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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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1. The Little Nell

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675 East Durant Avenue
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-4600
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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.

2. Hotel Jerome

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330 E Main St
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-1000
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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.

3. 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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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.

4. Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

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7680 Granite Loop Road, Teton National Forest
Jackson, WY 83001
(307) 732-5000
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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.

5. Resort At Squaw Creek

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400 Squaw Creek Road, Tahoe National Forest
Squaw Valley, CA 96146
(800) 327-3353
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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.

6. Montage Deer Valley

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9100 Marsac Avenue
Park City, UT 84060
(435) 604-1300
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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.

7. Waldorf Astoria

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2100 Frostwood Drive
Park City, UT 84098
(435) 647-5500
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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.

8. The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort

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675 Lionshead Place, White River National Forest
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 754-7777
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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.

9. Sun Valley Lodge

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Sun Valley Road
Sun Valley, ID 83353
(208) 622-4111
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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.

10. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler

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4599 Chateau Boulevard, Whistler
BC V0N 1B4, Canada
(604) 938-8000
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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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1. The Little Nell

675 East Durant Avenue, Aspen, CO 81611

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.

675 East Durant Avenue
Aspen, CO 81611

2. Hotel Jerome

330 E Main St, Aspen, CO 81611

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.

330 E Main St
Aspen, CO 81611

3. One Ski Hill Place

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

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.

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

4. Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

7680 Granite Loop Road, Teton National Forest, Jackson, WY 83001

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.

7680 Granite Loop Road, Teton National Forest
Jackson, WY 83001

5. Resort At Squaw Creek

400 Squaw Creek Road, Tahoe National Forest, Squaw Valley, CA 96146

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.

400 Squaw Creek Road, Tahoe National Forest
Squaw Valley, CA 96146

6. Montage Deer Valley

9100 Marsac Avenue, Park City, UT 84060

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.

9100 Marsac Avenue
Park City, UT 84060

7. Waldorf Astoria

2100 Frostwood Drive, Park City, UT 84098

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.

2100 Frostwood Drive
Park City, UT 84098

8. The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort

675 Lionshead Place, White River National Forest, Vail, CO 81657

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.

675 Lionshead Place, White River National Forest
Vail, CO 81657

9. Sun Valley Lodge

Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley, ID 83353

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.

Sun Valley Road
Sun Valley, ID 83353

10. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler

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

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.

4599 Chateau Boulevard, Whistler
BC V0N 1B4, Canada