The initiative for the Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers, slated to open in 2020, is to offer its guests the amenity of being able to ski from the hospitality center's roof right down to the adjoining ski trails.
Strapping on a pair of skis before gliding off a roof before crashing into a drift on Terra Firma has long been the domain of blooper reels and the content on the likes of Fail Army and America's Funniest Home Videos. Just wait until after the obligatory skateboarder meets his fate on a public stairway rail or the umpteenth time an unsuspecting spectator gets a baseball in the groin, and chances are at least on roof-skiing mishap will keep the guffaws coming.
A hotel in Switzerland is planning to take that rooftop novelty to new heights. Unfortunately, to the disappointment of the sucks-to-be-you set who seem to get a joy out of other people's misfortunes, the venue has no intentions of offering a must-experience accidental outcome.
It can't be stressed enough here, with a focus on safety. That's the vision of the Bjarke Ingels Group architecture firm when it came up with the design for the structure, which will offer 70,000 square feet of comfort and luxury.
Schematics for the ski slope don't feature a declination that goes straight down, however. It looks more like a zig-zag fire escape you'd see on some old New York tenements, meaning that even the most seasoned skiers will have to deal with a few hairpin turns. That in turn, will keep speedier skiers at a slower pace so as not to put less-experienced enthusiasts in immediate danger.
For those who are still squeamish over the notion of hitting that artificial slope and spending the remainder of a holiday in a leg cast, the hotel will adjoin a museum honoring legendary Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet, after whom the hotel is named. Built to resemble more of a guest house than a ski resort or standard hotel, the complex will also offer a spa, bar, two restaurants, and other services, which will all connect to each other as well as the suites via a sloping corridor, which blueprints reveal will resemble a ski slope.