Le Refuge de Solaise Hotel in the French Alps is Only Accessible Via Ski Lift

A mountaintop cable car station in the French Alps offers luxe stays.

WORDS Barb Sligl
December 2019

Photography by Christophe Hassel

Nestled in the French Alps, the ski resort of Val-d’Isère has long been a winter playground for the jet set. Now, its cable car station—France’s oldest—is being turned into a boutique-style hotel. Le Refuge de Solaise features four private apartments, 16 rooms and suites, a 14-bed dormitory and is only accessible via ski lift. Built 80 years ago, the lift still carries skiers to the 8,369-foot Solaise plateau—named after the sun, which shines on this Haute-Savoie Alps mountaintop longer than anywhere else in Val. For those staying at the resort, that means extra sunset time to sip martinis or Savoie wine at the bar, and an earlier sunrise to carve first tracks each morning.


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