Last Minute Snowy Escapes Hand-Picked By Quintessentially's Travel Experts
Whitepod, Les Cerniers, Switzerland
For the adventurous and low-maintenance traveler, a state-of-the-art domed tent high up in the Swiss village of Les Cerniers may just be paradise. There are breathtaking views of Lake Geneva and access to a private ski run and 7km of fresh pistes. Chalets within walking distance offer spas, a 24-hour restaurant and bar. But if you’re enjoying the isolated lifestyle, you can have room service brought across the snow to your decked-out pod. Whitepod officially opens December 17.
The Vale Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan
Japan’s Hokkaido offers some of the world’s finest powder snow. Stay at The Vale’s penthouse apartment with panoramic glass walls overlooking the mountains and ski runs. If banana boating on frozen lakes proves too extreme, check into the hotel’s spa––it taps 700m into this mineral rich volcanic region for natural thermal spring water.
No. 14 Verbier, Valais, Switzerland
Featuring cedar wood hot tubs, a resident masseuse, and indoor pool and cinema, No. 14 Verbier could make even skiing lose its appeal. A sumptuous chalet sleeping 26, No. 14 reaches the highest levels of personal service. Verbier boasts some of the world’s most legendary ski terrain, with snow-sure guarantee and plenty to keep yourself busy around the resort. Don’t forget to make a reservation at the Michelin-starred Chalet d’Adrien.
Hotel La Sivoliére, Courchevel, France
Well known only to returning connoisseurs and the most discerning skiers, Hotel La Sivolière stands at the feet of the finest Alpine pistes. This vast wood and stone chalet offers musical evenings, butler service and even a personal shopper. There’s also enviable access to the ski lifts, which are a mere downhill ski from the hotel’s front door.