“Giving a sense of the exterior as part of the interior of the house was also really important to us,” explains O’Neill. Silver Cloud granite flooring spans the outdoor entrance area and the entire first floor of the house. Large blocks of it also build a firepit’s amphitheater-style seating. His firm collaborated with woodworker Martin Nielsen of Ocular on custom ash millwork throughout the home, often fluted to recall the lodgepole pine trees that dot the surrounding landscape. A custom glaze by Made A Mano for the Basaltina tile in the primary bathroom (complete with a corner soaking tub) is meant to create “an evening sky on the walls,” the architect continues.
The Boses admit that they are an “informal” family for whom meals and group activities tend to skew more spontaneous. One of the most-loved spaces in the house is the kitchen’s lava-stone-topped circular island, where pizzas are prepared for the oven integrated into a bespoke blue-oiled ash pantry. A sophisticated speaker system by Oswalds Mill Audio allows their love of music to fill this space, whose sculptural ceiling is made of acoustical plaster by Baswa. A feat at such an elevation, a custom steel-and-soapstone fireplace heats the adjacent open-plan living room, decorated with sofas by O’Neill Rose Architects and Piero Lissoni, a ceramic side table by Eny Lee Parker, and a vintage Moroccan rug underfoot. Selene Privitera of Chora consulted on the home’s cozy yet sophisticated interiors.
A certain hermitage is celebrated in this house, which sleeps 21 people in bedrooms with a higher oxygen level to help with altitude acclimatization and has a ski-in, ski-out terrace and custom hot tub that targets aching paraspinal muscles. A movie theater, game room, and extensive wine storage mean that after a day in the snow, there’s no need to leave again.
“We wanted a place that felt like you could go ski a few runs, come back in, have a glass of wine or a cup of hot chocolate, and rest for a while,” says Arani. Low stakes, flexible fun. “I guess that’s more our style,” admits Shumita.