6 magnificent last-minute ski cabins, chalets, and condos

It simply isn’t winter without a trip to some snow-clad mountains, whether you’re an avid or a beginner skier, you favour other seasonal outdoors activities, or you just want to sneak in some apres-ski in a stunning setting. We’ve dug out some amazing last-minute ski chalets and condos brilliantly sited for the slopes but also for some serious chilling out, perhaps in a cozy tavern serving mugs of mulled wine or in a spa offering a muscle-warming massage.

  • Fulfill your ski fantasy in France

    Chamonix last minute ski stays

    This luxury chalet sleeping seven to eight is so inviting you’ll be tempted to not set foot outside. Stand on the south-facing balcony with its Mont Blanc views, however, and the mountains will call to you. Don’t resist! 500 kilometres of sparkling piste beckon, as do snow-shoeing, horse sleigh-rides, husky-dog driving, ski joering, ice-skating, and ice-climbing. If you’re feeling more sedate, cafés, galleries, bookshops, and speciality food stores line Chamonix’s traffic-free streets, and there’s an Alpine museum. Warm back up in Petit Zenith with its reclaimed-wood panelling, log fire, designer furniture, and mod cons including a ski-boot heater.

  • A grand (Le Grand) Bornand adventure

    Grand Bornand last minute ski stays

    With six bedrooms, this stylish wooden chalet will wow you with its Alpine-chic decor, large mountain-view terrace, sauna, games room, and cozy stone hearth. Equally enticing is its location—tranquil yet beside the piste and close to the amenities of this enchanting village just an hour from Geneva. Renowned for its piste maintenance and snow park, Le Grand Bornand has plenty for non-skiers too—sledging, paragliding, an ice rink, a weekly market, and a farming museum. Return to thaw out in the chalet’s own sauna, then gather around the convivial dining table to discuss the day’s adventures.

  • Zoom down Zermatt

    Switzerland last minute ski stays

    Soak up the silence and mountain air from the balcony of this sleekly modern three-bedroom apartment in the knowledge that the charming car-free village centre is a 15-minute stroll away. For non-skiers, Zermatt’s winding alleys conceal upscale boutiques, lively apres-ski venues, and a museum dedicated to the Matterhorn looming over it. An iconic resort forming part of a vast interlinked ski area, Zermatt also offers ice-skating, curling, and horse-drawn carriage rides. At the apartment, skiers appreciate the communal ski storage room with its boot heaters, while keen cooks can try out mountain dishes using the fondue and raclette sets.

  • Covet a spot in Courmayeur

    Italy last minute ski stays

    Authentic Italian charm awaits you in this one-bedroom apartment in a lovingly restored stone-built house with polished hardwood floors, a blend of classic and contemporary furnishings, and mountain views. If you ski, its location 250 metres from the Dolonne–Plan Chécrouit lift makes it even more inviting. At the foot of Mont Blanc, Courmayeur has access to a wide variety of terrain in the Aosta Valley ski area as well as some of Europe’s best-value heli-skiing. Dog-sledding, ice-climbing, and an Olympic ice rink are also to hand, but the cobbled streets with their restaurants and chic shops will entice you to kick back Italian-style.

  • Kick some Austria

    Austria last minute ski stays

    A dreamy mountain vista welcomes you to this old forester’s lodge—as do homemade Gugelhupf cake, forest honey, and a bottle of Prosecco. The rustic-chic interiors include luxurious throws, an open fire, and an espresso machine; younger visitors get a toy zone in the barn. All four bedrooms have balconies, or absorb the views from the hot tub or garden terraces. A free ski bus takes you to Dachstein West, Hallein-Dürnberg, or Gaisau-Hinersee, or you’re 30 minutes’ drive from the Ski Amadé area. The house has sledges to borrow, and you can be pampered at nearby Aqua Salza spa or walk 10 minutes to the town centre with its bakery, cafes, and horse-drawn carriage rides.

  • Own the piste in Panticosa

    Spain last minute ski stays

    A balcony and a terrace with loungers make this clean-lined contemporary duplex apartment with three bedrooms the perfect eyrie for appreciating the surrounding mountainscape. If you can tear yourself away from the flickering fireside, there’s skiing and snowboarding for all levels over around 40 pistes amidst the peaks of the Aragonese Pyrenees, as well as winter hiking, snow-tubing, snowmobiling, and dog-sledding. The cobbled village is known for its historic spas—just the ticket for restoring weary limbs—while back at the apartment there’s a communal games area in addition to ski storage.

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