To stand out in the world of luxury ski resorts, the French Alps' Courchevel 1850 is betting on "super chalets" that measure over 20,000 square feet each and offer well beyond what one would realistically need on a ski trip. Named for its altitude in meters, Courchevel 1850 is completely surrounded by slopes and at peak season, its most high-end properties can rent at rates of up to $435K a week or $60K a day. The WSJ recently zeroed-in on some of the most in-demand "super chalets" there, unearthing some eye-popping figures and details. Below, a few highlights:
6. One popular "super chalet" was built over five levels and can accommodate 14 guests. It also has its own screening room, fitness center, 26-foot swimming pool, hair salon, and night club.
5. Rent also includes the services of a private chef, butler, garage attendant and concierge.
4. Even in a ski resort, location is key. Le Petit Palais and its sister chalet Le Petit Château are the most desirable because they're right next to both a slope and the village center, where there are Michelin-starred restaurants and boutiques like Chanel, Prada, and Bulgari.
3. The Art Chalet is also a standout because of the owner's collection, which includes original works from the likes of Dali, Picasso, and Damien Hirst.
2. Since there are new rules limiting the height of chalets, new "super chalets" have to go deep underground. The Art Chalet, for example, is built on a massive concrete structure 33 feet down under.
1. Since Courchevel 1850 and its four surrounding villages are approximately the size of the five largest ski resorts in the U.S. combined, there's of course also first-rate skiing. One homeowner in the area told the WSJ, "You can spend a month and not go down the same trail."