Of all the winter pastimes, none are better paired with luxury than skiing. A cozy lodge on or near a hill with impossibly soft beds coupled with an indulgent spa to work out all the kinks formed during a raucous day of skiing and sliding in magnifique!
Stein Eriksen Lodge — Park City, Utah
This European-inspired lodge is mere steps (or glides) away from world-famous skiing at Deer Valley and has a private movie theater, wine cellar with 19,000 bottles to choose from, a family-oriented game room/restaurant and four just-installed Alpenglobes to provide private, climate-controlled dining with 360-degree views of the breathtaking surroundings. The spa has a full menu of massage, facial and other treatments along with a cardio/weights fitness center and indoor hot and cold pools.
Little Nell Hotel — Aspen, Colorado
Named after the mine it was built over, this has been Aspen’s standard-bearer since it opened in 1989 and set a new level of expectations in this already famous resort. It’s the only five-star hotel with ski-in ski-out access to the slopes, and its lavish suites and premium bedrooms lend a posh refuge after those long, invigorating days on the slopes. There are two restaurants, three bars and a special pet menu to nourish everyone in your family, plus a fitness center and spa to warm yourself up and down.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences, Whistler — Whistler, British Columbia
The Whistler-Blackcomb area is two hours north of Vancouver and was home of the 2010 Olympics, so its winter sports facilities are second to none, although it’s a year-round mountain sports hotspot. The Four Seasons brings generous dollops of European refinement to its comfortable, intimate accommodations, the perfect retreat after a day of winter delights. Services include a ski concierge, the Sidecut steakhouse and a spa where your initial scrub will be with Canadian maple syrup and brown sugar.
W Verbier — Verbier, Switzerland
The latest and greatest entry in the heart of the Swiss Alps’ largest region, the W has ski-in/out access to the resorts of the Les 4 Vallées region and is moments away from the Medran 1 Gondola, which is set to reopen at twice its former capacity this winter. Downhill skiing, heli-skiing and off-piste sojourns are plentiful. Wind down in the AWAY spa or the WET year-round indoor/outdoor pool, or bust a move at the W Off Piste apres-ski outdoor nightclub.
Aman le Melezin — Courchevel 1850, France
France’s alps have their own world-renowned luxury ski wonderland in Les Trois Vallées, and Courchevel is probably the most exclusive town and shopping area within that region. Aman le Melezin offers an exceptional ski experience with all the traditions of the French châteaux and an unbeatable location along the Bellecote pieste. Its rooms and suites feature calming, Asian-influenced design and some have outdoor hot tubs, while its Nama restaurant is renowned for its Japanese cuisine.