Top 10 What's New at Ski Resorts in recent years...
ski resorts dial into what matters most to skiers, it seems upscale on mountain
lodging tops the list. Of course new lifts and trails are always welcome too.
Ski resorts spas, four diamond hotels, and four season amenities all make the
top ten at these favorite ski resorts.
Whistler Blackcomb is the ultimate North American ski resort
with over 8,100 acres, two mountains encompassing two glaciers, accessed by 38
lifts including the impressive Peak 2 Peak Gondola. No wonder Whistler was
chosen to host the 2010 Olympics, check out all the five star Whistler ski
hotels: The Four Seasons Whistler, The new AAVA Whistler Hotel, The Fairmont
Château Whistler, The Whistler Westin Hotel, the Pan Pacific Whistler, The
Vail celebrates 50 years with a new Golden Peak
Gondola emanating from Vail Village. Recently Vail has added a new Four Seasons, the first
in Colorado, to its plethora of premier Vail properties like Rock
Resorts’ Arrabelle at Lion’s Head, and the Sebastian and Solaris
in the revitalized Vail Village. Sister resort Beaver Creek still earns
honorable mention with its Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch.
Valley installed a swift eight-passenger Roundhouse Gondola two
from River Run to the Round House Restaurant, the first on mountain lodge in the
country and a great spot for a traditional Austrian lunch. Just eight minutes
and you feel like you are in the Alps, fondue and accordion music to boot –
whether you are dressed to ski or not!
Telluride continues to add challenging chutes and steeps to its
trails map like Revelation Bowl, and swank properties to its Mountain Village.
Staying at elevation 9,500 feet, in the luxury Telluride Capella Hotel,
you can truly experience life at the top.
Jackson Hole replaced its legendary Tram to the top of
Rendezvous Mountain in 2008 and upgrades the Casper chair to a high speed quad
this season. Jackson Hole boasts longest continuous vertical in
the U.S., at 4,139’. Jackson’s lodging properties are equally impressive,
staying at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole
- you will rest well after your wild
Aspen’s Snowmass will open 230-acres of backcountry
style skiing on Burnt Mountain. The Village at Snowmass has
received serious sprucing up, and a gorgeous new ski in ski out hotel -The
Viceroy Snowmass. Little Nell Hotel has undergone an $18 million remodel.
Staying in downtown Aspen, you can be first on the Ajax gondola, or skip town to
ski Aspen’s other areas,
Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and the biggest of Aspen’s four and our editorial
Northstar at Tahoe’s swank ski in/ski out Ritz Carlton
Highlands has sophisticated suites, a spa and a Highlands Gondola to
connect the luxury hotel to Northstar’s ski village. So this
Lake Tahoe ski resort has
gone ritzy and glitzy, but still offers fun family runs and plenty of terrain
parks for the California snow surfers.
Always sophisticated and service oriented,
Deer Valley now has an on mountain St Regis Hotel, like the one in Aspen, only
better. Deer Valley’s St Regis Deer Crest has its own lift, a
funicular, and butler service! Enjoy the split level infinity pool and spa after
carving the silky smooth slopes before you dine at the signature Jean-Georges
The Canyons, Utah’s largest ski resort
recently expanded Iron Mountain to encompass 4,000 skiable acres with two
new quads . A new Waldorf Astoria – The Dakota Mountain Lodge
and Golden Door Spa greet guests with glamour. This is the first Waldorf Astoria ski
hotel, but they figured out you need your own Frostwood Gondola and an
award-winning Spruce Restaurant. This is Park City’s premier place to stay
rivaling Deer Valley's Montage & St Regis.
Utah ski resorts, THE US Forest Service, and the
legislature are still debating the Ski Link that would interconnect Deer Valley,
Park City and The Canyons to Snowbird, Alta, Solitude and Brighton with a
proposed gondola connecting Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons from the Solitude
base to the Canyons - which has been proposed by Talisker, the parent company of
If you think skiing in the East is a gamble, then
Tremblant is your bet. This top
notch Quebec ski resort now has a Casino, Versant Soleil, with
a gondola connecting Tremblant’s ski village to Versant Sud for gaming and
nightlife – if you aren’t wiped from skiing. Quebec's Le Massif,
just North of Quebec City beyond Mont Sainte Anne, has a new La Ferme Hotel plus
new trails, sledding runs and lifts thanks to investment from the former owner
of Cirque du Soleil.
Stowe Mountain Resort
has long been the ultimate eastern ski resort, with a certain alpine elegance.
Now that Spruce Village offers on slope lodging, a spa and an alpine concierge
at the swank Stowe Mountain Lodge, you can go straight to après
ski luxuries after laps on Stowe’s famous Front Four which now sports a
new high speed quad, replaced in 2011.
Jay Peak in Vermont debuted a new Tram Haus Lodge with a Tram Bar and spa, an
indoor waterpark called the Pumphouse and an indoor ice rink called the Ice Haus.
Top that off with a new quad lift and Learning Center on State Side and a new
dining facility, the Sky Haus atop the Jay Tram. Jay Peak also bought Burke
Mountain so look for changes at that popular Vermont ski race hill in the
Each of these ski resort improvements warrants a feature ski article, so we will
do our best to plan a ski trip to each for the full scoop. No really, we don’t