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Top 10 Ski Resorts 2007

Because ski slopes and luxury hotels make cozy bedfellows, this list is always fun to compile. There is no better way to beat the winter blues than by fleeing to a sparkling mountain resort and schussing the slopes. In this snow-kissed collection of properties, spas and fine dining set up camp just a snowball's throw from bunny slopes and black diamond runs. If you're looking for a stylish place to test out that new pair of Rossignols, this diverse collection is for you.

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UNITED STATES

Avon, Colorado
The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch

www.ritzcarlton.com

The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch

Ski from village to village, hike in the pure mountain air or sit by a roaring fire and simply enjoy the vast wilderness. Imbibe the pioneering spirit of the American West with the hotel’s ski-in, ski-out access on Beaver Creek Mountain, just west of Vail. Bachelor Gulch is inspired by the grand lodges of the national parks and, with 180 guest rooms including 40 suites, there’s definitely a room for all (complete with either a fireplace, balcony or window seat) in this picturesque mountain getaway. The hotel is also mere steps away from the Bachelor Gulf Chairlift, so you can enjoy some of the best powder on what is known as the quieter side of the Vail Valley.

Teton Village, Wyoming
Four Seasons Jackson Hole

www.fourseasons.com

Four Seasons Jackson Hole

Combining Four Seasons luxury with perfect skiing and snowboarding in the breathtaking Teton Mountains, this is the ideal location to hit the slopes and inhale the fresh air in an unspoiled natural wilderness. With wraparound panoramic mountain or valley views, wood and natural stone interiors and private fireplaces and terraces, you can relax at the Four Seasons, ski to your heart’s content or hop the shuttle into Jackson Hole. Relax in one of the three hot spring whirlpools and don’t forget to bring Fido, because pets are welcome here.

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AUSTRIA

Lech
The Kristiania Lech

www.kristiania.at

The Kristiania Lech

If you’re looking for modern and upscale, then you’ve come to the right place with The Kristiania Lech, where you not only rent a room but your own private art collection. All of the 30 rooms and suites are decked out in sophisticated Austrian décor.  Only a five minute walk to the enchanting ski slopes and a cross country ski track, you’ll embrace both the powder and the stunning views of the Alps. Lech is home to 88 ski lifts and cable cars as well as a ski kindergarten and helicopter skiing. And of course there’s snowboarding too. If you’re a little wary of the slopes, don’t panic: The Kristiania Lech has its own personal ski instructor/trainer at its disposal.

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CANADA

Silver Star Mountain, British Columbia
Silver Star Club Resort

www.silverstarclubresort.com

Silver Creek Lodge

Inspired by a typical 19th-century British Columbian mining town with Victorian architecture, Silver Star Club Resort has three different ski-in, ski-out accommodations to choose from. The resort is a true winter wonderland, complete with brightly-colored store fronts and a car-free zone, and is home to great skiing, a plethora of restaurants and specialty shops. Located near Vernon, BC, the resort has 115 runs, 12 lifts, over 3,000 acres of great skiing slopes and boasts an annual snowfall of 23 feet. It also spans two mountains, and skiers can choose from four distinct areas: Vance Creek, Attridge, Silver Woods and Putnam Creek. Whether you stay at the Chilcoot Lodge & Conference Center in a deluxe room or a fully-equipped condo; the centrally located Vance Creek Lodge with its rooftop hot tubs; or the newest property—the Silver Creek Lodge—with its individual fireplaces, you won’t be disappointed with either the accommodations or the powder.

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CHILE

Valle Nevado
Valle Nevado Hotel

www.vallenevado.com

Valle Nevado Hotel

With more than 23,000 acres of skiable domain, Valle Nevado is the largest ski resort in the southern hemisphere, offering grand slopes and fresh powder high in the Andes. Located 10,000 feet above sea level and only 37 miles from Santiago, Valle Nevado is a must-visit for snow aficionados. The area even offers heliskiing! Such an exclusive experience is only rivaled by the exclusive Valle Nevado Hotel. With its 53 spacious rooms, high class décor and direct access to the slopes from the hotel’s terrace, it’s the perfect Andes retreat. The hotel also boasts eight restaurants, a heated outdoor pool and a full schedule of après-ski activities.

