Best Ski Resorts 2014
Our collection of the 20 World's Best Ski Hotels and Resorts isn't just about the world class slopes. We've rounded up the most luxurious options for enjoying this wintertime sport. There are luxury ski resorts in the Alps, the Northeast United States, the Middle East, New Zealand, and Japan. There are luxury ski lodges, condo rentals, and luxury ski cabins. There's something for all levels of expertise at these ski-centered hotels and resorts: Ski-in, ski-out access, ski butlers, ski schools, equipment rentals, mountainside locations, and spacious accommodations with the full range of après ski activities. Spa services, fine dining, and other wintertime activities abound, although many of these resorts are also open year-round so you can enjoy those sweeping mountain views and luxurious accommodations no matter what the season. Whether you favor Black Diamond or bunny slopes, here's where you'll find the 20 world's best luxury ski resorts and hotels.
At the base of Beaver Creek Mountain, guests of Beaver Creek Lodge enter a setting of AAA Four-Diamond excellence, nestled within a charming alpine village steps from shopping, dining, and entertainment. Newly renovated suites and condominiums feature all of the comforts of home and cozy fireplaces. Enjoy ski in/ski out convenience, off-site spa relaxation, championship golf, and the prestige of one of Vail Valley's most exclusive addresses.
This exclusive Cortina-area hotel dates back to 1901 and offers glamorous suites and maximum comfort. Cortina offers skiing 450 ski lifts for 1200 kilometres of ski runs. There are 72 runs served by 38 cableway systems, 1,715 metres of gradients, 95% artificially produced snow and 8 days of sunshine out of every 10. There's also Nordic skiing, free-riding, snowboarding, snow kiting, ice trekking, snow driving, and K-track snow-biking.
Nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, the landmark ski-in ski-out Fairmont Chateau Whistler defines luxury. Naturally spectacular, The resort hotel delivers an ideal setting for skiing. More than 8,100 acres of skiable terrain and a rise of more than 5,200 feet on two magnificent side-by-side mountains have earned Whistler Blackcomb an unbeatable reputation. The Whistler Blackcomb ski conditions are some of the best in North America.
Set on a hill, the Gstaad Palace has a breathtaking view of the majestic Swiss Alps. Gstaad is a winter paradise in the Bernese Oberland. A total of 250 kilometers of slopes, 62 different lifts, various sledge runs, snow parks, and gorgeous hiking routes are on offer. In addition, the region provides a lot of other winter activities, such a ice-skating, sledding, ice climbing, winter hiking, curling, carriage rides, ballooning, and snow golf.
Nestled within the wooded jewel of the Jardin Alpin, at the slopes' edge, the Hotel de Charme Les Airelles provides enviable access to the world's biggest skiing area, Les 3 Vallees. Guests can ski-in and ski-out. The hotel offers a ski valet, ski room, and a ski technician. Everything is designed around the pleasure of hurtling freely through wide open spaces. Les Airelles is a sumptuous place to return to after a vigorous day on the slopes.
Like a prestigious hamlet, this luxury hotel village stretches along the Cospillot slope and offers guests an incomparable panorama of the valley and mountain massifs. The ski lift in front of the hotel provides full access to the world's largest ski area. At the heart of the Savoie Region and within the world's largest skiable area - Les 3 Vallees, with 600km of marked runs, it is the kingdom of skiing and the mountain lifestyle.
Next to the famous golf and ski resort in the breathtaking landscape of Tyrol, the Hotel stands for its modern and luxurious amenities with a fine Tyrolean touch and its unique location directly at the ski piste. Located in the natural setting of the Kitzbüheler Alps, the hotel features direct access to the lifts of the Kitzbühel ski area. The Kitzbühel Slope Map boasts 60 groomed ski runs for all ability levels, with a total slope length of 170 km.
This is where the winter season in the Alps originated in 1864. The region has 350 km of ski pistes.Its high altitude guarantees snow. The highly modern ski lifts ensure a minimum of waiting tim ein a region that is renowned for its variety. Carving paradise, freeride slopes, spacious nursery slopes, and a glacier downhill will thrill sport enthusiasts of all agea. For cross-country skiers, there is a 180 km cross-country-skiing network.
The ski jumps greets visitors as they enter the village of Lake Placid. Lake Placid Lodge has snowshoes and cross-country skis for guest use. Whiteface Mountain (30 minutes from the Lodge) boasts the longest vertical drop of any Eastern ski mountain. Whiteface is an exceptional place to ski: families will find gentle slopes; aficionados will love the difficult runs and wild terrain. Nearby Mt. Pisgah mountain offers day and night skiing.
