From December to March (or May, if it’s a good season), there’s no greater joy than escaping to a sleepy mountain town where you can hit the slopes during the day, indulge in a well-deserved aprés, soak your tired muscles in a hot tub under the stars, and then unwind with a glass of red wine or a bourbon by a roaring fire in rustic, chic surroundings. Since there are so many to choose from, here are our top picks for the best luxury ski hotels for your winter getaway. And for more ideas on where to shred this winter, check out The 5 Best Luxury Ski Trips In America.
Four Seasons; Jackson Hole, Wyoming
One of the most unique characteristics of this resort, which is nestled in the romantic remoteness of the Grand Tetons, is a sweeping prairie—filled with wild elk, moose, and deer—that you can experience via sleigh.
Waldorf Astoria; Park City, Utah
Now that Utah has significantly relaxed its drinking rules, the Waldorf Astoria in Park City is the perfect place to relax, NYC-style, after doing some hardcore skiing at one of the most popular ski resorts in the entire country. And for more luxury hotels to kick back in, don’t miss the 10 Most Jaw-Dropping Luxury Hotels In The World.
The Little Nell; Aspen, Colorado
Nestled at the base of the Ajax, aka Aspen, The Little Nell is the only five-star, five-diamond hotel in the area, making it the obvious choice for anyone who wants a resort that has housed hundreds of luminaries in its hallowed halls.
Ritz Carlton; Lake Tahoe, California
As one of the only luxury resorts in this premier ski vacation destination, making this brand-name resort, with its five-star spa and myriad of fine dining options, all the more enticing.
One Ski Hill Place; Breckenridge, Colorado
Located at the very base of Peak 8, the crown attraction of One Ski Hill Place is the open-air TBar, the hottest aprés ski bar on the planet. The hotel also offers unique amenities, like a couple of private bowling alleys and two high-tech private cinema rooms.
The Majestic Yosemite Hotel; Yosemite, California
Built in 1927, the hotel previously known as the historic Ahwahnee, has high ceilings, stone fireplaces, stenciled beams, hand-woven tapestries and celestial stained-glass windows, through which visitors can enjoy some of Yosemite’s most breathtaking views: Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Glacier Point. The skiing at Badger Pass and Yosemite Ski & Snowboard may not be as spectacular as some of the other hot spots on this list, but with such scenic lodgings, it’s doubtful you’d ever want to leave the hotel anyway.
Whiteface Lodge; Lake Placid, New York
Whiteface Lodge, which is held up entirely by wood beams made from timber from the surrounding area, is the epitome of a luxury log cabin. It’s also a family-friendly sanctuary that includes ice-skating, outdoor hot tubs, a large movie theater, nightly campfire readings, and even an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, making it the perfect setting for a Hallmark film.
Stowe Mountain Lodge; Stowe, Vermont
Located in the brand new Spruce Peak base village, this luxury resort sits at the base of a gondola that connects you to some of the most challenging runs in the Northeast.
Stein Erikson; Park City, Utah
Known as “Stein’s” to hardcore skiers, you really can’t get more stateside-European than this world-renowned resort, which has a brand-new ski-in, ski-out restaurant with outdoor seating, as well as a five-star spa. If you really want to fulfill your wintry fantasies, you can take a horse-driven carriage up to Fireside Dining at Empire Canyon Lodge, where you can enjoy cheese fondue via giant wheels of raclette melting right in front of the fireplace, along with venison stew, leg of lamb, and other treats that make you feel like you’re in a luxury tavern circa 1870. And if you’re extra sore after shredding all day, be sure to master The Single Best Stretch For Fighting Off Post-Ski Soreness.
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