Hot Topic: Why Your Ski Chalet Needs A Sauna

Not only is a hot sauna a great way to relax and unwind after a full day’s exercise on the slopes, it can also help keep you ski longer and prevent injury – making it an essential addition to any ski chalet.

Barrello build bespoke luxury saunas for ski chalets in the Alps, and founder Tom Howe explains: “Saunas are specially-built wooden rooms that allow you to sit in hot temperatures – either a dry heat (created by pouring water on hot rocks) or steam with a higher humidity. All-over sauna-induced sweating helps remove toxins from the body, leaving you feeling cleansed and ready for action again. The heat opens blood vessels and gets your heart beating faster, increasing blood flow and oxygen to muscles that are tired and strained from a full day’s skiing. This helps them to relax and recover more quickly. Stretch before, during or after the sauna to help the muscles flush out waste and take in nutrients. Having a sauna first thing, before hitting the hill, could also benefit you by loosening the muscles and getting the circulation going.

Because you’re going to sweat in the sauna, dehydration is a risk. So drink plenty of water before and after to replace those fluids. Be careful not to overheat – so as a rule of thumb don’t stay in there longer than 15 minutes, and don’t indulge in more than 2 or 3 sessions a week. If you’re on medication for blood pressure, heart or cardiovascular problems check with your doctor.”

Barello’s saunas are all individually hand crafted and bespoke. Tom explains: “Barrello saunas are individually designed to suit each location, hand built to the highest standards, incorporating traditional joinery techniques with a choice of luxury sourced timbers. We provide a personal service throughout the UK and the French Alps.”

If your chalet needs the addition of one of these beautiful saunas in time for next winter, contact Barrello at

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Katie Downs

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