The quality of the powder and the calibre of your equipment (skis and the like) are important on a skiing trip; we agree. But what would a skiing holiday be without luxurious surrounds to relax in after a day on the slopes? Perhaps you’d like the attentions of a private butler during your stay or you’d like to swim in a rooftop infinity pool to soothe your weary muscles? Whether you’re thinking of vacationing on the snowy slopes of Aspen or heading for the mountains of Utah’s Deer Valley, all this and more is well within your grasp. Here’s our guide to eight of the best ski hotels in America to think about when planning your next ski getaway.
The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado
The word many people use when describing The Little Nell is “faultless”. Refurbished by Chicago designer Holly Hunt in 2008, the aesthetic of the hotel is a luxurious blend of contemporary and classic design, complemented to great effect by the hotel’s collection of art. With a dedicated ski concierge at hand, a range of family amenities (everything from kids’ cooking classes to Playstations and horse riding lessons), beautiful décor at every turn, and incredible on-site dining at Element 47, it’s not hard to see how The Little Nell earned its 5-Star and 5-Diamond rating. And, for the novelty (and the physical benefits, too), don’t miss the chance to join one of the hotel’s open-air yoga sessions. After all, how often do you get to perform your sun salutations at 11,212 feet?
The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Channelling a glamorous yet rustic aesthetic, The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole is all about embracing the spirit of the mountains and American West, from the alpine scents found in the tailor-made bath amenities to the generous proportions that characterize the guestrooms and the scope of the experiences on offer. Think: heliskiing and helicopter tours of Yellowstone. There’s even an on-site Celestron professional-grade telescope, allowing guests to gaze at the wondrous starry skies above.
Jerome, Aspen, Colorado
The surrounds of the Jerome are such that you’d be forgiven for leaving your skis to languish at the back of the cupboard for the duration of your holiday. Bold prints, soft leather, and gleaming, dark wooden accents give the hotel’s interior a rich lustre and allude to its well-established Aspen heritage. Add to that the decadent on-site spa (perfect for easing tired muscles after a day on the slopes) and locally inspired cuisine from the modern American bistro, Prospect, and it’s easy to see why guests never want to leave.
Amangani, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The name of the hotel should give you a hint as to what to expect from your stay here. Meaning “peaceful home”, Amangani is a tranquil, welcoming, supremely opulent hotel and one that is consistently voted as being one of the best ski hotels in America by the likes of Condé Nast Traveller and Travel + Leisure. The Amangani suites are beautiful, but the Amangani Homes, designed in harmony with the surrounding landscape, are peerless, with their high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the rooms with light and showcase the surrounding mountains.
Stowe Mountain Lodge, Vermont, New England
After a day on the slopes, Stowe Mountain Lodge is a lavish, yet friendly retreat. A product of “Alpine-Vermont” architecture, the hotel is New England mountain luxe shot through with all the home comforts you’d want after a day in the snow, from goose down bedding in your room to a great glass of wine in the Hourglass bar. Not to mention some comforts that we only wish we had at home, like the ski valet that will warm your boots for you, awe-inspiring mountain views, and the world-class spa.
Stein Eriksen Lodge, Deer Valley, Utah
Crowned the World’s Best Ski Hotel in 2014 by the World Ski Awards, Utah’s Stein Eriksen Lodge is a shining addition to any list of the best ski hotels in America. After all, this is a hotel where live jazz is played to accompany chef Zane Holmquist’s delectable Sunday brunch, where the Spa is over 23,000 luxurious feet in size, and where Nordic design elements blend seamlessly with classic American décor in each of the 180 elegant guestrooms. It also has fantastic ski-in/ski-out access to the snowy wonderland of the nearby Deer Valley Resort.
Hotel Terra, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Epitomizing eco-chic, Hotel Terra is what luxury with a conscience looks like. From the recycled shingles on the hotel roof to the recycled glass soap dishes in the bathrooms, every opulent, ethical detail at Hotel Terra has been thought through. Hell, even the beds are organic. So feel free to kick back, relax, and enjoy all the eco-friendly splendour: swim a few laps in the rooftop infinity pool, take a tour of the hotel’s collection of local contemporary art, and indulge in delicious Italian feasts at Il Villagio Osteria. And avail yourself of all the great skiing, of course.
St Regis, Aspen, Colorado
The St. Regis is up to its usual lavish tricks in Aspen. From butlers waiting in the wings to attend to your each and every need to exquisitely decorated guest rooms (the desks in the Classic Guest Rooms are designed by Ralph Lauren), you’ll feel pampered from the minute you step into the lobby. And for aprs ski, the Shadow Mountain Lodge is the place to be, with live music, Afternoon Tea, and, of course, the time-honoured St. Regis Champagne sabrage tradition held at 4.45pm every day.
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Written by Giverny Tattersfield