ski resort destinations dial into what matters most to skiers, it seems upscale on mountain
lodging tops the list behind snow & terrain. Of course new lifts and trails are always welcome too.
Ski resorts spas, four diamond hotels, and four season amenities all make the
top ten at these favorite ski resorts.
Whistler Blackcomb continues to be the ultimate North American ski resort,
now owned by Vail,
with over 8,100 acres, two mountains encompassing two glaciers, accessed by 38
lifts including the impressive Peak 2 Peak Gondola and two new quads for 2014. No wonder Whistler was
chosen to host the Winter Olympics, with five star Whistler ski
hotels: The Four Seasons Whistler, The new AAVA Whistler Hotel, The Fairmont
Château Whistler, The Whistler Westin Hotel, the Pan Pacific Whistler, The
Not far behind in terrain, Big Sky
and Moonlight Basin
in Montana are now under the same management with Boyne, thanks to an investment
from Yellowstone Club's CrossHarbor
Capital. Now this Montana resort offers 5,700 acres from an 11,00' summit under
bright blue sky, the
Biggest Skiing in America. We recommend lodging at Big Sky's
Summit Hotel or a
slopeside cabin at Moonlight. There
are rumors about Yellowstone Club adding a lift to access Lone Peak for its
members...this season ride a new six-pack bubble chair in Big Sky's bowl and a
new triple Challenger lift.
Jackson Hole has climbed
to #1 in ski polls since replaced its legendary Tram to the top of
Rendezvous Mountain in 2008 and upgrading the Casper chair to a high speed quad
in 2013. Jackson Hole's new Teton Lift high speed quad to Granite
Canyon reaches previously hike-to only terrain . Jackson Hole boasts the longest continuous vertical in
the U.S., at 4,139’. Don't miss the
mountaintop lunch at Couloir. Jackson’s lodging properties
continue to evolve and remain impressive,
staying at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole
- you will rest well after your wild
Wyoming adventures. Near downtown Jackson is the amazing
Amangani Resort where
Justin Timberlake stays.
In New England, Okemo Mountain Resort
has new heated high
speed lifts with bubble covers, a six pack at Northstar and a quad to Jackson
Gore's summit. The heated
covered couches fly mid-mountain
to the summit in six comfy orange minutes at this Vermont ski resort.
Jay Peak and Burke Mountain in Vermont opened
four new hotels, a water park and more, then was investigated by the SCC for
unallocated funds from EB5. Still for skiers, it worth checking out these
northern Vermont ski resorts for their unchanged ski terrain, and checking in to
these swank new ski hotels while you can.
Vail celebrated 50 years with a new Golden Peak
Gondola emanating from Vail Village in 2013, a new Mountaintop Quad for 2014 and
a high speed quad at Sun Up Bowl for 2017.
Vail's terrain sprawls 5,200 acres. Recently Vail has added a new Four Seasons, the first
in Colorado, to its plethora of premier Vail properties like Rock
Resorts’ Arrabelle at Lion’s Head, and the Sebastian and Solaris
in the revitalized Vail Village. Sister resort Beaver Creek still earns
honorable mention with its Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch.
Breckenridge opened Peak 6 in 2014 with 543 acres of above tree line terrain for a total
of 2,358 acres. Its already
the highest (12,840') and busiest ski area in Colorado with swank lodging at One Ski Hill and top hotels.
Valley installed a swift eight-passenger Roundhouse Gondola in 2009
from River Run to the Round House Restaurant, the first on mountain lodge in the
country and a great spot for a traditional Austrian lunch. Just eight minutes
and you feel like you are in the Alps, fondue and accordion music to boot –
whether you are dressed to ski or not!
Aspen’s Snowmassopened 230-acres of backcountry
style skiing on Burnt Mountain. The Village at Snowmass has
received serious sprucing up, and a gorgeous new ski in ski out hotel -The
Viceroy Snowmass. Little Nell Hotel has undergone an $18 million remodel.
Staying in downtown Aspen, you can be first on the Ajax gondola, or skip town to
ski Aspen’s other areas,
Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and the biggest of Aspen’s four and our editorial
Northstar’s swank ski in/ski out Ritz Carlton
Highlands has sophisticated suites, a spa and a Highlands Gondola to
connect the luxury hotel to Northstar’s ski village. So this
Lake Tahoe ski resort has
gone ritzy and glitzy, but still offers fun family runs and plenty of terrain
parks for the California snow surfers.
The Canyons, Utah’s largest ski resort
- now being operated by Vail - keeps expanding and improving its 4,000 skiable acres with
new lifts and lodging like the Waldorf Astoria - Dakota Mountain Lodge and
Golden Door Spa. This is the first Waldorf Astoria ski hotel, but they figured
out you need your own Frostwood Gondola and an award-winning Spruce Restaurant.
Now interconnected to Park City via a new Gondola, this is the largest skiing
connection in the US thanks to Vail's merger, a price tag of $182 million.
Utah ski resorts, The US Forest Service, and the
legislature are still debating the Ski Link that would interconnect
Park CityCanyons to
Solitude and Brighton with a
proposed gondola connecting Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons from the Solitude
base to the Canyons - which has been proposed by Talisker, the parent company of
The Canyons. Snowbird got a new detach quad
in 2014 replacing the 1971 Gad 2 chair and a new panoramic summit lodge at
11,000 Hidden Peak.
If you think skiing in the East is a gamble, then
Tremblant is your bet. This top
notch Quebec ski resort now has a Casino, Versant Soleil, with
a gondola connecting Tremblant’s ski village to Versant Sud for gaming and
nightlife – if you aren’t wiped from skiing.
Quebec's Le Massif,
just North of Quebec City beyond Mont Sainte Anne, has a new
La Ferme Hotel plus
new trails, sledding runs and lifts thanks to investment from the former owner
of Cirque du Soleil.
Stowe Mountain Resort
has long been the ultimate eastern ski resort, with a certain alpine elegance.
Now that Spruce Village offers on slope lodging, a spa and an alpine concierge
at the swank Stowe Mountain Lodge, you can go straight to après
ski luxuries after laps on Stowe’s famous Front Four high speed quad.
Sugarloaf has opened new side country
glades on Burnt Mountain to become the largest ski resort in the East, with
1,056 ski able acres. Sister resort in Maine,
installs a new Spruce Peak Triple with conveyor belt loading system winter
2017-18. Sunday River also unveiled a new
Each of these ski resort improvements warrants a feature ski article, so we will
do our best to plan a ski trip to each for the full scoop. No really, we don’t