These are the Top 5 ski resorts and ski hotels in North America as chosen by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine for 2013. Readers voted on six points important to any traveler to any destination – Rooms, Service, Food, Location, Design and Activities. All top spots went to properties located in the US, sorry Canada – better luck next year.
5. Mirror Lake Inn Resort And Spa, Lake Placid, NY Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa is the best ski hotel in the North-East corridor of the US. Privately-owned hotel offers affordable luxury suitable for pocket books of all sizes in the heart of the Adirondacks. Hotel unofficially claims the title as “America’s first winter vacation destination.” Hotel offers ice skating and ice hockey on their private skating rink and cross-country ski or snowshoe on nearby trails or right across the lake when it is frozen. For those looking for little bit of Olympic history of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics, ski or ride the highest vertical drop in the East at nearby Whiteface Mountain, or take an exhilarating bobsled or luge ride on the Olympic track. On frozen Mirror Lake, guests can also take a fast–paced ride on the toboggan chute, or go for a dog–sled ride. The inn has three restaurants with great views of the Mirror Lake. Rooms rates starts at $350 for Classic Rooms.
4. Lumière Telluride, Telluride, CO The intimate Lumière Telluride located in Mountain Village, with just 11 hotel rooms and 18 one- to five-bedroom residences, is a reader favorite thanks to its stellar service and crack team of ski valets and its cocktails at the Lumière’s cozy Little Bar. Other than skiing, property features an outdoor hot tub, mini fitness room, sauna and massage services. Rooms rates starts at $400 with special discounts for AAA members.
3. Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge, Telluride, CO Located in Mountain Village, Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge offers easy access to all of Telluride’s ski locations. Village is connected to the town by a free gondola service, which the hotel claims as the “only gondola service in the North America.” Franz Klammer Lodge is just steps from the gondola, Ski Mountain, golf course, and many other outdoor activities. Other facilities include 24-hour concierge service, private spa, outdoor heated pool/hot tubs, game room, business center, and ski and golf valet. Its 63 residences all have private balconies, stone gas fireplaces, and Viking Range-equipped kitchens. Ski packages for two-bedroom residences starts at $899.
2. Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa At Beaver Creek Mountain, Avon, CO The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain is located in the heart of Vail Valley. The hotel is just a gondola ride from Beaver Creek and a ten-minute drive from Vail. Resort also offer direct access to Beaver Creek skiing, Beaver Creek Golf and year round activities. At the end of the day you can relax and rejuvenate at the Spa Anjali and enjoy a meal and tequila at Chef Richard Sandoval’s Mexican restaurant, Maya. Other outdoor activities offered include kayaking, guided four-wheeling tours, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and hiking, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding. Studio suite rates starts at $424.
1. The St. Regis, Aspen, CO Taking the No 1 spot on the list of Condé Nast Traveler Top 5 Ski Resorts and Ski Hotels in North Amerca is The St. Regis Aspen. The hotel sits on the prime location between the iconic Silver Queen Gondola and Shadow Mountain Lift. Just a few steps and you are right in the middle of Aspen’s boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants and bars. One of the main reasons for the St. Regis to climb to No. 1 spot (ranked 45th in 2012) was the makeover it received last year. Interior design overhaul was led by Lauren Rottet. Its Remède Spa offers a slew of new treatments, including the Farm-to-Massage-Table, which engages all five senses, even taste: A bite of dessert and a glass of champagne are served after you’ve been exfoliated, massaged, and slathered in whipped body butter. And executive chef David Viviano, formerly of the James Beard Award-nominated team at Jardinière’s in San Francisco, was recruited to revive the hotel’s Italian eatery, Trecento Quindici Decano. Rates for Classic Rooms starts at $549.
Source: Condé Nast Traveler