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The 38 Essential Ski Town Hotels, November '14

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Curbed Ski is kicking off winter by releasing a brand-new edition of our Hotel 38 map, our answer to the question, "Where should I stay in ski country?" Just in time for you to make those 2015 ski plans, we've curated the top ski town hotels from east to west, from Stowe to Tahoe, and all the way north to Whistler. While largely of the luxurious nature, we've also made sure to include a range, from classic top-notch hotels like the The Little Nell, to boutique spots like Telluride's Lumiere, and to B&B's loaded with personality like Whitefish's Garden Wall Inn and Vermont's Pitcher Inn. In this edition, we've cut the beautiful but rather remote Dunton Hot Springs and the more golf-oriented Hotel Park City in favor of hotels that are a bit closer to skiing. In their place, Curbed Ski would like to welcome Whistler's Fairmont Chateau and Telluride's Inn at Lost Creek, two hotels where skiing takes priority during the winter months. So without further adieu, we present the best hotels in ski country. Keep in mind that the order follows not from best to worst, but simply from east to west.
For those of you readying your pitchforks because your favorite isn't included, wouldn't it be more productive to tip us for next time? We'll be updating this map periodically, so if we blew it by not including your favorite hotel in ski country, let us know your beef by e-mailing us here.

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1. Omni Mount Washington Resort

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310 Mount Washington Hotel Road, White Mountain National Forest
Bretton Woods, NH 03575

One of the last great New England lodges, the Mountain Washington Resort opened in 1902 and hosted the founding of the World Bank and the IMF during World War II. Now with family-friendly skiing a quick drive away at Bretton Woods, the hotel remains a year-round fixture of the White Mountains. Old-world touches like the Great Hall sitting room and the Cave – a former speakeasy – are still around, while fine dining at Stickneys and Donald Ross championship golf course count as stellar modern upgrades.

2. The Pitcher Inn

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275 Main Street
Warren, VT 05674
(802) 496-6350
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In the quaint Vermont town of Warren and only minutes from the slopes of Sugarbush, the Pitcher Inn was crafted out of a renovated Civil War-era lodging home for passing wagon drivers. Its eleven individually-appointed guest rooms, stellar American cuisine in its 275 Main restaurant, and the non-stop energy of GM Ari Sadri all helped the hotel make it on Condé Naste Traveler’s Best List of places to stay worldwide. For those obsessed with rustic Vermont charm, look no further.

3. Stowe Mountain Lodge

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7412 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT 05672
(802) 760-4700
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When it opened in 2008 with 300 guest rooms, the Stowe Mountain Lodge brought the full-service amenities of a resort hotel more commonly found at Western ski areas back to New England, including the hotel’s alpine cabin architecture, stone-framed fireplaces, top-notch service including ski, golf, and fly-fishing “sherpas,” loaner Mercedes, and stellar outdoor pool and hot tub. Its success has been enough to garner the attention of National Geographic and more than a few other publications.

4. Topnotch Resort & Spa

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4000 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT 05672
(800) 451-8686
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With "over the top" food at the family-friendly restaurant The Roost, a new look, a clean and friendly spa, and classic Vermont charm, the Topnotch Resort is a stellar retreat after a day winding through Stowe's trees and soft snow. Guests rave about the roomy fitness center, tennis, and seasonal horseback riding. An outdoor heated pool and hot tub help, too.

5. Lake Placid Lodge

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144 Lodge Way
Lake Placid, NY 12946
(518) 523-2700
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Opened in 2005 in the style of the grand Adirondack lodges, the Lake Placid Lodge sits lakefront on Lake Placid, home of the 1980 Winter Olympics, and about thirty minutes from skiing at Whiteface. Hand-made furniture and great food and wine await guests throughout the hotel. Service is impeccable, with countless personalized touches like champagne on arrival, afternoon snacks, and complimentary mountain bikes, yoga, snowshoes, and cross-country skis. The New York Times recommends renting one of the gorgeous hewn-log cabins with giant stone fireplaces and porcelain tubs. Seventeen are lakefront.

6. One Ski Hill Place

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1521 Ski Hill Road, White River National Forest
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 547-8800
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The relatively new Rock Resorts establishment with ski-in/ski-out service at the base of Breckenridge has quickly become a hit. With a collection of apartment-style residential units, One Ski Hill Place gives families a chance to spread out a bit more. A bowling alley, movie theater, two hot tubs, two pools, and a summertime “Fun Park” with a host of kid-focused diversions should keep vacationing families satisfied. Service is great and the in-house T-Bar with plenty of TVs has become a favorite for lunch or après during ski season.

7. Sonnenalp Resort of Vail

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20 Vail Road, White River National Forest
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 479-5461
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Love Vail Village’s imitation-Alps charm? Then Vail’s giant faux-Austrian lodge - The Sonnenalp - is where you should stay. The spacious rooms are all outfitted with classic Bavarian décor and the white stucco walls that are a hallmark of Germanic Alps lodges. The breakfast buffet gets notably high marks, as does the fondue at Swiss Chalet. While not slopeside, it is within 200 feet of Vail Village’s main pedestrian mall. Guests recommend rooms facing the ambling creek or Vail Mountain itself.

8. The Sebastian Hotel

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16 Vail Road, White River National Forest
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 477-8000
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A luxury boutique hotel, The Sebastian caters to everyone from honeymooners (try the Luxury Plaza Room) to families who want a bit more space (there are one, two, three, and four-bedroom suites). Since the hotel is not slopeside, a private ski valet (called Base Camp) is set up at the base of the mountain near Gondola One to store boots and skis, and staff are always willing to transport skiers by private shuttle. To top it off, the heated pool and four outdoor hot tubs make The Sebastian one of our favorite spots in Vail.

