Guide to super chic ski hotels in Europe and the US

Outdoor pool at The Cambrian Adelboden

In the deepest, darkest days of winter, all you want to do is go outside and fling yourself off a mountain on skis or a snowboard. Here’s a guide to the most sophisticated hotels where modern design meets superior service. If you are really tired of old-fashioned ski hotels, check out our selection.


Riffelalp Resort: luxury hotel high up in the Swiss Alps (Zermatt)

The Lodge: Sir Richard Branson’s mountain retreat in Verbier, Switzerland (the ultimate in ski lodge luxury)

Hotel Matthiol: cozy modern luxury in Zermatt

The Cambrian in Adelboden: classic ski hotel gets modern luxury makeover

Rocksresort: minimalist chic ski apartments in Laax, Switzerland

The Nevai: sleek modern design hotel in Verbier, Switzerland

Hotel Matterhorn Focus: chic modern ski hotel in Zermatt

The Omnia in Zermatt: modern meets traditional in stylish boutique hotel


Hameau Albert 1er: luxury hotel with Michelin star restaurant in Chamonix, France (top choice in Chamonix)

Le Morgane (Chamonix)

Grand Hotel des Alpes (Chamonix)

Hotel Ormelune: bright colors, funky chic adorn luxury boutique hotel in Val d’Isere

Avenue Lodge: urban chic ski hotel in Val d’Isere, France


Hotel Madlein: luxurious design hotel in Ischgl, Austria

Hotel Aurelio: intimate luxury boutique hotel in Lech, Austria


Alpina Dolomites Gardena Health Lodge and Spa blends skiing and luxury spa treatments

United States

PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn: refined and elegant lodgings in Lake Tahoe

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