Ski agency Summit Retreats

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Introducing the agency whose bespoke alpine holidays cater to those who demand more from a ski-lodge than a place to recuperate after a hard day on the slopes. There’s nothing like a hearty social session in a cosy ski-lodge bar, cementing friendships made on the slopes just hours earlier. But if you prefer your après-ski ambience and activities to pack a quirkier punch, one of ski agency Summit Retreats’ boutique properties might just be your cup of glühwein.

Chalet Husky in Val d’Isère – a commune in the Tarentaise Valley, south-eastern France – offers a contemporary spin on traditional ski chalet design tenets (the glass walkway suspended over its indoor atrium garden is a particularly nice touch) and has an indoor climbing wall and a range for rifle shooting and archery, as well as the customary swimming pool and sauna plus the not-so-customary Turkish bath, or hammam.

adventure_summit_nov14Abstract art lovers may instead make a beeline for Chalet Quezac, also situated in Val d’Isère. Owned by French freeskier and rally driver Guerlain Chicherit, this bachelor pad-style property is packed with weird and wonderful artworks including a large red penguin wearing a necklace fashioned from one of Chicherit’s crashed rally cars.

Elsewhere, Summit Retreats owns properties with an 18-hole golf course, endorsed by Jack Nicklaus (the San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge), a private ice rink (the Sir Richard Branson-owned The Lodge, in Verbier, Switzerland) and a casino offering late-night poker games (the Chalet Le Petit Palais in Courchevel, France).

If this property portfolio is anything to go by, the term off-piste may soon take on a new meaning.

www.summitretreats.com

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Nick Scott

Nick Scott

A former editor-in-chief of The Rake and deputy editor of the Australian edition of GQ, Nick has had features published in titles including Esquire, The Guardian, Observer Sport Monthly and Rolling Stone Australia and is a contributing editor to Director magazine. He has interviewed celebrities including Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig and Elle Macpherson, as well as business people including Sir Richard Branson, Charles Middleton and Nick Giles and Michael Hayman MBE.

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