ski resort destinations dial into what matters most to skiers, it seems upscale on mountain
lodging tops the list behind snow & terrain. 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 and two new quads for 2014. No wonder Whistler was
chosen to host the last winter Olympics, with 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
Jackson Hole has climbed
to #1 in ski polls since replacing its legendary Tram to the top of
Rendezvous Mountain in 2008 and upgrading the Casper chair to a high speed quad
in 2013. Jackson Hole boasts the longest continuous vertical in
the U.S., at 4,139’. Don't miss
mountaintop lunch at Couloir. Jackson’s lodging properties are equally impressive,
staying at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole
- you will rest well after your wild
Wyoming adventures. Near downtown Jackson is the amazing
Amangani Resort where
Justin Timberlake stays.
Vail celebrated 50 years with a new Golden Peak
Gondola emanating from Vail Village in 2013, and a new Mountaintop Quad for 2014.
Vail's terrain sprawls 5,200 acres. 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.
Breckenridge opens Peak 6 with 543 acres of above tree line terrain for a total
of 2,358 acres. Its already
the highest (12,840') and busiest ski area in Colorado with swank lodging at One Ski Hill and top hotels.
Valley installed a swift eight-passenger Roundhouse Gondola in 2009
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!
Aspen’s Snowmassopened 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
- now being operated by Vail -keeps expanding and improving its 4,000 skiable acres with
new lifts and lodging . 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
Park City and The Canyons to
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
The Canyons. Snowbird gets a new detach quad
replacing the 1971 Gad 2 chair.
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, circa 2011.
Sugarloaf has opened new side country
glades on Burnt Mountain to become the largest ski resort in the East, with
1,056 ski able acres. Sister resort in Maine,
Sunday River unveils a new
restaurant Camp, and new terrain park trail, T72 - inspired by Simon Dumont, the
native free skier who is headed to the Sochi Winter Olympics to compete - the
debut of sloe style free skiing in the Olympic Games.
Killington debuts the new Peak Lodge at Killington's 4,241' summit for scenic
dining after you tackle the steeps of Outer Limits on Bear Mountain, then head
for the European inspired Umbrella Bars at the base of Superstar.
Jay Peak in Vermont debuts a new Stateside
Hotel & Lodge this season, following recent unveilings of new Tram Haus Lodge with a Tram Bar and spa,
Hotel jay, 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 the Sky Haus atop the Jay Tram,
this northern Vermont ski resort is on the move up. Jay Peak 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