5 great spots in Europe and the US to rent a mountain chalet

5 great spots in Europe and the US to rent a mountain chalet

Looking to make the most of your winter getaway? Vacationers can pair the exhilarating feeling of flying down powdery slopes with awe-inspiring views and luxurious amenities when they book a mountain ski chalet. The US and Europe are home to some of the world’s most beautiful places to ski, where the vacation rentals are equipped with all the comforts of home—and then some. So whether you’re chomping at the bit to hit the slopes or are more about the après-ski life, it’s easy to leave your worries at the base of the mountain and have a truly unforgettable ski trip.

Nighttime view of the ski resort and surrounding mountains in Saint Anton, Switzerland

Rent a cozy apartment or ski chalet in Val-d’Isère, France

Nestled in the French Alps just a few miles from the Italian border, Val-d’Isère is a leading destination for avid skiers. Its network links with nearby Tignes and includes more than 75 lifts and nearly 200 miles of pistes, so whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, you’re sure to find slopes to your liking and skill level. Ski chalets and apartments are plentiful in and near the city center, with many within walking distance—or a quick and free shuttle ride—to the lifts, shops, and restaurants. The rentals themselves are cozy and provide plenty of cold-weather comforts, including comfy living rooms with fireplaces, and private outdoor terraces with jacuzzis or hot tubs.

A charming, snow-covered luxury ski chalet in Val-d'Isère, France

Splurge on a charming cabin rental in Sestriere, Italy

A regular host of expert ski competitions and a main venue for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, Sestriere has well over 100 pistes and is a top destination for advanced and beginner skiers alike. It’s also one of the few resorts where vacationers can get runs in after the sun sets. While the luxe ski chalet trend has been slower to take hold in Italy, vacation home rentals are becoming more common. There are plenty of other options for your wintertime getaway as well. Book a beautiful apartment that’s a short walk away from the slopes and provides access to a heated pool and fitness center. Or, reserve a private cabin that overlooks the mountains and includes a fully equipped kitchen, a living room with a fireplace, and a sauna.

Rent a private apartment in Saint Anton, Austria

Saint Anton am Arlberg—or just St. Anton—is considered the birthplace of modern alpine skiing and one of the most popular ski resorts in the Alps, so it’s no surprise that it’s teeming with opportunities to partake in the sport. Spend the day skiing or while away the hours engaging in the town’s lively après-ski atmosphere (or do both) before making your way back to your very own apartment home. Dine in your kitchenette or full-scale kitchen and take in the breathtaking views of the sun setting behind the snowy mountain tops on your private terrace. For an even more luxurious experience, you can rent a fully catered chalet with ski-in/ski-out access and 24/7 housekeeping and chef services.

The cozy living room of a luxury ski chalet in Saint Anton, Austria

Rent a ski chalet with an amazing view in Stowe, Vermont

Vermont may be one of the smallest states in terms of size and population, but it has some of the best skiing in the entire Eastern US. And Stowe, in northern Vermont, attracts skiers from all over the world who want to test their skills by zipping down the side of Mount Mansfield, the state’s highest mountain. Skiing isn’t the only attraction here, though. Vacationers can book a snowshoe tour, go ice skating, or simply chill out in their mountain chalets, among other activities. Ski chalets and other vacation rentals with stunning mountain views are plentiful in and around Stowe. Many of the vacation homes closer to the resort and ski area have ski-in/ski-out access, free parking, hot tubs, and game rooms.

Stay close to the action in a ski chalet in Aspen, Colorado

Aspen has made a name for itself as a luxurious ski destination, but it has also hosted several world-class championships. Downtown Aspen is right at the base of Aspen Mountain (or Ajax), one of 4 main ski mountains, and the city has embraced the essence of après-ski, with plenty of unique dining and nightlife options. Because of its urban location, ski chalets are less common, but there are vacation rentals with luxurious amenities like game rooms, hot tubs, and even meal services slightly outside the city center. Some come with free bus service to and from the Snowmass Ski Resort, and others provide ski-in/ski-out access. If you’re looking for a more urban experience, condos closer to the city are also available.