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What is a chalet?

Chalets are a common part of the accommodation landscape in ski resorts around the world. This type of lodging has its roots in the humble traditional chalets of Switzerland, many of which can still be found in the rugged valleys around Bern (this chalet has great views) and Geneva. These days, you'll find chalets with their overhanging eaves in ski resorts in France and Austria, and even as far afield as North America (think Banff) and Argentina.

Why should I stay at a chalet?

Chalets are a great choice for families looking to hit the slopes together. Many of these accommodations come with spacious family rooms, or even 1- to 3-bedroom suites.

Others can be rented whole, making them ideal for large groups. Some chalets provide ski-in, ski-out access, along with ski rooms for storing equipment. There are even some with post-skiing facilities such as lounges with fireplaces, and wellness areas with saunas and hot tubs, making it possible for guests to cap their adventure-filled days with some relaxation time.

Where do you find chalets?

You're bound to spot a traditional chalet up in the mountains in Europe and North America, from the Carpathians to the Canadian Rockies. The Alps are, of course, where you'll find an abundance of these accommodations. From charming Saal Bach to ritzy St. Moritz, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of these woodsy structures with quaint frontispieces and balconies.