What was a chalet house before it became the world’s symbol for idyllic mountain getaways and the ski trip of your life? They were warmth, comfort, and relaxation for herdsman in the Swiss Alps—much like they are for vacationers today. A cup of hot cocoa enjoyed before a fire and gorgeous views of a mountain lake are timeless. And apparently, so are the steep roofs and large eaves that make mountain chalets iconic even in the 21st century.
Of course, these days we use chalets as a home base for snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling instead of making our livelihood. And they tend to offer a few more perks, like docks for enjoying a summer’s day of fishing on the lake, floor-to-ceiling windows to make enjoying the view from inside easy.
Today’s ski chalet is also far more spacious than its predecessor. Find accommodations for entire families or groups of ski buddies, complete with fluffy beds, a kitchen for making steaming cups of cocoa, and a fireplace for regaling tales of slopes conquered. Select one with a front porch—we hear sitting out watching the sun go down over the mountains is life-changing. Once a place where shepherds made a living, the chalet is now the place where one may truly live.
Glide through the snow, toss a line in the water, and enjoy a healthy dose of mountain air, all without spending your life’s savings. Book a chalet with Travelocity today to have a mountain retreat worthy of the Alps without burying your budget.