8 Hot New Ski Hotels on Our 2020 Radar
A clutch of stylish new ski hotels and resorts are offering fresh excuses to visit some of the world's most iconic slopes, from Swedish Lapland to the French Alps. Here, 8 lodges we can't wait to check into this winter.
The Lodge at Blue Sky, Utah
If you loved what Auberge Resorts did with Aspen’s Hotel Jerome and Napa’s Auberge du Soleil, you’re going to fall hard for their next nature-lover’s getaway. The Lodge at Blue Sky, a 46-room all-inclusive resort on 3,500 acres outside Park City, is a next-level approach to ranch life. Yes, there’s horseback riding and mountain biking but also fly fishing and heliskiing. Among the restaurants and bars are The Tavern, a remote 1800s cabin turned saloon that cooks breakfasts and dinners over an open campfire, and High West Distillery, which produces its own whiskey. There’s also a 7,500-square-foot spa with open-air soaking pools and,. for skiers, an exclusive ski-in/ski-out lounge at the base of the mountain where tune-ups and gear storage are supplemented with hot drinks and fireside snacks. Let’s not forgot the rooms. The Sky Lodge and Earth House are built into the hillside with grass roofs and feature outdoor fireplaces overlooking Alexander Canyon.
Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois, Megève, France
It appears the Four Seasons harbors an excess amount of love for their Megève property, because this December, they’re opening a sister resort up the road to the tune of more than 10 million Euros. As its name suggests, Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois features three standalone chalets, each with their own unique perks. Chalet Eve, which houses 25 rooms, features the Michelin-starred restaurant Prima as well as the spa and its indoor/outdoor pool, while Chalet Noémie (the original family-owned retreat of the Rothschild family) sleeps 28 guests and Chalet Alice houses 22 guests. There’s even a more remote suite at the summit of Mont d’Arbois accessible by ski lift. It all sounds peacefully remote, but a driver can be on hand to whisk you into Megève village (just a five-minute’s drive away) at the drop of a hat.
Niehku Mountain Villa, Sweden
More and more, the remotest corners of the world are opening up with the help of helicopters, an increasing number of travelers with an eye for adventure, and new retreats like Niehku Mountain Villa, a 14-room escape in Swedish Lapland. Who knew the Arctic Circle could be so luxurious? Here, you’ll find seriously cool design (we’re talking ceramics in showers and Hästens beds), a 500-bottle wine cellar, multi-course meals, high-end ski gear, and more than one million acres of the most untouched ski trails (fit for both heli-skiers and hobbyists) you’ll find anywhere, where the only ones you might have to share your run with are passing reindeer.
W Aspen, Colorado
Aspen might be famous for its world-class ski resorts, but it’s even more known for its social scene—we’re talking après-ski and après-après-ski—which kicks into high gear at first snowfall. This season, The Little Nell (formerly the area’s only ski-in/ski-out resort) makes room for a new kid in town: the W Aspen. Guests of the 88-room hotel and adjoining Sky Residences will have direct access to Aspen Mountain, of course, as well the hotel’s 8,000-square-foot Wet Deck, where you’ll find (among other things) a year-round heated rooftop pool and hot tub, cabanas, fire pits, a bar, and a DJ booth fronting a dance floor.
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Mademoiselle Val d’Isere, France
The Brits love Val d’Isere, a surprisingly accessible ski resort town in the French Alps where everyone from instructors to rental shop employees speak English. It also happens to be one of the best ski areas in Europe (and now on the Epic Pass), so we’re not surprised that another five-star hotel is being added to the mix. When it opens this December, Mademoiselle will have ski-in/ski-out access (a surprising rarity in this town); a 13,000-square-foot spa (the largest in Val d’Isere) complete with a 65-foot-long pool, hammam, and “well-being cabins;” four restaurants and bars; 41 rooms with their own balconies or terraces; and medieval castle vibes complete with antiques and original art.
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Adler Lodge Ritten, Italy
You have to take a cable car to reach this Alpine-inspired all-inclusive hideaway, hidden in the South Tyrol mountains near the Austria border. The journey spells stellar views from almost every corner, whether you're tucking into organic eggs and forest honey in the wood-lined bar and restaurant or kicking back in one of 40 guest rooms, which each come with their own private sauna and balcony looking out over the Dolomites. The lakeside A-frame chalets are the rooms to book, built from raw larch and spruce—a woodsy prelude to what you'll find at the spa, which is kitted out with its own Finnish sauna and herbarium.
Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono, Japan
January 2020 is a little long to wait, but we expect it will be worth it for a stay at this new Park Hyatt in the Japanese ski mecca of Niseko, Hokkaido, which averages an insane 600 inches of snow per year. You'll be wishing you get snowed in at this year-round mountain resort: rooms start at 700 square feet (double that if you book a suite), large-scale art and tons of natural light flood every space, and the look takes cues from traditional Japanese designs, from carpets that echo patched textiles to shoji screen-like partitions. After a full day on the slopes, return for some much-deserved carb loading at the Japanese grill, Chinese restaurant, sushi counter, or Italian bistro.
Gravity Haus, Breckenridge, Colorado
Billed as a “social club and hotel for modern outdoor enthusiasts,” the 60-room Gravity Haus is poised to be Breckenridge’s next hot hangout—and it’s open year-round to boot. You’ll be right in the heart of the action at the base of Peak 9, within walking distance of Main Street, though there’s lots on site to keep you from straying far—including a Japanese-inspired onsen, a super trampoline, tech-savvy co-working spaces that encourage lingering, and a full events calendar that includes everything from full-moon yoga to weekly “Backcountry Socials” featuring speakers and brews.
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