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A ski vacation isn’t just about hitting the slopes anymore. High on the priority list for many vacationers are great food and après-ski cocktails — and who can blame them? Many award-winning restaurants are now taking up residence within ski resorts and snowy villages around the world to capitalize on their hungry target market.
Click here to see The 10 Best Ski Resorts for Food in North America (Slideshow)
It's long been a United States ski destination mecca, but Colorado is also becoming a culinary destination for skiers and non-skiers alike. Vail and Vail Village are home to the Four Seasons and The Sebastian Hotel, which both offer a variety of dining options, and The Sebastian boasts one of Colorado’s largest Scotch selections. For a different experience filled with some of the best skiing around, Beaver Creek also has a variety of dining options and two particularly decadent possibilities: the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek and The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. To get your fix of après-ski s'mores, swing by the Hyatt’s fire pit any day of the week.
And our friends up north in Canada know how to ski. With impressive mountains offering the best snow around, Whistler has become a worldwide ski destination, along with Mont-Tremblant in Quebec. Both are great options for those who are looking to ski the French Alps but don’t have the monetary funds to make it there. While visiting one of these great ski destinations, the cuisine does not disappoint. At the Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler, Aura restaurant is a fine-dining experience that produces stellar dishes such as wild boar belly served with saffron cipollini onion, soft semolina polenta, black garlic, red heirloom spinach, and Tuscan BBQ jus.
Another great American ski destination is Park City, Utah. There, chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has opened J&G Grill in The St. Regis Deer Valley. Another favorite local eatery is Mariposa, which offers gluten-free and vegetarian options. And in Jackson Hole, Wyo., the cuisine is as serious as the slopes. The Four Seasons hotel is home to The Handle Bar restaurant, run by chef Michael Mina.
The Daily Meal’s list of the best ski resorts for food includes some old favorites like Beaver Creek and Park City from our 2012 list, but also incorporates new spots that have award-winning restaurants, chefs, and impressive wine and beverage menus that have garnered significant media buzz over the last year.
Click trough the sildeshow to see all of the 10 Best Ski Resorts for Food in North America.
10 Best ski resorts for the upcoming season
After surviving a long, hot summer, winter is finally just around the corner. It’s time to put away the tanks and flip-flops and pull out the cozy sweaters and fuzzy boots.
Winter vacations are some of the most beautiful and adventurous out there. Outstanding views, snow-covered mountains, warm fires and steamy hot cocoa are just some of the luxuries. In addition to this, winter provides the ultimate outdoor adventure &mdash skiing.
Glide down the smooth, never-ending slopes and check out this guide to the best resorts out there!
Beaver Creek is the perfect family-friendly ski vacation to take this winter. The slopes meet a quaint, intimate village at the bottom, providing five-star cuisine, decadent shops, world-class ice skating and even fresh cookies. With ski classes offered to all ages, beginners and experts alike, and the famous World Cup Birds of Prey run (for experts only), this is a trip meant for the entire family.
Cataloochee Ski Resort, North Carolina
Located in the high mountains of North Carolina, Cataloochee has been around for 52 years and has 17 fun and exciting slopes and trails to experience. With lift tickets as low as $39 for the day, Cataloochee offers some of the most affordable prices when it comes to East Coast skiing.
Travel north to Vermont where you’ll find Killington &mdash the largest ski resort in the east. Known as “The Beast,” Killington offers variety unlike any other. With six mountains and 140 trails, dog sledding, live bands and festivals, sleigh rides and more, you could easily spend a week here and not run out of things to do and explore.
Voted best place to ski and snowboard by Sierra Sun, Squaw Valley is just a stones’ throw away from gorgeous Lake Tahoe. If waiting in lines is what you fear most, this is the place for you. Squaw Valley has the most technologically advanced lift systems in all of North America, meaning your time will be spent exploring the six peaks and 3,600 skiable acres. This was also home to the 1960 Olympic Winter Games.
1. Aspen Snowmass, Colorado
This celebrity-favorite ski resort has something for everyone, from expert skiers to complete beginners. The resort’s four mountains offer everything — from easy bunny slopes to runs that will really test your endurance and skills. Later, rest your legs and have a drink at a high-end après ski bar or head to Ullr Nights, a festive event where you’ll find the Breathtaker Alpine Coaster. End the night with s&aposmores and hot chocolate by a bonfire.
