Most people consider skiing and snowboarding a high-end activity.
The cost of lift tickets or season passes, equipment, food and beverage, accommodations, travel expenses and the like generally are not for the seriously budget-minded. The sport, for good or bad, can be an expensive undertaking.
But if you really want to go all out, how about checking into a luxury hotel?
And what makes a luxury hotel? These properties are defined by several factors such as attentive staff that know and value their guests; quality amenities, like upscale spas and fitness centers and a knowledgeable concierge service; high-quality and opulent room furnishings, and excellent, perhaps Michelin-rated, dining options. Throw in close proximity to the slope and you’ve got a dream booking for skiers and snowboarders.
With all that in mind, here are our candidates for the most luxurious ski-in, ski-out resort hotels in North America.
The Little Nell in Aspen
The only 5-star, 5-diamond hotel in Aspen, Co., The Little Nell, which sits adjacent to the Silver Queen gondola, is the poshest lodging in perhaps North America’s poshest mountain resort. Its 92 rooms feature unique floor plans, with gas log fireplaces and down-filled sofas and lounge chairs. Element 47 and Ajax Tavern offer an array of fine-dining options, and the Wine Bar, formerly Chair 9, is a relaxing place to unwind after a day on the hill.
St. Regis at Deer Valley
This 5-diamond mountainside retreat in the town of Park City, Utah, sits high above the Deer Valley base area — which you can access by funicular tram or simply ski down to — with commanding views of the surrounding Wasatch Range. The St. Regis has 177 guest rooms, and three fine dining options, including the intimate Wine Vault, the Uber-pampering Remede spa, and a 3,000-square-foot fitness facility.
Four Seasons Jackson Hole
This 400,000-square-foot structure dominates Teton Village, the Jackson Hole ski resort base area, but doesn’t overwhelm it. The Four Seasons, which was recently sold for $315 million, has 124 allergy-free rooms and suites and 44 residential units, as well as the usual upscale amenities such as a spa, fitness center and a ski concierge; a handful of dining options, including the Westbank Grill with its panoramic view of Wyoming’s Rendezvous Peak, and a 2,000-piece art collection scattered throughout the property.
The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Located 10 miles north of Lake Tahoe and right in the middle of Northstar California resort, The Ritz Carlton offers casual elegance to its guests. Accommodations, which range from single rooms to suites to residences, feature gas fireplaces, deep soaking bathtubs and contemporary mountain furnishings. Award-winning Manzanita’s is the place for fine dining, and you can soothe away a hard day on the hill at the spa, which features two outdoor pools, a eucalyptus steam room and the Lake Tahoe Stone Massage.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Created to blend in with the natural alpine setting, the massive, 519-room Fairmont Chateau Whistler sits a the base of Blackcomb Mountain in British Columbia. Besides the basic amenities one expect from such an upscale property, the hotel offers guests a chance to see the resort from local’s perspective with its Whistler Experience Guide program. And after tearing up the terrain at Whistler Blackcomb, you can relive the experience with friends and family at the hotel’s signature Mallard Lounge.
The Lodge at Spruce Peak
The only slopeside lodging at Stowe ski resort, The Lodge at Spruce Peak has 250 accommodations, many of which have panoramic views of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest point. Along with an award-winning spa and an adventure center, the Lodge has four dining options, including the farm-to-table Alpine Hall. Also, be sure to check out Miso To Kobe, a popular food truck next to the ice rink, and WhistlePig Pavilion, which houses Vermont’s signature craft distillery.