When I hear ski lodge, the first thing that comes to mind is knotty pine. The next thing is plaid. But I love the idea of sipping hot cocoa by the fire in a rustic mountain lodge after a day of brisk snow-shoeing in the woods. Despite the persistent presence of antlers and hides — traditional staples of alpine decor — these spectacular getaways give me hope that a modern gal can feel just as at home in the mountains as she does in the city.
• 1. This Patagonian loft-style chalet designed by Willie Sanchez and Marcela Escalada has the feel of a traditional mountain lodge with a more modern aesthetic. Fresh seafoam green walls provide the perfect backdrop for muted furnishings and beautifully complement all the natural stone and woodwork.
• 2. Situated high up in the Slovenian Alps, the eco-friendly Alpine Hut by Ofis Arhitekti combines functionality with style in a chic, minimalist design.
• 3. Le Chalet des Drus combines burned and sand blasted wood, beautiful stonework and stucco plaster with sumptuous fabrics and modern design features like this sleek concrete and glass fireplace.
• 4. Fjall Lodge by Australian designer Paul Hecker combines a crisp Nordic palette with smoked and limed oak floors and wall paneling. Heated balconies and cozy window banquettes let you enjoy the view no matter what the temperature.
• 5. Nicki & James Dobree renovated La Ferme Moudon, a 300-year-old farmhouse in the French Alps, using reclaimed wood from ancient trees.
• 6. At first glance, the Scottish ski lodge designed by Suzy Hoodless might seem a little more shabby than chic, but we love all the details that went into creating this rustic alpine vibe like the newspapered walls, wooden crate shelving, freestanding metal tub, and punches of French blue.
Images: 1. Daniela Mac Adden, 2. Ofis Arhitekti, 3. Hip Chalets, 4. Peter Bennetts, 5. Nicki Dobree, 6. Suzy Hoodless