Unlike some purpose-built ski resorts, Méribel has retained its Alpine charm and consists entirely of chalet-style wood and stone buildings. This attractive architecture, coupled with its location at the centre of the world’s largest ski area, Les Trois Vallées, makes it a perennial favourite. This luxury seven-bedroom chalet is perfectly suited for enjoying the beauty and activities of Méribel with friends and family throughout the year. It’s ideally located for the slopes, whether that’s skiing in Les Trois Vallées or mountain biking through flower-laden pastures. As the snow melts, the Alpine rapids provide a challenge for white water rafters, although the chalet’s hot tub, spa and cinema offer a less strenuous alternative. In previous years, Méribel has hosted the Altitude festival and air shows. For 2020, the world’s best cyclists will arrive in town as it hosts two stages of the Tour de France.
Rue de La Prétaire 34, Verbier, Switzerland
Chic Verbier loses none of its appeal with the changing seasons. For three weeks in July, classical musicians take centre stage at the Verbier Festival with concerts and workshops. Michelin chefs share their passion at the annual Haute Cuisine in April, while the E-bike festival in August attracts enthusiastic cyclists from around the world. This is all on top of Verbier’s wider offering of paragliding, rafting, craft breweries and yoga retreats. Situated close to Le Hameau, this spacious split-level penthouse provides a welcome place to enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere. Features include beamed ceilings, stone fireplaces and generous living areas, as well as private balconies. It’s the perfect spot to relax – whether that’s following a day on the slopes or some mountain-air Mozart.
Apartment Garda, La Plagne, France
Overlooking the pistes and moments from the bakeries, delis and restaurants in the heart of Plagne Centre, this spacious ski-in, ski-out apartment is beautifully located for year-round living. Refurbished just a few years ago, the apartment has a contemporary vibe with open-plan living areas, oak floors and recessed flat screens. A large balcony is the spot to take in the amazing views you can only get from an altitude of 2,000m. The village – one of 10 that make up the La Plagne resort – is a hub of activity, with lifts whisking skiers to forest runs and glacier skiing. The double-decker Vanoise Express links La Plagne with Les Arcs and the huge Paradiski ski area with more than 400km of runs. In summer, the mountains turn into an adventurous playground with activities based around the forest, rivers and glacier.
Chemin de Nifortsie, Verbier, Switzerland
With more than 400km of groomed pistes and some of the best off-piste action in Europe, Verbier is a skier’s paradise. Located in the heights of Verbier between the Savoleyres lift and Les Esserts nursery slope, this beautiful penthouse apartment has been recently refurbished in a contemporary Alpine style with warm natural tones and finishes. The open-plan living area opens on to a south-facing balcony with views over snow-clad trees to the resort. Alternatively, take in the great peaks of the Alps on the spacious roof terrace. The resort has become synonymous with challenging, high-altitude skiing, a convivial party atmosphere, and year-round sporting and cultural events.
Le Tyrolien, Morzine, France
With its dressed stone and old larch exterior, Le Tyrolien sits naturally within the traditional architecture of Morzine. Located in a quiet corner in the heart of the village, it’s tailor-made for Alpine adventures. Inside, this new development features modern one- to six-bedroom apartments with spacious living areas. With a wide range of high-quality finishes and design elements to choose from, owners can add a personal touch. Balconies and terraces provide a stunning vantage point to make the most of this central location. Shops, bars and restaurants are close by, as are the Pleney and Super Morzine cable cars – carrying skiers up to Avoriaz and the massive Portes de Soleil ski area. When the snow gives way to mountain flowers, activities turn to a lively cycling scene, the Rock the Pistes festival, hiking, tennis and the tropical greenery of Europe’s highest water park.