Total trails: 362
Total skiable acres: 5,527
Longest run: 5.3 miles
2 . VailVail is as much about the mountain as it is the town
Vail is one of the most visited resorts in the US, with crowds flocking for their immensely huge ski area and impressive picture-perfect European style village filled with infinite dining, lodging and apres ski activities! All that acreage offers up a nice variety of terrain, spread across a front-side dominated by green and blue groomers and back bowls where incurable powder hounds head for glades, bumps, and steeps. Some might find this resort oozes corporate and contrived feels compared to more authentic towns like Breckenridge, but with heated sidewalks, we're not complaining! But beware, it has one of the most expensive walk-up lift tickets in the country!
28. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, California
With an average annual snowfall of 450 inches and 300 sunny days, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is known as the Spring Skiing Capital of the U.S., with corn snow well into July in good years. The two sprawling ski areas (Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are technically separate), connected via a 15-minute shuttle, encompass 6,000 acres. Squaw is the stomping ground of hard-charging pros, while Alpine is known for its crowd-free, hike-to back bowls. Stellar Lake Tahoe views and killer intermediate and expert terrain can be accessed quicker than ever at Alpine Meadows via Treeline Cirque. The new high-speed quad whisks skiers and riders from the base area to the top of Sherwood Cliffs in just five minutes.
Where to Stay: Ski-in, ski-out Resort at Squaw Creek has spacious penthouses and three swimming pools.
Stats: 42 lifts for more than 270 trails. One-day lift tickets range from $99 on the Ikon Pass and the Mountain Collective Pass.
Tucked away in the Laurentian Mountains north-west of Montreal, Disneyesque Tremblant is Eastern Canada&rsquos leading ski resort. The pedestrian village has been purpose-built in an attractive Quebecois style, with multi-coloured low-rise buildings set out in a cluster of quaint streets, filled with chic shops, cafés, bars, restaurants, and quality hotels.
It might feel a bit theme park, but Tremblant&rsquos shorter flying time from the UK makes it a good choice for British visitors &ndash especially beginners and families, though it does get cold in midwinter.
Once on the slopes, the skiing is varied from easy greens to a few double black diamond
Resort: 265m Summit: 875m Vertical: 645m Ski Area: 662ac Parks: 3
Beginners: 21% Intermediate: 32% Expert: 47%
Zermatt is famous for the Matterhorn, but is also one of the best ski areas in Europe for dining and delicious après-ski options. There are about 40 slopeside restaurants to choose from, plus dozens of bars and nightclubs. Be prepared to tuck into cheese, and plenty of it, as fondue and raclette are the not-to-be-missed traditional Alpine dishes here. Also be prepared to park the skis, lunch is a long, leisurely affair. Guests can ski straight up to Cervo, whose menu features classics with a twist, like cod with white miso, beef tartar with chili foam and a selection of artisan cheeses. Restaurant Ried is known for its fondue and raclette, but if you’re looking for something lighter, tuck into sushi at Myoko.
PLAN YOUR TRIP : Visit Fodor’s Zermatt Guide
10 Excellent Late-Season Ski and Snowboard Destinations
If you’re bummed about the eventual end of ski/snowboard season wherever you live, don’t fret. There are a number of great mountains that stay open past March — and some as far as May! We’ve put together a list of our favorites should you be in the mood for some late-season winter sports.
Vail&rsquos season typically extends well into April and offers a nice respite within driving distance of Denver. As the final chilly days hit, you&rsquoll also get to be the first on some hiking trails that have thawed for spring. The Sonnenalp Hotel has plenty of professionally guided tours available based on your skill level. The property is also nicely situated between the two main mountains in this area: Vail and Lionshead.
Solitude Mountain Resort (Solitude, Utah)
This swath of real estate in the Wasatch Range is only 40 minutes from Salt Lake City, but is nestled among the serenity of late-season beauty. Solitude will stay open as late as April 15 and is certainly one of the best options for a mid-week day trip. Two of the best home bases for your visit are within the resort itself: Powderhorn Lodge and The Inn at Solitude.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson&rsquos elevation and proximity to the Tetons offers some excellent late-season runs with Snow King in town and the main resort just minutes away. Should you tire of traditional winter sports, you could head out to Turpin Meadow Ranch for fat biking, snowshoeing and more. Back in town, you could do worse than retreating to one of the Rustic Inn&rsquos hot tubs to rest those weary bones and recharge.
Killington Ski Resort (Killington, Vermont)
This resort in the middle of Vermont offers a nice range of ski trails split among ability levels. While skiing extends well into spring (they closed June 1 last season), Killington also has plenty of do off the mountain, including an 18-hole championship golf course (with the dog-friendly Chalet Killington set right off the links). It&rsquos a great spot for culture too: The resort hosts a variety of concerts, festivals and other events alongside the excellent trails.
Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort (Wenatchee, Washington)
Tucked away in the eastern foot of the Washington Cascades, Mission Ridge is one of those under-the-radar destinations that people seem to pass by (and the locals would prefer to keep it that way). Spread out across a 2,000-acre basin, the resort rarely has lines and trails are often full of light, dry powder. It also is one of the more family-friendly resorts in the area with dedicated child activities and lessons. Several properties offer "Stay & Play" packages, including the Springhill Suites Wenatchee by Marriott.
Whistler Blackcomb (Whistler, British Columbia)
With two mountains and the Canadian wilderness at your doorstep, Whistler Blackcomb is one of North America&rsquos largest ski resorts for good reason. Skiing and snowboarding run well into April, plus the transition "shoulder season" offers a number of other activities from ziplining to backcountry trails. Not to be missed is the main village with tributes to the 2010 Olympics, plenty of solid restaurants and vibrant nightlife. Delta Hotels by Marriott Whistler Village Suites is just off the center of the village and even has in-house ski and snowboard rentals should you not want to bring your own.
Mont Sainte-Anne (Beaupre, Quebec)
Each weekend in April this resort northeast of Quebec City puts on a show for those that take advantage of its late-season runs. Their "Spring Madness" program includes live bands, free hot tubs at the base of the mountain, inflatable games and more. It&rsquos Apres culture taken up a notch. Retreat from the hustle and bustle at the Chateau Mont-Sainte Anne, which offers a variety of studios and condos suited to your group&rsquos specific needs.
Tordrillo Mountain Lodge (Skwentna, Alaska)
A 40-minute flight from Anchorage gets you to this remote destination/accommodation where skiing (specifically heli-skiing) runs into July. Because of the daily freezing cycles, a specific kind of powder known as "corn snow" forms where the snow crystals are prime for soft, carvable runs as they thaw in the morning and refreeze towards the end of the day. And if you tire of skiing, the King Salmon fishing is worth the trek too.
Silver Mountain (Kellogg, Idaho)
If you&rsquore one to push your luck towards squeezing out one last run, Silver Mountain might be your spot. Twice in the last 10 years, the resort has had ski runs open through Memorial Day weekend. While you&rsquore there, you can take advantage of some of the region&rsquos best mountain biking too &mdash the terrain below should be clear. The main village&rsquos Morning Star Lodge offers a nice respite from the slopes.
Big Sky, Montana
To the northwest of Yellowstone lies this gem, which really captures the essence of the American West with access to a top-tier mountain to boot. With an expansive set of runs and trails, there&rsquos a late-season route available for every ability level. Summit at Big Sky is a luxurious accommodation choice and in the middle of all the village action.
Top 10: best ski hotels & resort in North America
Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire.
Today (November 20, 2017): Top 10 best ski hotels & resort in North America.
It’s that time of the year again, when ski areas across the northern hemisphere are gearing up for their winter season as temperatures cool down. I have previously published a post about the best ski resorts in Europe, and today, we’re heading to North America. While North American ski areas may not be as extensive as their European counterparts in the Alps, they often boast more spectacular and deserted mountain scenery, better powder quality with more frequent snow dumps, less risks for avalaches, and fewer queues at ski lifts. The best ski resorts are found in the USA states of Utah (Park City), Wyoming (Jackson Hole) and Colorado (Aspen, Vail, Beaver Creek), and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia (Whistler) and Alberta (Lake Louise). All of these areas feature a wide range of five star resorts to suit the more discerning travelers, not just good skiers and snowboarders. So, before you head out to hit the slopes, have a look at my top 10 list of the most exclusive ski hotels & lodges in North America.
There is more info (with reviews) below the slide show. Think I missed one? Leave a comment or take my poll below!
10. FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE, ALBERTA
Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the world-famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta’s Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is recognized globally for progressive environmental stewardship and responsible tourism. Originally built as a base for outdoor enthusiasts and alpinists over 100 years ago, the massive Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a year-round luxury mountain resort offering scenic hiking and canoe activities in summer and heli-skiing, dogsledding, ice-skating and sleigh-riding in the dramatic winter months. After a long day on the slopes in the fresh air, you can retreat to the hotel’s excellent spa facilities or enjoy fine dining in one of the many restaurants.
- Hotel website: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
- Other accolades: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise also features in my top 10 list of the best hotels in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, and a souvenir personal portrait session with a professional photographer).