9. Four Seasons Resort Vail

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1 Vail Road, White River National Forest
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 477-8600
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The Four Seasons brings their legendary standards of service to Vail Village with a central location that’s walking distance to anything you’d need to get to in town. Guests rave about the spacious bathrooms, uber-comfy beds and cozy in-room fireplaces, along with the spa (gorgeous!) and the heated pool facing the mountain. There's a great breakfast buffet, a fun game room for families, and a ski concierge at the base of the mountain so skiers never have to struggle with gear. Don't miss their in-house restaurant Flame for some seriously good steaks and the pool and hot tub area is out of this world.

10. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

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130 Daybreak Ridge Road, White River National Forest
Edwards, CO 81632
(970) 748-6200
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The enormous signature ski-in/ski-out lodge of Beaver Creek houses a generous 180 guest rooms and 40 suites. The Ritz’s list of amenities is long and distinguished, too: the only Wolfgang Puck restaurant in Colorado, a 21,000 square foot four-star spa that includes a grotto, and a friendly dog (named Bachelor, naturally) you can actually rent to keep you company. Immaculate rooms greet every guest, and the Bachelor Gulch Express high-speed quad chairlift is right out the back door.

11. The Westin Riverfront Resort

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126 Riverfront Lane
Avon, CO 81620
(970) 790-6000
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This large outpost of the Westin hotel chain has direct access to skiing at Beaver Creek via a gondola and all the ski amenities you could want. Beyond the nicely appointed rooms and friendly staff, the pool is huge and visitors enjoy jaw-dropping mountain views any time of the year. Don't miss the 27,000-square-foot Spa Anjali, consistently ranked one of the top spas in the nation.

12. Lodge At Mountaineer Square

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620 Gothic Road, Gunnison National Forest
Crested Butte, CO 81224
(970) 349-4000
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If you’re coming to ski Crested Butte’s legendary steeps off The North Face and Third Bowl, the Lodge at Mountaineer Square is where you want to stay. Situated a minute walk away from the base of the mountain, the Lodge has many condo-style suites to accommodate families and those who want to be a little bit more self-sufficient, while a free shuttle brings guests to and from the largely undeveloped ski town that is Crested Butte for dinner and drinks. Service and housekeeping gets high marks.

13. Viceroy Snowmass

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130 Wood Road
Snowmass Village, CO 81611
(970) 923-8000
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The ski resort-owned Viceroy was built to bring an Aspen level of luxury Snowmass Village, and it appears to have worked. The ski-in/ski-out hotel gets high marks for service, clean rooms, and suites outfitted with Viking appliances. Delicious hot chocolate and hot spiced cider is served at the end of every ski day, and the staff here goes above and beyond to accommodate any need.

14. The St. Regis Aspen Resort

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315 East Dean Street, White River National Forest
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-3300
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This is Aspen’s most classically luxurious experience. The expansive hotel includes a stellar 15,000 square foot spa, Remède, and fine dining at the hotel’s Italian restaurant, Trecento Quindici Decano. Comfortable beds, top-notch service, and a gorgeous heated outdoor pool and hot tub area bring guests back, again and again. Our tip? Upgrade to a suite for the ultimate in luxury and enjoy a glass of wine while sitting at one of the many outdoor fire pits.

15. Hotel Jerome

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330 East Main Street
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-1000
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The site of the legendary J Bar which inspired an Eagles song, this hotel holds the distinction as the site of Hunter S. Thompson’s memorial service. As one of the first buildings west of the Mississippi to have fully electric lighting, it also made the National Register of Historic Places. An award-winning interior renovation completed in 2012 gave the hotel a gorgeous new lobby along with a great new restaurant – Prospect – while doing away with heavy details like the red velvet that used to hang everywhere. The new Hotel Jerome is better than ever.

16. The Limelight Hotel

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355 S Monarch St
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 925-3025
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This downtown, pet-friendly Aspen hotel boasts rooms that are large, comfortable, and well-priced with plenty of amenities. Expect complimentary town bikes, a heated pool, and nice hot tubs. Located just steps from Aspen Mountain, the hotel also offers free shuttles to Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass. Don't miss the Limelight's tasty breakfast and happy hour (with pizza!) in the lobby. This is our go-to hotel in Aspen.

17. The Little Nell

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675 East Durant Avenue
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-4600
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Downtown Aspen’s most talked-about hotel is the only five-star, five-diamond hotel in town and the only one slopeside on Aspen Mountain. Celebs of all kind book a room to ski or simply to shop and be seen. A renovation in 2009 updated the look and feel of the rooms while another in 2012 added Element 47, a well-reviewed restaurant with an extensive wine list and chef Bryan Moscatello at the helm. The Nell prides itself on service, and will offer guests everything from a quick ride into town to dog walking. This hotel has it all.

18. New Sheridan Hotel & Chop House

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231 West Colorado Avenue, Uncompahgre National Forest
Telluride, CO 81320
(970) 728-4351
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Right on Main Street next to the site of Butch Cassidy’s first bank robbery, the New Sheridan is a classic example of frontier Victorian architecture which houses Telluride's oldest bar. A 2008 renovation updated the cozy historical charm of the building while bringing in a stellar steakhouse and two rooftop hot tubs with views of the ski area. Since it is open to the noise of Main Street’s nightlife below, the hotel provides ‘white noise machines,’ which most guests rank as highly useful.

