.




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