Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

Hotels in Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

Located on the outskirts of Rocky Mountain National Park, within 20 miles of Grand Lake and Winter Park, this 5,000-acre resort caters to families and groups looking for an abundance of activities.

With an outdoor hot tub and ski-in location at the base of the American Eagle chairlift, Copper One Lodge is well-situated for ski season guests. The privately owned units range from studios to one- and two-bedroom condos, all decorated in varying styles.

This former bed-and-breakfast now serves as a rental house for families and groups on ski vacations. Built in the 1880’s, the red Victorian building is conveniently located just one block from Main Street, within walking distance of the Peak 9 ski lifts.

It’s a winter wonderland at this Bavarian-style mansion in northern Colorado, where impeccable service includes Steamboat Spring’s only slope-side ski valet (for storing your gear after a day on the mountain).

At the recently updated 5,000-acre ranch just 65 miles from Denver, kids can go candlepin bowling and play billiards while parents unwind in the new earth-toned Ranch Creek Spa, built from reclaimed pine and rockslide stones.

Modeled after Rome’s 16th-century Villa de Medici, this brick-and-sandstone hotel opened in 1893 as a resort for socialites and politicians, including former Presidents William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt.

The Sky Hotel is located at the bottom of the Silver Queen Gondola, which ascends to the summit of Aspen Mountain. Renovated by Kimpton Hotels in 2002, the Sky mixes bright colors and animal prints in its 90 guest rooms and suites.

The Limelight Lodge is centrally located across from Wagner Park and three blocks from the 1A lift at Aspen Mountain. Once a 1950’s folk bar, the four-story, 126-guest room property was renovated and reopened in 2008 as a ski lodge.

In the quiet part of town, three blocks from the Aspen Mountain ski lifts, the Gant consists of 120 privately owned condos with one, two, or three rustically styled bedrooms. A stay here may feel much like being at home, thanks to the well-appointed kitchens, dining rooms, and balconies.

To be a standout for families and spa-goers may seem an odd combination, but this 190-room, native-stone-and-timber Park Hyatt at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain (just 200 feet from the peak’s ski school) pulls it off with luxury to boot.

Breckenridge is long past its gold rush days, but the town still booms in winter, when one of Colorado’s best-regarded mountains draws skiers from across the globe. Valdoro Mountain Lodge is located only two blocks from the Beaver Run lift, and a ½-mile from downtown.

One of the area's two full-service hotels (the smaller Inn at Keystone is the other) this rare non-condo sits on Keystone Lake with views of mountains and well, condos. Still, a $2 million renovation has helped liven this mainstay lodge.

Ski bums, take note: at the base of Beaver Creek Resort, this 47-room hotel is the closest ski-in, ski-out hotel to a chairlift in North America—it’s just 20 feet away. But that’s not all there is to this slopeside gem.

Since the Four Seasons Resort Vail opened in 2010, its peaked roofs have served as glittering beacons to skiers to the foot of Vail Mountain. All of the 121 rooms are spacious, and 20 are being converted to connecting rooms to accommodate families or large groups of friends.

179-room brick hotel between Aspen Mountain's 2 main ski lifts. Suites come with butler service.