America’s 10 best ski resorts

It’s awfully hard to find a better winter pastime than skiing. Speeding down the snow is about as exhilarating as it gets, but winding down at an incredible resort after skiing comes pretty close. Here are 10 ski resorts that give you everything you want in the United States.


1. Four Seasons – Jackson Hole, Wyoming
You have ski-in/ski-out at the Four Seasons Jackson Hole, but there’s just too much cool stuff do enjoy at the resort to focus only on the fresh powder. Each room welcomes you with a fireplace and furnishings making it as cozy as home. If you can stay on the fifth to eighth floors, you’ll get incredible mountain views from impeccably furnished terraces.

Four Seasons

2. Sky Hotel – Aspen, Colorado
Sometimes you want a modern touch to your ski trip, and Aspen’s Sky Hotel gives you that and more. Each room has the feel of a typical ski lodge, but plenty of modern amenities. And the après-ski scene at the 39 Degrees Lounge is one of the best in the country. The Sky Hotel also makes things good for folks bringing their furry friends by furnishing rooms with doggy beds, walking services, in-room bowls for food and water, and no additional charges for pets.

Sky Hotel

3. Sonnenalp Resort of Vail – Vail, Colorado
The Sonnenalp might not be the biggest resort in Vail, but its hotel rooms have huge windows (and private balconies) that give you amazing views of both the Gore Range and Vail Village. It also has one of the best breakfast buffets you’ll find in the area, so load up before you hit the slopes.

Sonnenalp Resort of Vail

4. The Little Nell – Aspen, Colorado
Looking for luxury? Look no further than this gorgeous Aspen hotel that’s close to Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk Mountain Ski Area and Wagner Park. The Little Nell has packing & unpacking services in rooms that are among the best in town. Meanwhile, the in house restaurants – element 47 and Ajax Tavern – will have you thinking about them as you slalom during the day.

The Little Nell

5. One Ski Hill Place – Breckenridge, Colorado
Like to have space when you’re on vacation? One Ski Hill Place has what you want with rooms that feel more like condos. And if you get tired of cooking something up on your own gourmet kitchen or the great skiing, you can always try to become Big Ern McCracken at the Mine Shaft Bowling Alley – a two-lane alley that’s perfect for your group to unwind.

One Ski Hill Place

6. Whiteface Lodge – Lake Placid, New York
You just knew the home of the “Miracle on Ice” would have a great ski resort. Lake Placid’s Whiteface Lodgegives that rustic image with its wooden façade and cast-iron fireplaces in each room of this all-suite resort that’s next door to the enormous six-million-acre Adirondack Park. If you want to walk about that park, or anywhere near the lodge, just pick up some snowshoes for an experience not many people have had before.

Whiteface Lodge

7. The Gant – Aspen, Colorado
Taking the family on a skiing getaway? You’d do well to book some time at The Gant. This resort has a room for any group, boasting one- to four-bedroom condos. And each comes with a private balcony to enjoy the brisk atmosphere. On top of that is an attentive staff that’s second to none. 

The Gant

8. Stein Eriksen Lodge – Park City, Utah
Why not spoil yourself with a stay at a five-star ski resort, right? This lodge has found a perfect blend of a traditional Norwegian chalet with contemporary American aesthetics. What does that mean? It means you’re getting a cozy room that’s in a resort with a 10,000-bottle wine cellar and incredible photo ops from practically every angle.

Stein Eriksen Lodge

9. Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort – Truckee, California
The skiing is great at Northstar-at-Tahoe, but you may not see any of it because the rooms are so awesome. Surround-sound TV, well-equipped kitchens, and wood burning fireplaces adorn comfortable rooms. There’s even an in-lobby gondola to take you to the top of the mountain. How cool is that?!?

Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort

10. Trapp Family Lodge – Stowe, Vermont
Ever wondered what happened to the von Trapp family from “The Sound of Music?” That family opened this world class ski resort in a spot that reminded them of their beloved Austria – Stowe, Vermont. The 2,400 acres this lodge sits on is about as gorgeous as you’d want to see. One of the coolest things you can do is take either a snowshoe trek or go cross-country skiing three miles to the Slayton Pasture Cabin. That’s the spot to warm up next to a fireplace while enjoying homemade soup, sandwiches and hot chocolate. Oh, and if you were wondering if Trapp Family Lodge shows the movie. It does on Thursday nights. And you can take a history tour about the family.

Trapp Family Lodge