9. SUNDANCE RESORT, UTAH
Nestled at the base of and owned by actor Robert Redford, Sundance is a haven for discovery and inspiration that offers diverse mountain recreation experiences year round. Only an hour’s drive from Salt Lake City and 45 minutes from Park City, Sundance features 95 rustically elegant mountain cottages and 10 mountain homes that echo the simplicity of the natural setting. Each of lodging units is uniquely appointed in a style that integrates with mountain environment, including rough-hewn wood, warm tones and Native American accents. Many of suites include a stone fireplace and a deck or patio. All cottages offer easy access to downhill and cross-country skiing and snowboarding. The award-winning restaurants and spa contribute to the diverse amenities of this quiet mountain village and resort.
- Hotel website: Sundance Resort
- Other accolades: Sundance Resort also features in my top 10 list of luxury hotels owned by celebrities.
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (upgrade on arrival, daily continental breakfast, and a three course dinner for 2).
8. THE LITTLE NELL, COLORADO
With the city of Aspen at their front door and Aspen Mountain in their backyard, The Little Nell is the only hotel with ski-in, ski-out access to historic Aspen Mountain, and Aspen’s only recipient of both the Forbes/Mobil and AAA Five-Diamond Awards. The Little Nell has 92 spacious guest rooms including 11 suites and three signature suites. From the finest in haute cuisine to the 20,000 bottles of wine in their cellar, from the concierges in the lobby to the concierges on the mountains, and from family adventure to après ski, this hotel is – guests have said – ‘the Aspen of Aspen’. Regular celebrity guests include Jack Nicholson, Kevin Costner, Kate Hudson, Felicity Huffman, Elle Macpherson, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Aniston and Mariah Carey, who has reportedly bought out the penthouse in prior years for a view of Aspen Mountain.
- Hotel website: The Little Nell
- Other accolades: The Little Nell also features in my top 10 list of luxury hotels loved by celebrities.
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (upgrade on arrival, daily continental breakfast, and $100 USD resort credit).
7. FOUR SEASONS RESORT VAIL, COLORADO
Four Seasons Vail offers a fresh approach to alpine style, blending sophisticated contemporary design with cozy mountain tradition. Within a nature-inspired, eight-storey landmark, the hotel offers 121 high-tech guest rooms, including 24 suites – most with mountain and pool views, a furnished balcony, a gas-burning fireplace and a spacious bathroom with free-standing oval tub. With its spectacular view of Vail Mountain, the outdoor, heated pool allows for year-round enjoyment. After an invigorating day in the mountains, the alpine Spa at Four Seasons is the perfect place to soothe, restore and enhance your well-being. You’ll find a variety of dining venues on-site – including the luxe and hip The Remedy Bar – which celebrate deliciously nutrition-conscious cuisine inspired by Vail’s healthful, active lifestyle.
- Hotel website: Four Seasons Resort Vail
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, $100 USD spa credit).
6. STEIN ERIKSEN LODGE DEER VALLEY, UTAH
Named after Norwegian Olympic Gold Medal skier Stein Eriksen and nestled mid-mountain at Deer Valley Resort, the lodge is a European getaway in the heart of Park City. The hotel more than lives up to the hype, with a 23,000-square-foot spa, world-class dining, legendary service, and ski-in/ski-out access to 2,000 acres of powdery terrain. Each one of the 180 rooms or suites is designed with rich colors, natural textures, and sumptuous fabrics, and each echoing elements of Norway’s traditional style mixed with contemporary American aesthetics. More than 145 stone fireplaces throughout the property, many en-suite, add coziness and warmth to the cathedral ceilings in the well-appointed common areas. Seasonal, locally sourced cuisine at its restaurant Glitretind has made it one of the areas top dining venues.
- Hotel website: Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for 2, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD spa credit).
5. VICEROY SNOWMASS, COLORADO
At Viceroy Snowmass, one of North America’s greatest mountains is at your fingertips. Just minutes from downtown Aspen, this spectacular ski-in/ski-out resort resembles a huge fortress that could just as easily fit in the Himalayas as it does here. The resort’s 173 residentially appointed accommodations feature custom-designed interiors, pillow top mattresses with 100% Egyptian cotton bed linens, granite-counter kitchens, and private sundecks. The 7,000-square-foot spa with its waterfall-fed soaking pool offers a selection of wellness experiences, from Ute Native American-inspired therapies to contemporary beauty rituals. Dining choices are inspired, as is après-ski action. And the resort has been praised for its sustainability efforts, helping to preserve the pristine Rocky Mountain playground outside.
