A ski holiday is something special in itself. There is hardly any other sport that allows you to move so freely in nature, breathe in the fresh mountain air and enjoy the sport with your whole family or friends. The type of accommodation also plays a decisive role in this great experience. Some of the craziest and most creative types of accommodations can be found near a ski area. SnowTrex has picked out 7 unusual accommodations to make your next ski holiday even more memorable.
IKUNA Tipihotel in Natternbach (Austria)
The IKUNA Nature Resort is the most unique 4-star tipi hotel in Europe. The two-storey tipis with a characteristic Native American style are sure to leave a lasting impression on the whole family. In addition, you feel an even stronger experience of nature than in conventional accommodations on a ski holiday.
The 500 m long Bernrad ski lift can be reached in about 4 minutes by car. The next larger ski area with 20 kilometres of pistes, “Hochficht”, can be reached after about 2 hours.
AQUA DOME in Längenfeld (Austria)
For all those who value wellness quite highly in addition to skiing, the AQUA DOME in Längenfeld will make your spa dreams come true over an area of more than 50,000 square metres. The AQUA DOME is one of the best spa hotels in Austria and pampers with a variety of bathing, wellness and sports offers.
The Sölden ski area is about 14 km away. There are 144 kilometres of pistes here for skiing and snowboarding.
Prison Suite in the Erlebnis Post Hotel in Spittal an der Drau (Austria)
Those who want to experience the complete opposite of freedom on the piste can be locked in a “prison suite”. Through the feed hatch of your room, guests receive a welcome prosecco. The courtyard corridor is used to relax together in the spa area. In addition, before the night’s rest begins, a 5-course jail menu awaits all “inmates” – in the hotel restaurant, for a change.
The prison suite in Spittal an der Drau only offers stays for one night, which is perfect for a weekend stay! By car, you can reach the Goldeck mountain lifts in only about 6 minutes. There are then 25 km of pistes here for skiing and snowboarding.
Kristallhütte in Kaltenbach (Austria)
The Kristallhütte in Zillertal’s Kaltenbach has managed to combine the cosiness of an inn, the luxuriousness of a luxury hotel and the class of a trendy meeting place. Modern architecture with large windows make a holiday at the summit perfect.
As soon as you leave the house, you are already in the middle of the piste. This gives you the chance to be the first to make your tracks in the snow in the morning.
Almdorf in Patergassen near Bad Kleinkirchheim (Germany)
The Almdorf consists of various regionally-authentic huts with lots of comfort. It is possible to choose the right hut from different styles. For example, the treehouse with drawbridge, panoramic window and magnificent valley view is available, or the hunting lodge with open fireplace and stove from grandma’s time.
The entrance to the Bad Kleinkirchheim ski area, with its 103 kilometres of pistes, is just 6 km away.
Schneekarhütte in Hippach (Austria)
In the middle of the piste, the pyramid and tower at 2,250 m catch your eye from afar. In addition to extravagant architecture, an overnight stay also includes a 5-course gala menu and a gourmet breakfast the next morning. At this altitude, guests enjoy the silence and the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets after the skiing hustle and bustle. Here, you also have the opportunity to be the first on the piste as the accommodation is located in the middle of the Mayrhofen & Hippach ski area!
Barin Ski Resort in Shemshak (Iran)
If a night in an igloo is too cold and uncomfortable, you can still have a similar experience at the Barin Ski Resort in Iran. The rooms look like white caves with soft shapes and cuts. The accommodation also looks unique from the outside: Freestanding, flexible structures are designed to make the white building one with the snow-covered mountains.
It is about 7 km from Barin Ski Resort to the ski area.
The North Slope Hotel (in planning)
This accommodation is currently still in the planning stage. The hotel’s energy is to be produced primarily by wind and sun, through 8 vertically-oriented wind turbines on the roof and flexible photovoltaic cells on the south side of the building. In addition, guests will produce green electricity when they pedal on the exercise machines in the gym. To use the 122-metre ski slope located on the north side for skiing, guests simply need to take the lift to the roof. Thanks to an artificial surface, the slope can be skied even in summer without snow. At the same time, it serves to collect rain and melt water, which is to be collected and treated.
It has not yet been decided in which ski area the accommodation will be built. So, let’s hope that buyers can be found in Austria, France or Switzerland.