By Alex Schechter
October 27, 2015
Tschuggen Grand Hotel

Dust off those snowsuits and goggles—ski season is almost here. But before you start planning that perfect mountain escape, take a minute to think how you can make this season extra memorable. From Aspen to Switzerland, a few resorts are stepping up their winter game with exclusive new ski amenities, and—with Thanksgiving just one month away—now’s the time to book.

Tschuggen Grand Hotel

Adjust to the elevation with help from an Altitude Concierge

Yes, Aspen is beautiful enough to take your breath away. But that’s about as far as your respiratory problems should go, thanks to a new service debuting this winter at the St. Regis Aspen. Stephanie, who has been with the property for fifteen years but just assumed the new title of Altitude Concierge, is charged with helping guests adjust to the city’s 8,000-foot elevation. How? Low-impact activities like yoga and snowshoe trails, or a soothing oxygen facial with a blend of vitamins, antioxidants, and humectants in the spa. Simply call her up prior to arrival to get tips on how to prepare the body for the altitude change, or find her at check-in—a personal oxygen machine is just one of the items in her endless bag of tricks.

Savor fondue in an igloo in the Swiss Alps

Over in Switzerland, ski-in/ski-out access has always been a top draw at the Tschuggen Grand Hotel, whose colorful, Carlo Rampazzi-designed interiors perfectly compliment their pristine Alpine surroundings. This year, the hotel is unveiling its first-ever igloo village (opening December 22), where guests can dine on local sausage, traditional cheese or truffle-champagne fondue, and baked apple, or simply sip an Aperol aperitif at the ice bar. Guests who visit for the ski season’s opening weekend on November 26-28 can get truly intimate with the slopes by joining the other guests for exclusive access to the neighboring mountain of Aroser Weisshorn via a private cable car.

Borrow bespoke Italian skis (for free)

Perched atop East Gros Ventre Butte, surrounded by 2,471 acres of lush Wyoming wilderness, Amangani is the ultimate skier’s getaway. In honor of its 50th ski season, the resort is launching an exclusive partnership with Foil Skis, a family-owned Italian luxury outfitter who makes all of its skis by hand (only 300 pairs are shipped each year). Inside the Amangani Ski Lounge, guests can choose from the Riserva (slalom) or Classico (all-mountain) models—all free to borrow for use at the resort. Simply show up anytime after December 28 (no reservations required), and request your pair of bespoke Italian snow-gliders. It’s downhill from there!