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While the focus of Curbed Ski's lodging coverage is on the ownable variety, plenty of whales come to our readers' favorite ski towns to stay at the best hotels. Whether it's thanks to the number of pools, availability of bowling, selection of scotch, or accessibility to the slopes, each of these hotels pulls in famous whales all winter long. Curbed Ski broke it down to a contentious top 10, and we expect much lambasting from readers whose favorite hotels we ignored in the comments.

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The Little Nell

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The "Nell," as it is known, has been a mainstay for visiting Aspen heavyweights. Aspen's only slopeside hotel sees regular Paris Hilton appearances and just finished a fall reno that added a superb new restaurant. The Nell also offers a whale-tailored luxury heli-ski-and-dine package for a cool $45K.

Hotel Jerome

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The Hotel Jerome, Aspen's longest-standing place to get a room, carries a lot of caché with that history. Whales like Donald Trump and Sean Penn have been known to stay here when dropping in for June's Food & Wine Festival. The recent interior redo is one of the more interesting contemporary interiors in town.

One Ski Hill Place

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This is really Breck's first luxury hotel, and sits in prime location slopeside at Peak 8. It's more or less a collection of luxury apartments along with three restaurants, two indoor pools, a solid spa, and even two movie theaters and a bowling alley.

Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

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While Harrison Ford and Dick Cheney might be regulars around the base area, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal calls the Four Seasons home when he's in town with his 35-person entourage, which includes two dwarves. The 17th richest man in the world even brought his own ski instructors from Aspen on his last visit.

Resort At Squaw Creek

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Despite having the architectural appeal of the Death Star, the Resort at Squaw Creek is high on the list for the Bay Area tech crowd, from Googlers to Facebookers to other internet-ers. The ski-in, ski-out hotel off the base of the Squaw Creek lift also features ice skating, cross-country skiing, three heated outdoor pools, and Sandy's Pub, where whales come up for a drink after being submerged in Squaw pow all day.

Montage Deer Valley

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The ski-in, ski-out Montage is perfect for those crusty old whales who despise snowboarding, as Deer Valley is one of only three ski areas in the country which still forbid the sport from taking place on their pistes. The rooms all feature gas fireplaces and private balconies, with bathrooms straight out of "a Restoration Hardware catalog." The Montage also packs a four-lane bowling alley with soundproof French doors.

Waldorf Astoria

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Situated at the base of one of Utah's less-hyped resorts, The Canyons, the Waldorf Astoria is perfect for whales looking to keep their vacation under the radar. Hollywood agent John Campisi (and ski-buff wife Hillary Swank) stayed here for Christmas, taking advantage of the spacious suites, fireplaces, and top-end kitchen sets.

The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort

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It's hard to pick one particularly popular Vail hotel as far as whales go, as the corny fake European-style village center is packed with them. But if forced, the Arrabelle would be a good choice. Beyond the countless celebrities and tycoons of every form of industry that vacation here, you're bound to see a few hedge fund whales getting their ACL surgery done at the world-famous Steadman Hawkins Clinic after blowing their knees out on the hill.

Sun Valley Lodge

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While Sun Valley isn't the de-facto whale hideout it used to be, there's still plenty of business firepower around town. Bill Gates has a house here, after all. Those that do visit will likely end up at the Sun Valley Lodge, which opened with the ski resort in the 30's and played host to Ernest Hemingway while he was writing For Whom The Bell Tolls.

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler

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It's a tough split between the Four Seasons in here, but the Fairmont's Mallard Lounge pushes this one over the edge. The best scotch and martini selection in town pulls in its fare share of whales, and the Mallard's piano has been known to lull celebrities out of hiding to play.

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The Little Nell

The "Nell," as it is known, has been a mainstay for visiting Aspen heavyweights. Aspen's only slopeside hotel sees regular Paris Hilton appearances and just finished a fall reno that added a superb new restaurant. The Nell also offers a whale-tailored luxury heli-ski-and-dine package for a cool $45K.

Hotel Jerome

The Hotel Jerome, Aspen's longest-standing place to get a room, carries a lot of caché with that history. Whales like Donald Trump and Sean Penn have been known to stay here when dropping in for June's Food & Wine Festival. The recent interior redo is one of the more interesting contemporary interiors in town.

One Ski Hill Place

This is really Breck's first luxury hotel, and sits in prime location slopeside at Peak 8. It's more or less a collection of luxury apartments along with three restaurants, two indoor pools, a solid spa, and even two movie theaters and a bowling alley.

Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

While Harrison Ford and Dick Cheney might be regulars around the base area, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal calls the Four Seasons home when he's in town with his 35-person entourage, which includes two dwarves. The 17th richest man in the world even brought his own ski instructors from Aspen on his last visit.

Resort At Squaw Creek

Despite having the architectural appeal of the Death Star, the Resort at Squaw Creek is high on the list for the Bay Area tech crowd, from Googlers to Facebookers to other internet-ers. The ski-in, ski-out hotel off the base of the Squaw Creek lift also features ice skating, cross-country skiing, three heated outdoor pools, and Sandy's Pub, where whales come up for a drink after being submerged in Squaw pow all day.

Montage Deer Valley

The ski-in, ski-out Montage is perfect for those crusty old whales who despise snowboarding, as Deer Valley is one of only three ski areas in the country which still forbid the sport from taking place on their pistes. The rooms all feature gas fireplaces and private balconies, with bathrooms straight out of "a Restoration Hardware catalog." The Montage also packs a four-lane bowling alley with soundproof French doors.

Waldorf Astoria

Situated at the base of one of Utah's less-hyped resorts, The Canyons, the Waldorf Astoria is perfect for whales looking to keep their vacation under the radar. Hollywood agent John Campisi (and ski-buff wife Hillary Swank) stayed here for Christmas, taking advantage of the spacious suites, fireplaces, and top-end kitchen sets.

The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort

It's hard to pick one particularly popular Vail hotel as far as whales go, as the corny fake European-style village center is packed with them. But if forced, the Arrabelle would be a good choice. Beyond the countless celebrities and tycoons of every form of industry that vacation here, you're bound to see a few hedge fund whales getting their ACL surgery done at the world-famous Steadman Hawkins Clinic after blowing their knees out on the hill.

Sun Valley Lodge

While Sun Valley isn't the de-facto whale hideout it used to be, there's still plenty of business firepower around town. Bill Gates has a house here, after all. Those that do visit will likely end up at the Sun Valley Lodge, which opened with the ski resort in the 30's and played host to Ernest Hemingway while he was writing For Whom The Bell Tolls.

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler

It's a tough split between the Four Seasons in here, but the Fairmont's Mallard Lounge pushes this one over the edge. The best scotch and martini selection in town pulls in its fare share of whales, and the Mallard's piano has been known to lull celebrities out of hiding to play.