- Hotel website: Viceroy Snowmass
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for 2, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD resort credit).
4. FOUR SEASONS RESORT WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Home to what is by far the largest ski resort in all of North America, the pedestrian village of Whistler is on Canada’s breathtaking west coast – just north of Vancouver. Guests at the Four Seasons Whistler can choose from endless activities on or off the mountain before retreating to one of the resort’s 273 inviting guestrooms, suites or townhouses, or 20 luxurious private residences. All accommodations are richly appointed in wood – each with their own gas fireplace – and offer superb views of the mountains, forest, valley, pool or courtyard from private balconies. After the rigors of skiing, golf, or shopping, you inhale alpine air while you’re massaged with the clay from a nearby lake or survey the snow-capped peaks while soaking in the outdoor whirlpools. The hotel’s celebrated restaurant, Sidecut Modern Steak, serves Canadian Prime Beef
- Hotel website: Four Seasons Resort Whistler
- Other accolades: Four Seasons Resort Whistler also features in my top list of the best luxury resorts of Canada.
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, $100 USD spa credit).
3. ST REGIS ASPEN, COLORADO
The famous St Regis Aspen hotel is a contemporary version of a Gilded Age mountainside manor, providing an uncompromising base for arbiters of fine food and wine, connoisseurs of culture and adventure seekers. Located just steps from Aspen’s signature slopes and featuring premier amenities and St. Regis service, the resort is surrounded by icy mountain streams, shimmering alpine lakes and majestic snow-capped peaks. Each of the resort’s 179 guest rooms offers stunning views of the Rocky Mountains, inspiring guests to wake at the crack of dawn and hit the storied Colorado steeps. The Remede Spa is open year-round, complete with a 24-hour fitness center. Located in an ideal spot at the base of Aspen Mountain, the hotel is within walking distance to Aspen’s ultra exclusive shops, restaurants and entertainment.
- Hotel website: St Regis Aspen
- Other accolades: St Regis Aspen also features in my top 10 list of the best ski hotels in the world.
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for 2, $100 USD food & beverage credit, early check-in, late check-out, and a welcome note accompanied by fresh fruit bowl and mineral water).
2. PARK HYATT BEAVER CREEK RESORT AND SPA, COLORADO
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa is a magnificent chateau-style Vail resort that incorporates the grandeur of its idyllic Colorado Rocky Mountain setting. From the hotel’s winter ski in-ski out access in the village, to the thrill of white-water rafting, hiking and outdoor adventures for all seasons, the best of Beaver Creek is waiting for you, just outside the hotel’s doors. The wood and sandstone interior complements the magnificent Rocky Mountain views, which can be enjoyed through the French doors of each room. The warm accommodations feature wood and sandstone interiors with a signature Hyatt bed fitted with soft linens and down duvet piled atop a plush pillow-top mattress. The hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access, a year-round heated outdoor pool, and an outdoor fire pit for roasting s’mores as the sun sets.
- Hotel website: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa
- Other accolades: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek also features in my top 10 list of the best ski hotels in the world.
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for 2, $100 USD food & beverage credit, early check-in, and late check-out).
1. AMANGANI, WYOMING
Situated close to some of the USA’s finest ski slopes as well as Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Amangani is an all-season resort overlooking the beautiful valley of Jackson Hole in Wyoming. Amangani – meaning ‘peaceful home’ – clings to the crest of East Gros Ventre Butte, some 7000 feet (2200 m) above sea level, and affords magnificent views of the Grand Tetons and Snake River Valley below. It was the first Aman resort in North America and evokes the atmosphere of the American West. Sensitively designed with materials native to Wyoming, Amangani features redwood walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, and woven cowhide chairs. Spacious suites include king-sized beds, a fireplace, and a daybed, with sliding glass doors leading to a deck with mountain views.
- Hotel website: Amangani
- Other accolades: Amangani also features in my top 10 list of the best luxury hotels in the USA and the best ski hotels in the world.
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for 2, early check-in, late check-out, and one lunch for 2).
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10 . Loon MountainMountain Club on Loon
Loon Mountain is a great ski destination for intermediates, families and freestylers. If you’re coming from the East Coast, it's just 2 hours north of Boston, making it a very convenient day trip. The terrain ranges from gentle cruisers to black diamond steep pitches with over half the mountain covered in blue runs for intermediates. The resort also offers snow tubing, ice skating and an indoor climbing wall which are perfect activities for families, friends or couples. Freestylers will appreciate the 7 award-winning terrain parks and the only SuperPipe in New Hampshire.