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5 Great European Ski Chalets

Zermatt Omnia Mountain Lodge

Photo: Christian Grund/Courtesy of THE OMNIA, Zermatt

Das Kranzbach, Krün, Germany

This high-style spa and nature retreat in the Bavarian Alps—with interiors by British design guru Ilse Crawford—is a 10-minute drive from the slopes at Alpenwelt Karwendel, known for the many winter athletes who call it home. The restored 1913 Arts and Crafts country house merges vintage and contemporary styles: tufted chesterfield sofas sit alongside George Nelson bubble lamps, while painted Windsor chairs play off custom wallpaper by Timorous Beasties. Guests can take lessons at the local ski school, run by 1973 Alpine Ski World Cup champion Max Rieger. 1 Elmauer Weg; 49-88/2392-8000; daskranzbach.de; doubles from $405, including breakfast and dinner.

Don’t Miss: Ride the cog railway—a 1920’s remnant— from nearby Garmisch-Partenkirchen to the Zugspitze peak, Germany’s highest point. On a clear day, you can see over the Alps to Lake Eib.

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