19. Lumiere

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118 Lost Creek Lane, Uncompahgre National Forest
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 369-0400
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With just eleven hotel rooms and eighteen guest residences, the cozy comforts at the Lumiere impress every time. Helpful staff and the selection of fresh-baked goodies available in the lobby daily are highlights of this ski-in/ski-out location in Mountain Village with immediate access to the slopes at Telluride. The hotel is also a short walk from the town gondola, making it easy to ditch your car. The ski concierge is lovely, rooms are large, and the resort gets high marks for small luxurious touches, like the steam showers that transport you to water nirvana.

20. Inn At Lost Creek

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119 Lost Creek Ln
Mountain Village, CO 81435
(888) 601-5678
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The Inn at Lost Creek just can't be beat for proximity to Telluride's slopes; it's located with ski-in/ski-out access to the Village Express and the Chondola. The 32-room boutique hotel also offers a central location in Mountain Village, with easy access to the free gondola into downtown. Dogs are welcome at this high-end spot, and we love that the Inn at Lost Creek offers one and two-bedroom condos perfect for families or groups of friends. The only drawback is that the Inn doesn't have a full pool, but there are two hot tubs available and both have awesome views of the surrounding peaks. Pro tip: don't miss dining at Siam's Talay Grille located inside the hotel.

21. Hotel Terra

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3335 Village Drive, Teton National Forest
Jackson, WY 83001
(307) 739-4000
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This ‘eco hotel’ at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is within spitting distance of two Jackson Hole institutions – the Tram, and the Mangy Moose. Known for beautiful modern rooms, an excellent spa, and the in-house Italian restaurant, Osteria, its most dramatic feature is the infinity hot tub overlooking the base village. Best enjoyed in winter when proximity to the Tram on powder days is key, it’s also within a few miles of Yellowstone National Park.

22. Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

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7680 Granite Loop Road, Teton National Forest
Teton Village, WY 83025
(307) 732-5000
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A well-noted Forbes travel writer named this luxurious outpost one of his picks for "Hotels I Love" and we love it too. Service is impeccable and winter staff at the hotel's Base Camp will even buckle your ski boots (uh, no thanks). There are well appointed rooms, family-friendly amenities, and a gorgeous nature-inspired pool complex with multiple hot tubs. The hotel wins on location, a short walk from the Jackson Hole gondola in the winter and close to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks in the summer. Just keep in mind that impeccable service won’t make skiing the steep and never-ending vertical of Jackson Hole the slightest bit easier. But that's what we come for!

23. Amangani

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1535 East Butte Road
Jackson, WY 83001

This modern single-story boutique hotel spreads across East Gros Ventre Butte on a remote, private bluff with spectacular views of Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons. The stone and wood décor invite supreme relaxation, as does the location and the 35-meter pool with an open deck facing the peaks. A sizable gym and spa keep visitors healthy and fit, as do the private hiking trails. The Tetons are some of the most dramatic mountains in North America, capped by the 13,775 foot jagged summit of the Grant Teton, and few other locations enjoy the Amangani’s perspective of it.

24. Rustler Lodge

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10380 East Highway 210, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Alta, UT 84092
(888) 532-2582
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The Rustler is the most luxurious of Alta's hotels known for being “Interlodged,” meaning locked down when heavy storms threaten the canyon's concrete hotels with avalanches. Guests lucky enough to be closed in the night before can enjoy private powder the next morning before anyone else can get up the mountain (although, be warned: serious storms can mean Interlodge lasts for days). A hotel stay includes breakfast and dinner that are both superb, and rooms that are very comfortable if not a bit "rustic" compared to other ski towns.

25. Washington School House Hotel

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543 Park Avenue
Park City, UT 84017
(435) 649-3800
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One of the three original schoolhouses in 19th-century Park City, the Washington School House was turned into a B&B in 1984, and the limestone structure was renovated a second time and turned into a luxury boutique hotel in 2011. Compared with the Western rustic motif of most ski town hotels, the Washington School House Hotel has a cooler palette with a contemporary chic that creates a calm mountain oasis. There are only a dozen guest rooms, and all are a tad small, but the experience itself is intimate in all the right ways, as is the service.

26. Goldener Hirsch Inn

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7570 Royal St.
Park City, UT 84060
(435) 649-7770
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Located mid-mountain in the Silver Lake area of Deer Valley Resort, the Goldener Hirsch Inn was voted as the Best Ski Boutique Hotel of 2013 in the World Ski Awards. This Austrian-style inn features ski-in/ski-out luxury complete with antler chandeliers and handcrafted furnishings. With only 20 rooms (all featuring king-size beds and fireplaces) this place doesn't have the huge resort-type amenities of some hotels, but it does cast a magical European charm. Just call us smitten.

27. Montage Deer Valley

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9100 Marsac Avenue
Park City, UT 84060
(435) 604-1300
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A recent addition to the upper crust of the ski scene, the Montage Deer Valley has earned its stellar reputation with 154 guest rooms and 66 suites. A 35,0000 square foot spa just might be one of the best in ski country, with over-the-top packages and an indoor mosaic pool. Almost all of the well-appointed rooms are larger than expected and the mountain craftsman-style decor is sophisticated and subtle. This place does luxury right.

28. Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley

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7700 Stein Way
Park City, UT 84060
(435) 649-3700
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The “Scandinavian masterpiece” named after the legendary Norwegian pioneer of American skiing sits fifty feet from the lifts mid-mountain at Deer Valley. As one of only two Five Diamond hotels in Utah, the Lodge gets high marks for its spa and dining at the Gilitretind restaurant. We love the private hot tubs on the deck and the 2 and 3-bedroom condos perfect for families. The helpful shuttle service makes enjoying Park City’s Main Street a breeze, and the staff continually impress.

