Top Western Ski Hotels

Vail Colorado – stay at The Lodge at Vail – the original luxury chalet in Vail Village. Grab first chair, first tracks in Vail’s Back Bowls, and the first bar stool at Red Lion for après ski. Located at Golden Peak, Manor Vail is a beautiful condo resort ideal for a family ski vacation. Vail Village has seen a renaissance, luxury ski hotels by Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons Vail, Rock Resort’s Arrabelle and Sebastian all offer top notch service for skiers from ski valet to Vail’s best après ski.

Beaver Creek Colorado – stay at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek for the ultimate ski  hotel, suite views of the slopes and you are step to the lifts, the Village and the most beautiful outdoor pool with 5 hot tubs. Ski the World Cup Downhill Birds of Prey, then go ice skating in the centerpiece rink in the beautiful Beaver Creek ski village at the base, before a sleigh ride dinner to Beano’s Cabin. Be sure to ask about the Golden Ticket for first tracks before the public.

Aspen Snowmass Colorado– is the biggest of Aspen’s four ski areas including Aspen Highlands, Ajax and Buttermilk, and the best in our view. Skiing the Big Burn is high elevation heaven with superb views of the Maroon Bells. Aspen Snowmass’ best ski hotel is the Viceroy at Snowmass, for downtown in Aspen check out the family friendly Limelight Hotel.

Deer Valley Utah – stay slope side at The Montage, The St Regis, Stein Eriksen Lodge or Goldener Hirsch Inn – you really can’t go wrong here dear at Deer Valley. Ski all day, spa, wine and dine all night! No Snowboarders allowed at Deer Valley…so leave your Burton fans at home. More on Deer Valley…

Big Sky Montana – stay slopeside at the Summit Hotel for one of the best ski hotels in the west. The Summit quickly went to the top of our ski hotel list for location and luxury. Take a day off from skiing the slopes at Big Sky to explore nearby Yellowstone National Park by snow coach – or apply for membership at the neighboring private ski resort Yellowstone Club. More on Big Sky.

Jackson Hole Wyoming – combines the highest vertical skiing in the country at Jackson Hole with the finest five diamond Four Seasons Hotel at  Jackson Hole’s base in Teton Village. The après ski firepits, the outdoor pool, the ski valet that buckles your ski boots to the wildlife concierge that whisks you around in the Mercedes tracking elk, caribou and big horn sheep…. its 5 star Four Seasons here! Amangani is another boutique Jackson hotel off mountain that clings to the hillside in Wyoming with extraordinary views of the Grand Tetons, suite lodging, a spa and outdoor scenic pool, stunning views of the Grand Tetons and impeccable diamond service and service, just a short drive (or ski valet shuttle to their private boot room at the resort) to the slopes and downtown Jackson.

Telluride Colorado tops oury skiers’ best resort ski list, and so does the Telluride’s Fairmont Franz Klammer Lodge Heritage Place in the heart of Telluride’s Mountain Village. This residence hotel is very posh from the spacious suites to the rooftop spa and concierge service. Fairmont hotels are the fairest of them all – especially in ski country – Chateau Whistler, Chateau Lake Louise, Banff Springs, Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Tremblant, Chateau Frontenac, you get the pretty picture.

Snowbird/Alta is blanketed with over 500-inches of Utah’s trademark greatest snow on earth, and you have two interconnected ski mountains with exceptional expert terrain off the Tram. Stay at The Cliff Lodge at Snowbird, where the rooftop spa is top shelf or at The High Rustler Lodge at Alta  nestled at the base of this classic skiers-only  mountain in Utah. Your superb meals are included, your Mountain View room is perfectly appointed, and the slopes await.

Lake Tahoe California– 18 ski areas surround the gorgeous blue Lake Tahoe. Lodge at The Resort at Squaw to ski Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, Homewood, heavenly and Kirkwood on the south lake side. Then enjoy the north lake side staying at the mountainside Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe at Northstar.

Sun Valley IdahoThe Sun Valley Lodge, built in 1936, was the first and foremost ski resort lodging property in the country. This lovely 4-diamond resort remains famous and celebrity-filled. Rooms overlook the ice skating rink, Sun Valley’s Baldy and Dollar Mountains, where your ski day awaits. The spa and outdoor heated pool are yours at the end of your Sun Valley ski day.

Brundage Idaho – The Shore Lodge in McCall Idaho overlooks beautiful Payette Lake. The lovely 1948 lodge has a gracious dining room, après ski lounge, several libraries, a movie theatre, and a full service spa. You are a short drive to some of Idaho’s best skiing at Brundage and Tamarack where you will find great Idaho snow on un-crowded slopes.