8 North American Ski Resorts We Love (And You Will Too)
Whether you’re an avid skier or avid après-skier, these eight ski resorts have it all.
1. The St. Regis Aspen Resort
Aspen’s skiing and snowboarding may be epic, but its après-ski is legendary, and no one does après better than the St. Regis Aspen. After a day on the slopes, fireside cocktails or Champagne sabering are a must. Or, dine at the resort’s new eatery, Velvet Buck. Throw in the hotel’s slope-side location, plush guest rooms and award-winning spa and you’ve got the ultimate Aspen retreat.
Don’t miss: Be the first to carve fresh pow on the slopes every morning. Reservations are offered on select days beginning in December.
2. The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa and Westin Riverfront Mountain Villas
Beaver Creek is a skier’s paradise, and the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa and Riverfront Mountain Villas give you easy access with the Express Gondola right outside the doors. Being active is what it’s all about at these sister properties. The resort’s resident athletes — 2015 XTERRA World Champion Josiah Middaugh and alpine ski racer and gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin — host seasonal events at the resort. Once you’re done with the 1,800 acres of skiable terrain, head to the Anjali Spa for a Rocky Mountain Sports Massage meant to alleviate sore muscles.
Don’t miss: Beaver Creek Resort chefs serve warm, freshly baked cookies at 3 p.m. every day (495,000 every year!).
3. The St. Regis Deer Valley
Deer Valley, Utah
Just minutes from Park City with ski-in, ski-out access to Deer Valley Resort, the St. Regis Deer Valley is the perfect jumping off place. After an adventure-filled day, retreat to the St. Regis’ residential suites with glass-enclosed fireplaces, plush beds, luxurious bathrooms and views of the Wasatch Mountains. Fine après-ski can be had at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s J&G Grill, the handsome St. Regis Bar or the Mountain Terrace’s Fire Garden.
Don’t miss: Carve turns alongside Heidi Voelker, Deer Valley Resort’s Ambassador of Skiing and a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team, during the Ski with a Champion experience.
4. The Westin Monache Resort
Mammoth Lakes, California
The Westin Monache Resort is the perfect point from which to launch your Mammoth Mountain, Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Valley adventures. Take advantage of Mammoth’s 300 sunny days a year and the longest ski season on the continent (thank you, California!), then store your skis and snowboard at the seasonal ski valet to keep clutter under control. And when the kids (and you) need a break, check out the Westin Kids Club, a retreat for the 12-and-under crowd with daily activities.
Don’t miss: Woolly’s Tube Park, with a snow play area, tube lift and six groomed lines for tubing.
5. Westin Snowmass Resort
Snowmass Village, Colorado
Dec. 15 marks Snowmass’ 50th anniversary and the resort is celebrating with reduced lift tickets and a Retro Party. Join the fun at the Westin Snowmass Resort, an ideal base camp for the entire family. Drop the kids at the Kids Club, and sneak off to tackle one of four mountains or simply to enjoy a soothing mineral soak at the Westin Snowmass Spa.
Don’t miss: Snowmass’ newest attraction, the Breathtaker. The rider-controlled alpine coaster’s sleek cars drop more than 400 vertical feet on a mile of turning track.
6. Le Westin Resort & Spa
Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
Part of the Laurentian Mountain range, Mont Tremblant is a stunning getaway 80 miles north of Montreal. In the heart of Mont Tremblant’s pictorial pedestrian village, Le Westin Resort & Spa welcomes guests with luxe rooms and suites to call home while you tackle Mont Tremblant. The slopes offer 49 miles of trails overlooking the Laurentians, plus new touring trails for cross-country skiing and three freestyle snowparks.
Don’t miss: Le P’tit Train du Nord, a former railway line that is now a 143-mile recreational path where you can ski, snowmobile or skate.
7. Hotel Talisa
Take advantage of powder-perfect snow — 300 inches of it annually — just two hours west of Denver in Vail. Ready for the smoothest ski possible? The new Hotel Talisa boasts the only on-property chairlift in Vail, so you’re set for the slopes. Once you’re back from the mountain, relax aching muscles with yoga and a glass of bubbly at the twice-weekly Mats and Moët, or up the ante in a salt sauna in The Spa at Hotel Talisa (elevation: 8,150 feet).
Don’t miss: Après ski celebrations every afternoon, featuring live music, Champagne sabering, storytelling and — let’s be honest, our favorite — fresh cookies in the Fireside Lounge.
8. The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
When it comes to sheer size (8,171 acres), trail count (200-plus) and pedigree (host of the 2010 Winter Olympics), Whistler puts the great in Great White North. All of this is just a stone’s throw from The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler, which is conveniently located next to the gondolas. Take a ride on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola ride, which connects the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains for an unforgettable view.
Don’t miss: The Fire & Ice Show, a weekly spectacle featuring freestyle skiers and snowboarders jumping, twisting and flipping through burning rings of fire.