29. Summit Hotel Big Sky

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While Big Sky might not have Vail-level amenities, décor, or luxury, if a trip to Montana’s short lift lines and radical landscapes is in order, the slopeside Summit at Big Sky is where you want to stay. The hotel and its outdoor oversized hot tub are within steps of the lifts, the rooms are comfortable, and a solid breakfast is offered every morning. While all rooms have mountain views and many have gas fireplaces, we recommend getting one facing Big Sky’s signature summit, Lone Peak.

30. Garden Wall Inn

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504 Spokane Avenue
Whitefish, MT 59937
(406) 862-3440
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Situated in downtown Whitefish 15 minutes from Glacier National Park and 17 minutes from the ski area, this award-winning chef-owned bed & breakfast is known for its immaculate recreation of 1920’s art deco style, from the claw-foot bathtubs to the furnishings to the wallpaper and great food. The gourmet breakfast is outrageously good, and every afternoon, guests can expect to return to the comfort of the main living room to enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres in front of a fire of birch and pine. Owners Rhonda Fitzgerald and Chris Schustrom are an outdoorsy pair that can point guests in the best direction for the day’s activities.

31. Knob Hill Inn

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960 North Main Street
Ketchum, ID 83340

After a recent renovation in the fall of 2012, the centrally located Knob Hill Inn features updated boutique charm and a modern palette that impresses guests used to Sun Valley's subtle luxury. The service is outstanding, with friendly staff willing to drive guests a short trip to the ski lifts or to a dinner reservation a few minutes away. The well-decorated rooms feature extra-comfy beds, deep bathtubs, and plenty of space for all your gear (we love the hooks for jackets!). A tasty breakfast awaits each morning, and there are even free iPads available for guests during their stay.

32. Basecamp Hotel

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4143 Cedar Ave
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 208-0180
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A renovated motel that’s now a outdoorsy boutique blocks away from the casinos of South Lake Tahoe, the Heavenly gondola, and its own private beach, Basecamp’s thoughtfully designed hipster décor surprises without being too over the top. There’s even a “Great Indoors” room with a canvas tent over the king bed with a chandelier inside, along with a fake fire glowing behind a picnic table. Great communal spaces – from the marshmellow-roasting outdoor fireplace to the rooftop hot tub – encourage connections, while the young staff, showers, and dog-friendly policy all get rave reviews.

33. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

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13031 Ritz Carlton Highlands Court, Tahoe National Forest
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 562-3000
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One of the few luxury resorts in the Tahoe area and one of the only slopeside hotels around, the Ritz Carlton at Northstar-At-Tahoe leaves nothing wanting as far as accommodations and service are concerned. A giant octagonal lobby with a 55-foot granite fireplace is a beautiful architectural centerpiece. Guests tend to complain that the mid-mountain location leads more to a feeling of isolation than needed seclusion, but the staff's friendly and accommodating service make up for any drawbacks. Overpriced overight parking is a burn, too, but huge rooms and the ski-in/ski-out location still make the Ritz a solid choice.

34. Nita Lake Lodge

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2131 Lake Placid Road, Whistler
BC V0N 1B2, Canada
(888) 755-6482
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One of Trip Advisor’s 25 best Canadian hotels, the Nita Lake Lodge is the only lakefront hotel in Whistler, and sits 500 meters from the Whistler Creekside gondola. It’s definitely for guests who want a calm, quiet place to retreat from the day’s activities, and not for those who are coming to get rowdy in Whistler Village. Free bike and boat rentals are available for guests who want to get out on the small lake or the area’s vast bike path network, and free shuttle rides are available into Whistler Village, which is about five minutes away.

35. Four Seasons Whistler

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4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
BC V0N 1B4, Canada
(604) 935-3400
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Located in Upper Whistler Village, the Four Seasons lives up to its pristine reputation with unreal service, gorgeous rooms (especially those with balconies), a great ski concierge service, and again, unreal service. There is some trade-off with the Fairmont as guests are not slopeside like their competitor is, but they’re also in a quieter part of the Village that some prefer. At the end of the day, though, the Four Seasons puts itself above the fold thanks to its world-renowned service, gorgeous pools, and a spectacular spa.

36. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler

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4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler
BC V0N 1B4, Canada
(604) 938-8000
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This ski-in/ski-out hotel at the base of Blackcomb Mountain offers up gorgeously appointed rooms, mountain views, a hopping bar scene in the Mallard Lounge, and delicious (albeit a bit pricey) breakfasts in the Wildflower restaurant. If you can swing it, upgrade to Fairmont Gold so you have access to the complimentary continental breakfast, honor bar, and afternoon snacks. We also love the outdoor heated lap pool (complete with underwater music) and the many hot tubs that are sure to warm you up after skiing.

37. The Sutton Place Hotel

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2950 Camozzi Road, Revelstoke
BC V0E 2S0, Canada
(250) 814-5000
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As Revelstoke Mountain Resort becomes one of the new hot places to ski, visitors should look no further than the Sutton Place Hotel. A ski-in/ski-out property that offers 222 condo-style hotel rooms, this hotel is mere steps away from the lift and the perfect option for scoring all the powder British Colombia has to offer. They even offer heli-ski packages that start at under $900 per person.

38. The Westin Monache Resort

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50 Hillside Drive
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 934-0400
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As the nicest accommodations in Mammoth, the Westin Monache Resort impresses guests with its four star rating and convenient village location. Good service and dog-friendly lodging are major pluses, and many rooms offer kitchenettes which help cut down on resort food costs. Try booking one of the suites and enjoy mountain views and large rooms.

