Let’s admit it – no one likes when those long, hot summer days slowly turn into Fall, making way for the snow and slush of Winter. What better way to remove some of that Winter-related anguish, than to start planning your next snowy getaway?
So head into your storage closet, try on those ski boots and make your way out to buy the latest fashion in gloves and scarves because North America’s top five ski resorts are waiting for you. If you’re not a skier, don’t fret, some of these resorts have award-winning spas and restaurants, so you can while away those cold days indoors enjoying a massage or devouring a steaming bowl of soup.
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Just over 120kms north of Vancouver, lies Whistler Blackcomb, one of North America’s largest ski resorts. Not for the faint-hearted, Whistler Blackcomb is home to the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, for people who wish to move between the tops of the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Originally intended for the 1968 Winter Olympics bid (which wasn’t won), construction on Whistler Blackcomb went ahead and now hosts over two million guests every year.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
The ski-in, ski-out Fairmont Chateau Whistler is located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. With several restaurants, a health club, pools, tennis courts, golf course and driving range, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler can keep your whole group entertained.
In Francophone Canada, just north of Montreal, you will find Mont Tremblant. Mont Tremblant turns 75 this year, so it’s the perfect time to head over and enjoy some of the festivities this skiing town has to offer. If you’re not a skier, you can enjoy sleigh rides and tubing as well as spa days, crepes and poutine (French fries slathered in gravy and cheese curds).
A boutique hotel located in the heart of the Laurentians, Hotel Quintessence features 30 luxury suites on beautiful Lake Tremblant. Wind down from your day on the slopes with yoga or a facial and body treatment at the hotel’s Spa Sans Sabots.
Named after mountain man, trapper and trader David Jackson, Jackson Hole is located in the American state of Wyoming. Not only famous for skiing (especially backcountry), Jackson Hole is also known to have some of the best food any mountain resort has to offer. If you head over to Jackson Hole this season, take a ride on The Tram, which will take you over 4,000 feet above the base of Teton Village to Rendezvous Mountain in 15 minutes.
Four Seasons Jackson Hole
The Four Seasons Jackson Hole is the perfect place to enjoy the views of Grand Tetons from within luxury accommodation with a rustic edge. Savor the lodge-style accommodation and enjoy ski-in/ski-out access, a full-service spa and a variety of restaurants.
Located in a remote area of the Elk Mountains and the Rocky Mountains’ Sawatch Range, along the Roaring Fork River, Aspen is home to fewer than 7,000 residents. This all changes when ski season hits, as all the “who’s who” hit the slopes. Aspen is the perfect skiing destination if you’re in the mood for some celebrity spotting and has been featured in several films and television shows.
The St. Regis Aspen Resort
Fresh from a $40 million renovation, the mountainside St. Regis is just steps away from all that the slopes have to offer. Guests looking to unwind can take advantage of the St. Regis Rituals or the Butler Service provided by the hotel.
Nestled in Alberta’s Banff National Park, Lake Louise Ski Resort is one of the three ski resorts in the Park. With a variety of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs, as well as a Terrain Park for all levels of riders, skiers and snowboarders can play side-by-side. Guests can also enjoy cross-country skiing, dogsledding and ice-skating, among a range of other activities.
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
When one thinks of luxury accommodation at Lake Louise, the first resort that comes to mind is almost always The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Home to several top-notch restaurants and The Spa, guests are sure to enjoy a relaxing vacation, skier or not.