Located in the Olympic village of Lake Placid, Mirror Lake Inn is a traditional Inn on the lake shore with all the amenities of a modern resort. Cross-country ski on the 26 mile Jackrabbit Trail, take a bobsled or luge ride, toboggan down the chute on Mirror Lake, snowshoe, ice climb,ice-skate, and more. For alpine skiers, Whiteface Mountain offers excellent skiing for the entire family. There's also Alpine Skiing at Mt. Pisgah.
Perched at 1500 metres amidst the natural wonders of Banff National Park you will find this cherished Alpine chalet. Canada’s largest ski area is just minutes away and the abundance of snow is just one reason a growing number of European skiers visit the area each winter. An award winning wine list, and fresh market cuisine are featured in the renowned dining room.
During the winter season, The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe's mid-mountain location provides for ski-in/ski-out access with mountain concierge services where the ski valets will assist you with your boots and escort you to your skis and poles. Northstar offers world-class grooming and provides a plethora of family activities in the Village including ice-skating, shopping, and dining. After a day on the slopes, enjoy the slope-side spa.
The Snake River Lodge And Spa is located next door to the world famous Jackson Hole Mountain Aerial Tram, an awe inspiring 4000 vertical foot trip to the top of Jackson Hole Mountain. Each year, the mountains surrounding Jackson Hole are blanketed in more than 500 inches of fresh powder and the resort is only a short walk to the ski lifts taking you up to it all. In winter, guests enjoy ski valet service with boot warmers, ski tuning, and waxing.
Experience world class snow sports at Vail and Beaver Creek. There are 5,289 acres of terrain, 33 lifts, Vail Nordic center, and Vail's famous Back Bowls. Sonnenalp offers personal ski guides, Vail Mountain tours, guided Nordic skiing, and guided snowshoe tours. There's also Adventure Ridge on Vail Mountain for tubing and ski bikes or try snowmobiling and dog sledding. The resort's experienced guides will tailor your outdoor adventure.
Stein Eriksen Lodge boasts ski-in/out access to mid-mountain at Deer Valley Resort. Located on-site, the Ski Valet service at the ski locker room creates an unparalleled ski vacation experience. Ski Valets welcome guests with hot drinks, prepped equipment, and run recommendations. After a day on the slopes, guests return their equipment for cleaning and storage. The sports shop offers ski rentals and repairs. Deer Valley is a skier only mountain.
Telluride Ski Resort is the perfect blend of mountain splendor, historic charm, and world-class skiing. It offers terrain for all ages and skier abilities, uncrowded lift lines, and 360 degrees of pristine beauty. The Hotel Telluride is the premier Telluride ski resort in hospitality and comfort. It's located three blocks from the base of Lift 7 and five blocks from the base of Lift 8. There is a ski shuttle, valet, and equipment storage.
The Little Nell is Aspen's only hotel with ski-in, ski-out access to Aspen Mountain. The dedicated Ski Concierge team provides assistance for all skiing needs. Service includes slope side service, boot warming, equipment storage, equipment repairs, equipment waxing, inter-mountain ski transfer to Buttermilk, Highlands, and Snowmass, morning beverages and snacks, lift ticket purchase, and ski instructions arrangements. Heli-skiing is also available.
With more than 80 modern railways and lifts, guests enjoy perfect winter sports pleasures on 260 kilometers of prepared slopes and over 180 kilometers of powder. Winter sports adventures include ski races with picnic in the snow, sledging evenings on the specially prepared and illuminated sledging run, paragliding, heli-skiing, snowboarding, carving, and cross-country skiing. Visit the sports and activity trainer for customized adventure activities.
Vermont 's highest mountain, Mount Mansfield, is just two miles from Topnotch, and is considered by many to be the Ski Capital of the East. The resort is known for its superlative ski and snowboard school, top-of-the-line snow-making technology, and a stunning base lodge with inter-mountain transfer gondola. The terrain is suitable for all abilities, and the resort handles tickets, ski storage, and ski rentals, and offers ski packages.
Whare Kea's chalet, at 1750 metres above sea level on the slopes of Dragonfly Peak, makes an ideal base for heli-skiing and ski touring. The surrounding Southern Alps offer unspoiled powder, boasting 400 runs over 200 peaks. Wanaka is home to the Snow Farm - New Zealand's premier cross-country ski field. Cardrona Alpine Resort hosts 345 hectares of skiing terrain. Treble Cone has s 550 hectares of skiable terrain, the largest in the South Island.