It's starting to get cold, really cold for some of us. And my Californian blood doesn't do so well in freezing temps...unless I am skiing, bundled to head to toe, and there are stops in cute chalets to warm up with a hot drink. Despite the fun of getting turns in on the mountain, a ski trip really is complete with a great hotel, a spa, and an adorable village (with plenty of shops and good food). So, that narrows the destinations down a bit...if you exclude Europe. And since it's the beginning of the season, I thought I'd round up the top five North American (+ Canada) crushworthy destinations for your ski trips this winter.
Deer Valley: Montage
I'm pretty partial to this hotel and this mountain. Although the jagged peaks of Snowbird are a lot of fun, the Montage really has THE experience in Deer Valley and it's super kid friendly. Don't miss the smores, the spa, and live music. Oh, and pop on over to Stein Eriksen's for some apres of red wine and fondu.
Such a classic in Vail. Aside from Vail being an awesome ski mountain, and ticking the box of having a great village, the Sonnenalp is the perfect German village feel which is perfect for a snowy retreat. And if you don't stay here you must go for dinner, it would be rude not to!
Sonnenalp Hotel, Vail
Aspen: The Little Nell
The suites...it's all in the suites. Not your average mountain style decor in these rooms, however you will find a bit more of a woodsy vibe in the main rooms. Ski on/ Ski Off. Aspen. Need I say more?
Roch Suite Living Room, The Little Nell
I am pretty certain that a picture says a zillion words in this case. Never been. Need to go. Immediately.
Lake Tahoe: Ritz Carlton Truckee
Although the California ski town vibe is VERY different to the aforementioned, if you're planning to ski around Lake Tahoe, Truckee has a perfect dose of old town charm. And being on the mountain is always a win when it comes to a location to stay.
Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe