5 stylish ski stays on a budget

Skiing with style doesn’t have to cost the earth—when broken down per person, these chic and cosy properties make some of the best European ski resorts eminently affordable, whether you’re travelling as a family or with a group of friends. Our handpicked ski lodges, chalets, and apartments include suggestions for skiers who seek seclusion as well as those who want to be in the heart of the action at a world-famous resort.

  1. Simple pleasures in South Tyrol, Italy

    In a classic chalet on a family dairy farm, these apartments are 400 m from the Guggenberg ski lift in Tesido, a sunny little resort perfect for families, with great-value ski passes and atmospheric night skiing each Friday. Nearby, the Anterselva and Antholz valleys pack a punch with 510 m of vertical descent and fantastic cross-country trails. Apartments for four or five mix sheepskin rugs and pine fittings with modern amenities, including flatscreen TVs. In two of the apartments, you can ease piste-weary muscles in private Physiotherm infrared cabins and gather around traditional tiled stoves. All have balconies for soaking up the Dolomites views. Treat yourself to the breakfast service featuring fresh farm produce.

  2. Blissful getaways in Bavaria, Germany

    Right by the Austrian border, this three-bedroom ski chalet blends contemporary elements and a sleek modern kitchen with animal hides, wood panelling, and furniture made from pine, cedar, larch, and 1,500-year-old bog oak. After enjoying the pistes, cross-country runs, and winter hiking trails of the Winklmoosalm-Steinplatte ski area four km away, beat a retreat here to make the most of your infrared cedar cabin and open-air wooden hot tub with its mountain views. Meanwhile, the kids will be enjoying their own play space in the attic. Despite the “away from it all” feel, you’re only 60 km from Salzburg Airport.

  3. Carve up the slopes of Chamonix, French Alps

    In Les Bois village on the outskirts of one of the world’s most beautifully located ski resorts, this funky two-bedroom wooden chalet is just 15 minutes on foot from the cable car at La Flégère, which takes you to an altitude of 1,894 m (or 2,595 m if you switch to the chairlift). The chalet’s rustic wooden exterior gives way to eclectic interiors combining shabby-chic elements with stylish contemporary pieces, including a stunning freestanding copper-lined bathtub perfect for soaking those weary muscles. A wood-burning stove keeps things cosy, while the heated boot room takes the sting out of getting kitted out for the slopes of the world-famous Mont Blanc ski area.

  4. Luxury on a budget in the Lake Geneva region, Switzerland

    Chic and charming, this 18th-century mountain chalet is four km from the enchanting Swiss ski resort of Les Diablerets with its great beginners’ pistes and 1,800 m of vertical descent. Often featured in style magazines, the two/three-bedroom property in its fairytale mountainside location is awash with wood panelling; characterful antiques, including old ski and ice-skates; and luxury fabrics, including snuggly animal hides. The roaring log fire will tempt you back in from the two south-facing terraces with their 180° views of the peaks and of local deer and other wildlife.

  5. Chilling out in the Cairngorms, Scotland

    Sleeping six in three bedrooms, these spacious wooden lodges have cool contemporary interiors, modern kitchens, and a prime location a 10-minute walk from the centre of Aviemore—gateway to the CairnGorm Mountain ski area. Spacious but also well heated, both have verandahs for making the most of the views of the mountains with their skiing, snowboarding, and funicular railway (Britain’s highest), offering spectacular journeys through the spellbinding snowy landscape of the Cairngorms National Park.

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