The recent video release of Cody Townsend skiing the vertical, five-foot-wide-in-some-instances “line of the year” in Alaska makes even the boldest thrill seekers hold their breath—and the daring stunt left us seeking more epic ski pursuits, as well as spa offerings to relax after a trip down the slopes.
These following hotels/resorts combine snow and spa playgrounds and provide over-the-top ski and spa packages to boot. Get your adventure on outdoors on the powder; après-ski, find time to unwind and soothe tired muscles at the spa.
Carlton Hotel – St. Moritz, Switzerland: Dubbed an “international winter hotspot,” the all-suite Carlton Hotel resides in St. Moritz, at an altitude of 1,856 meters. A variety of snow adventure packages are available at varying price points. Among them are the Zai Ski VIP, where you can test all zai-ski models together with a former Olympic skier; Queen of Snow, which offers one 60-minute Swiss Relaxing Anti-Stress treatment per person at the three-story Carlton Spa and a carriage ride to the Roseg valley; and White Turf VIP—a highlight includes one VIP ticket per person for the exclusive horse races (White Turf) on the frozen Lake St. Moritz.
Four Seasons Resort Whistler – Whistler, British Columbia, Canada: Whistler needs no introduction to the ski world, of course, but something we did want to share is Four Seasons Resort Whistler’s dynamic ski packages. While there are many, these two caught our eye: 1.) Feel the Rush with Superfly package, where you’ll absorb the beauty of Cougar Mountain via a Superfly Ziplines experience for two, plus, enjoy a daily wine reception, daily fitness classes, and accommodations; and 2.) the Jet Set Ski Experience, offering groups of up to six to travel by private jet to all three Four Seasons Mountain Collection resorts: Vail, Jackson Hole, and Whistler.
Spa Anjali at Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa – Avon, Colorado: Ranked one of Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top 50 Ski Hotels” for the past four winters, The Westin Riverfront offers a winning winter ski package in Colorado’s Vail Valley. The Mikaela Shiffrin Way package, inspired by 19-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin, a 2014 Sochi Olympic slalom gold medalist, includes: accommodations in a one-bedroom condo; one private ski conditioning training session at the Athletic Club at The Westin; a 100-minute Rocky Mountain Sports Massage at Spa Anjali; two one-day lift tickets to Vail or Beaver Creek; and more.
Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley – Park City, Utah: Recently awarded the title of “World’s Best Ski Hotel 2014” by the World Ski Awards, Utah’s only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond hotel provides ski-in/ski-out access to Deer Valley Resort (plus, its spa? Beautiful). The European-style lodge, christened after Norwegian Olympic Gold Medal skier Stein Eriksen, boasts the Heli-Ski Adventure Package, where you get your heart pumping heli-skiing, followed by lunch (and talk of your adventure, no doubt).
Stowe Mountain Lodge – Stowe, Vermont: The ski-in/ski-out Stowe Mountain Lodge, at the foot of Spruce Peak at Stowe alpine village, has an on-site Alpine Concierge®—and the challenging Mountain Survival Package. Nature enthusiasts can test their winter survival skills with this all-encompassing promotion, which features a two-night stay; an 80-minute deep tissue or hot stone massage; a guided evening snowshoe tour; a $100 dining credit; and choice of an ice climbing/mountaineering expedition, a rustic furniture-making class, or a backcountry skiing trip with a guided morning stretch.
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