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POSH PISTES: SKI GETAWAYS & NEW CHALETS

Tis the season of alpine beauty and active pursuits! Nothing makes hitting the slopes all the more enjoyable when you have a spellbinding setting plus all the luxe amenities to warm up to. And we all know that après-ski is the true heart of the sports. From the French Alps to the American West, here are four très chic, new mountain retreats to try this ski season.


 — TERMINAL NEIGE REFUGE DU MONTEVERS —

Perched 6725 feet above sea level on the striking Mont-Blanc mountain range of the French Alps, Terminal Neige Refuge du Montenvers is a place of history and authenticity. Originally built in 1880 as a place for the first mountaineers and travelers who came to visit the Mer de Glace to stay, Terminal Neige Refuge du Montevers has since undergone an extensive renovation by the Maisons et Hotels Sibuet label, a pioneer in the mountain hotel business for over 30 years. 

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The super-stylish French hospitality brand has revived the historic alpine retreat with a perfect balance of old and new with features like dark wooden furnishings, woolen fabrics, and leather details. Guests can choose from 20 accommodations—including two suites and five spacious family rooms—all with sweeping views of the massive glacier. What’s old becomes new again, as is the case with the use of original furniture that has been preserved and re-used to give it new life. In the bedrooms, old wooden chimneys have been transformed into bookcases, bedside lamps replaced with miner's lamps and leather travel trunks, brought back from journeys and expeditions of the past, turned into bedside tables. In the bathrooms, the use of stone highlights the washbasins and retro bathroom fittings. There is absolutely everything you need to enjoy unique experiences with your loved ones. 

On property you’ll find three delectable dining options: the hotel’s Montenvers Restaurant offers the regions’s traditional Savoyard cuisine—think hearty potatoes and cheese on every plate—with a view of the Drus mountain range; Le Panoramique Mer de Glace serves lunch with 360-degree views from its terrace; Bar des Glaciers features sweet and savory snacks throughout the day. 

And it would not be a chic retreat without a lobby lounge as a place to gather for an après-ski or post-hike indulgence, while cozying up next to the striking fireplace for hot toddies and glasses of bubbly every night.


 — FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MEGÈVE —

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Escape the crowds of Courchevel at the new Alpine-chic Four Seasons Hotel Megève. Tucked in the French Alps about an hour and a half from the crowds of Courchevel, you’ll find the small magical village of Megève. The picturesque village is old France at its classiest best with an effortlessly chic atmosphere. Megève was a hot spot for the rich and the famous in the 1920s, and now, thanks to the arrival of the new Four Seasons Hotel Megève, the region is set to draw in the jet-set crowd once again. The all-new slopeside property will be welcoming the first guests on December 15 to its thoroughly modern alpine chalet. With just 55 sleek and cozy rooms and suites and the largest spa in the region — this chic chalet is the perfect place to unwind after a long day out on the slopes. 

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As the only hotel located directly on the Mont d’Arbois ski slopes, and the only Megève hotel with its own in-house Ski Concierge and Ski Valet service, the Four Seasons Hotel Megeve is your gateway to the smoothest ski experience. The spectacular spa inspired by the pristine beauty of the alpine wilderness spans over 16,000-square feet in an ultra-modern, all-white design to reflect the purity of fresh fallen snow.  And there’s nothing like going for a dip in a pool after a day on the slopes: here you’ll find an indoor-outdoor swimming pool with massage jets and underwater music as the snowflakes dance overhead. You can even lounge by a fire inside, refreshments in hand. 

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Elevating Megève's reputation for exceptional cuisine, Four Seasons offers five indoor-outdoor options for dining and drinks – including a new home for the Michelin-two-star restaurant, Le 1920. Dramatic interiors of wood and stone feature numerous fireplaces, expansive windows and easy access from the ski hills. Named for Edmond de Rothschild, the hotel’s bar is a sophisticated setting for fine wines and creatively crafted cocktails. Further recognizing après-ski as the true heart of the sport, there’s a cozy lobby lounge for a cup of coffee & cocoa, a glass-enclosed cigar room with a wood-burning fireplace, and an intimate double-level wine cellar with a 10,000-bottle collection of some of the finest wines. 


—  THE LODGE AT EDGEWOOD TAHOE — 

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Primely located along the south shore of Lake Tahoe, The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe is a game-changing addition to Tahoe’s luxury hotel lineup. In a modern chalet aesthetic, the lakefront property is meant to evoke the grand lodges of the West, with a cathedral-height lobby and an expansive window that makes the most of the location. Home to 154 luxury rooms and suites, each private sanctuary boasts its own gas fireplace and private deck or terrace. There is an impeccable attention to detail that ultimately creates a space you won’t want to leave, until you realize all that surrounds you. Send your little ones to Camp Edgewood as you retreat to the 8,500-square-foot spa for uninterrupted serenity. Take a dip in the year-round lakefront heated pool with mesmerizing water views of the Sierra’s shiniest jewel. And last, but not least, discover one-of-a-kind boutique shops that have everything and anything you could ever need. 

There are three dining options to suit your every mood, be it casual or refined: The Bistro is a mountain-chic and urban-contemporary hub for fresh, seasonal fare; Edgewood Restaurant is a noteworthy gem for fine dining with striking views of the glistening sapphire lake; Brooks’ Bar & Deck is warm pub located just off of Edgewood’s picturesque 18th hole, where you’ll nibble on refined comfort food and imbibe in signature cocktails and craft beers. 

Discover a place that has been revered for centuries in an entirely new way The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe and explore the most magical setting in one of the most sought-after sites in the West. 


—  HOTEL TALISA — 

A chic mountainside lodge and the only luxury ski-in/ski-out property in all of Vail, Hotel Talisa provides unparalleled access to some of the best stretches of powder in the country. With a ski lift on one side and picturesque, trout-filled Gore Creek cascading behind the property, this resort is brimming with a curated array of moments worth collecting. Part of the Luxury Collection portfolio of exclusive hotels and resorts, the property says true to the luxury travel group’s DNA with plush touches and opulent details at every corner. Each of the 285-rooms is a cozy retreat from the rugged Rockies outside. The design mixes classic ski-chalet textures with a sleek palette of grays, blues, and pearlescent whites. The guest rooms are the epitome of elevation, with most featuring large windows and balconies that overlook the snow-filled forest outside, as well as deep soaking tubs that are perfect for warming up after a long day spent on the slopes. 

Mountains inspire every aspect of the cuisine at Hotel Talisa at its three dining outlets. A fireside lounge with floor-to-ceiling mountain views offers tempting après-ski celebrations. Indulge in alpine bliss at The Spa at Hotel Talisa, which follows in the footsteps of traditional alpine spas, achieving balance by embracing both the natural splendor and healing powers of the surrounding environment.

Beyond the slopes, Hotel Talisa offers a range of unique experiences including Après Everyday Programming, featuring the signature Moët Flutes & Frites offering, daily passed gourmet hot chocolate, daily champagne sabering and passed bubbles, fireside S’more Roasts with the S’mores Butler, daily live entertainment, Talisa Tykes children’s programming, Mats & Moët yoga offerings, Talisa Executive Toasts, and festive offerings with Talisa Tidings.


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