The days of drafty, run-down lodges are long gone. Ski towns are all grown up now, with accommodations that range from hip Instagrammable hostels to ritzy five-star resorts.
Hotels in Colorado’s most popular ski getaways, like Aspen, Vail, and Telluride, have revamped traditionally stodgy offerings—think: complimentary breakfast, free shuttles, and hot tubs—and blended them with rave-worthy perks like ski concierges and bustling, affordable happy hours.
Alpine design is in the midst of a makeover, too. Hotels haven’t gone completely rogue from the traditions of the past, but yesterday’s dark woods and taxidermy now blend seamlessly with pops of color and playful textures. Some hotel lobbies feature lime green side tables next to Eames-inspired rockers, while others balance timber cathedral ceilings and towering stone fireplaces with velvet couches in a decadent cobalt blue.
Changes aside, hotels know what makes for a quintessential Rocky Mountain moment: a roaring fire, a hot drink, and a guitarist strumming John Denver songs. Here are the 13 best ski hotels in Colorado you’ll be happy to hunker down in when the flakes start flying.
Note: Properties are listed north to south.Read More