Chalets, schmalets – conventional buildings are all very well, but for something a little more interesting, here are our top seven most unusual places to stay on a skiing holiday.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort – Lapland
You can ski at Kakslauttanen, but with all the other strange and interesting activities, you might not get around to it! Spotting the Northern Lights, finding Santa Klaus, ice fishing and taking a reindeer safari are just a few of the winter activities you can get involved in after emerging from your glass ‘igloo’ (!) of a morning.
Image © Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
Build your own snow cave – Fernie, Canada
Intrepid adventurers on Nonstop’s three-week ski camp can learn how to build their very own snow cave to spend the night in. Awaking with the sunrise the next morning, cave dwellers can put on their skis and make fresh tracks back down to the resort base for a warming breakfast.
Image © Nick Nault
Snow Pod – Les Giettes, Switzerland
An eco-luxury hotel and Alpine experience, with private ski slopes, snoscoots and snowshoeing tours to enjoy. There is of course a spa, and the deluxe pod offers wifi, breakfast in bed, Nespresso and Apple TV – let’s move in!
Image © Snow Pod
Hotel de Glace – Quebec, Canada
The Hotel de Glace is a truly dazzling work of art, replete with arched vaults, crystalline ice sculptures and an impressive 44 rooms and suites. You can also ski nearby at the Ski de Fond Charlesbourg.
Image © Renaud Philippe
Igloo-Village – Andorra and Switzerland
Rebuilt every year using 3000 tons of snow in six different locations across Europe, including Andorra, Zermatt, Davos and Engelberg, these igloo villages are great fun. The icy doors open from December 25th and can be booked through the Iglu-Dorf website.
Image © Igloo-Dorf
Back-country camping with the Stormchasers – Canada
On a mission to take you straight to the powder, the Stormchasers have a remote backcountry camp where skiers can overnight and enjoy fresh tracks in the morning. The camp is heated by a wood-burning stove and there’s a kitchen inside too.
Image © Caroline Van Hoff
Pic du Midi Summit Hotel – La Mongie, France
Strictly speaking, this is a conventional bricks and mortar hotel, but its incredible high-altitude location makes it pretty darn interesting in our book. The hotel sits at 2877m, and the star gazing here is incredible, as are the sunrises over those snowy Pyrenean peaks.