Their name conjures up an image of modest, hand-made huts dwarfed by snow-capped mountains.
But the ski chalets the super-rich book are anything but understated. And can be eye-wateringly expensive, costing up to £61,000 a night.
Here MailOnline Travel presents some of the world’s most opulent – and at times ridiculous – ski chalets, boasting everything from heated swimming pools, nightclubs, cinemas and even a private ski slope. Scroll down and behold mountain holidays millionaire-style.
Eagle Point Ski Resort, Utah, USA
Epic: All 600 acres of the Eagle Point Ski Resort, in Utah, USA, can be hired out for a completely exclusive experience
It’s all yours! Prices start from £7,560 per day to hire the private ski slope, which boasts 1,500 vertical feet of exhilaration
How to make an entrance: Guests are recommended to access the resort by private jet – which will set you back £49,000
Keen skiers know the frustration of busy ski lifts, crowded slopes and tracked powder.
Fortunately, Eagle Point Resort in Utah is available for exclusive private rental, allowing guests to have all 600 acres to themselves, which included 1,500 vertical feet of ski slope, five lifts and two lodges.
Best (most extravagant) of all? Guests are recommended to access it by private jet. Specifically, it’s suggested they fly to New York, then hop-on one of 365 Aviation’s Gulfstream IVSP planes, which gets them to the resort in under five hours.
Unfortunately, that alone will guests back by £49,000, but upon arrival they’ll be offered an ‘As You Wish’ programme, which provides everything from fine dining to flying-in a celebrity DJ.
Prices start from £7,560 per day for the private ski slope and £3,500 for a business class flight from London Heathrow to NYC.
However, if that’s too much, a simple room-only package at the resort starts at £300 for two adults.
Five-bedroom chalet, Zermatt, Switzerland
Room with a view: Possessing incredible views, this chalet in Switzerland’s ever-popular Zermatt oozes extravagance
Glamour: The interior design is stunning, but it comes with a whopping price tag – £15,715 per night
That’ll make a splash! It also boasts floor-to-ceiling windows with breath-taking views of the Alps, HD cinema TVs in every bedroom and heated pools – both indoor and out
Looking for something truly top-end? This chalet in Switzerland’s ever-popular Zermatt oozes extravagance and is dubbed the region’s best.
The fully-staffed venue includes a concierge, waiting hosts and the presence of a Michelin-star chef, who will create a bespoke, five-course gourmet menu for each day of your stay.
It also boasts floor-to-ceiling windows with breath-taking views of the Alps, HD cinema TVs in every bedroom and heated pools – both indoor and outside.
It sleeps 13 people across five bedrooms, with prices from £15,715 per night (£1,209 per person, per night).
Makini, Verbier, Switzerland
Perfect retreat? This stunning property is one of Switzerland’s best, but guests will pay a staggering £9,667 per night
You get what you pay for! Naturally, holiday-makers are treated to a truly awe-inspiring vista of the local landscape
Not your average chalet: This alpine property’s roaring fire is perfect for melting away aches from a day on the slopes
This alpine home is styled with exposed wood beams and natural stone, providing a beautiful setting for the modern art and high-end tech which fills the property.
Part of the exclusive Hameau development, Makini really cranks-up the luxury stakes.
This alpine home is styled with exposed wood beams and natural stone, providing a beautiful setting for the modern art and high-end tech that fills the property.
In particular, the roaring fire is perfect for melting away aches from a day on the slopes, while the fitness room, sauna and separate spa facilities will make it tough to leave.
Accommodating 10 people across five bedrooms, it costs from £9,667 per night (£967 per person).
Chalet Delvin, Lech, Austria
Wow-factor: Combining stunning panoramic views with a myriad of indoor facilities, this property costs £1,264 per night
And relax! No expense is spared, with Austria’s Chalet Delvin decked out with beautiful sofas and the plumpest of cushions
Spacious: Despite being perched on expensive land, this retreat offers guests a wealth of space and comfort
The bathtub in the chalet is so big that it could probably be seen from space, were it to be moved outside
Thought there wasn’t a cinema room? Of course there’s a cinema room – and it features giant luxury sofas
A statuesque property worth splurging on, this is the stuff of dreams.
Combining stunning panoramic views with a myriad of indoor facilities, Chalet Delvin sleeps 10 adults and four children from £1,264 per night (£90 per person).
Soothe your aching muscles in the sensational outdoor hot tub, which is perfectly positioned next to the piste, or enjoy a sauna before scheduling a relaxing bedroom massage. Then, between hanging out at the private bar, enjoying a game of pool, watching a movie or working out in the gym, you may find time to ski.
But, if not, you can simply enjoy the stunning interior design, which fuses old and new.
Chalet Carl, Lech
This stunning property costs up to £61,000 per night – but does sleep 22
Its features include an outdoor bar, an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, a few fireplaces, several balconies and a home cinema
The interior design is, in places, quite jaw-dropping. But then it should be for the price of a house – per night
Children are well catered for – as this image of the charming children’s bedroom reveals
This stunning property costs up to £61,000 per night – but does sleep 22.
