When the time spent off the slopes is just as important as the skiing itself, there's absolutely no substitution for staying in a luxury resort hotel. Boasting the best of everything from well-appointed rooms and suites to decadent spas and dining, these hotels are great options for ski enthusiasts looking to treat themselves.
Montage Deer Valley
Overlooking picturesque Park City, Utah, Montage Deer Valley is an award-winning mountain retreat with 220 gorgeous guest rooms, suites, and residences. A wide range of upscale amenities are on offer here, such as cozy fireplaces, tasteful kitchenettes, elegant sitting and dining rooms, and breathtaking views. The 2,600-square-foot Presidential Suite is particularly lavish, featuring a fireplace, sitting room, kitchen, office and a private massage room, as well as heated bathroom floors and walk-in closets. Conde Nast Traveler named Montage Deer Valley one of the World's Top Ski Hotels in 2015. Room rates start at $235 per night.
At 35,000 square feet, the alpine-inspired on-site spa, Spa Montage, is the largest in the state. It offers a full range of salon and spa services and treatments, weekly wellness classes, and facility amenities like a 30-foot by 75-foot heated outdoor swimming pool, an indoor mosaic lap pool, jetted whirlpools, steam rooms, redwood saunas, and deluge showers. The 1,300-square-foot Serenity Suite allows for completely private pampering and features two fireside copper tubs, a Swiss shower, and a couples massage room.
There's no shortage of dining options at Montage Deer Valley. The resort features a gourmet-to-go café, a sophisticated burger joint, a seasonal sushi restaurant, a lavish lounge that serves handcrafted cocktails and charcuterie, and a pub that features its own bowling alley. Apex, Montage Deer Valley's signature restaurant, is known for its classic continental cuisine.
Montage Deer Valley guests enjoy ski-in/ski-out access to Deer Valley Resort, which boasts 300 inches of average annual snowfall on its 2,026 skiable acres. The ski resort has 21 lifts and 101 runs, ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert.
Hotel Le Chalet Zannier
Set in the gorgeous French Alps in the charming alpine village of Mègeve, the Hotel Le Chalet Zannier is a cozy boutique hotel and resort with just 12 tastefully decorated rooms, split between three alpine-style chalets. Most of the well-appointed rooms feature king-size beds, as well as a comfortable lounge area and fireplace. Some suites also have an office area. Guests can reserve an individual room or rent an entire chalet for added privacy. The Hotel Le Chalet Zannier also offers an array of posh amenities and services. Pricing is available by inquiry only.
The serenity-focused wellness center at the Hotel Le Chalet Zannier features an indoor relaxation swimming pool, as well as a hammam (Turkish steam bath), sauna, and two treatment rooms. The spa features a full menu of high-end spa treatments and services for the hands, face, and body.
The bistro-chic La Ferme de mon Père serves up an exciting menu of authentic French cuisine made with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients by acclaimed chef Julien Burlat. The resort also boasts an on-site wine bar that serves pub-style dishes.
The hotel is just five minutes from the famed Megeve Ski Resort, which receives approximately 200 inches of snowfall each year on its 800 skiable acres. Served by 88 lifts, the resort's 183 runs offer something for everyone -- 19 percent are rated for beginners, 29 percent for intermediates, 39 percent are suitable for advanced skiers, and 13 percent are difficult enough for experts.
The Arrabelle at Vail Square
Opulent and brimming with old-world charm reminiscent of European ski resorts, The Arrabelle is located right at the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola in scenic Vail, Colorado. The AAA Four Diamond Award-winning hotel has 81 comfortable and tastefully decorated guest rooms, 22 luxury residences with gourmet kitchens and gas fireplaces, and a number of premier chalets and private homes. The Arrabelle offers complimentary ski valet and storage, and guests can take advantage of a 24-hour room service app, babysitting services, and complimentary GoPros to capture the day's most thrilling moments. Posh pets are also pampered at The Arrabelle, where they enjoy their own beds, food and water bowls, homemade treats, and daily walks. Accommodations start at $300 per night.
The RockResorts Spa at The Arrabelle is an eco-conscious spa that was voted 19th of the top 270 spas in the world in a 2012 Conde Nast Reader's Poll. It's easy to see why; the 10,000 square foot spa has 11 luxurious treatment rooms and offers a wide variety of high-quality botanical spa services, including massages, facials, and body wraps. Spa guests can relax and rejuvenate in a number of retreat rooms, such as wet rooms with Swiss showers. Additional spa amenities include a steam room, sauna, and whirlpool.
