Now that it's peak ski season in wintry locales, we're busy deciding on which destination we'll choose for hitting the slopes. But a day spent skiing, snowboarding, and sledding can be exhausting, so picking a hotel that offers more than just a ski-friendly location is a must -- for us, at least! Some ski resorts offer a variety of amenities -- spa treatments, heated pools, skating rinks, and fine dining, to name a few -- that are great when ski-sore muscles need to recoup. The 13 hotels on our list are so fabulously filled with features that you may just forget about skiing altogether.
Regis offers a true five-star experience for year-round visitors to Park City.
The expansive, well-maintained property has a spacious 24-hour fitness center with personal trainers and a yoga and
Pilates studio, and a spacious heated outdoor pool and whirlpool. The Remède Spa has 11 treatment rooms, as well as saunas, steam rooms, and an indoor whirlpool. There are three restaurants on-site, in addition to the St. Regis Bar with its own signature Bloody Mary. They also offer various activities such as family yoga. When guests have finally tired of the amenities, they can head to the elegant rooms, complete with modern amenities and spectacular views. The property swells with A-listers during Sundance (as do
the prices), which is no surprise thanks to its on-mountain location in posh
Hill Place is one of the most luxurious lodges in Breckenridge, with attractive
condo-style units featuring gourmet kitchens, beautiful bathrooms (almost all with soaking tubs), and moss rock gas fireplaces. Some of the unique features include a two-lane bowling alley, two screening rooms with comfy recliners, and a billiards room. There’s also a lovely indoor pool area with a kiddie pool, small adult pool, water feature, whirlpool, and partial glass ceiling. The outdoor patio area also has a whirlpool, fire pit, and scenic mountain views. Finally, the 24-hour fitness center has several machines, and the sauna, steam room, and “Rejuvenation center” are available for relaxing, which is especially nice after a day of skiing. The hotel has a ski-in/ski-out location
right on Peak 8, but getting to Main Street requires a trip on the
at Squaw Creek is one of the biggest resorts in Squaw Valley, with more than
400 rooms and so many available services and amenities that it is easily among the most comprehensive in all of Tahoe. Its beautiful location
means fine views of the mountains and valley, whether guests are swimming, eating at one of the
five restaurants, or simply gazing from the spacious rooms. The spa offers various treatments, outdoor whirlpools, and a plunge pool, while the fitness center has modern machines, steam rooms, and saunas. There are a slew of winter activities, including dog-sledding and ice skating, and a ski lift
transports guests to Squaw Valley for hitting the slopes when you are in the mood for some downhill fun.
Westins are created equal, and the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain is one of the brand’s most
luxurious offerings. Rooms feature the Westin’s Heavenly Beds, fireplaces, and
flat-screen TVs; suites also feature kitchenettes and seating areas. Bathrooms
— like the rooms themselves — are big, and have soaking tubs, separate showers,
Bliss toiletries, and soft bathrobes. Top-notch features include the celebrated
Spa Anjali, a gorgeous heated outdoor lap pool, delicious restaurant options,
and a state-of-the-art fitness center. There is also ski access and plenty of outdoor wintry activities, including many for children. Throughout the
property, guests can take in in stunning views of the mountains and Eagle
550-room Fairmont Chateau is perched amid Bavarian-styled buildings just outside of Whistler Village, with
magnificent views and close proximity to ski lifts. The interior decor is
typical of a Fairmont, but with a mountain-esque twist — think crown molding
meets exposed wooden beams and stone-tiled walls. The excellent Wildflower restaurant serves contemporary American fare and there’s afternoon
tea in the lounge. The heated outdoor pool has underwater music and there are four whirlpools and an indoor pool to warm up in after a day in the snow. Other activities include working out in the fitness center, or relaxing in the sauna and steam rooms. Free yoga and Aqua Fit classes are offered, and the Vida spa has a variety of treatments available.
The four-pearl Tahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging
offers direct access to Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort, with plenty of nearby
upscale shopping and dining found via cobblestone streets. Housed in separate
lodges in the quaint Village at Northstar, the spacious, luxe rooms include kitchens,
surround-sound TV systems, and fireplaces.
A heated saline pool,
spacious fitness center, full-service spa, and the beautiful mountain setting are added bonuses.
It can be difficult to find a room here in winter, due to on-site perks like the year-round skating rink, shops, and five restaurants.