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1. Omni Mount Washington Resort

310 Mount Washington Hotel Road, White Mountain National Forest, Bretton Woods, NH 03575

One of the last great New England lodges, the Mountain Washington Resort opened in 1902 and hosted the founding of the World Bank and the IMF during World War II. Now with family-friendly skiing a quick drive away at Bretton Woods, the hotel remains a year-round fixture of the White Mountains. Old-world touches like the Great Hall sitting room and the Cave – a former speakeasy – are still around, while fine dining at Stickneys and Donald Ross championship golf course count as stellar modern upgrades.

310 Mount Washington Hotel Road, White Mountain National Forest
Bretton Woods, NH 03575

2. The Pitcher Inn

275 Main Street, Warren, VT 05674

In the quaint Vermont town of Warren and only minutes from the slopes of Sugarbush, the Pitcher Inn was crafted out of a renovated Civil War-era lodging home for passing wagon drivers. Its eleven individually-appointed guest rooms, stellar American cuisine in its 275 Main restaurant, and the non-stop energy of GM Ari Sadri all helped the hotel make it on Condé Naste Traveler’s Best List of places to stay worldwide. For those obsessed with rustic Vermont charm, look no further.

275 Main Street
Warren, VT 05674

3. Stowe Mountain Lodge

7412 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672

When it opened in 2008 with 300 guest rooms, the Stowe Mountain Lodge brought the full-service amenities of a resort hotel more commonly found at Western ski areas back to New England, including the hotel’s alpine cabin architecture, stone-framed fireplaces, top-notch service including ski, golf, and fly-fishing “sherpas,” loaner Mercedes, and stellar outdoor pool and hot tub. Its success has been enough to garner the attention of National Geographic and more than a few other publications.

7412 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT 05672

4. Topnotch Resort & Spa

4000 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672

With "over the top" food at the family-friendly restaurant The Roost, a new look, a clean and friendly spa, and classic Vermont charm, the Topnotch Resort is a stellar retreat after a day winding through Stowe's trees and soft snow. Guests rave about the roomy fitness center, tennis, and seasonal horseback riding. An outdoor heated pool and hot tub help, too.

4000 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT 05672

5. Lake Placid Lodge

144 Lodge Way, Lake Placid, NY 12946

Opened in 2005 in the style of the grand Adirondack lodges, the Lake Placid Lodge sits lakefront on Lake Placid, home of the 1980 Winter Olympics, and about thirty minutes from skiing at Whiteface. Hand-made furniture and great food and wine await guests throughout the hotel. Service is impeccable, with countless personalized touches like champagne on arrival, afternoon snacks, and complimentary mountain bikes, yoga, snowshoes, and cross-country skis. The New York Times recommends renting one of the gorgeous hewn-log cabins with giant stone fireplaces and porcelain tubs. Seventeen are lakefront.

144 Lodge Way
Lake Placid, NY 12946

6. One Ski Hill Place

1521 Ski Hill Road, White River National Forest, Breckenridge, CO 80424

The relatively new Rock Resorts establishment with ski-in/ski-out service at the base of Breckenridge has quickly become a hit. With a collection of apartment-style residential units, One Ski Hill Place gives families a chance to spread out a bit more. A bowling alley, movie theater, two hot tubs, two pools, and a summertime “Fun Park” with a host of kid-focused diversions should keep vacationing families satisfied. Service is great and the in-house T-Bar with plenty of TVs has become a favorite for lunch or après during ski season.

1521 Ski Hill Road, White River National Forest
Breckenridge, CO 80424

7. Sonnenalp Resort of Vail

20 Vail Road, White River National Forest, Vail, CO 81657

Love Vail Village’s imitation-Alps charm? Then Vail’s giant faux-Austrian lodge - The Sonnenalp - is where you should stay. The spacious rooms are all outfitted with classic Bavarian décor and the white stucco walls that are a hallmark of Germanic Alps lodges. The breakfast buffet gets notably high marks, as does the fondue at Swiss Chalet. While not slopeside, it is within 200 feet of Vail Village’s main pedestrian mall. Guests recommend rooms facing the ambling creek or Vail Mountain itself.

20 Vail Road, White River National Forest
Vail, CO 81657

8. The Sebastian Hotel

16 Vail Road, White River National Forest, Vail, CO 81657

A luxury boutique hotel, The Sebastian caters to everyone from honeymooners (try the Luxury Plaza Room) to families who want a bit more space (there are one, two, three, and four-bedroom suites). Since the hotel is not slopeside, a private ski valet (called Base Camp) is set up at the base of the mountain near Gondola One to store boots and skis, and staff are always willing to transport skiers by private shuttle. To top it off, the heated pool and four outdoor hot tubs make The Sebastian one of our favorite spots in Vail.

16 Vail Road, White River National Forest
Vail, CO 81657

9. Four Seasons Resort Vail

1 Vail Road, White River National Forest, Vail, CO 81657

The Four Seasons brings their legendary standards of service to Vail Village with a central location that’s walking distance to anything you’d need to get to in town. Guests rave about the spacious bathrooms, uber-comfy beds and cozy in-room fireplaces, along with the spa (gorgeous!) and the heated pool facing the mountain. There's a great breakfast buffet, a fun game room for families, and a ski concierge at the base of the mountain so skiers never have to struggle with gear. Don't miss their in-house restaurant Flame for some seriously good steaks and the pool and hot tub area is out of this world.

1 Vail Road, White River National Forest
Vail, CO 81657

10. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

130 Daybreak Ridge Road, White River National Forest, Edwards, CO 81632

The enormous signature ski-in/ski-out lodge of Beaver Creek houses a generous 180 guest rooms and 40 suites. The Ritz’s list of amenities is long and distinguished, too: the only Wolfgang Puck restaurant in Colorado, a 21,000 square foot four-star spa that includes a grotto, and a friendly dog (named Bachelor, naturally) you can actually rent to keep you company. Immaculate rooms greet every guest, and the Bachelor Gulch Express high-speed quad chairlift is right out the back door.

