What makes for a winter wonderland? Take winter sports like skiing, snowboarding and sledding, add a quaint mountain village, plus a fairy-tale-inspiring ski resort and cue majestic snowfall. Here are some of the most beautiful hotels in the Rocky Mountains that also happen to have some of the best slopes in North America.
Teton Mountain Lodge
Located just one mile from Grand Teton National Park, Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa mixes classic mountain elegance with laid-back country stylings. The rooms and suites emulate a cabin in the woods essence but with a luxurious touch. Views from the Lodge open up to snowy dunes and mountain slopes. Make sure to head down to the Spur Restaurant & Bar for a custom cocktail and relax your body and mind at the hotel’s Solitude Spa — named the No.1 spa in Wyoming by Conde Nast Traveler.
Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center
Nestled among the snowy pines and powder-dipped mountain tops of Breckenridge, CO is the Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center. Cozy rooms are complete with daily fresh wood delivery for the in-room fireplaces and six outdoor hot tubs to help you unwind after a long day on the slopes. Summit County boasts some of the finest ski resorts in North America: Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain. Free buses travel between ski areas and if you’re feeling adventurous, there’s night skiing available in Keystone.
The Lodge at Jackson Hole
Explore Wyoming’s wild frontier by spending your day snowmobiling, skiing, or sledding and then wind down at the Lodge at Jackson Hole in Wyoming. Each of the Lodge’s 154 guestrooms offer Western-style décor and suites with in-room fireplaces for cold winter nights. For those travelers who don’t like being pampered (if that’s possible), you can skip the onsite spa in favor of dog sledding or a wildlife tour!
Mountain Thunder Lodge
Located in the heart of the Breckenridge Ski Resort in beautiful Colorado, Mountain Thunder Lodge features cosmopolitan luxury in a rustic mountain setting. Enjoy the outdoor hot tubs and the heated pool complete with scenic views and then head back to your comfy condo or townhome to relax on the oversized couches. Guests looking to try something other than the traditional skiing adventure can try the newest snow sport – Snowkiting. Similar to kitesurfing, Snowkiting is an outdoor winter sport where people use kite power to glide on snow or ice. There’s no better place to give it a try!
A fan favorite since 1968, the Tivoli Lodge in Vail, CO boasts a cozy, home-style feel with ski storage facilities, outdoor hot tubs and scenic vistas. Treat yourself to a breakfast with house specialties like French toast and cinnamon rolls before you hit the slopes for an action-packed day. The Tivoli Lodge is conveniently situated between the shops and restaurants of Vail Village and Golden Peak, a bustling ski portal onto Vail Mountain.
Spring Creek Ranch
Saddle up for a full day of snow sledding through an Elk refuge! Spring Creek Ranch ensures that its guests receive the full Wyoming-style experience that Jackson Hole can offer. The Ranch offers guests the choice of inn rooms, condominiums, or mountain villas – but all emulate the cowboy charm in a slightly more luxurious setting. Don’t miss your chance to stay on this wildlife sanctuary in the Rockies.
With stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and some of the best nature adventures that Colorado has to offer located just moments away, The Stanley hotel is the perfect place for your winter getaway. The Rocky Mountain National Park is just six miles away – hiking, biking, skiing and even snowshoeing are at your disposal. Each of the Stanley’s 140 guestrooms offers classic décor (think cherry wood and four-poster beds) and still exude the original grandeur of the era during the hotel’s construction in 1909.
Kimpton Sky Hotel
Come play at the Sky Hotel in Aspen. The Sky is a winter sport junkie’s dream – complete with ski-in access to the lifts, ski rentals, and a heated pool. The Sky Hotel is ready to pamper guests after a long day carving through the fresh powder of Aspen’s black diamond runs with a complimentary evening wine hour, in-room spa services, and signature animal print robes. Play hard during the day and then cozy up to the fire with a glass of wine in hand for a typical evening at the Sky Hotel.
Guests won’t believe their luck upon arrival at The Gant hotel in Aspen. Nestled at the base of Aspen Mountain between White River National Park and the Elk Reserve, The Gant hotel offers all of the comforts of home in their luxurious condos combined with the impeccable service of a high-star resort. Each of the 120 luxury Aspen condominium rentals include a full kitchen, spacious living area, wood burning fireplace, and a balcony. The Gant will be happy to provide you with a comprehensive overview of Aspen’s ski resort services.
St. Regis Aspen Resort
For guests looking for a 19th century styled magnificent manor surrounded by snowy mountains and shimmering icy streams – look no further – the St. Regis Aspen Resort has your winter wonderland fairytale ready and waiting to delight you. The extravagant guestrooms feature antiqued oak flooring and are outfitted with custom furnishings including a leather bed and desk designed by Ralph Lauren. Relax at the award-winning Remède Spa after a long day on the iconic Aspen slopes.
Vail Cascade Resort & Spa
The sophistication and comfort offered by the Cascade Resort in Vail CO. will satisfy the whole family. The rustic décor and blazing fireplaces makes everyone feel at home. Glance out the window to see the snowy pines and the ski chairlifts just steps away. The Cascade has their own ski concierge to keep winter sports enthusiasts satisfied. Enjoy any one of the Cascade’s accommodations — hotel guest rooms, suites, condos and private residences. After a long day frolicking in the snow, hit the heated infinity pool overlooking Gore Creek then relax in one of the three hot tubs and finally grab a beer at the Atwater on Gore Creek Restaurant.
The Hotel Telluride
Originally a mining town, Telluride, CO. became famous for its Telluride Ski Resort in the 1970s — the same slopes continue to satisfy expert skiers visiting the area today. Now boasting one of the best ski facilities in North America, Telluride is also famous for film and music festivals. The Hotel Telluride is conveniently located in the center of town. Guests are close to shops, restaurants and nightlife – while still being just minutes from the gondola that takes you up to the perfectly groomed slopes. Spend the day in fresh powder snow and relax at the hotel with a special ‘skier’s massage’ – a sports massage technique that combines hot stones, muscle restorative herbal massage oil.
The Hotel Colorado has been entertaining and delighting guests since its opening in 1893. The hotel is modeled after a traditional Italian Villa, complete with an extravagantly lit fountain. Each guestroom is decorated with 19th century Italy in mind — even the wallpaper is imported straight from Italy! Make sure to head downstairs to Legends, the hotel’s quaint cafe (think Italy in the country), which serves up a mean espresso to fight the bitter cold before or after a day on the slopes! It’s also worth mentioning that Hotel Colorado becomes a magical place during the Christmas season. The hotel’s annual lighting ceremony takes place on the weekend after Thanksgiving, when more than one million lights bring the historic hotel to life.