The best winter resorts in the Rockies

By: Virgin Atlantic

December 15, 2015

Home to some of the finest ski resorts in the US, The Rockies in Colorado have long been the winter destination of the wealthy and well connected. And with some of the best ski slopes America has to offer, alongside picturesque towns with a vibrant nightlife, it’s not hard to see why the region is held in such high regard. With the winter season already upon us, we’re giving you a head start on planning your trip, with our pick of the Rockies’ best winter resorts.

Hotel Jerome, Aspen

The best winter resorts in the Rockies | Hotel Jerome
Hotel Jerome lobby © Auberge Resorts

Centrally located on East Main Street – which runs right through Aspen – Hotel Jerome exudes grandeur with a long, rich history that’s displayed through its classic décor. The hotel lobby features pillars, hunting trophies and a roaring log fire, while each room and suite is fitted with a king-sized bed. You can even specify which mountain or town view you’d like to look out on. Amongst the hotel’s eating and drinking venues are the Old West style J-Bar, which is a sought-after spot in Aspen’s aprs ski scene.

The Little Nell, Aspen

The best winter resorts in the Rockies | The Little Nell
The Little Nell in winter © The Little Nell

Having been around since 1989, The Little Nell has established a glowing reputation as one of the town’s most sophisticated places to stay. A complete renovation of the hotel was undertaken in 2010 by designer Holly Hunt, who reimagined each suite individually with a crisp colour palate. The Little Nell is located in downtown Aspen, just a short distance from the city but also offering ski-in, ski-out access. By staying at the hotel, guests are able to set off on the slopes before they have even opened for the day.


Viceroy Snowmass, Aspen

The best winter resorts in the Rockies | Viceroy Snowmass
The Viceroy Snowmass bar © Viceroy Snowmass

Snowmass Mountain lies just seven miles from Aspen, and with 150 miles of trails across varied terrain, it’s one of the highest rated skiing destinations in the area. Tucked at its base is the Viceroy Snowmass, an ultra-modern resort that was built with sustainable materials to reflect the surrounding mountainous landscape. Luxurious details feature throughout the hotel, from a 7,000-square-foot spa, to an in-house ballroom. The hotel is within walking distance of Snowmass Base Village, and visitors have the advantage of ski-in, ski-out access, plus mountain views from the guestrooms.


Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, Vail

The best winter resorts in the Rockies | Vail Cascade
Vail Cascade Resort & Spa in winter © Vail Cascade Resort & Spa

Situated on the banks of Gore Creek, Vail Cascade Resort & Spa is just a thirty-minute journey from Eagle County Airport, and the resort’s location is scenic year-round, with plenty of terrain to explore. Guestrooms all have classic decor with warm wooden furnishings, while some have their own balconies with mountain views. The hotel’s private condos are perfect for families who want to stay tucked into the mountainside.


Sonnenalp Hotel, Vail

The best winter resorts in the Rockies | Sonnenalp Hotel
The Sonnenalp Hotel in winter © Sonnenalp Hotel

The Sonnenalp Hotel‘s Bavarian-style architecture makes it instantly recognisable within Vail village. Having been in the Faessler family for four generations, the hotel encompasses 112 suites, which each feature alpine wood furniture and rustic log fireplaces. In keeping with the European theme, the hotel’s dining spot, Swiss Chalet, specialises in authentic French and Swiss cuisine, from steak tartare to fondue.


The Sebastian, Vail

The best winter resorts in the Rockies | The Sebastian
The Sebastian in Vail © The Sebastian

For an indulgent break in the Rockies, The Sebastian in Vail offers guests a boutique hotel experience. The hotel’s welcoming foyer marries soft furnishings with custom artworks for an elegant and homely feel. After coming in from the slopes, visitors can curl up with a book in the comfortable on-site library, or savour a wintery cocktail in the icicle-inspired Frost Bar.


Cheyenne Mountain Resort & Club, Colorado Springs

The best winter resorts in the Rockies | Cheyenne Mountain Resort
Cheyenne Mountain Resort & Club © Will Rogers

Elsewhere in the Rockies, Colorado Springs is a hive of activity year-round, with the Cheyenne Mountain Resort & Club spread across 200 acres of greenery and woodland. With little snow hitting the mountain in winter, guests can hike Cheyenne Mountain or hit the on-site 18-hole golf course, which is designed for play at any time of year. The hotel has over 300 guestrooms, with décor that takes inspiration from the vivid colours of the surrounding landscape.


Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, Beaver Creek

The best winter resorts in the Rockies | Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa lobby © Hyatt

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa has been designed to make the most of the surrounding landscape. The grand Antler Hall is filled with light flooding in from the floor-to-ceiling windows, with comfortable seating for guests to take in the mountain views. The sumptuous feel continues throughout the hotel’s 190 guestrooms, which are filled with textured fabrics. Offering guests an authentic taste of Colorado, 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill focuses on using locally sourced produce such as Elk and Trout, which is accompanied by Colorado’s finest beers.


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Have you been to any of these winter resorts in the Rockies? Where did you stay while you were there? Let us know in the comments section below.


Written by Emily Littler

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