Off the beaten ski path

These retreats are definitely among the finest boutique ski hotels in the world. 

The Little Nell

Aspen, Colorado, United States

The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado.

The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado.

It’s hard to get closer to powder than this hotel, which sits at the base of Aspen Mountain. It is ideal for ski junkies as the on-site Ski Concierge team can secure everything from lift tickets, ski rentals, and equipment storage. They’ll even warm your boots and tune up your gear once you return from a day out or procure a puppy jet-lag kit for the pooch with delicate sensibilities. The hotel has two in-house restaurants Element 47 serving locally sourced New American fare and Ajax Tavern, a French bistro with a buzzing après-ski scene. The gastronomic experiences here are truly world-class. The spacious guest rooms are layered with sumptuous fabrics, walnut tables, wide leather chairs, velvet banquettes, and stone-clad gas-burning fireplaces.

Rooms from $1050 per night in winter and from $575 per night in summer,


Laax, Switzerland

Rockresort in Laax, Switzerland.

Rockresort in Laax, Switzerland.

Finished in rough-hewn stone, the exterior of this hotel succeeds at blending in with the environment but at the same time, making a bold design statement. The seven stone cubes, like monoliths leftover from the Stone-Age, are situated at the base station in Laax and are filled with holiday apartments, shops, and restaurants. In contrast to the austere exterior, the bedrooms are cosy oak capsules, a modern version of the cattle barns up on the mountain. The stone bathrooms can double as steam rooms for post-skiing relaxation. The brasserie features a ‘dine-around’ package with menus and themes changing every evening. The resort also boasts ski in and out accent, plenty of greenery, and off-season biking and hiking paths that are perfect for families.

Doubles from $512 per night,

Washington School House

Park City, Utah, United States

Washington School House in Utah, America.

Washington School House in Utah, America.

This exclusive downtown Park City boutique hotel was built as a school in 1889 for the children of the miners extracting copper and silver wealth from the surrounding mountains. It has since had several lives – as a dance hall for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a bed-and-breakfast—but was transformed into its current iteration in 2011. The stunning 12-suite luxury ski property boasts historic living spaces with 16ft ceilings, roaring fireplaces, and a chic ski lounge. The heated pool is terraced into the hillside, for those brave enough to take a dip in frigid temperatures. Service is warm and personalised. The hotel is just a short walk from the Park City Mountain Resort’s Town Lift and even closer to the town’s best museums and most charming restaurants and bars.

Double from $380 per night,