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When you think of a chalet, you might think of a log cabin in the woods. That’s only partially correct. Chalets are romantic cottage enclaves. They are beautiful and rustic hideaways to which you can retreat for a skiing weekend, a restorative vacation, or a romantic getaway.

Chalets can be everything from rustic and cozy to extravagant and elegant. You can find an amazing chalet in which to spend an unforgettable week or to settle down and make your dream home. Here are some of the most epic chalets from around the globe to get you inspired:

Chalet Brickell in the Rhone-Alpes, France

Chalet Brickell Rhone Alpes France

In the French Alps lies this beautiful chalet on the southeastern edge of France. The chalet prides itself on offering a luxury experience while also providing access to some of the best skiing in the region. The décor is created to appear rustic like a traditional skiing chalet, but it is accented with elegant details. There are wood-planked walls, floors and ceilings, but there are also furnishings and other design elements made of the finest fabrics and of marble. It is the perfect marriage of modern and traditional elements.

The Chalet Zermatt Peak in Switzerland

Luxury Chalet Zermatt Matterhorn Alps

This luxury chalet is one of the most famous in the Alps. The entrance to the chalet is tunneled into rock in the side of the mountain, so you know that you will enjoy peace and quiet. Inside, the chalet is decorated with top-of-the-line furnishings and amenities, including walnut floors, surround sound, Italian marble, crystal chandeliers, an indoor/outdoor Jacuzzi, and a steam room. The chalet offers some of the most beautiful views over the Zermatt all the way to the Matterhorn.

Bighorn Revelstoke, British Columbia

Bighorn Revelstoke British Columbia ChaletBilled as “Canada’s premier mountain home,” this chalet is located at the base of Revelstoke Mountain in heliski terrain. You can fly into the space using a private helipad to get access to some great skiing. The chalet itself is a full-service private retreat that has a European chef and delicious cuisine. You can enjoy a fire in the great room or a formal dinner in the luxury dining room. The property also features a hi-tech cinema, massage rooms, spa and outdoor hot tub, among other amenities.

Chalet Des Drus, Chamonix France

Chalet Des Drus Chamonix France

Designed for luxury holiday rentals, the Chalet des Drus is one of the finest chalets in Chamonix. You can rent the chalet by the week in the summer or the winter. The 5-star accommodations feature an indoor swimming pool and spa, cinema room, massage tables, and more. There are beautiful panoramic views of the mountains surrounding the chalet, and the décor features a blend of modern design (such as a glass stairway) with traditional materials (including the wooden structure and walls).

Le Kilimanjaro in Val d’lsere, France

Chalet Le Kilimanjaro Val d'Isere, FranceThis chalet in Val d’lsere, France features 200-year-old reclaimed wood alongside Travetino marble steps and Italian tiles. It is a gorgeous luxury chalet that offers all the modern amenities with a focus on privacy and coziness. There are many nooks in which to kick back and enjoy a glass of champagne or a delicious meal while also enjoying beautiful views of the mountains or the warmth of a fire.

Staying at a chalet is a great way to enjoy your skiing vacation, no matter where in the world you plan to hit the slopes. These are some of the most well-known and amazing chalets because of their beautiful design and their attention to detail in providing the very best experiences for their guests. Even if you can’t afford to stay in one for your next ski vacation, you can learn about them and become inspired for building or buying your own cozy chalet closer to home.

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This is a guest post by Lilly Sheperd. She’s a freelance writer, netball player, gamer girl. In her freetime she likes to read and travel a lot to discover hidden places around the globe.

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