Ski sea­son is in full swing, and we’ve found three lux­u­ri­ous, con­tem­po­rary al­ter­na­tives to the tra­di­tional Swiss chalet

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ARLBERG 1800 The Aus­trian ski­ing vil­lage of St An­ton is home to Arlberg 1800 (top), a re­sort-slash-cul­tural-quar­ter that has its own con­cert hall, art gallery and the largest ‘ big bot­tle’ – mag­nums and up­wards – wine cel­lar in the world. New for this year are 17 cosy loft-style suites that all fea­ture open fires, Sonos mu­sic sys­tems and Egyp­tian cot­ton sheets, not to men­tion saunas, ice show­ers and di­rect ac­cess to the slopes. Thanks to the new ski lift that con­nects the towns of Lech, Zurs, Stuben and St Christoph with St An­ton, guests have more than 340 kilo­me­tres of ski slopes on their doorstep. From £2,000 for seven nights based on six peo­ple shar­ing a suite (arl­berg1800.at). CHALET WEISS SPA Over in Kitzbühel in Aus­tria, this is the ul­ti­mate luxury ac­com­mo­da­tion. With five floors and space for 14 guests, Chalet Weiss (above) is big and ex­pen­sive, but its USP is the spa, which in­cludes a pool, sauna and ham­mam. Daily house­keep­ing and a concierge come as stan­dard, with full ca­ter­ing – in­clud­ing Cham­pagne, din­ners and home­made af­ter­noon tea on re­turn from the slopes – and a chauf­feur ser­vice avail­able. From £35,950 for 14 peo­ple, fully catered, for seven days ( bram­bleski.com). HALB HAUS Lon­don ar­chi­tect Jonathan Tuckey spe­cialises in mod­ernising old build­ings, and while he and his fam­ily were liv­ing in the Swiss Alps ham­let of An­der­matt he spot­ted this 17th-cen­tury chalet (right), which had been par­tially de­stroyed in the 1960s (its name is Ger­man for ‘Half House’). He set about restor­ing it, then the fam­ily moved in. Now that it’s not their per­ma­nent home, the house is avail­able to rent. £260 per night (urlaub­sar­chitek­tur.de).

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