Overlooking the shores of Mirror Lake, right on Main Street.
Overlooking the shores of Mirror Lake, right on Main Street, the High Peaks Resort is a great place to stay and relax. Make sure to get a room on the ground floor where you can open your balcony door and step right out onto the lake. While the bathrooms in the more expensive rooms are great, the ones in the standard rooms are rather narrow and don’t have much counter space. The beds and room décor, on the other hand, are great. If you need anything, just ask the staff and they are there to help you with whatever you need.
The grandeur of an old time camp with the luxury amenities of a modern resort.
The Whiteface Lodge was designed with the grandeur of the old time camps in mind, but with the luxury amenities of a modern resort and club. And the hotel really does live up to expectations. The lodge offers an impressive array of activities ranging from hiking and skiing on Whiteface Mountain to relaxing at the spa. Kids can romp around at Kamp Kanu, a complimentary day camp for kids, while parents spend some much-needed time together exploring the lake or getting facials.
If you are looking for a luxurious place to stay in Lake Placid, the Golden Arrow might not be for you. But if you are looking for a simple place to stay with clean comfortable rooms, friendly service, and lots of amenities, it’s a great place to stay. The place is nothing fancy, in fact some of the furniture is mismatched and on the old side, but it has a great view, looking right out over Mirror Lake and the mountains. The hotel is located right in Lake Placid, so it’s easy to get around and fun to explore the town after a day of skiing.
Good food and hospitable service are the norm here, as are peace and quiet.
Many of the old traditions that began at the Mirror Lake Inn back in 1924 continue today, making the hotel feel traditional and warm. Good food and hospitable service are the norm here, as are peace and quiet. The hotel is located at the end of the main Lake Placid drag, making it one of the quietest places to stay. The walk into town is short, but if you want to go anywhere else in town, not having a car may pose a problem. If you choose to stay around the hotel, there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied.
The Westin Resort & Spa Tremblant is a slopeside, five-star hotel, and you can bring your four-legged friends: dogs are allowed. A salt-water pool is open year-round, and an Amerispa Center in the hotel means you can relax and rejuvenate during your visit. Access the mini-golf and tennis club in the summer. Tremblant.ca.
After a Power Yoga or Anusara Yoga class, endulge in an Apple Pie facial. Colorado apples, raw sugar, cinnamon, apple extract and natural oils are blended for an exfoliating scrub, followed by a wrap, a warm Vichy shower and an application of vanilla body cream. ritzcarlton.com Photo courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch
The perfect blend of rustic and elegant, the Ritz is all about service.
A giant lodgepole and timber cabin, this hotel is the perfect blend of rustic and elegant. Planted at the base of the Cabin Fever trail with its own high-speed quad, the Ritz is all about service: Ski valets stand at the ready to stash your ski sand dry your boots; the outdoor fire pit is stocked with marshmallows and roasting sticks; a “ski nanny” will commandeer your kids and deliver them to ski school while you hit the slopes. Or the spa—the award winning Bachelor Gulch spa has 19 treatment rooms and a lengthy massage menu. Hey, the mountain will be there in the morning.
With its nightlife, dining and two excellent mountains, Whistler satisfies most ski-honeymoon requisites. The Pan Pacific, a new all-suite hotel in the village (but far enough from its bustling center), has 83 accommodations, each with gas fireplaces and many with soaker tubs. Book a room on floor eight or nine, where you’ll be assured a mountain view. Whistler, British Columbia | 604.966.5500 | panpacificwhistler.com
The Cirque’s crowning amenity—ask any 10-year-old— is the heated outdoor pool with rock waterfall and hot tubs.
The 37-unit Cirque dominates Copper’s Union Creek base, where ski school and the beginner terrain are located, making it great for families wrangling kids onto the slopes. Heated underground parking; balconies in every unit and high-end finishes, such as local stone trims, set the Cirque apart, as well as details such as wine refrigerators and jetted tubs in some units. Common areas include a media room with a 52-inch flatscreen TV and a small fitness center. But the Cirque’s crowning amenity—ask any 10-year-old— is the heated outdoor pool with rock waterfall and hot tubs.
On the South Shore’s Nevada side, 1.5 miles from Heavenly, this hotel, with its Ocean’s Eleven vibe, reopened in 2006 after extensive renovation. Guests can stroll from the white marble lobby to the elevators without scuttling past gaming tables, and rooms glam it up with pink marble baths. Après ski, test your luck in the casino, or rest your limbs at the indoor pool or Onsen Spa, which features Aveda products and treatments. Especially laudable is the hotel staff—both warm and professional. Lake Tahoe, Nevada | 800.648.3353 | montbleuresort.com
Rustic elegance sums up the B&B one mile from Heavenly’s California base—so alluring it appeared in TV’s The Bachelor. With its 34-foot-river-rock fireplace and antler chandeliers, the inn recalls the grand lodges of the American West. There are five rooms and three cabins, all with gas fireplaces. Antiques add a historic perspective—from an 1886 piano to a chicken incubator reborn as a cocktail table. After a breakfast of salmon-and-dill omelets, you’ll be ready to shoot the chutes in Mott and Killebrew canyons. Heavenly, California | 877.232.7466 | tahoeblackbear.com