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December 01, 2016

Hitting the slopes is all the more enjoyable when you’ve got amenities like private lift access, heated escalators, and on-mountain dining choices.

For anyone interested in making their next snowy getaway the best it can be, these are some of the most luxurious ski destinations across North America, based on an analysis by Ski.com.

The website also recommended the top hotel at each destination for an opulent experience, with average nightly rates listed for each accommodation based on travel during the first week of February.

Deer Valley, Utah

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Deer Valley's main lodges include lavish restrooms, floor to ceiling fireplace, and amenities that include free parking and shuttle transfers and complimentary tissues handed out in lift lines. Since the resort limits the number of daily lift tickets, you  can access more than 2,000 skiable acres without big crowds.

Make sure to stop at the Après Lounge, famous for its wild daytime parties, its selection of Veuve Clicquot champagne, its funky design featuring fur-lined sofas, and its menu of local cheese and caviar. 

Five-star and ski in/ski out accommodations in Deer Valley range from $975 to $2,645 per night. 

Where to stay in Deer Valley:

Montage Deer Valley—At this hotel, guests get ski-in and ski-out access to the slopes and perks that include a private bowling alley.

Rooms are equipped with marble bathrooms, walk-in closets, heated floors, fireplaces, and private balconies. Guests can also get private early lift access and guided service through the hotel’s First Tracks Program.

Rooms start at $1,400 per night.

Aspen, Colorado 

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With four ski mountains to choose from, Aspen is also home to a vibrant après-ski scene, with fun perks that include a pop-up mobile champagne bar towed around Aspen Mountain and private tours for catching runs on the mountain’s backside.

Gondolas here come with Wi-Fi, and some even include music jacks to plug your phone into.

Cloud 9, perched high on the mountain and accessible via skiing or snowboarding, has become well known for its wild daytime parties, its stunning views of the Maroon Bells, and its hearty menu that includes with traditional fondues.

Five-star and ski in/ski out accommodations in Aspen range from $1,025 to $1,475 per night. 

Where to stay: 

The Little Nell—As Aspen’s sole Five-Star and Five-Diamond hotel, The Little Nell offers a prime location at the base of the Silver Queen Gondola. Guests can take advantage of amenities like personal grocery shopping, packing and unpacking and luggage shipping services, on-call physicians, and pet-friendly accommodations.

Rooms start at $1,475 per night. 

Vail, Colorado

Vail is already known as a luxury destination, with features like its One gondola, which comes with heated seats and Wi-Fi and a whopping speed of 1,200 feet per minute.

Upscale dining abounds here, with options like Matsuhisa, famed Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurant in the area’s Pedestrian Village, and the Game Creek Restaurant, which overlooks the Game Creek Bowl and is only accessible via snowcat in the winter.

Five-star and ski in/ski out accommodations in Vail range from $647 to $5,995 per night.

Where to stay in Vail:

Four Seasons Resort and Residences—At the Four Season in Vail, men can step into its barbershop or enjoy its  “Boots, Baths, and Bourbon” program, which includes a bourbon-infused pedicure and locally distilled bourbon for sipping.

Amenities include a slopeside ski concierge, luxury penthouses, private balconies, and thick robes to slip into to warm up.

Rooms start at $845 per night.

Beaver Creek, Colorado

Stay cozy throughout the day with heated walkways and escalators or check out the White Carpet Club for Wi-Fi, fresh coffee, pastries, private lockets, boot dryers, preferred parking, slope side ski valet, and dinner reservations. 

Take the White Glove First Track for a sunrise skiing adventure before lifts open to the public, followed by a breakfast at one of the resorts private on-mountain cabins.

Mountain dining is top-notch here, with open-air sleigh rides to eaters like Beano’s Cabin, which offers breathtaking views of the White River National Forest from floor to ceiling windows and robust dishes like braised pork belly and truffle and potato ravioli.

Five-star and ski in/ski out accommodations in Beaver Creek range from $462 to $1249 per night.

Where to stay in Beaver Creek:

The Park Hyatt—Another slopeside resort, the Park Hyatt offers guests complimentary s’mores roasted on their outdoor fire pit each day, with handmade marshmallows available in a variety of flavors.

After a long day of skiing, unwind at the Allegria Spa with treatments that include alternating hot and cool pools and hot tubs situated in stunning locations like the bottom of a mountain waterfall.

Rooms start at $785 per night.

Whistler Blackcomb, Canada

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Skiers are already in for a treat here with 8,000 acres of terrain at their disposal, but the area has also been rolling out recent upgrades that include the addition of its RFID technology to allow guests to track their stats and data while skiing on the mountain and online profiles where friends and family can track their runs.

The resort also has a Fresh Tracks program for skiers who want to get an early start, while intermediate and expert skiers can take free mountain tours with Whistler Mountain Hosts.

Take the Mountain Top Fondue Snowcat Tour to enjoy stunning views over Whistler Village and the surrounding mountains from a heated snowcat.

Five-star and ski in/ski out accommodations in Whistler Blackcomb range from $308 to $794 per night. 

Where to stay in Whistler Blackcomb:

Fairmont Chateau—The Fairmont, located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, includes ski-in and ski-out access, limousine services, complimentary laptops, complimentary yoga classes, and a guide who can take you on off-the-beaten track adventures. 

Rooms start at $308 per night.

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