130 Daybreak Ridge Road, White River National Forest
Edwards, CO 81632

11. The Westin Riverfront Resort

126 Riverfront Lane, Avon, CO 81620

This large outpost of the Westin hotel chain has direct access to skiing at Beaver Creek via a gondola and all the ski amenities you could want. Beyond the nicely appointed rooms and friendly staff, the pool is huge and visitors enjoy jaw-dropping mountain views any time of the year. Don't miss the 27,000-square-foot Spa Anjali, consistently ranked one of the top spas in the nation.

126 Riverfront Lane
Avon, CO 81620

12. Lodge At Mountaineer Square

620 Gothic Road, Gunnison National Forest, Crested Butte, CO 81224

If you’re coming to ski Crested Butte’s legendary steeps off The North Face and Third Bowl, the Lodge at Mountaineer Square is where you want to stay. Situated a minute walk away from the base of the mountain, the Lodge has many condo-style suites to accommodate families and those who want to be a little bit more self-sufficient, while a free shuttle brings guests to and from the largely undeveloped ski town that is Crested Butte for dinner and drinks. Service and housekeeping gets high marks.

620 Gothic Road, Gunnison National Forest
Crested Butte, CO 81224

13. Viceroy Snowmass

130 Wood Road, Snowmass Village, CO 81611

The ski resort-owned Viceroy was built to bring an Aspen level of luxury Snowmass Village, and it appears to have worked. The ski-in/ski-out hotel gets high marks for service, clean rooms, and suites outfitted with Viking appliances. Delicious hot chocolate and hot spiced cider is served at the end of every ski day, and the staff here goes above and beyond to accommodate any need.

130 Wood Road
Snowmass Village, CO 81611

14. The St. Regis Aspen Resort

315 East Dean Street, White River National Forest, Aspen, CO 81611

This is Aspen’s most classically luxurious experience. The expansive hotel includes a stellar 15,000 square foot spa, Remède, and fine dining at the hotel’s Italian restaurant, Trecento Quindici Decano. Comfortable beds, top-notch service, and a gorgeous heated outdoor pool and hot tub area bring guests back, again and again. Our tip? Upgrade to a suite for the ultimate in luxury and enjoy a glass of wine while sitting at one of the many outdoor fire pits.

315 East Dean Street, White River National Forest
Aspen, CO 81611

15. Hotel Jerome

330 East Main Street, Aspen, CO 81611

The site of the legendary J Bar which inspired an Eagles song, this hotel holds the distinction as the site of Hunter S. Thompson’s memorial service. As one of the first buildings west of the Mississippi to have fully electric lighting, it also made the National Register of Historic Places. An award-winning interior renovation completed in 2012 gave the hotel a gorgeous new lobby along with a great new restaurant – Prospect – while doing away with heavy details like the red velvet that used to hang everywhere. The new Hotel Jerome is better than ever.

330 East Main Street
Aspen, CO 81611

16. The Limelight Hotel

355 S Monarch St, Aspen, CO 81611

This downtown, pet-friendly Aspen hotel boasts rooms that are large, comfortable, and well-priced with plenty of amenities. Expect complimentary town bikes, a heated pool, and nice hot tubs. Located just steps from Aspen Mountain, the hotel also offers free shuttles to Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass. Don't miss the Limelight's tasty breakfast and happy hour (with pizza!) in the lobby. This is our go-to hotel in Aspen.

355 S Monarch St
Aspen, CO 81611

17. The Little Nell

675 East Durant Avenue, Aspen, CO 81611

Downtown Aspen’s most talked-about hotel is the only five-star, five-diamond hotel in town and the only one slopeside on Aspen Mountain. Celebs of all kind book a room to ski or simply to shop and be seen. A renovation in 2009 updated the look and feel of the rooms while another in 2012 added Element 47, a well-reviewed restaurant with an extensive wine list and chef Bryan Moscatello at the helm. The Nell prides itself on service, and will offer guests everything from a quick ride into town to dog walking. This hotel has it all.

675 East Durant Avenue
Aspen, CO 81611

18. New Sheridan Hotel & Chop House

231 West Colorado Avenue, Uncompahgre National Forest, Telluride, CO 81320

Right on Main Street next to the site of Butch Cassidy’s first bank robbery, the New Sheridan is a classic example of frontier Victorian architecture which houses Telluride's oldest bar. A 2008 renovation updated the cozy historical charm of the building while bringing in a stellar steakhouse and two rooftop hot tubs with views of the ski area. Since it is open to the noise of Main Street’s nightlife below, the hotel provides ‘white noise machines,’ which most guests rank as highly useful.

231 West Colorado Avenue, Uncompahgre National Forest
Telluride, CO 81320

19. Lumiere

118 Lost Creek Lane, Uncompahgre National Forest, Telluride, CO 81435

With just eleven hotel rooms and eighteen guest residences, the cozy comforts at the Lumiere impress every time. Helpful staff and the selection of fresh-baked goodies available in the lobby daily are highlights of this ski-in/ski-out location in Mountain Village with immediate access to the slopes at Telluride. The hotel is also a short walk from the town gondola, making it easy to ditch your car. The ski concierge is lovely, rooms are large, and the resort gets high marks for small luxurious touches, like the steam showers that transport you to water nirvana.