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FRANCE

Chamonix
Le Hameau-Albert

www.hameaualbert.fr

Le Hameau-Albert

Chamonix offers a multitude of slopes for all levels of skier, and the hotel Le Hameau-Albert situated at the foot of Mont Blanc provides not only stunning views, but a wealth of outdoor activities. Amazing vistas, exquisite gourmet meals and picturesque accommodations are just some of the treats on offer at this hotel which has three distinct styles of accommodation to choose from. The Hotel Albert 1er itself has 27 rooms; the Chalet Soli offers a wood lounge and a sauna, while Le Ferme provides 12 wood decorated rooms, some of which have chimneys. It’s the perfect place to stay when you want to hit Chamonix’s signature rugged terrain, including its 12-mile run at Vallee Blanche – one of Europe’s longest trails. And if you want to take a break from skiing, Chamonix offers hang gliding or ice climbing on glaciers.

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GERMANY

Berchtesgaden
InterContinental Berchtesgaden
Resort
www.ichotelsgroup.com

InterContinental Resort Berchtesgaden

The InterContinental Berchtesgaden Resort is located close to the Bavarian/Austrian border and perches 1000 meters above sea level. With breathtaking views of surrounding Salzburg, who wouldn’t want to ski in these stunning Bavarian Alps? Relax your weary bones in the resort’s world-renowned Mountain Spa heated indoor and all-season outdoor pools after a day on the slopes. Check out the Alpine National Park and the picturesque Lake Konigsee, and you just might put Berchtesgaden on the top of your skiing vacation list come next year.

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ITALY


Cortina d’Ampezzo
Cristallo

www.cristallo.it

Cristallo

Technically, the Cristallo isn’t a dedicated ski resort. But it is a fabulous historic hotel in one of Italy’s most popular ski destinations. Tucked into the Dolomites, Cortina was home to the 1956 Winter Olympics. It has eight ski areas with miles of slopes and dozens of cables cars—we recommend taking the Freccia nel Cielo (Arrow to the Sky) for the spectacular views. The Cristallo has a palatial feel, and its bedrooms are particularly beautiful, with hand-painted boiserie and frescoes and ceilings that feel like works of art. This is also a great après ski sanctuary, featuring the Monkey Club (a jet-setting hotspot in the 1960s and ‘70s), the glassed-in La Veranda with mountain views and a wellness center with Finnish sauna and Turkish bath.

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NEW ZEALAND

Queenstown
Eichardt’s Private Hotel

www.eichardtshotel.co.nz

Eichardt’s Private Hotel, Queenstown

Centrally located in the South Island’s best skiing area—Queenstown—the Eichardt’s Private Hotel reflects contemporary provincial elegance; its modern features in perfect harmony with distinctive antiques and luxurious furnishings. The hotel offers accommodations in five luxurious suites with stunning lake and mountain views. After lingering over a breakfast of your choice in the beautiful Parlour, alongside a crackling log fire, you can head out for either of the top ski areas: Coronet Peak or The Remarkables. Only 25 minutes from the center of town, Coronet Peak has wide trails alongside its natural terrain, while The Remarkables is set in a deep basin and offers less demanding terrain than Coronet Peak. Eichardt’s is located in the midst of New Zealand’s alpine splendor, yet is just outside the bright buzz of Queenstown’s vibrant café, dining, shopping and nightlife: everything you’d expect from a world-class resort.

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SWITZERLAND

Grindelwald
Grand Regina Alpin Well &
Fit Hotel

www.grandregina.ch

Grand Regina Alpin Wellfit Hotel

Some people take chair lifts to the slopes, some stay at ski-in ski-out resorts and some walk to the nearest run. But if you stay at the Grand Hotel Regina in the middle of the glacier village of Grindelwald in the midst of the Swiss Alps, then you can take either a gondola or a train to one of the three skiing regions in the area. Built in 1902 for a predominantly British clientele, to this day the Grand Regina maintains its Victorian-style décor. With the addition of the Reginahaus in 1977, the hotel now also boasts a chalet-style building with nine luxury apartments which link to the main building via an underground passageway, complete with shops and restaurants. With stunning views of the majestic snow-capped mountain peaks, the Grand Regina with its views of the imposing Eiger Mountain is the perfect place to begin exploring the fairy-tale land that is Grindelwald.

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Updated: (12/01/09 AR)


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