Its features include an outdoor bar, an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, a few fireplaces, several balconies and a home cinema.
Plus a massage room.
And a gym and a wine cellar. You get the idea. It’s more or less a five-star hotel. There’s even an elevator.
Chalet Mishka, Courchevel, France
Living the dream: Perched high on the plateau of Les Tovets, Chalet Mishka is just a few steps from the Bellecote piste in Courchevel – one of France’s most-famous ski resorts
Breaking the bank: The cost of staying in Chalet Mishka ranges from £11,372 to a bank-manager-bristling £41,695 per night
Movie star standards: Inside, there’s a wine cellar, home theatre, jacuzzi and steam room, making it a truly fabulous retreat
Fancy some A-list glamour on your mountain retreat? Then look no further than this plush property.
Perched high on the plateau of Les Tovets, Chalet Mishka is just a few steps from the Bellecote piste in Courchevel – one of France’s most-famous ski resorts.
The geographical location is impressive, but – when a chalet is this sumptuous – why would anybody want to step outside to experience it? Inside, there’s a wine cellar, home theatre, jacuzzi and steam room, making it a fabulous retreat.
It sleeps 16 guests across eight rooms, with prices from £11,372 to £41,695 per night.
Chalet Truffe Blanche, Verbier, Switzerland
What a wonderful world! Chalet Truffe Blanche, located in Verbier, Switzerland, is as stunning as its surroundings
Incredible: A truly remarkable place of grandeur and elegance, this stunning chalet is adorned with opulent design
Yours, for £10,000 a day! For the price, guests can enjoy an indoor pool, indulgent Turkish hammam and Finnish sauna
It’s rare that a holiday home matches the beauty of its surroundings, but Chalet Truffe Blanche does exactly that.
A truly remarkable place of grandeur and elegance, this stunning chalet is adorned with opulent design and the highest-quality features, including an indoor pool, indulgent Turkish hammam and authentic Finnish sauna.
As if that wasn’t enough, it also boasts a state-of-the-art private cinema, nightclub, library, spa treatment rooms and a wine cellar.
Able to accommodate 18 people across seven luxurious suites, it costs a staggering £69,000 per week.
Les Rives d’Argentière, Chamonix, France
What’s not to love? Les Rives d’Argentière, in Chamonix, France, is more accessible with seven days priced from 2,500 euros
Cute: Guests can stay at one of the four buildings or, for groups of fifty or less, can go one better and hire the entire hamlet
Music to our ears! The facilities include: a gym, sauna, massage room and a cinema, which can be converted into a disco
With breathtaking views of the world-famous Mont Blanc, Les Rives d’Argentière is a new hamlet comprising four and five-star ski chalets.
Guests can choose to stay at one of the four buildings – Granit, Cristal, Terre or Ardoise – or go one better and hire the entire resort.
Either way, the facilities include: a gym, sauna, massage room and a cinema, which can be converted into a disco. There’s also a wine cellar fit for a connoisseur.
Prices for seven days in one chalet start at 2,500 euros, while the entire hamlet costs 29,000 euros for the week.
Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Rhône-Alpes, France
Looking good: Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, which is located in Rhône-Alpes, France, is pictured covered in pure white snow
Within reach? This stunning retreat is available on Airbnb and is one of the site’s most impressive chalet listings
Reasonable: Priced from just £1,311 per night, the building accommodates up to 14 guests cross six bedrooms
This stunning retreat is available on Airbnb and is one of the site’s most impressive chalet listings.
The building’s smart design offers a fantastic vista of the surrounding peaks – with cinemascope windows framing Mont Blanc – and accommodates 14 guests across six bedrooms.
Further inside, there’s a fully-fitted kitchen, a wellness room with a large sauna, a ski room with boot heaters, video room with projector and sound system, plus a piano for musicians. All this costs from £1,311 per night.
Chalet Village Break, Grossarl, Austria
Luxury location: While less expensive than some of its rivals, Austria’s Chalet Village Break still boasts stunning views
Traditional, yet modern: The venue’s bathroom is a contemporary take on a classic architectural design
Kinder on the wallet: The chalet sleeps four people across two bedrooms, from £408 per night (£102 per person)
Nestled in the mountains and overlooking a crystal-clear pool, this beautiful chalet offers a more accessible retreat for holiday-makers.
Kitted-out with locally-sourced wood, the beautifully-furnished property offers an old-world charm, made incredibly cosy by a roaring fireplace, sauna and hot tub, which is ideal for warming-up in under the rustic beams.
It sleeps four people across two bedrooms, from £408 per night (£102 per person).
Prestige Ski Chalet, Gela, Bulgaria
Splurge: Bulgaria’s Prestige Ski Chalet sleeps four people across two bedrooms, priced from £408 per night (£102 per person)
If looks could kill: The site offers its guests modern luxury surrounded by captivating tree-covered scenery
Dive in: This chalet’s gorgeous ten-metre pool is perfect for a post-ski swim before a session in the steam room
If you’re looking for an alternative ski destination, Bulgaria is the new, up-and-coming location.
