You don’t have to be a skier to appreciate “après-ski.” At resorts like Tremblant in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains, there’s a joie de vivre that doesn’t require hitting the slopes. “We’re not skiers,” admits Ottawa clothing store owner Yann Darevic. “We love Mont-Tremblant’s culture of great food and wine, hiking and fishing, and just getting away from the grind.” He and his wife, Rocio, had vacationed in the area for years, a respite from the pressures of running NRML, their streetwear boutique with two locations. Then, after years of renting, the couple finally snapped up one of the 25 Spahaus chalets designed by architecture firm YH2 Architecture in Fraternité-sur-Lac.
Each Scandi-style chalet is positioned to keep other chalets out of sight and is fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows on the main floor to maximize the panoramic forest views. Now Yann, Rocio and their two daughters, seven-year-old Leticia and Havana, 3, only have to walk through the back door of their chalet and strap on snowshoes to access multiple trails.
The couple worked with YH2 architects Loukas Yiacouvakis and Marie-Claude Hamelin to personalize the standard 2,000-square-foot model chalet. “Their approach is minimalist — we enjoyed their simplicity merged with nature,” says Yann. “We wanted as much breathing room as possible, not just a place to sleep.” They also requested a focus on well-being and a light environmental footprint.
Designers Sacha and Melissa Leclair, longtime friends of the family, jumped in to pull together rooms that were modern without being cold. Using soft textiles, they layered a coziness atop the chalet’s clean lines. Its natural setting allows the whole family to slow their pace and reconnect.
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