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5 of the best late-season ski breaks

Quick dip
The Jacuzzi at the design-led Hotel Terminal Neige Totem

Haven’t managed to hit the slopes yet? Don’t panic – you can still find snow late into the season at these incredible stays

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THE LOFT AT TOTEM TERMINAL NEIGE Flaine, France

The utopian resort of Flaine was created in the ’60s by the Hungarian-American master of Bauhaus architecture, Marcel Breuer, and everything from the street lamps to the ski lifts carry his design stamp. The hip Totem Terminal Neige is where his vision makes its greatest impact: the linear Brutalist exterior of exposed concrete maximizes the alpine views and winter sun, while inside are cozy textures and flea-market finds. Book in to the semi-self-contained loft with a group of up to six: the vast open-plan living space comes complete with a walk-around Breuer-designed fireplace, opening out onto a wide sunny terrace – it’s the ultimate spot for an après-ski party.

Hot spot
Get cozy in front of the huge Marcel Breuer-designed fire at the Totem Terminal Neige
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THE PIONEER CABIN British Columbia, Canada

With its glass walls overlooking an exposed southwest stretch of the Canadian Rockies, this black-painted hideaway is like something out of the pages of Architectural Digest. Pioneer Cabin is a sustainable, four-bedroom retreat with sparse, tastefully understated interiors so as not to distract from the views of the snow-capped mountains outside. Explore the rugged wilderness straight from the back door on the numerous ski trails, gentle local pistes or the more hardcore Kicking Horse Resort circuit.

WHARE KEA CHALET Queenstown, New Zealand

If Queenstown in New Zealand is the adventure capital of the southern hemisphere, then the Whare Kea Chalet is the region’s temple of luxury, where one can rest feet tired from all the snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing and heli-skiing that the southern Alps have to offer. This remote cabin, which sleeps up to six guests and two staff, sits 5,700ft high in the Albert Burn Saddle on the north side of Dragonfly Peak and is accessible only by helicopter. Whare Kea’s resident pilot, Charlie Ewing, can drop you from his chopper into the belly of a glacier, or give you tours of Mount Aspiring National Park.

Winning looks
The Chalet has won awards for its environmentally conscious design

THE HEINZ JULEN LOFT Zermatt, Switzerland

There is history at every turn in Zermatt: grand Victorian hotels; ancient sun-blackened chalets; a mountain railway dating back to 1898. Yet despite that weight of tradition, it is home to one of the Alps’ most strikingly modern places to stay. The Heinz Julen Loft is a Manhattan-style space hiding inside a wooden chalet, sitting on a rocky outcrop just above the venerable hotel Monte Rosa. This three-bedroom apartment, with its six-meter-high, floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the village, was clearly designed with parties in mind: there’s a Steinway baby grand piano, a hot tub, a bar and even a rotating bed.

Personal touch
The Loft was designed and once lived in by local star architect Heinz Julen

DEPLAR FARM Iceland

Deep in the Fljot Valley in the remote Troll Peninsula of northern Iceland is Deplar Farm, a restored 3,000-acre former sheep ranch. It’s a game changer for heli-skiing enthusiasts, who can ski until June, while also being an idyllic place to stay for groups of up to 28. Here, you’ll get a taste of what it feels like to ski on the vertical, on virgin powder, standing on the edge of a drop as if you’re the only person on earth. There are also snowmobiles to take you to gentler slopes and endless trails for cross-country skiing, from which you can stop off at Deplar’s sister property, Ghost Farm, in a neighboring valley.