The 106-room Hope Lake Lodge is practically a
town unto itself. Guests have access to an attached water park (for a fee), and
free access to a pool and whirlpools. Ample activities in the area abound, as the
property sits next to the highest point in the county — the ski resort —
which is attached to a year-round adventure center for zip lining and snow
tubing, to name a few. While it’s easy for kids to stay entertained, adult
activities include signature cocktails next to the lobby’s cozy fireplace and
spa treatments. The property has Northwoods-inspired decor throughout, and many
details were crafted from vendors in the area. The staff is made up of family
members, students, and long-time locals, and the resort exudes a relaxed, home-away-from-home environment.
With a beautiful creek-side setting and a
lift, the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa is a great overnight choice for
those looking to get away and relax with all the amenities of an upscale hotel.
Highlights include a beautiful infinity
pool with adjacent fire
pits and a 78,000-square-foot fitness
center and spa.
There is plenty to do at the resort, particularly for kids, which is good since it’s in a somewhat removed location
that is not truly walking distance to any of the Vail Villages. The Aria Spa includes 14 treatment rooms, luxe locker
rooms, a relaxation
room with a fireplace,
an outdoor saline
pool, and a whirlpool. The massive fitness
club features an indoor basketball
court, indoor track, and indoor and outdoor tennis
courts. The restaurant and bar are popular spots for guests and locals.
Mountain Club on Loon is a mid-range,
somewhat dated resort located in the White Mountain National Forest. It’s a
nice getaway for travelers looking for scenic views and outdoor adventure any
time of the year, but it’s especially popular with families during the ski
season. While the decor in some of the 117 units can be drab, the property’s
location on the mountain and the amenities are hard to beat for the area. The room rate includes use of the sauna, steam
room, whirlpool, indoor lap pool, and heated outdoor pool. During the winter, a
ski school, tube run, and skating rink offer fun activities. A climbing wall, a
spa, and a beauty shop are open year round. The fitness center has separate rooms for
Cybex cardio machines and strength-training equipment. A basketball court
and squash court are also available. One on-site restaurant offers casual
dining, while another serves breakfast made with local ingredients (it’s open
for dinner in the winter, as well).
Located in the heart of Lake Placid, mere
moments from all of Main Street’s offerings, this 133-room lakefront resort
manages to feel both central and secluded at the same time. Most rooms offer
scenic views over
Mirror Lake (don’t miss the stunning sunrises), as well as modern amenities and
noteworthy bathrooms (especially when compared
to those at neighboring properties). There’s plenty to keep guests
occupied on-site, including the Aveda Concept Salon and Spa, four pools
(two indoor and
two outdoor), and a modern fitness
center overlooking the pool courtyard.
Guests at the resort’s less-expensive sister property, the Lakeview
Motor Inn, have full access to the amenities here, so public areas like
the pools can
get a bit crowded.
This luxury boutique resort opened in Vail in
2010, and prices are often more than fair for what you get: Beautiful, high-end
mountain decor, particularly in the airy lobby and cozy library (no cabin
kitsch here); two great restaurants, including the organic tapas bistro Leonora, plus a chic lounge; an outdoor pool; four whirlpools. The 7,000-square-foot spa with a gorgeous relaxation room has separate locker rooms, plunge pools, whirlpools, and six treatment rooms that include a Vichy wet room. The adjacent fitness center is state-of-the-art, with Technogym cardio and strength-training equipment.
The 24-room Hotel Maribel is a chalet-style
property set in a clearing surrounded by woods. Its location in the Adamello
Brenta Park is great for exploring the area’s natural beauty and there’s also
easy access to skiing. Lodge-inspired rooms are clean and comfortable, and include furnished balconies,
but there’s not much for kids on-site. Maso Maribel gets high marks for style
and cuisine. Rates are on the high side, but there’s plenty included to make it
an astoundingly good value. The hotel features an impressive spa — a
beautifully finished contemporary wellness center with an indoor pool and a
variety of relaxation tubs, saunas, and hydrotherapy treatments. Guests have access to all the spa
facilities free of charge. The hotel
also serves a free breakfast each morning. There’s a shuttle to the
slopes and ski storage on-site. A mountain bike loan and Nordic walking guides are
The Montage in Deer Valley is a large,
luxurious resort with a ski-in/ski-out location. The rooms feel
like upscale apartments, with warm wood accents, chandeliers, high-end artwork,
fireplaces, and marble bathrooms complete with heated floors, soaking
tubs, and separate
showers. The hotel has a massive spa (with
free access to its pool, steam
rooms, and saunas)
and several restaurants,
one with fine dining and another with a bowling
alley — but pricey hotels have pricey extras, and everything from spa
treatments to the kids’
club is expensive.