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5 Great European Ski Chalets

Zermatt Omnia Mountain Lodge

Photo: Christian Grund/Courtesy of THE OMNIA, Zermatt

Hôtel Ormelune, Val d’Isère, France

An old-school sporting institution at the foot of the legendary Val d’Isère resort, in southeastern France—adjacent to the famed Les Trois Vallées—the Hôtel Ormelune got a Pop makeover in 2009. Thanks to additions from French designer Alain Perrier, guests are now greeted by fabric-clad faux animal busts in the lobby. Check in at a reservation desk made from vintage suitcases, then mingle under feather chandeliers in the rainbow-colored bar. Playful touches aside, the Ormelune is serious about Alpine sports, offering heli-skiing and private lessons—along with the requisite deep-tissue massages. Rue Noël Machet; 33-4/79-06-12-93; ormelune.com; doubles from $258.

Don’t Miss: Have dinner at L’Étable d’Alain (33-6/08-99-13-20; dinner for two $130), a nearby farm-to-table restaurant where you can watch cows graze as you dine on raclette, the regional specialty.

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