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Design File: Ultra-Modern Euro Chalet

A new project in France’s Trois Vallées reinvents the traditional chalet image.

If a European chalet evokes scenes of canoodling in front of a roaring fireplace, you’re about to have your outdated (and kinda cheesy) stereotype rocked. Chalet Béranger, in the Trois Vallées region of the French Alps, is a modernist’s wet dream, with sprawling concrete floors, sleek industrial lighting, a dramatic oxidized steel staircase and futuristic touches straight off the space station—including a metal-and-concrete hearth suspended from the ceiling. Romantic? Not so much. Instead, retreat to the floating bed in one of the guest rooms (pictured) and commence the canoodling.

High Society: Skiing in Portillo, Chile

High Society: Skiing in Portillo, Chile

Swimming above the Lake of the Incas provides an incredibly scenic place to relax after a day on Portillo's slopes

This mountain outpost is a living tribute to what skiing used to be.

Way up in the Chilean Andes, Henry Purcell watches the U.S. Men’s Ski Team running gates on the treeless slopes of Portillo and wistfully recalls first coming here in 1961.

Market Report: One Steamboat Place

Market Report: One Steamboat Place
One Steamboat Place skirts the perimeter of the base village and is a gateway to the revitalized Gondola Square
Base improvements and a luxury residential property spruce up Steamboat.

At first, it feels like a total betrayal. Like many Steamboat loyalists, I’ve embraced this resort for its rustic charm, its genuine mountain ranching community and its decidedly unpolished veneer. I’ve forgiven its rough edges and aging infrastructure, and I’ve celebrated the ‘Boat’s counterpoint to swankier ski resorts. So I actually feel a little disloyal as we pull into the hulking stone-and-timber rotunda at One Steamboat Place and allow the unabashed doting to begin. But, make no mistake: I got over it.

Weekends: Tahoe City, Calif.

Indulge your simple pleasures at this quiet North Shore sleeper.

Although it’s hardly off the beaten path, Tahoe City remains oddly inconspicuous. Highway 28/89—which circles Lake Tahoe—cuts right through the center of town, and TC is ideally positioned near three of the North Shore’s greatest ski areas: Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Homewood. Yet it’s a faint blip on most Sierra skiers’ radars. Most folks zip by obliviously on their beeline from Reno or South Lake to slopeside lodging. Chic resort amenities and casino-strip nightlife aren’t on offer in this shorefront village, but that’s precisely the point.

Weekends: Ogden, Utah

The sporting life prospers on- and off-slope in this Wasatch town.

With three ski resorts within 25 miles and 300 inches of snow per year, Ogden, Utah, is a sportsman’s (or -woman’s) dream town. But it’s not just about the location—it’s the mindset: Ogdenites thrive in the outdoors, sneaking in a few midday runs on their lunch breaks, training for a century ride before their morning cuppa joe. It helps that Snowbasin, Powder Mountain and tiny Wolf Mountain are a quick drive up Ogden Canyon and that 12 outdoor brands—among them Salomon, Atomic and Descente—have moved their offices here over the past several years.

Big Skies, Small Spaces

Big Skies, Small Spaces

The living room isdesigned around the interplay between the graysnow-fence roof and the generous expanses ofglass that open onto the views of Lone Peak.The builders literally framed the view of themountain. As for the furnishings, the ownerschose them with comfort—and dogs—in mind.The coffee table is creatively constructed froman antique window.

This low profile ski home in Big Sky lets the natural landscape provide the grandeur.

Subtlety is rarely considered a virtue when it comes to ski houses, and modesty even less so. Which is why this house overlooking the village of Big Sky, Mont., is so unusual. Though it’s just three years old, it looks as if it grew out of its site a century ago. The home’s rusted steel siding blends perfectly with the landscape—even when that landscape is chest-high Montana powder. And because it’s neatly tucked into the hillside, it bows down before its commanding view of Lone Peak.

Reinventing the Farmhouse

Reinventing the Farmhouse

Location Richmond, Vt.

Square footage 3,000

Lot size .77 acres

Architect Brian Mac, AIA, Birdseye Design, Richmond

Building materials Both the renovated farmhouse and the new addition feature metal roofs and painted clapboard siding. Interior flooring is a combination of wide-plank pine, concrete and bamboo.

Design strategy The architect/owner gutted the farmhouse’s interiors, ripping down everything but its old bones. He also reinforced the foundation, and slowly—the whole process took seven years—preserved the old character while updating everything else.

A young architect merges styles in his Vermont home.

Brian and Monica Mac are excited about enrolling their 3-year-old twins, Beck and Dylan, in the Cochran, Vt., ski school this year. The family-friendly nonprofit ski area is just a quarter-mile from their Richmond home. “We can actually walk there in five minutes,” says Brian, noting that their renovated farmhouse has the added advantage of being an easy three-mile commute to his architectural firm’s office.

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