There's something very special about being on the snow covered slopes all day, gliding down a freshly groomed trail or riding the bumps on a precipitous mogul run. After your time on the mountain, there's no better feeling than returning to luxurious accommodations for some R and R or to a nearby pub for festive apres ski activities.
Experienced ski travelers know that ski-in, ski-out accommodations can make all the difference in the world for skiers who prefer convenience. Why drive to the base lodge each day in order to try and find parking while lugging along all of your equipment, or take a crowded shuttle, when you can walk to the lifts from your front door?
When planning your next ski vacation, consider these luxurious accommodations.
Vail Ski Resort, Colorado
The Arrabelle at Vail Square, in the midst of Colorado’s magnificent Rocky Mountains, creates the ideal setting for the ultimate ski vacation. Just steps from world-class skiing, this sumptuous five-star hotel in the center of Vail Square captures the romance of Vail’s alpine legacy. The luxurious Arrabelle at Vail Square is reminiscent of grand resorts in the European Alps. The hotel was inspired by the architecture that graces such European cities as Innsbruck, Prague and Salzburg.
When you manage to pull yourself away from your plush accommodations inside the hotel, you’ll find yourself just steps from Vail's Eagle Bahn Gondola and the enticing slopes of Vail Mountain. The hotel features 62 spacious, elegantly designed guest rooms as well as several five-bedroom private residences. After you’ve conquered the slopes, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa by the two-story fireplace in the spectacular Great Room. Sip après-ski cocktails on the terrace or savor the culinary delights served up at Tavern on the Square.
Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont
The mythology and magnetism of Stowe are the inspiration that continues to bring skiers who desire a very special experience. Built five years ago, Stowe Mountain Lodge has set a new standard of luxury and aesthetics for one of the East Coast's most magnificent resorts. Nestled at the base of Stowe Mountain Resort, Stowe Mountain Lodge offers a truly luxurious setting, while still paying respect to the Vermont traditions of utilizing local artisan products and embracing the tranquility of nature. The six-story, 300-room luxury New England resort features a picturesque façade of woven timber and shingles that draw upon the natural harmony found in nature, as well as stone veneer created from local quarries, and expansive glass to bring the beauty of the lodge's outdoor surroundings to the indoors.
The interior design further emphasizes the fresh and contemporary take on natural beauty, enabling guests to experience Stowe, Vermont lodging through a mélange of old and new, rustic and romantic. Natural Vermont woods and stones, birch bark columns and detailing provide a simplistic backdrop to lively, contemporary folk art pieces. The color palette of the local seasons - vibrant reds, deep oranges, warm yellows and soothing greens - in varying patterns and textures found in the upholstery of inviting furnishings. Each room has been custom-designed as a respite with warm tones, plush furnishings and soothing amenities. All rooms are framed by oversized windows and outdoor balconies, allowing skiers to take full advantage of the remarkable mountain landscape.
Deer Valley Ski Resort, Utah
Just steps away from Deer Valley Resort’s Northside Express chairlift, The Grand Lodge brings new meaning to luxury. From the exquisite stone and wrought iron architecture to the premier ski-in, ski-out access, these luxury condominiums offer the privacy and exhilarating beauty that is only imaginable in a five-star resort.
Spacious three to six bedroom residences have been designed to take advantage of both the mid-day sun shining over Flagstaff Mountain and the glorious down valley views of Park City. Each residence features hand hewn beams, custom cabinets, granite countertops and Sub Zero appliances along with exquisite furnishings that will satisfy the most discriminating tastes. The Grand Lodge’s two common area hot tubs, ski locker room, ski valet service, steam room, fitness center, guest lounge and on-site concierge provide a tasteful environment.
Squaw Valley, California
Slopeside accommodations at the Village at Squaw Valley bring the beauty of the outdoors into an elegant and warm interior. Units with granite countertops, natural wood furniture and cozy stone hearth fireplaces are the perfect place to relax after a day of schussing this world-class mountain. Luxurious condominium suites range from 523 to 1,786 square feet, with full bathrooms for every bedroom and fully equipped gourmet kitchens. A cozy gas fireplace with slate hearth will provide the warmth skiers crave after being exposed to the elements all day, as will heated slate tile in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Private balconies are available in one bedroom and larger units.
Two bedroom suites include 900 square feet of space and comfortably sleeps up to 6 guests. A master bedroom features a king-size bed with ample closet space while a second bedroom features a queen size bed and additional closet space. A spacious living room includes a queen size sofa sleeper fully furnished with dining table, chairs, television, DVD player and a warm gas fireplace. Hydronic heating systems heat the slate tiles on the kitchen and bathroom floors further enhancing the comfort of each unit.