Shopping and Dining
The Arrabelle is located at Vail Square, which features 33,000 square feet of upscale shops, art galleries, and fine restaurants, including Tavern on the Square, a swanky farm-to-table restaurant featuring mouthwatering cuisine by executive chef Douglass Dodd. Other Vail Square dining options include pizzerias, steakhouses, and authentic Mexican restaurants.
Guests of The Arrabelle enjoy ski-in/ski-out access to Vail Mountain Resort. The popular ski resort gets approximately 366 inches of annual snowfall on its 5,289 skiable acres. Out of Vail's 193 runs, a little over half are rated for advanced and expert skiers.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole
The Four Seasons Resort and Residences in Jackson Hole, Wyoming's Grand Teton Village is particularly impressive, having the distinction of being the luxury hotel chain's first mountain resort. The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole boasts unparalleled accommodations including 106 handsome guest rooms and 18 generously sized suites that feature cozy fireplaces and oversized marble bathrooms with large soaking tubs. Guests can also enjoy large windows or balconies that offer majestic mountain views. The resort offers 34 slope-side private residences with inviting living areas and gourmet kitchens, and has a knowledgeable, attentive staff. Room rates start at $359 per night.
The 11,685-square-foot Luxury Jackson Hole Spa is a full-service spa facility that features 16 treatment rooms and an extensive selection of massages, body treatments, and facials. For added privacy or romance, guests can reserve one of the spa's two private spa suites for their treatments. In-room massage services and spa treatments are also available.
When hunger strikes, Four Seasons Jackson Hole guests can eat their fill at one of four on-site restaurants. The casual yet elegant Westbank Grill serves upscale steakhouse cuisine. The cozy Ascent Lounge features a menu with unique East-meets-West dishes and the sophisticated Handle Bar offers high-end pub fare by chef Michael Mina. Located just steps from the resort's heated outdoor swimming pool, the Pool Cafe serves up complimentary s'mores during ski season. Four Seasons Jackson Hole also offers 24-hour room service.
Staying at this location puts guest just steps from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort's 2,500 acres of skiable terrain. The resort receives an average of 450 inches of snowfall each year. Twelve lifts serve 116 runs. Ten percent of the resort's terrain is rated for beginners, 40 percent is rated for intermediates, and 50 percent of the resort's runs are designed for expert skiers.
Four Seasons Resort Whistler
Nestled at the base of Canada's Blackcomb Mountain in the charming, European-style resort town of Whistler, the Four Seasons Resort Whistler features tasteful nouveau-rustic décor in its 273 luxury guest rooms, hotel suites, and private residence townhouses. Rooms offer windows or balconies with stunning views and posh amenities, such as thick terry bathrobes and high-quality bath products. The resort also has a heated outdoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, and Tesla electric car-charging stations. Guests can also take advantage of daily wine tastings and poolside s'mores. Room rates start at $254 per night.
Rated Canada's best hotel spa by Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards, the Spa at Four Seasons Whistler features 11 treatment rooms, two private couples' rooms, two Zen relaxation lounges, and a Vichy shower room. The spa offers a wide range of luxurious treatments such as its decadent signature treatment, which includes an exfoliating maple syrup and brown sugar scrub, a warm clay and algae body wrap, an Argan oil scalp massage and hair treatment, and an organic body butter moisturizing full-body massage.
The on-site Sidecut Modern Steak + Bar is an upscale modern steakhouse that serves rich, locally inspired cuisine in an elegant but casual alpine setting. The Sidecut Bar features a selection of creative cocktails and wines served by the glass.
The Four Seasons Resort Whistler is conveniently located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, providing easy access to the Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort. The resort receives an average of 459 inches of snowfall each year on its 8,171 skiable acres. Served by 37 lifts, Whistler Blackcomb's more than 200 runs vary in difficulty, offering something for beginner, intermediate, and expert skiers.
The Mooser Hotel
Perched on the edge of a cliff in the Arlberg Mountains in picturesque St. Anton, Austria, the Mooser Hotel is a 4.5-star slope-side luxury ski hotel that blends the rustic elegance of a Tyrolean farmhouse with Alpine-inspired contemporary interior decor. The Mooser has 17 handsomely decorated guest rooms and suites that offer great amenities, such as flat-screen LED televisions, BOSE Wave Radios with iPod docking stations, and additional iPod docking stations in the bathrooms. The hotel utilizes an advanced water-purification system and each guest room features the Swiss Stone Pine Climate Box by Alpienne, a sophisticated natural humidifier and air purifier. Room rates start at about $135 for an early-season, weeknight stay.