118 Lost Creek Lane, Uncompahgre National Forest
Telluride, CO 81435

20. Inn At Lost Creek

119 Lost Creek Ln, Mountain Village, CO 81435

The Inn at Lost Creek just can't be beat for proximity to Telluride's slopes; it's located with ski-in/ski-out access to the Village Express and the Chondola. The 32-room boutique hotel also offers a central location in Mountain Village, with easy access to the free gondola into downtown. Dogs are welcome at this high-end spot, and we love that the Inn at Lost Creek offers one and two-bedroom condos perfect for families or groups of friends. The only drawback is that the Inn doesn't have a full pool, but there are two hot tubs available and both have awesome views of the surrounding peaks. Pro tip: don't miss dining at Siam's Talay Grille located inside the hotel.

119 Lost Creek Ln
Mountain Village, CO 81435

21. Hotel Terra

3335 Village Drive, Teton National Forest, Jackson, WY 83001

This ‘eco hotel’ at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is within spitting distance of two Jackson Hole institutions – the Tram, and the Mangy Moose. Known for beautiful modern rooms, an excellent spa, and the in-house Italian restaurant, Osteria, its most dramatic feature is the infinity hot tub overlooking the base village. Best enjoyed in winter when proximity to the Tram on powder days is key, it’s also within a few miles of Yellowstone National Park.

3335 Village Drive, Teton National Forest
Jackson, WY 83001

22. Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

7680 Granite Loop Road, Teton National Forest, Teton Village, WY 83025

A well-noted Forbes travel writer named this luxurious outpost one of his picks for "Hotels I Love" and we love it too. Service is impeccable and winter staff at the hotel's Base Camp will even buckle your ski boots (uh, no thanks). There are well appointed rooms, family-friendly amenities, and a gorgeous nature-inspired pool complex with multiple hot tubs. The hotel wins on location, a short walk from the Jackson Hole gondola in the winter and close to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks in the summer. Just keep in mind that impeccable service won’t make skiing the steep and never-ending vertical of Jackson Hole the slightest bit easier. But that's what we come for!

7680 Granite Loop Road, Teton National Forest
Teton Village, WY 83025

23. Amangani

1535 East Butte Road, Jackson, WY 83001

This modern single-story boutique hotel spreads across East Gros Ventre Butte on a remote, private bluff with spectacular views of Jackson Hole and the Grand Tetons. The stone and wood décor invite supreme relaxation, as does the location and the 35-meter pool with an open deck facing the peaks. A sizable gym and spa keep visitors healthy and fit, as do the private hiking trails. The Tetons are some of the most dramatic mountains in North America, capped by the 13,775 foot jagged summit of the Grant Teton, and few other locations enjoy the Amangani’s perspective of it.

1535 East Butte Road
Jackson, WY 83001

24. Rustler Lodge

10380 East Highway 210, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Alta, UT 84092

The Rustler is the most luxurious of Alta's hotels known for being “Interlodged,” meaning locked down when heavy storms threaten the canyon's concrete hotels with avalanches. Guests lucky enough to be closed in the night before can enjoy private powder the next morning before anyone else can get up the mountain (although, be warned: serious storms can mean Interlodge lasts for days). A hotel stay includes breakfast and dinner that are both superb, and rooms that are very comfortable if not a bit "rustic" compared to other ski towns.

10380 East Highway 210, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Alta, UT 84092

25. Washington School House Hotel

543 Park Avenue, Park City, UT 84017

One of the three original schoolhouses in 19th-century Park City, the Washington School House was turned into a B&B in 1984, and the limestone structure was renovated a second time and turned into a luxury boutique hotel in 2011. Compared with the Western rustic motif of most ski town hotels, the Washington School House Hotel has a cooler palette with a contemporary chic that creates a calm mountain oasis. There are only a dozen guest rooms, and all are a tad small, but the experience itself is intimate in all the right ways, as is the service.

543 Park Avenue
Park City, UT 84017

26. Goldener Hirsch Inn

7570 Royal St., Park City, UT 84060

Located mid-mountain in the Silver Lake area of Deer Valley Resort, the Goldener Hirsch Inn was voted as the Best Ski Boutique Hotel of 2013 in the World Ski Awards. This Austrian-style inn features ski-in/ski-out luxury complete with antler chandeliers and handcrafted furnishings. With only 20 rooms (all featuring king-size beds and fireplaces) this place doesn't have the huge resort-type amenities of some hotels, but it does cast a magical European charm. Just call us smitten.

7570 Royal St.
Park City, UT 84060

27. Montage Deer Valley

9100 Marsac Avenue, Park City, UT 84060

A recent addition to the upper crust of the ski scene, the Montage Deer Valley has earned its stellar reputation with 154 guest rooms and 66 suites. A 35,0000 square foot spa just might be one of the best in ski country, with over-the-top packages and an indoor mosaic pool. Almost all of the well-appointed rooms are larger than expected and the mountain craftsman-style decor is sophisticated and subtle. This place does luxury right.

9100 Marsac Avenue
Park City, UT 84060

28. Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley

7700 Stein Way, Park City, UT 84060

The “Scandinavian masterpiece” named after the legendary Norwegian pioneer of American skiing sits fifty feet from the lifts mid-mountain at Deer Valley. As one of only two Five Diamond hotels in Utah, the Lodge gets high marks for its spa and dining at the Gilitretind restaurant. We love the private hot tubs on the deck and the 2 and 3-bedroom condos perfect for families. The helpful shuttle service makes enjoying Park City’s Main Street a breeze, and the staff continually impress.

