April 02, 2009

The Australian snow scene (yes, there really is such a thing) is getting cooler, thanks to Huski, an urbane apartment hotel in the alpine town of Falls Creek, Victoria. The faceted profile of the building, by architects Elenberg Fraser, was inspired by a snowflake, with 14 stacked apartment suites radiating from a spiral core. Snag a one-bedroom flat with a balcony whirlpool for sheer après-ski heaven, or spread out with your posse in the penthouse duplex, which sleeps 10. To fill your refrigerator, head to the ground-level produce store—stocked with every imaginable comfort food—that's also a check-in area and café. Dynamic husband-and-wife managers Zeth Romanis and Greer Nadenbousch ensure that every snow bunny has a good night's sleep—and a perfectly foamy caffè latte— before taking on the black diamonds. Huski, 3 Sitzmark, Falls Creek; 61-1300/652-260; www.huski.com.au; doubles from $221.

Huski

Hip hotels are slowly trumping the staid in the ski community of Falls Creek, about four and a half hours by car from Melbourne. Consider Huski, a Cubist riot of timber and glass, to be the edgiest entry. Just below Falls Creek’s highest slope, the resort’s vistas extend to the peak of Mount Spion Kopje. The Produce Store, on the ground floor, serves as both a café and a reception area. After a day on the slopes, the communal table and open fireplace—along with warming menu items like spicy pumpkin soup and hot chocolate—provide a welcome respite. Inside the 14 suites, you’ll find cozy touches like in-floor heating and hand-knit throws, plus custom-designed furniture and pixilated photographs by Melbourne artist Peter Bennetts.

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