If you’re looking for a vacation that’s all about snow sports like skiing, there’s no better place to base yourself than a hotel that will put you right next to the slopes. You might even be able to strap on those skis and glide right out your front door to the lift. From world-famous destinations like Aspen and Park City to the Canadian province of Quebec, the French and Swiss Alps, any one of these properties is sure to provide the ultimate retreat for your winter escape.
Waldorf Astoria Park City – Park City, Utah
The largest ski resort in the U.S., Waldorf Astoria Park City is tucked among the Wasatch Mountains, offering private ski gondolas and slopeside access to Park City Mountain. You’ll feel as if you’re in the Austrian Alps without having to carry your passport. After a day of play, you’ll be able to warm up in a private Jacuzzi, swim in one of the heated pools at peak-side, or cozy up to the fireplace in your room. Suites have kitchenettes and balconies, while higher-level options come with up to three bedrooms, full kitchens, and whirlpool tubs. If you want to take the relaxation up a notch, head to the 16,000-square-foot mountainside spa. There’s a fine dining restaurant and a fitness center too.
Little Nell – Aspen, Colorado
Located at the base of Aspen Mountain, Little Nell is a top resort in Aspen. Known to attract quite a few celebrities, it’s Aspen’s only five-star ski-in, ski-out resort, an après ski hot spot and one of the best people-watching spots in town. The gas fireplace just off the lobby welcomes guests into a cozy lounge area that looks out to the pool and in the season, a winter wall garden scene. Dining is top-notch, providing some of the best in town, while the spa is small but luxe with treatments like hot stone massage, oxygen facials, and more. In-room treatments can be arranged and if the high altitude gets to you, the concierge can also arrange for “oxygen rental.”
Chalet Auriane – Riddes, Switzerland
A spectacular Swiss ski-in lodge providing access to the Four Vallées, with its more than 250 miles of runs and 89 lifts, you’ll enjoy plenty of luxuries here. It even includes a private funicular that will take you from door to slope and back again. You’ll have a sauna and a large outdoor private Jacuzzi with views over the town of La Tzoumaz and the entire valley. Everything is customized here, with a chef that will consider every guest’s likes and expectations to prepare memorable meals.
Aman Le Melezin – Courchevel, France
Located right on Bellecote piste, Aman Le Melezin offers an idyllic position on the groomed pistes of Les Trois Vallees, which stretch over 372 miles. It features Alpine-inspired rooms and suites, all of which showcase magnificent mountain views from panoramic windows. Some suites feature private balconies with hot tubs too. There’s an enchanting spa with a hammam and restorative treatments, yoga sessions, an indoor pool, a sauna, hot tubs, and a dining room with a menu focused on Japanese-themed dishes as well as a limited French menu.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole – Wyoming
One of the most luxurious hotels in the U.S., The Four Seasons Jackson Hole is a sprawling resort complex in Teton Village, with the slopes only steps from the lobby doors. Look forward to sweeping Grand Teton views and a ski-in, ski-out location just 20 minutes from downtown Jackson Hole. There’s a spa with outdoor whirlpools offering indulgent treatments, a heated outdoor pool, and outstanding dining right on-site with three restaurants and a bar. All rooms boast private balconies with mountain or meadow views, along with luxurious amenities like soaking tubs, gas fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, and DVD players.
Copperhill Mountain Lodge – Are, Sweden
An upscale Swedish hotel with ski-in/ski-out access, Copperhill Mountain Lodge is ideal for everyone from solo travelers and couples to large groups, with accommodation that includes one- to three-bedroom suites and a rustic villa for up to 16 guests. All come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and game consoles. Some include kitchenettes and balconies. There’s an on-site restaurant and cafe/bar, and a spa with indoor mineral hot springs and outdoor steaming baths, either of which is ideal for a soak after a day out on the slopes, complete with views of the mountains.
