A thousand meters above sea level, fleece-clad guests sit fireside sipping glasses of Burgundy from the chalet owner's private vineyard. But this isn't St. Moritz. Down the hall is a stone-and-oak onsen for aprￃﾨs-ski muscle soaking. Welcome to the Kimamaya Boutique Hotel on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, an increasingly chic ski destination.
Kimamaya is one example of how the latest ski resorts are trending toward high design and popping up in some unexpected places. Such new resorts in Norway, Japan, and Austria's Tyrol region have begun to attract an off-the-beaten-trail set. They have enough varied amenities to appeal to all -- especially non-skiers who were previously dragged into the cold by their ski-enthusiast friends and family.
Whether you ski or not, there's never been a better time to change your altitude with a stay at one of these chic mountain resorts.
--Adam H. Graham
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