Best Lodge: Chalet Perelin, Le Miroir, France

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Chatlet Pelerin.     Photo: David O. Marlow

Entering this 6,000-square-foot chalet tucked into the foothills of the French Alps, two hours northwest of Geneva, is like taking a step back into the 17th century, only armed with your favorite gear. The fully renovated property has geothermal heating, an indoor salt-water pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a personal chef, and views to Italy off its front deck. There’s also a custom Wagner ski setup for every guest and an International Federation of Mountain Guide–certified guide who will take a group heli-skiing or off-piste at Sainte Foy, a resort eight minutes away with 5,000 feet of often untracked vertical. $13,500 based on 10-person occupancy; includes all meals, gear, lift passes, airport transfers, and one day of heli-skiing.

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