Dec 29 2013





Vail (Colorado)

The readers of Conde Nast voted in their 'reader's poll' and picked the twenty top ski resorts in the United States. There is still three good months of ski season left and it is not too late for you to book one of these places. While not a skier I am in love with St. Regis Aspen Resort!

Below is the top five and you can see the remaining 15 by clicking here.



1. St. Regis Aspen Resort ( Aspen, Colorado) Readers' Choice Rating: 94.8


Rooms: 96.4
Service: 95.3
Food: 91.8
Location: 98.8
Design: 92.9
Activities: 93.6
Starting rate for doubles in December: $759

The St. Regis Aspen topped the list of hotels and resorts in North America—according to the 19,534 readers of Condé Nast Traveler who took this year's survey—and for good reason. For starters, the 179-room hotel sits between the iconic Silver Queen Gondola and Shadow Mountain Lift, and it's just steps from the town's boutiques, art galleries, and sceney restaurants and bars. The St. Regis's spectacular ascension to first place—it ranked forty-fifth last year—can also be attributed to last year's tip-to-tail renovation led by Lauren Rottet. The interior designer and architect gave the hotel a heavy dose of Gilded Age grandeur, which is only augmented by the hotel's swanky butler service. Its Remède Spa offers a slew of new treatments, including the Farm-to-Massage-Table, which engages all five senses, even taste: A bite of dessert and a glass of champagne are served after you've been exfoliated, massaged, and slathered in whipped body butter. And executive chef David Viviano, formerly of the James Beard Award-nominated team at Jardinière's in San Francisco, was recruited to revive the hotel's Italian eatery, Trecento Quindici Decano.


2. Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creak Mountain( Avon, Colorado)


Readers' Choice Rating: 94.7

Rooms: 96
Service: 93.9
Food: 91.8
Location: 94.3
Design: 96.3
Activities: 96.1
Starting rate for doubles in December: $178

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa is a gondola ride from Beaver Creek and a ten-minute drive from Vail. After you've spent the day shredding endless powder, the infinity hot tubs at its superb Spa Anjali come to the rescue. So does the tequila at chef Richard Sandoval's Mexican restaurant, Maya. He stocks more than 100 varieties of it behind the bar. Our readers say the Westin Riverfront is an "absolutely beautiful ski resort property" that makes it "the perfect place to stay for a ski vacation." Thanks to "excellent access to the mountain—gondola out back of the hotel," the slopes will become your second home here.


3. Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge (Telluride, Colorado)


Readers' Choice Rating: 94.5

Rooms: 95.4
Service: 96.6
Food: 88.7
Location: 98.9
Design: 90.8
Activities: 94.2
Starting rate for doubles in December: $475

Telluride's 2,000-plus skiable acres are best accessed from the Mountain Village, where the ski-in/ski-out Fairmont Heritage Place Franz Klammer Lodge sits in the center of the action, just steps from the Village Express lift and the Telluride Golf Club. Its 63 residences all have private balconies, stone gas fireplaces, and Viking Range-equipped kitchens. You'll receive "fabulous service and ambiance" at "one of the best ski lodges in one of the best ski towns in North America." Our readers have made it clear that they believe skiing at Fairmont Telluride is "undoubtedly one of the best in the U.S."


4. Lumiére Telluride (Telluride, Colorado)


Readers' Choice Rating: 94.2

Rooms: 97.2
Service: 94.3
Food: 90.3
Location: 94.3
Design: 94.3
Activities: 94.3
Starting rate for doubles in December: $275

The intimate Lumière Telluride, with just 11 hotel rooms and 18 one- to five-bedroom residences, is a reader favorite thanks to its stellar service and crack team of ski valets, not to mention the mixologists whipping up cocktails at the Lumière's cozy Little Bar.


5. Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa (Lake Placid, New York)


Readers' Choice Rating: 93.8

Rooms: 93.1
Service: 94.2
Food: 92
Location: 97.4
Design: 92.1
Activities: 93.8
Starting rate for doubles in December: $252

Who would have thought that a ski hotel almost 2,000 miles east of Colorado would rank among the top five? But Lake Placid's luxe Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa did just that. The historic inn's three restaurants plate the best food in the Adirondack's—if you have to choose, make a reservation at The View to dine on locally sourced American fare overlooking picture-perfect Mirror Lake.