6 Best mountain lodges for a winter retreat
Take in the fresh, mountain air at these super-luxe lodges.
Hotel Madeline — Telluride, Colorado
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Hotel Madeline's ski-in/ski-out access to Telluride's lifts is reason enough to stay at the elegant 84-room boutique hotel, but its dedication to service is what brings the experience to the next level. Each morning, Hotel Madeline serves hot coffee and tea to sleepy skiers headed to the slopes and warm cookies and refreshments in the afternoon upon their return. The Spa at Hotel Madeline specializes in restorative treatments, focusing on the environmental extremes of dry air, high altitude and sun exposure. Inhale deeply in the spa's oxygen therapy lounge, where guests can regulate their oxygen levels and restore minds and bodies that have been over-taxed by the thin mountain air.
Stowe Mountain Lodge — Stowe, Vermont
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With an average yearly snowfall of 22 feet, Stowe welcomes travelers looking to experience its rich historical roots, artisan dining and high-end boutiques. The 312-room Stowe Mountain Lodge is recognized as the preeminent mountain lodge in New England thanks to its plush guestrooms, 21,000-square-foot spa and stunning mountain views. It's no wonder that Stowe's moniker is "Ski Capital of the East." Still not sold? Try contacting the alpine concierge, a hospitality team member dedicated to the highest level of personalized service prior to your arrival, during your stay and after your departure.
Grand Bohemian Hotel — Asheville, North Carolina
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Deeply rich wood, antler chandeliers everywhere, plush furniture — we're pretty sure if you looked up "mountain lodge" in the dictionary, you'd see a picture of the Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville. While North Carolina may not be the first state that comes to mind when you think of mountain towns, the town of Asheville (located in the Blue Ridge Mountains) has developed quite a name for itself due to its funky vibe, hip shops and unbelievable restaurants. All three of these traits can be found in the Grand Bohemian Hotel, old-world Austria meets modern-art design, and you can get European comfort food at the Red Stag Grill and hand-crafted jewelry and artwork for sale throughout the hotel by local artists.
Puma Lodge — Santiago, Chile
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Who says that adventure seekers don't like to live in the lap of luxury? Welcome to Puma Lodge, the world's first five-star heli-ski lodge. Yes, that's right, staying at this hotel will give you access to those prime peaks and ski runs that are only accessible by helicopter. Located outside of Santiago, Chile, Puma Lodge is surrounded by the gorgeous Andes mountains, and besides other guests and staff, there's a good chance you won't see another soul. After a day of heli-skiing and becoming one with nature, treat yourself to a soak in one of the outdoor wood-burning hot tubs. Also, make sure you don't miss roast lamb day!
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler — Whistler, British Columbia
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Can't make it to the Alps this winter season? No worries; just head to British Columbia for your taste of Europe in North America. The castle-like Fairmont Chateau Whistler has wowed the most exclusive of clientele for years due to its combination of superb luxury and service and world-class skiing. In addition to a spa, health club and five restaurants, the Fairmont offers guests the use of a ski valet to help personalize their on-the-slopes experiences. If skiing isn't your forte, grab your sweetheart and try the fondue dinner and sleigh ride guided by Clydesdale-Percheron horses through the silent mountain valleys.
Montage Deer Valley — Deer Valley, Utah
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The Montage collection of hotels is synonymous with luxury, and the brand's only location in a cold-weather destination definitely does not disappoint. Overlooking Park City, Montage Deer Valley offers ski-in/ski-out access to some of the best trails in Utah, as well as the 35,000-square-foot Spa Montage — complete with giant soaking tubs in private treatment rooms, an indoor mosaic pool and Vichy steam showers to ease exhausted muscles. Guests can also fuel up at one of the four on-property restaurants, particularly the fine-dining restaurant Apex that specializes in regionally inspired mountain American cuisine.