There’s a distinct crispness to the morning air. The fall foliage is starting to pile up on the ground, and everyone is digging out their gloves and hats from the back of their closets. This all adds up to one conclusion: Winter is almost here, which means so is ski season.
Mountain snowmaking has begun at destinations across the globe, making right now the perfect time to book a ski getaway. But not just any ski getaway will do. For your trip, it’s all about experiencing the best accommodations that also come with prime access to the slopes. No waiting in line for you. Here are seven stellar ski-in, ski-out villas that will delight everyone in your ski and snowboard crew.
Snowdrift Cabin: Telluride, Colorado
Snowdrift log cabin, offered by AvantStay, is the perfect blend of old and new thanks to its beautiful exterior that harkens back to the good ol’ days of ski vacations. However, the inside is a thoroughly modern experience. Here, guests will find three cozy bedrooms, three baths, and oversized common areas with plush seating. Relax by the home’s fireplaces, or soak away the aches after a long day of skiing in the home’s private hot tub. Then, when you’re ready, just head out the door to hit Lift 10’s Galloping Goose trail. Or, if you’re looking to head into town, simply use Mountain Village’s Dial-a-Ride service to get a quick (and free) ride to the Village Core and the Gondola.
The West Aspen: Aspen, Colorado
Traveling with a large ski group? Head to this West Aspen Duplex, offered on Airbnb, that can house up to 10 skiers at once. The home comes with easy access to both the Aspen golf course in the summer and Aspen ski trails in the winter, along with quick access to some of the best restaurants in the state due to its location just a short five-minute drive from downtown Aspen. At the home, guests can enjoy the views on the multiple decks surrounding the property, cozy up in its four bedrooms, or hang together in its spacious living room, which boasts reclaimed wood beams, leather furnishings, and a roaring fireplace.
The Colony at White Pine Canyon: Park City, Utah
Go behind the gates at The Colony, an uber-exclusive mountain enclave located on the slopes at Park City. The home, available on ThirdHome, boasts five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and some 6,500 square feet to roam. It’s also located at an 8,000-foot elevation, meaning you know the ski-in, ski-out access is next level.
Guests will find a wintery paradise inside the home directly in front of its oversized stone fireplace and antler chandelier. Guests can also make full use of the home’s gourmet kitchen and dining room for nights gathered together. And just in case you’re looking to relax alone, two of the home’s five bedrooms come with private fireplaces. When you’re ready to head out for a day of skiing or riding, simply step outside, strap on tour gear, and you’re already on Sanctuary Run at the Park City Mountain Resort. Ride for as long as you want, then ski right to your door when your day is done.
Chalet Montanum: Courchevel, France
Chalet Montanum, available on Airbnb, provides skiers and riders with supremely close access to the Courchevel summits. From every window, guests can look out and gaze upon the French Alps and, when ready, can step out the door and take the 50-meter walk to the piste. Though the chalet is worthy of spending a little extra time in too. Its exterior is made from reclaimed wood from local mountain homes that had been left abandoned, giving it the perfect Courchevel vibe. Inside, guests will find a contemporary layout, including an open kitchen and living room area that’s ideal for entertaining, common spaces decked out in earth-toned furnishings to mirror the outside world, and four spacious bedrooms boasting custom headboards covered in hand-sewn fabric.
Gold Mine Lodge: Steamboat Colorado
Find yourself just steps away from the Thunderhead ski lift at Steamboat by booking the Gold Mine Lodge, available on OneFineStay. The six-bedroom chalet is another destination primed for family reunions or big friend groups, as it can comfortably fit up to 16 guests across more than 7,700 square feet of interior space. The chalet’s great room is certainly the star of the show, offering guests the chance to relax by its stone fireplace, snuggle up on its cozy sofas, or have a roaring game night while sitting around on its deep-pile rugs. Guests can also cook up a feast for their loved ones in the chef’s kitchen (which comes with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances), and sit around the dining table together while taking in the view of peaks out every picture window.
Cesa del louf: Arabba, Italy
Find a little chalet solitude at Cesa del louf, a four-bedroom home in Arabba offered on Airbnb. The home offers the ultimate in privacy thanks to its privileged location on the Dolomite slopes. Guests can get to the main trails via a quick off-piste ride or via a private snowcat if they aren’t feeling up to skiing in the steep and deep. The home comes surrounded by an acre of woodland and is accessible via private heliport in front of the chalet. Inside, guests will find simple but charming decor, including plush white beds, overstuffed sofas, and chaise loungers next to the floor-to-ceiling windows so you can nap next to the winter sun.
Chalet Zermatt Peak: Zermatt, Switzerland
Chalet Zermatt, available on In Villas Veritas, is as luxurious a chalet as they come. The chalet, which sits atop the village of Zermatt, comes with unparalleled views of the Matterhorn right from its living room. It also sits just a few minutes from the heart of the town village, making getting to dining and shopping destinations just as easy as the slopes. Spread across six floors, the home has five bedrooms and five baths, making it comfortable for up to 10 guests. Its interior also comes with an open layout, making the home feel light and airy. It’s also a stay that ensures your every need is met via the home’s full staff, including a private chef and concierge.