7700 Stein Way
Park City, UT 84060

29. Summit Hotel Big Sky

50 Big Sky Resort Road Big Sky, MT 59716

While Big Sky might not have Vail-level amenities, décor, or luxury, if a trip to Montana’s short lift lines and radical landscapes is in order, the slopeside Summit at Big Sky is where you want to stay. The hotel and its outdoor oversized hot tub are within steps of the lifts, the rooms are comfortable, and a solid breakfast is offered every morning. While all rooms have mountain views and many have gas fireplaces, we recommend getting one facing Big Sky’s signature summit, Lone Peak.

30. Garden Wall Inn

504 Spokane Avenue, Whitefish, MT 59937

Situated in downtown Whitefish 15 minutes from Glacier National Park and 17 minutes from the ski area, this award-winning chef-owned bed & breakfast is known for its immaculate recreation of 1920’s art deco style, from the claw-foot bathtubs to the furnishings to the wallpaper and great food. The gourmet breakfast is outrageously good, and every afternoon, guests can expect to return to the comfort of the main living room to enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres in front of a fire of birch and pine. Owners Rhonda Fitzgerald and Chris Schustrom are an outdoorsy pair that can point guests in the best direction for the day’s activities.

504 Spokane Avenue
Whitefish, MT 59937

31. Knob Hill Inn

960 North Main Street, Ketchum, ID 83340

After a recent renovation in the fall of 2012, the centrally located Knob Hill Inn features updated boutique charm and a modern palette that impresses guests used to Sun Valley's subtle luxury. The service is outstanding, with friendly staff willing to drive guests a short trip to the ski lifts or to a dinner reservation a few minutes away. The well-decorated rooms feature extra-comfy beds, deep bathtubs, and plenty of space for all your gear (we love the hooks for jackets!). A tasty breakfast awaits each morning, and there are even free iPads available for guests during their stay.

960 North Main Street
Ketchum, ID 83340

32. Basecamp Hotel

4143 Cedar Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

A renovated motel that’s now a outdoorsy boutique blocks away from the casinos of South Lake Tahoe, the Heavenly gondola, and its own private beach, Basecamp’s thoughtfully designed hipster décor surprises without being too over the top. There’s even a “Great Indoors” room with a canvas tent over the king bed with a chandelier inside, along with a fake fire glowing behind a picnic table. Great communal spaces – from the marshmellow-roasting outdoor fireplace to the rooftop hot tub – encourage connections, while the young staff, showers, and dog-friendly policy all get rave reviews.

4143 Cedar Ave
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

33. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

13031 Ritz Carlton Highlands Court, Tahoe National Forest, Truckee, CA 96161

One of the few luxury resorts in the Tahoe area and one of the only slopeside hotels around, the Ritz Carlton at Northstar-At-Tahoe leaves nothing wanting as far as accommodations and service are concerned. A giant octagonal lobby with a 55-foot granite fireplace is a beautiful architectural centerpiece. Guests tend to complain that the mid-mountain location leads more to a feeling of isolation than needed seclusion, but the staff's friendly and accommodating service make up for any drawbacks. Overpriced overight parking is a burn, too, but huge rooms and the ski-in/ski-out location still make the Ritz a solid choice.

13031 Ritz Carlton Highlands Court, Tahoe National Forest
Truckee, CA 96161

34. Nita Lake Lodge

2131 Lake Placid Road, Whistler, BC V0N 1B2, Canada

One of Trip Advisor’s 25 best Canadian hotels, the Nita Lake Lodge is the only lakefront hotel in Whistler, and sits 500 meters from the Whistler Creekside gondola. It’s definitely for guests who want a calm, quiet place to retreat from the day’s activities, and not for those who are coming to get rowdy in Whistler Village. Free bike and boat rentals are available for guests who want to get out on the small lake or the area’s vast bike path network, and free shuttle rides are available into Whistler Village, which is about five minutes away.

2131 Lake Placid Road, Whistler
BC V0N 1B2, Canada

35. Four Seasons Whistler

4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada

Located in Upper Whistler Village, the Four Seasons lives up to its pristine reputation with unreal service, gorgeous rooms (especially those with balconies), a great ski concierge service, and again, unreal service. There is some trade-off with the Fairmont as guests are not slopeside like their competitor is, but they’re also in a quieter part of the Village that some prefer. At the end of the day, though, the Four Seasons puts itself above the fold thanks to its world-renowned service, gorgeous pools, and a spectacular spa.

4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
BC V0N 1B4, Canada

36. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler

4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada

This ski-in/ski-out hotel at the base of Blackcomb Mountain offers up gorgeously appointed rooms, mountain views, a hopping bar scene in the Mallard Lounge, and delicious (albeit a bit pricey) breakfasts in the Wildflower restaurant. If you can swing it, upgrade to Fairmont Gold so you have access to the complimentary continental breakfast, honor bar, and afternoon snacks. We also love the outdoor heated lap pool (complete with underwater music) and the many hot tubs that are sure to warm you up after skiing.

4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler
BC V0N 1B4, Canada

37. The Sutton Place Hotel

2950 Camozzi Road, Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S0, Canada

As Revelstoke Mountain Resort becomes one of the new hot places to ski, visitors should look no further than the Sutton Place Hotel. A ski-in/ski-out property that offers 222 condo-style hotel rooms, this hotel is mere steps away from the lift and the perfect option for scoring all the powder British Colombia has to offer. They even offer heli-ski packages that start at under $900 per person.

2950 Camozzi Road, Revelstoke
BC V0E 2S0, Canada

38. The Westin Monache Resort

50 Hillside Drive, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

As the nicest accommodations in Mammoth, the Westin Monache Resort impresses guests with its four star rating and convenient village location. Good service and dog-friendly lodging are major pluses, and many rooms offer kitchenettes which help cut down on resort food costs. Try booking one of the suites and enjoy mountain views and large rooms.

50 Hillside Drive
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546