Boasting a serene and contemporary ambiance, the spa at the Mooser Hotel is a great place to relax and rejuvenate after a long day on the Austrian slopes. The spa has an amazing outdoor infinity-edge swimming pool that's built directly into a gorge, as well as a steam room. Sauna options include infrared, dry heat, and rock. The spa offers a wide range of services and treatments, including various types of massage.
The hotel's on-site restaurant and bar, Ooben im Mooser, offers a luxury fine dining experience featuring a menu full of locally sourced, seasonally rotating specials. The bar also serves classic cocktails and aperitifs. Here guests can enjoy an extensive breakfast buffet that features a wide selection of homemade items. The restaurant's most impressive feature is the panoramic mountain views seen from its dining room. Additionally, the Mooser Hotel is just steps from the popular MooserWirt après-ski bar.
Located right on the piste, the Mooser Hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes at the world-class St. Anton Ski Resort. The resort receives approximately 276 inches of snow each year on its more than 211 miles of piste; St. Anton also offers off-piste itineraries and terrain catering primarily to avid skiers. Forty-two percent of the resort's runs are rated for intermediate skiers, 42 percent are suitable for advanced skiers, and 16 percent are considered challenging enough for experts. St. Anton is served by 97 lifts and hotel guests can purchase their lift tickets directly from the reservation desk.
Fairmont Banff Springs
Known as Canada's "Castle in the Rockies," the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is a 19th-century Scottish castle that sits in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hotel delivers highly personalized guest services and offers an array of lodging options, including well-appointed guest rooms, suites, and specialty rooms. Located on the fourth and fifth floors, Fairmont Banff Springs' famed Fairmont Gold section offers a hotel-within-a-hotel experience, complete with its own concierge and menu of exclusive services and amenities such as a private lounge and complimentary canapés. Nightly rates start at $335.
The celebrated Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Banff Springs has numerous awards and accolades under its belt, including the Four Star Award from Forbes Travel Guide. The stylish mineral pool at the heart of the spa is surrounded by pulsating waterfall features. The spa also offers a full menu of luxurious spa and salon services and treatments. One of Willow Stream Spa's signature treatments, the Rose Renewal, includes a dry-brush exfoliation to gently stimulate the skin, followed by a camomile-infused herbal bath and a massage and wrap that uses soothing rose-geranium and rose-flower oils.
Fairmont Banff Springs' on-site dining options offer something for every taste. Featuring 10 upscale restaurants and bars, the resort's offerings can satisfy cravings for Italian, Alpine, Japanese, and traditional Canadian cuisine. Guests can also opt for in-room dining.
The hotel is surrounded by trails that are perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. From Fairmont Banff Springs, guests can easily access the area's three ski resorts: Mount Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Area, and Sunshine Village.
Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort
Comprised of six lodge-style chalets situated right at the end of a ski run and boasting stunning views of the Matterhorn, the Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort offers just what guests would expect from a luxury ski hotel in beautiful Switzerland. The resort's six chalets feature tasteful contemporary decor and their own wellness areas, while the main chalet houses the on-site restaurant and bar/lounge. Guest can reserve individual rooms for couples or families, or rent an entire chalet for larger groups. Pricing is available by contacting the resort directly.
Each chalet offers its own private spa that includes an outdoor whirlpool, sanarium, sauna, Kneipp basins (for soaking tired feet), massage and bucket showers, and a massage room and relaxation area. The chalet spas also feature terraces with spectacular views. Guests can access a full menu of relaxing spa services and treatments by request.
Guests have multiple options when it comes to on-site dining. The resort features two full-service restaurants and a lounge. Cervo's fine dining restaurant, Cervo Puro, serves Alpine- and Italian-inspired dishes and boasts a menu that rotates weekly, while the Ferdinand offers upscale casual cuisine. Guests can also enjoy beverages, pub-style fare, and entertainment in the Cervo Lounge.
Nestled right at the end of a ski run, Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort guests have ski-in/ski-out access to Zermatt's acclaimed slopes. The resort gets an average of 220 inches of snow each year on its 394 skiable acres. Zermatt's 147 runs are served by 54 lifts. The terrain is perfect for accomplished skiers, with 21 percent of the runs rated for intermediates, 62 percent designated for advanced skiers, and 17 percent for experts.
Ski and Stay at Luxurious Hotels
Most ski resort hotels claim luxurious amenities, but it's a combination of top-notch accommodations, services, and amenities that truly sets a hotel apart as a luxury property. Rooms are well-appointed and tastefully decorated, and on-site amenities like the spa and dining options have their own accolades. These factors, combined with in-room extras, and a knowledgeable and attentive staff make for an unforgettable ski vacation experience.