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Top 5 European Ski Resort Designs.

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InterContinental Davos, Switzerland

The InterContinental ski resort in Davos is often referred to as architectural marvel because developers were told it was “unbuildable”.  The inspiration behind the eye-catching structure is a pine cone the architects found in a forest.
Baslerstrasse 9, Davos Dorf, 7260, Switzerland; tel: 41.81 4140 400; www.ihg.com. Rates: from CHF162


The Furka Suite at The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland
The Chedi Andermatt is often described as pure calm thanks to the serene aesthetic of Belgian architect Jean-Michel Gathy .
Gotthardstrasse 4, Andermat, 6490, Switzerland; tel: 41.41 888 7488; www.ghmhotels.com. Rates: from CHF8,000


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Hôtel Des Trois Vallées, Courchevel, France
The 1950s post-war ski resort is one of the first lodgings in the area to undergo modern renovations. It now features a spa center, a delicatessen shop, a restaurant and a ski shop.


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Nira Montana, La Thuile, Italy

The Nira Montana Ski Lodge launched just five years ago and it is leading the way in modern hospitality. The boutique lodge exterior is fashioned from natural local materials and the restaurant uses only fresh, locally sourced ingredients.


The cabin, named after French glaciologist and traveller Charles Rabot - the first to map out the region in the 17th century - was designed by Oslo-based architecture practice Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter (JVA).

Rabothytta, Okstindan, Norway
Rabothytta is a reclusive trekkers cabin located 1,200 meters above sea level in the secluded area around the Okstindan glacier in northern Norway. The self-contained cabin features solar panels, a bio-bathroom system, and a wind turbine generating 230 volts of electricity without being on the grid.
The north side of the Okstindan mountain range, Hemnes, Norway; tel: 47.90 69 31 10; www.rabothytta.no. Rates: from NKR150


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