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Cozy Cabin Roundup: 9 Winter Hideaways We Love

Put on your chunkiest turtleneck, get a pot of fondue going, and dream of a slopeside retreat.

(Photo: Martin Tessler.)

1. A Modernist Retreat From Battersby Howat

When architects David Battersby and Heather Howat first saw the wedge-shaped, steeply sloping site their clients had bought, they immediately knew how to take advantage of the beautiful mountain site: a Y-shaped plan that both provides privacy and captures that view. See the rest of this gorgeous modernist cabin here.

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(Photo: Janis Nicolay.)

2. Trevor Linden’s Whistler Cabin

Group hangouts and big dinners were the goal for Trevor Linden’s Whistler getaway, so designer David Nicolay lined the walls with a custom built-in sofa to maximize the room’s seating. On the same floor, that kitchen redo saw an E-15 dining table ringed with 10 happy Eames chairs whose wood dowel legs play off those white oak walls. See the rest of the beloved hockey star’s mountain-side home here.

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(Photo: Kristen McGaughey.)

3. Sophisticated Family Cabin

Though this European-style cabin was in need of an update when the homeowners first found it, the design had its moments. Several skylights bring in natural light throughout the day, the floor-to-ceiling glass in the main living space is fantastic, and the open-tread stairs were ahead of their time. Fresh finishes and some personal touches (like a custom oversized sofa in the basement movie room, perfect for snuggling) made the space feel like new. See the whole home here.

Falken Reynolds Whistler Cabin
(Photo: Chad Falkenberg.)

4. This Bright and Airy Falken Reynolds-Designed Space

Vancouver designers Kelly Reynolds and Chad Falkenberg (no strangers to Whistler chalet reboots) were enlisted to bring a dated, ’80s cabin into the 21st century for the family of adults. “They were looking for a lighter space,” explains Reynolds. “Both a lighter palette and a lighter feeling.” See the full makeover here.

(Photo: John Sinal.)

5. Designer Carrie McCarthy’s Minimalist Holiday Home

Set atop the crest of a hill that overlooks a valley and forest ridge, the 890-square-foot cottage is almost gingerbread-like, with its cedar shakes, white-trimmed mullioned windows and frosted-white interior—as if out of some Scandinavian fairy tale. Everything inside is whitewashed: walls, stairs, the plank floor in the loft. This is the family’s sanctuary, a home away from condo life in Vancouver. See the full photo gallery from this Pender Island cabin here.

(Photo: Lifeseven Photography.)

6. Hockey Legend Glen Sather’s Banff Getaway

Banff isn’t Manhattan, but that’s exactly why hockey legend Glen Sather is here. It’s been a decades-long love affair: he first fell for the mountain retreat while working summer jobs here as a teenager. Designing his bespoke cabin took five years, but for the Sathers, it’s a lifetime commitment in a house that reinterprets what’s always been there: majestic surroundings, and friends and family to share time, stories and a new mountain adventure. “My heart has always been and will always be in Banff,” says Sather.  See the rest of Sather’s mountain hideaway here.

(Photo: Kristen McGaughey.)

7. Contemporary Ski Chalet

The warm modernism that dominates this lakeside retreat in Whistler feels comfortably familiar for its owners: they call London home when they’re not hitting the slopes on the West Coast, so they tapped Vancouver design team Heffel Balagno to create a chalet that would satisfy their active lifestyles and modern tastes. “They weren’t shy about going for a clean and contemporary look,” laughs designer Jennifer Heffel. “They wanted to incorporate new ideas, and urged us to push the envelope. It was a designer’s dream.” See the rest of this modern cabin here.

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(Photo: Ed White.)

8. Rustic-Meets-Modern Dream Cabin

Homeowners Steven and Karen Bruk wanted a second home in Creekside, where Karen grew up (her family’s cabin is just down the street), and they liked architect Brad Lamoureux’s West Coast-contemporary designs. As a vacation retreat, the home needed the requisite bedrooms, bathrooms and utility space to accommodate the couple and their three school-age children. But it was also an opportunity to create something, says Steven, “where people would walk by and think ‘I want to get inside that house.’ ” See more of the Bruks’ dream home here. 

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(Photo: Josh Dunford.)

9. A Gorgeous, Wood-Lined Ski-In/Ski-Out Space

Wresting your gaze from the windows, there’s plenty to admire indoors. Assembled on a floor of distressed French oak (its knotty surface practically immune to scrapes) are a custom sofa in Knoll Luxe textiles, a coffee table built out of reclaimed beams from the Drake Hotel in Toronto and, atop the cabinet, a pair of glass-and-marble “Snoopy” lamps from Flos. It all makes for a fairly royal conversation zone, complete with a ceiling-high tower of stacked wood ready for the fireplace; the hearth was originally built of river rocks, but those were swapped out in favour of a softer Fond du Lac stone. See the rest of this Robert Bailey-designed ski chalet here.


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