Classy Ski Lodges of North America

From com­fort­able rooms and lux­u­ri­ous ameni­ties to world-class din­ing and spa treat­ments, these ele­gant estab­lish­ments offer an array of ser­vices, unlike their non-ski resort peers. While just about any ski lodge will do at the end of a long day on the slopes, there’s noth­ing wrong with going a bit over the top.

Cliff Lodge & Spa, Snowbird

Why it’s great: The Clif­f’s con­crete veneer resem­bles that of a for­ti­fied bunker, but the inte­ri­or is all class. Expan­sive win­dows offer breath­tak­ing views of snow-capped peaks, while patrons can enjoy world-class din­ing at one of the estab­lish­men­t’s three eater­ies: The Aerie Restau­rant and Lounge, The Atri­um and El Chanate Restau­rant and Can­ti­na. A large swim­ming pool and three hot tubs are open year-round, while the spa (locat­ed on the ninth and tenth floors) offers a fit­ness cen­ter, yoga stu­dio, rooftop jacuzzi, and more than 30 dif­fer­ent beau­ti­fi­ca­tion treatments.

What the experts say: “Under the own­er­ship of resort founder Dick Bass, the Cliff Lodge has evolved into a mar­vel of mod­ern archi­tec­ture and inte­ri­or décor—including Bass’ per­son­al col­lec­tion of hand-woven rugs spread through­out, the largest such col­lec­tion in Utah” –

Fair­mont Banff Springs, Banff

Fairmont Banff Springs
Why it’s great: This icon­ic lodge has been open for near­ly 125 years and is rec­og­nized as a UNESCO World Her­itage Site. Open year-round, the Fair­mont serves skiers and snow­board­ers dur­ing the win­ter and pro­vides accom­mo­da­tions to golfers, hik­ers, and oth­er warm-weath­er recre­ators dur­ing the rest of the year. The estab­lish­ment offers an array of din­ing options includ­ing Japan­ese, Ger­man, and Ital­ian — and as an added perk, chil­dren under 12 receive a 50-per­cent dis­count on their meals. If you’re trav­el­ing with­out kids and care to unwind after a long day on the slopes, the Wil­low Stream Spa (com­plete with a mas­sive min­er­al pool) will turn your stiff joints to jelly.

What the experts say: “The hotel retains its his­toric elegance—not to men­tion mag­nif­i­cent views of the Bow River—but also boasts many mod­ern ameni­ties” – Fodor’s

Four Sea­sons Hotel and Resort, Jack­son Hole


Why it’s great: The West­bank Grill offers fine din­ing and a roar­ing stone fire­place, while the Han­dle Bar serves up pub-style food to sati­ate hun­gry snowhounds. Dur­ing the sum­mer months, pool­side din­ing is also avail­able. The expan­sive spa (11,685 square feet) fea­tures more than a dozen treat­ment rooms, a pair of pri­vate suites and com­mu­nal relax­ation areas (in-room mas­sages are also avail­able). Guests can also enjoy gym facil­i­ties and com­pli­men­ta­ry yoga class­es. And if you feel like explor­ing the sur­round­ings, Teton Vil­lage is a three-minute walk from the front door and Grand Tetons Nation­al Park is locat­ed one mile away.

What the experts say: “This sprawl­ing resort, enclosed with­in the Jack­son Hole Moun­tain Resort com­plex in Teton Vil­lage, offers oppor­tu­ni­ties for golf­ing, hik­ing and white­wa­ter raft­ing; plus the slopes are just steps out­side the lob­by” – U.S. News & World Report Travel

Stowe Moun­tain Lodge, Stowe

Stowe Mountain Lodge

Why it’s great: Locat­ed deep in the Ver­mont wilder­ness, Stowe Moun­tain Lodge com­bines rus­tic, log cab­in design with first-rate lodg­ing and lux­u­ri­ous ameni­ties. Each of the estab­lish­men­t’s 312 room offers a stun­ning view of the New Eng­land coun­try­side, and every detail — from mar­ble bath­room floors to organ­ic micro-fiber linens — offers guests a first-rate lodg­ing expe­ri­ence. Locat­ed on the top floors of the lodge, the Front Four Pri­vate Res­i­dence Club offers pri­vate con­dos, com­plete with a per­son­al concierge; moun­tain cab­ins are also avail­able. And dur­ing the sum­mer months, golfers can enjoy a 36-hole course that Golfweek recent­ly ranked as one of the coun­try’s best.

What the experts say: “A lux­u­ri­ous addi­tion to one of New England’s old­est ski towns, the six-sto­ry ski-in/s­ki-out Stowe Moun­tain Lodge has trans­formed the local hotel scene” – Trav­el + Leisure

The Ritz-Carl­ton, Lake Tahoe

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Why it’s great: Guests can choose from three dif­fer­ent lodg­ings, from club-lev­el rooms to expan­sive suites (the largest mea­sures 1,900 square feet). As for culi­nary options, vis­i­tors can choose from the fine French cui­sine of Man­zani­ta, the hearty com­fort food of Moun­tain­Blue or the sig­na­ture cock­tails served up at The Liv­ing Room. The North Lake Tahoe spa resort offers exten­sive work­out facil­i­ties, a large heat­ed pool, and more than 17 treat­ment rooms. And dur­ing the win­ter months, the hotel offers a vari­ety of guest activ­i­ties — from moon­lit snow­shoe tours to tele­mark ski­ing workshops.

What the experts say: “The warm and con­tem­po­rary rooms have drop-dead views of the moun­tain and the val­ley, and the spa fea­tures cop­per soak­ing tubs and more splen­did views” – Frommer’s

Tim­ber­line Lodge, Mt. Hood

Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood

Why it’s great: Com­fort comes first at Tim­ber­line. Guests receive com­pli­men­ta­ry access to an exten­sive work­out facil­i­ty (sauna includ­ed), whirlpool jacuzzi with a first-rate view of the lodge and a game room to enjoy a game of shuf­fle­board or ping-pong. The estab­lish­ment also fea­tures five dif­fer­ent eater­ies, includ­ing the über-classy Cas­cade Din­ing Room and three casu­al din­ing spots with awe­some pub food. The lodge also hosts exclu­sive events as part of the Wine­mak­er’s Din­ner Series; this Valen­tine’s Day, Willamette Val­ley Vine­yards will part­ner with Chef Nick Stoller for a lav­ish, six-course feast ($175 per per­son). If you vis­it this win­ter, one night’s stay earns free ski­ing for two peo­ple; and if guests who stay any night from Sun­day to Thurs­day earn a com­pli­men­ta­ry buf­fet-style break­fast and dis­count­ed lift tickets.

What the experts say: “The approach to Tim­ber­line Lodge builds excite­ment, an unfor­get­table 6‑mi ascent that cir­cles Mt. Hood. Now you see it, now you don’t: The moun­tain teas­es you the whole way up, then quite unex­pect­ed­ly, the Lodge mate­ri­al­izes out of the mist and you momen­tar­i­ly for­get about the snow-capped peak” — Fodor­’s