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A skier will see one thing right away when looking at the design for the 95-room luxury North Slope Ski Hotel—an actual ski slope. “I had never seen a structure before where the ski slope was incorporated into the structure,” Jantzen says. “It seemed like an interesting thing to explore from a design point. The aesthetics of the structure to me symbolically related to a snow-covered mountain and trees on the top, the trees being the wind turbines.”

The Ski Hotel of the Future

If Michael Jantzen’s vision is realized, the next all-in-one ski hotel will include solar panels, wind turbines, and a four-season slope that starts at the rooftop and brings skiers down to ground level. He shares the inspiration behind his concept North Slope Ski Hotel, a 95-room, eco-friendly luxury hotel. By Olivia Dwyer

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Aspen Mountain overlooks the town of Aspen, Colorado and is one of the most well-known ski resorts in the world. Aspen Mountain is famous for its black-diamond terrain.