3 Best resorts for a winter getaway
Are you one of those people who is dreaming of a snow-filled winter holiday with ski slopes and cute snowboarders while your family and friends dream of hot, Caribbean vacations? Head out to the one of these dreamy winter wonderland resorts for your holiday break. Just leave those flannel long johns at home because these are some sexy, swanky winter resorts!
These upscale lodges and sophisticated, four-star resorts are filled with renovated lobbies, new ski lifts and stunning wintery views, making them a snow bunny's dream. So grab your snowshoes and puffy jackets and getaway to one of these winter wonderland retreats!
Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana
No kids at home? Why deal with noisy kids on your winter vacation? The Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana, is an adults-only lodge, so you can expect a quiet and relaxing getaway. The 600-acre property is located in Montana's Bitterroot Mountains, so each of the cozy 23 cabins and lodge suites provides a sweeping wintery view of the snowcapped mountains. We'd recommend an upgrade to one of their posh luxury cabins because each one comes equipped with a woodburning fireplace, hot tub, his and her baths and massive king log beds.
In addition to luxurious accommodations, the resort works with each guest to create a personalized itinerary (romance, adventure or nature focused) complete with activities tailored to their interests, from dinners at the chef’s table to private ski lessons to helicopter tours and horseback riding. For unpretentious skiing and snowboarding, the lodge will book you a day on the slopes at the Continental Divide on the Montana-Idaho border. For those craving ultimate relaxation, book a massage in your cabin and unwind as you watch the snow fall outside your window. Cabins start at $1,150 a night.
St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City, Utah
If you're an experienced skier and want to hit the slopes without interruption, head to the Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. Deer Valley only sells 6,500 tickets to their slopes a day so you can expect solitary skiing. Plus Utah is famous for their light powdery snow, which makes for the best ski conditions. Deer Valley is one of the few resorts in Utah that is ski-only, so you won't see or hear any snowboarders on your relaxing ride down the slope. Stay with the other Chanel goggle-clad ski elitists at the St. Regis. For sweeping views of the snowy Deer Valley, upgrade to a Grand Deluxe Room. Some rooms come equipped with a glass-enclosed fireplace, king size bed and marble bathroom vanities with dual sinks.
Not only is the St. Regis swanky, it offers ski-in and ski-out access to Deer Valley's slopes, which means you can be out of your room and on the slopes in no time. Plus, the resort's ski butlers will even pick up guests' personal or rental skis and poles and will warm your boots before you leave. If you'd prefer to watch the skiers, relax on "ski beach" or on one of the terraces overlooking Park City. After a day of blazing the wintery slopes, relax with a spa treatment at the Remède Spa. Rates start at more than $1,000 a night.
Teton Lodge, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Want a winter vacation that comes with celebrity sightings, Rodeo Drive quality shopping mixed with Western and cowboy vibes? Check into the Teton Lodge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Jackson Hole may be known for its fancy restaurants and spas, but it also has a rustic, laid-back vibe that makes anyone feel welcome (as long as you can ski). The Teton Lodge mixes alpine luxury with Western, relaxed flair in their cozy lodge and renovated rooms. Get the most out of your stay by booking one of the their suites. Each suite comes with a stone-gas fireplace, king bed, kitchenette and whirlpool tubs. The two-three bedroom suites come with finished terraces so you can enjoy your coffee with a chilly view of the slopes in Jackson Hole.
If you're a big skier, the Teton lodge sits slopeside to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, so you'll have easy access to 2,500 acres of top-rated slopes. If you'd rather sit fireside with a glass of vino, the lodge just redid their Spur restaurant, which will open in late December. You can also opt to enjoy your meal next to the lobby's roaring fireplace with views of the mountains. After a long day of skiing, relax at the Solitude Spa, which is top-rated by Conde Nast. Don't leave without sitting in the 24-person rooftop tub with stunning views of glistening Jackson Hole. Rates start at around $200 a night.