In Colorado, the nation’s top ski and snowboard destination, there is no shortage of light, fluffy, and bright white snow, blue skies, gorgeous scenery, majestic mountains, and miles of prime skiing terrain, which is why this is such a popular winter vacation spot among celebrities and socialites. Whether you’ve never skied before or this is an activity you enjoy every year, Colorado is definitely the place for anyone who wants to ski while ensconced in luxury.
Of course, with Colorado being such a popular tourist spot, it is no surprise that there are numerous ski resorts located in the Colorado mountains. They range from basic resorts to world-class resorts that offer extravagant accommodations, lavish services, and countless amenities, which can make choosing the best place to stay almost impossible. Fortunately, if you are headed to Colorado on a ski trip, this list will help you significantly narrow down your choices. Here are the top 5 ski resorts in Colorado in 2017.
Grand Lodge on Peak 7 in Breckenridge
At Grand Lodge on Peak 7, visitors can expect everything they could possibly need for an amazing ski vacation and more. Accommodations range from gorgeous suites with luxury linens and flat screen TVs to 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom condos with dual gas fireplaces, soaking tubs, and private balconies that provide outstanding views of the snow. Wireless internet and handicap accessible shuttle service is available for all guests. (You’ll need to contact the resort for nightly rates.)
In addition to having over 2,200+ acres of terrain for skiing (Ski-in/ Ski-out starts in November) and snowboarding, lessons are available for anyone new to the sports. The QuickSilver SuperChair chairlift is right outside and ski lockers are available for all guests. Also on the property are multiple indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, as well as a family fun center that includes 4 movie theaters (one is 3D) and arcade, full-service day spa, high-end fitness center, adults only grotto, putting green, outdoor play area, and a restaurant.
Skiing is convenient at Grand Lodge, as they offer numerous rental packages. Additionally, the chairlift and Breckenridge Gondola are easily accessible, and there are a variety of skiing trails to choose from.
Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail
A frequent recipient of various awards and recognition, such as the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, Sonnenalp Hotel offers amazing skiing opportunities, plenty of enjoyable amenities, and your choice of luxury accommodations. Both rooms and suites are available, with suites offering a comfy living room featuring custom-made Bavarian furniture, bathrooms with heated floors, and a gas-log fireplace. Prices range from $710 to $970 per night, though discounts are available for multiple night stays.
The Sonnenalp has a Ski Concierge service that includes personalized service, top of the line ski and snowboard equipment rentals, and access to a private lounge with secure lockers. In addition to giving skiers access to the 5,289 acres of terrain and 33 chairlifts that make up Vail, the Sonnenalp provides Guided Snowshoe Adventures, along with access to a 7,100-yard championship golf course, full-service spa, state-of-the-art fitness center with daily yoga and Pilates classes, and four restaurants. Anyone traveling with kids can take advantage of the free Kids Club, which offers a variety of fun and age appropriate activities.
The Steamboat Grand in Steamboat Springs
Located at the base of the Steamboat Ski area, The Steamboat Grand is situated perfectly for skiing, while also ensuring guests have access to an array of luxury amenities and accommodation options, including deluxe king hotel rooms (starting at $467 per night) with a fireplace, balcony, and whirlpool tub. Studios (starting at $519 per night), as well as 1, 2, and 3-bedroom condos are available (prices are currently discounted and start at $299 per night). Two-story penthouses with as many as 5 bedrooms and 4 ½ bathrooms, gas fireplaces, elegant furnishings, luxury linens, and much more are an additional option, starting at $1140 per night. Concierge and shuttle services are included with every stay.
The Steamboat Grand offers endless amenities, such as a heated outdoor pool, two hot tub spas, a well-equipped fitness center with eucalyptus steam and sauna rooms, and a full-service spa. There are four restaurants to choose from onsite and room service is available.
Ski equipment can be rented, which makes skiing the almost 3,000 skiable acres with 142 acres easy. As an added bonus, the resort offers free on-call shuttle service that will take you anywhere you need to go, such as Gondola Square, where you will find the main gondola lift up the mountain.
Viceroy Snowmass in Snowmass Village
Awarded a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Viceroy Snowmass, a Ski-in/ Ski-Out resort, sits at the base of the Rocky Mountains and offers a Ski Valet Service and onsite ski and snowboard rental. Accommodations range from 375 sq. ft. studios to 4-bedroom penthouses and everything in between. All offer private sundecks with mountain views, custom-designed interiors, luxury linens, HD TVs, a gas fireplace, deep soaking tub, 24-hour in room dining, and more. Winter rates range from $365 to over $4,500 per night, depending on the time of residence you choose.
Guests can take advantage of the 147 miles of trails that sit around Viceroy Snowmass and are ideal for skiing or snowboarding. Additionally, the resort hosts a variety of winter activities at different times throughout the season, such as sleigh rides and ice skating. Viceroy Snowmass boasts numerous amenities, including a year-round pool, two hot tubs, a Ute Indian-inspired wellness spa, and a state-of-the-art fitness center with private fitness, wellness, and nutrition consultations available. Three restaurants are on-site, including Eight K, where fresh, locally-sourced and organic ingredients are used to prepare mountain cuisine with southern roots.
The Peaks Resort and Spa near Telluride
Sitting at an elevation of 9,500 ft., The Peaks Resort and Spa, a Ski-in/ Ski-out resort, gives skiers access to more than 2,000 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain. Accommodations range from 400 sq. ft. rooms that were recently renovated and include gorgeous furnishings and huge picture windows (starting at $375 per night) to suites that start at $493 per night and 2, 3, and 4-bedroom penthouses that spread over 3 stories and offer 270 degree views of the mountains (starting at $1,700 per night).
Ski concierge services are available, as is various types of ski and snowboarding equipment. The resort is also home to indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, several restaurants, a state-of-the-art fitness center staffed by certified instructors, steam rooms, saunas, and Roman tubs. The Spa at The Peaks, named the Best Location for Maximum Rejuvenation by SpaFinder magazine, offers a wide array of treatments, as well as a full-service nail and hair salon.