Specifically, Prestige Ski Chalet offers its guests modern luxury surrounded by captivating scenery.
This chalet’s gorgeous ten-metre pool is perfect for a post-ski swim before a session in the steam room. Meanwhile, every bedroom boasts an en-suite bathroom, fireplace and balcony.
With six bedrooms, it sleeps 15 people and costs £1,200 per night.
Sestu-in, Kutchan-cho, Niseko, Japan
Japan’s pistes are just as enticing, especially with the added bonus of exploring another culture
Spacious: This sleek, ultra-modern three-bedroom chalet in the Hanazono hills has five-metre high ceilings…
Price tag: This stunning property sleeps eight throughout three bedrooms, from £580 per night (£73 per person)
While Europe may be first-choice for potential ski destinations, Japan’s pistes are just as enticing, especially with the added bonus of exploring another culture.
This sleek, ultra-modern three-bedroom chalet in the Hanazono hills in the resort of Niseko, has five-metre high ceilings that create a wonderful airy sense of space.
The master bedroom overlooks a tranquil nakaniwa (a Japanese style courtyard), and during the winter you can relax and watch the snowflakes pile up. What’s more, there’s a huge dormant volcano – Mount Yotei – to the south-east that’ll make your eyes pop every day.
It sleeps eight people throughout three bedrooms and is priced from £580 per night (£73 per person).
Panorama Grande, Colorado, USA
Handsome: The Panorama Grande, in Colorado, boasts nine bedrooms, 10 Baths and sleeps 26 people from £3,164 per night
The living area is an exercise in timber-based luxury, with huge beams and tree-trunk supports, plus inviting furniture
Sizing it up: This unique property is one of the largest holiday rentals available in the picturesque Steamboat Springs
Luxury: There’s a plush bathroom for each of the property’s nine bedrooms and outdoor hot tubs perfect for post-ski relaxing
This huge home in Steamboat Springs is ideal for anyone with deep pockets and who yearns to drape themselves across luxury furniture.
With sweeping views, modern comforts and handcrafted log design, it’s classically romantic in every way.
Gourmet kitchens line either side of the residence, while there’s also a plush bathroom for each of the property’s nine bedrooms. The outdoor hot tubs offer perfect relaxation after a day on the slopes.
Together, it boasts nine bedrooms and can sleep 26 guests, from £3,164 per night (£121 per person).
Chalet Spa Verbier, Switzerland
Pricey: Boasting five bedrooms that can sleep 12 guests, the cost starts from £6,322 per night (£527 per person)
Substance and style: This plush five-bedroom chalet in Switzerland’s Verbier is the perfect base for a sublime ski getaway
Looking up: Guests can watch the sunset over the Combin and Aiguille mountain range, which dominates the skyline
This plush, five-bedroom chalet in Verbier is an envy-inducing space.
Guests can enjoy incredible mountain views from the comfort of their private pool, filled with water originating from the Alps. After a busy day on the slopes, they can ease their aches in the Jacuzzi, Canadian cedar wood hot tub or one of the other spa facilities.
After all that relaxation, residents can head out to the terraces and watch the sunset over the Combin and Aiguille mountain range, which defines the skyline.
Five bedrooms, sleeps 12, from £6,322 per night (£527 per person).
Chalet Toulouse, Megève, France
Treat yourself: France’s Chalet Toulouse, in Megève, is certainly packed with style credentials for the discerning traveller
The more the merrier! It has seven bedrooms and sleeps fifteen, with prices from £2,492 per night (£166 per person)
Relax and revive: A ‘wellness area’ surrounds the building’s swimming pool and invites people to recharge at their leisure
Situated just minutes from Megeve Museum and the area’s Central Square, the joys of this traditional chalet, located in the heart of Megève, don’t stop at its convenience.
From the huge, comfortable living space to the ‘wellness area’ surrounding the building’s swimming pool, Chalet Toulouse is an enchanting place to base any ski holiday. Specifically, wine lovers will adore the cellar, which is packed with vintage champagne.
It has seven bedrooms and sleeps 15 people, with prices from £2,492 per night (£166 per person, per night).
Chalet Tasna, Val-d’Isère, France
Make yourself at home: Chalet Tasna offers high-end facilities as well as stunning views of the surrounding mountains
Crafted: This spacious property offers a warm welcome with its use of wood and neutral tones to create a cosy feel
Beam me up: It’s another chalet MailOnline Travel is showcasing that’s stuffed to the rafters with stunning wooden paneling
A luxury, self-catering find, Chalet Tasna offers high-end facilities as well as stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
Spread over three floors – which are all serviced by a lift – this spacious property offers a warm welcome with its use of wood and neutral tones to create a cosy, authentic ambiance.
The first floor provides direct access to the terrace, which boasts an outdoor jacuzzi where guests can relax after a day on the slopes.
Prices start from £1,309 per person, per night, and it sleeps up to six adults and four children.