From converted bunkers, to iglus, spherical treehouses and backcountry yurts, we pick the top 10 most spectacular quirky accommodation in the world for your next ski or snowboard holiday.
10 of the most quirky snow lodgings in the world
Free Spirit Spheres treehouses, Vancouver Island, Canada
British Columbia provides some of the best skiing in North America, with the eastern Vancouver Island resort of Mount Washington getting as much as 13 metres of snow during the season. For those chasing extraordinary accommodation off the mountain, less than an hour’s drive from its slopes are the three surreal spherical treehouses of Free Spirit Spheres hanging in the pines near Qualicum Beach.
These handcrafted spheres are suspended like giant eyeballs in the coastal rainforest, offering small but perfectly formed living spaces. The three living orbs sleep from two to three (with one small child in a loft bed in the sphere called Eyrn) and are ingeniously kitted out with a versatile living space that moves around depending on whether you’re eating, sleeping or just chilling out.
Each sphere has its own separate luxurious fitted washroom, and melody has a beautifully designed and built mushroom-shaped composting toilet.
Price: From £225 per night
Alpen Iglu Village. Kitzbuhel, Austria.
High in the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser next to the Hochbrixen mountain station in Austria’s Kitzbuehel resort you’ll find the 18 Individual igloos of the Alpeniglu village. Carved out of packed snow and decked with fur throws and cosy sleeping bags the Alpeniglus are decorated with ice sculptures and carvings, while the restaurant and bar tables are chiselled out of crystal clear ice.
Book the total iglu experience and you can even carve your own ice sculpture and go on a torch-light guided hike under the stars. A unique experience for romantics and adventurers or all ages located in the heart of the SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser.
Price: From £420 per night for 2, including dinner, bedding, ice carving workshop and welcome drink
White Pod Hotel, Valais, Switzerland
With a backdrop of the legendary climbing and hiking destination of the Dents du Midi and stunning views up the Rhone valley to the distant waters of Lake Geneva in the distance, the 15 pods of the WhitePod Hotel are beautifully situated. Despite each pod having a fully fitted luxury bathroom and kitchen, as well as a wood pellet burner and every luxury for your cosy comfort, you still need to be prepared for a bit of rough with the smooth of this luxury glamping destination. For instance, not many ‘luxury hotels’ give you a backpack, map, headlight, snowshoes and walking sticks when you check in.
Your reward will be the undisturbed tranquillity that this setting deserves – not to mention your very own private ski domain with exclusive use of two ski lifts and 7km of red and blue slopes. All meals are at the acclaimed Les Cerniers Restaurant just a few minutes walk from the private deck of your pod.
Price: From £303 per night for a 2-person Cosy Pod
The Finnish Barrel, Auverne, France
Just five minutes from the ski resort of Super Lioran in the Massif Central you can enjoy the tranquillity, nature and beautiful landscapes of the Regional Natural Park of Auvergne Volcanoes… and sleep in a 4.5 metre-long Finnish barrel house.
Found on a campsite with other ‘quirky’ accommodation, such as wooden Lapish Kotas and cabins, as well as a cosy the barrel sleeps two people and has its own dining area, and there’s even a cosy finish sauna and a Kota grill house that can seat a party of 12 around its central fire pit grill. Just a few kilometres away Le Lorian ski resort offers 44 mostly intermediate and beginner-friendly runs serviced by 18 ski lifts, 70 percent of which are covered by snow making facilities.
Price: From £34 per night
Nids des Vosges treehouses, Alsace, France
Ideal for an off-resort stay with a difference, the Nids des Vosges (Nests of the Vosges) tree houses are less than 10 kms away from the alpine and cross-country lakeside ski resort of Gerardmer in north eastern France’s Alsace region.
Here you’ll find individually designed treehouses in the Forest of Vosges in a ‘trapper’ design, with lapped plank treehouses. Perched over five meters above the undisturbed forest floor, the treehouses are suitable for up to a family of six people, each with its own panoramic terrace high in the Scots pines, to survey the quiet forest during the day or admire the star-filled sky at night.
Whether you tire yourself out with skiing, cross-country skiing, snowkiting or husky sledding, you’ll be able to find comfort and even pampering back at the Nids des Vosges, with a range of ‘Massages in the Trees’ and other health treatments.
Price: £170 for two adults