Altapura – Val Thorens, France
A 5-star luxury resort, Altapura oozes opulence throughout, with a Scandinavian-style interior accented by huge snowflake cutouts. Europe’s highest resort at 7,545 feet, it also offers access to the world’s largest ski area, with over 370 miles of ski-in, ski-out trails along with breathtaking views of the rocky peaks and half-dozen glaciers in Les Trois Vallées. There’s a multi-sensorial spa that combines the energies of five natural elements including water, plants, stone, fire, and wood aimed to enhance well-being, an outdoor pool, health club, and ski concierge. The spacious rooms come with Smart TVs and free Wi-Fi, with upgraded options featuring mountain views.
Hotel Kolfuschgerhof – Colfosco, Italy
Located in the Mezdi Valley among the magnificent Dolomite Mountains, the entrance to Hotel Kolfuscherhof is just 650 feet from 750 miles of slopes at the Dolomiti Superski skiing area. A stay here will surround you with stunning mountain landscapes while providing access to an indoor pool, hot tubs, saunas, and other wellness facilities. There’s even an indoor playroom for the kids, while the restaurant serves delicious local and regional cuisine. Rooms are spacious, all featuring panoramic balconies, satellite TV, and free Wi-Fi.
Club Med Québec – Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, Québec, Canada
This brand-new property just opened in early December 2021 as the first Club Med in Canada and the first true all-inclusive ski resort in North America. The all-inclusive package includes unlimited ski-in/ski-out access, lift tickets, group ski and snowboard lessons, all-day gourmet dining, an open bar, and entertainment. Ski workshops for all abilities are available and you’ll find a spa for soothing sore muscles, a Jacuzzi overlooking the beautiful snowy landscape, and on-site eateries with dishes focused on local ingredients. The wide range of room options all pay homage to the blended culture of Québec and its First Nation heritage.
Fairmont Chateau Hotel Whistler – British Columbia, Canada
A top resort in Whistler, The Fairmont Chateau provides ski-in, ski-out hotel access at the base of Blackcomb Mountain just outside of Whistler Village, which hosted many of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. All rooms feature views of Rainbow or Whistler Blackcomb Mountain and guests also enjoy nearly an endless list of facilities, like an indoor/outdoor pool, a spa with saunas, steam rooms, and Jacuzzis, a gym, bocce ball, tennis courts. Yoga classes are hosted twice daily while the acclaimed Wildflower Restaurant serves contemporary West Coast fare. Plus you’ll be within a 15-minute walk from the village’s many restaurants and shops.
Nira Alpina – Silvaplana, Switzerland
Nestled in the Engadin Valley between the mountains and lakes of St. Moritz, Nira Alpine provides fabulous views and direct access to the Corvatsch skiing area, connected to the Corvatsch cable car station. Rooms feature large balconies or terraces along with panoramic windows that look out to the mountains. High tech amenities like flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, and free W-Fi are all standard as are the granite bathrooms with waterfall showers and deep soaking baths.
Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol – Kitzbuhel, Austria
Enjoy ski-in, ski-out access along with old-world elegance and plenty of luxurious comforts at Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol, surrounded by the Austrian Alps just east of Innsbruck. It includes a restaurant serving international cuisine, a traditional bar, and a health bar along with a lavish spa, outdoor pool, and fitness center. Rooms all have furnished balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows for enjoying the winter wonderland views. Flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and free Wi-Fi are standard, while some feature separate living and dining rooms with fireplaces.
Hotel Alyeska – Girdwood, Alaska
Part of Alyeska Resort, Hotel Alyeska is a luxurious chateau-style hotel set in the Chugach Mountains less than an hour from Anchorage. One of the best resorts in Alaska, it sits right below one of the most popular ski mountains on the south-central coast while providing elegant accommodation with an interior that combines modern amenities and Native influences that bring the natural beauty of the great outdoors in. There are multiple dining options along with a hot tub and an indoor saltwater pool for enjoying a refreshing swim post-skiing. Plus you’ll find a spa, perfect for re-energizing with a hot stone massage. Some rooms have mountain views, but for the best book a suite with a panoramic vista.