When you think of skiing in the USA, what’s the first place that appears in your mind’s eye? Odds are, it’s somewhere in the state of Colorado. Most of its territory is occupied by the eastern flank of the majestic Rocky Mountains, and with 58 peaks that eclipse the 14,000-feet mark, it’s the tallest state in the nation. All that makes for some of the world’s finest skiing – and luxury resorts to match.
Say “I’m going to Aspen” to anyone who knows the first thing about travel, and you’ll be met with excitement, admiration, and more than a little envy. The town’s humble beginnings as a silver mining camp blossomed by the mid-20th century into one of the globe’s premier destinations of any kind, with some of the USA’s most expensive real estate. With all the quality of a global megacity in an intimate mountain setting, it’s a favoured getaway for the jet-set elite. There are plenty of world-class choices for accommodation, including the lovely St. Regis Aspen Resort.
Situated at the base of Aspen Mountain, mere moments from the Silver Queen Gondola, The St. Regis Aspen is a perfect example of the elevated mountain chic which characterizes the town. The red brick exterior opens onto elegant shades of grey and cream widely employed by the St. Regis brand, with touches of burgundy in the rooms to deepen the sense of place. Bright marble bathrooms remind you that this isn’t any ordinary mountain chalet! When your body is worn out from a long day on the slopes, the Remède Spa (recognized as the world’s best by Travel + Leisure magazine) awaits, with a comprehensive menu of decadent treatments that will make you feel brand-new.
Aspen isn’t the only globally renowned ski town in its neighbourhood – and for true lovers of the sport, it’s not even the best. A short drive northeast brings you to the town of Vail, home to the largest ski resort in all of Colorado. With over 5,300 acres of skiable terrain, the prospects are endless, something that visitors clearly enjoy; this “snow empire” has taken the top spot in an annual USA ski magazine ranking 14 times in a 17-year period! Like Aspen, there is no shortage of top-notch places to stay – one which cannot be ignored is the Sonnenalp Vail.
While most high-class ski towns are constantly pushing to modernize, the Sonnenalp takes a different tack; honouring the heritage of alpine culture, while providing an inviting, cozy space for guests to rest their heads. The hotel has been run since its inception by the Faessler family, who first opened a similar property in Germany a hundred years ago; 5 generations later, the family still operate both properties. With this continuity comes not only a distinct atmosphere, but a level of personal service that only a family-run business can provide. Guests rave about the warmth they experience while staying here – and not just from the heated bathroom floors! The dining is also a standout feature, with an array of in-house restaurants for any occasion; the delectable breakfast spread on Ludwig’s Terrace is a real highlight (and completely free with you book with The Luxury Travel Agency!).
Maybe Aspen is a bit glitzy for your taste, and Vail a bit too big. Never fear – in Colorado, the perfect option is just around the corner. In this case, almost literally: twenty minutes down the road from Vail is the ski resort of Beaver Creek. Here, you’ll find all the glorious outdoor opportunities that its neighbour provides, while enjoying a more intimate, peaceful setting. If you’re looking for a true alpine hideaway, this is the place! Set mid-mountain is a sprawling timber and stone building that embodies the best in alpine luxury: this is The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.
With its location right on the mountainside, skiing in and out from the hotel is a cinch, and deservedly one of the highlights of any stay. But travelers shouldn’t discount the year-round possibilities that Beaver Creek has to offer. The area is renowned for its stunning golf courses, best enjoyed through the sunny mountain summers; and in the autumn, hiking and biking through the changing fall colours is a must. As they say in Beaver Creek: “come for the winter, stay for the summer!”
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