By Sally Francklyn
If you're a ski traveler who craves the best of the best, either in popularity, proximity to the slopes, high-touch services and amenities or world-class luxury atmosphere, you're going to want to read our expert-curated list below. These are the stand-out accommodations at the top ski destinations in North America.
This popular choice for families has ski in-ski out access and is just a couple yards from Eagle Bahn Gondola. Located close enough to Vail Village and Lionshead, and you’ll find shopping, dining, and nightlife, all within walking distance. You’ll find an inviting hotel room, and enjoy the outdoor pool (warm enough to stay open during the winter) and relax in a hot tub, perfect for unwinding those muscles after a challenging day on the slopes.
Luxury awaits you when you select this ski in ski out hotel for your Vail winter vacation. Want to relax and still enjoy the Colorado views? A rooftop hot tub allows you to rest after a hard day of skiing. At night, you can order room service for dinner, cook on top-of-the-line appliances, or ask the 24-hour front desk for nearby restaurants worth visiting to dine. Located in the center of Vail Square, the Arrabelle is just a couple steps from the Alderhof Ice Rink, making it easy for your group to enjoy a spin around the rink. This pet-friendly hotel is a great place to enjoy your time on the slopes with luxury and ultimate relaxation.
The LEED-certified gold hotel is one of America’s first, and this dog-friendly, multi-season hotel provides guests with high-touch services and sumptuous amenities. Want to travel with more people than usual? You can decide between a studio, one-, two-, three- or four-bedroom condominiums. When you rest for the night, all beds have pillow-top mattresses and Egyptian cotton linens. Cook your dinner on granite countertops and relax in front of a gas fireplace.
Located above the base of Peak 9, you’ll find easy access to the slopes. In fact, Beaver Run Resort is one of the most convenient accommodations to the slopes in all of Breckenridge. Enjoy a variety of onsite amenities, which is one of the biggest perks of staying at Beaver Run Resort, including three restaurants/bars, two indoor/outdoor heated pools, seven hot tubs, as well as a fitness center and tennis court.
One of North Anerica’s finest on-hill resort accommodations, Montage Deer Valley spares no expense. Top features in include a luxurious 35,000 square-foot Alpine-inspired spa and award-winning onsite dining, as well as their highly personalized ski valet services. Visit the Apex Restaurant with its own terrace, or the family-friendly Daly’s Pub & Rec, which offers a bowling alley for some fun after you dine. Expect down bedding, complimentary Wi-Fi access and an LCD TV. Enjoy complimentary breakfast during the winter.
Ski in ski out convenient, a 24-hour front desk, dry cleaning and an in-house sauna are what set the Osprey apart. The Osprey sits right on the slopes and is adjacent to the famous, self-contained Beaver Creek Village and its high-end shopping and excellent restaurants. The Osprey’s conference facilities mean you can host your work meeting here, and still take some turns during your lunch break. There’s also a breakfast buffet available so your stay will only be about skiing.
One of the best parts of skiing in Utah, in addition to the famed Salt Lake-affect snow, is the proximity to Salt Lake City International Airport. The Waldorf Astoria Park City is only 30 minutes away, so you can land in the morning and ski the rest of the day. Conveniently located within the Canyons Base Village, this hotel has its own gondola, providing easy access to the largest ski resort in the U.S. Beyond the great location, this luxury hotel promises numerous room configurations, luxurious décor and atmospheres and award-winning services and amenities, to be sure your needs are met.
This famously luxe, ski in ski out and pet-friendly property offers 92 sizable guest rooms, including 11 suites and three signature studios. Even the pups get the special treatment. The Little Nell’s canine guests enjoy epicurean treats and selections for a special pet menu, as well as bowls and beds in their room. Human guests enjoy deluxe bedding, a bountiful mini-bar and a gas fireplace. Element 47 is the restaurant within The Little Nell and offers fine cuisine crafted from locally sourced ingredients and an impressive 20,000-plus-bottle cellar.
Hotel Jerome, an Auberge Resort: Aspen, Colorado
This historic hotel, which dates back to 1889, is bedecked in unique, high-end décor that nods to Aspen’s bygone mining era. Hotel Jerome, a pet-friendly accommodation, may not be ski in ski out, but its distinct charm and multitude of onsite amenities and services, including fine dining, a bar/lounge, pool and hot tub, will make you forget that.
After exploring the largest ski resort in North America, relax in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s elegantly designed one- or two-bedroom suites. Situated at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain and offering easy access to the Upper Village bars and restaurants, Fairmont Chateau Whistler is perfect for the ski-vacationer who wants convenience and options, without feeling overwhelmed by large crowds and late-night revelry, that’s more common the main Whistler Village. Guest-room features include plush down-filled duvets, deluxe toiletries and thick bathrobes. Additional onsite amenities includes the wonderful Wildflower restaurant, Portobello, the Mallard Lounge, ski valet, VIDA Spa, indoor and outdoor hot tubs and indoor and outdoor pools.