01/11/2014 09:49 am ET Updated Mar 13, 2014

Stunning Modernist Mountain Escapes

Traditionally, the high-altitude aesthetic of mountain resorts has centered on knotty-pine-wood paneling, oversized stone fireplaces, mounted antlers and chalet-style clichés. But a new crop of modernist retreats has freshened up the lodge-oriented formula, bringing modern art, clean lines, sunlit common areas and uncluttered rooms that maximize the natural surroundings.

What's more, members of the new guard remain fiercely authentic to their locales, which means visitors can expect genuine touches that go beyond fireplaces and antlers, though some classics are destined for reinterpretation. From Switzerland to Japan, discover some of our favorites here.

--Adam H. Graham

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Stunning Modernist Mountain Escapes