Skiing Out West: The Best

We’re still a few months away from wading in the wake on the East End but we found another way to fill your time.
It’s high ski season and for those who seek a getaway involving gorgeous scenery, fabulous accommodations and (of course!) spectacular slopes, the West Coast is mighty tempting. Check out the details on these five top resorts and start planning your long weekend escape.

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Located mid-mountain at Northstar, the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is the only AAA Five Diamond mountain resort in California. Luxurious accommodations and fantastic service include a mountain concierge with ski valets who happily provide assistance with both boots and escort service to the slopes. There’s also easy access by mid-mountain gondola to the Village at Northstar and its popular 9000-square-foot ice skating rink surrounded by fire pits, plus many shopping, dining and entertainment options. Perfect for both romantic and family getaways. (13031 Ritz-Carlton Highlands Court, Truckee, CA; 530.562.3000)

Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley

Utah’s only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond hotel, Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley is nestled mid-mountain at Deer Valley Resort, in the heart of beautiful Park City. Named after the Norwegian Olympic Gold Medalist, the lodge features 180 beautifully designed rooms and suites, featuring elements of Norway’s traditional style as well as contemporary touches. Guests can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains from the graceful Glitretind Restaurant, and unwind after a day of skiing or shopping in the resort’s 23,000 square-foot spa, with its many customizable treatments. If skiing isn’t enough outdoor fun for you, Park City also offers snowmobiling, snow tubing, hot air balloon rides, and snow-shoeing opportunities. (7700 Stein Way, Park City, UT; 435.649.3700)

The Osprey at Beaver Creek


This charmingly chic alpine lodge is a perfect complement to the majestic beauty of Colorado’s Vail Valley. Aside from its stylishly sleek décor and comfortable amenities, including outdoor hot tub and indoor fitness center, The Osprey is closer to a chairlift than any other lodge in North America (only 26 feet!), for the ultimate ski in/ski out experience. After a day on the world-renowned slopes, head for the intimate Osprey Fireside Grill, which offers both tapas-style snacks and decadent entrees, along with a variety of handpicked wines. There’s good reason the Travel + Leisure readers survey rated The Osprey the #1 Resort in the Continental U.S. a few years ago. (10 Elk Track Rd., Beaver Creek, CO; 970-429-5042)

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole


For the ultimate ski experience amid awe-inspiring natural beauty, Wyoming’s Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole cannot be beat. Surrounded by the magnificent Grand Teton Mountain Range and its abundant natural wildlife, this alpine mountain resort is just steps from the Bridger Gondola, Eagle’s Rest and Teewinot chairlifts and overlooks more than 5,000 acres of scenic skiable terrain. Beginners and experts alike can take their skiing to the next level with daily lessons available through the in-house ski concierge. The resort’s comfy lodgings featuring dark wood, natural stone and gas fireplaces, provide the perfect environment to relax and recharge. (7680 Granite Loop Rd, Teton Village, WY; 307.732.5000)

The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler

Just north of Vancouver, BC, Whistler is the largest skiable area in North America, with over 8,000 acres over two mountains, Whistler and Blackcomb. The Westin, recently voted the No. 1 Ski Resort in North America (2016) by SKI Magazine readers, was the host resort for downhill events in the 2010 Olympic Games, which should give you an idea of how ski-friendly the place is. Located steps from both mountain gondolas and right in the heart of chalet-style, pedestrian Whistler Village, the resort features 400 comfortably-designed suites with welcoming fireplaces, flat panel TVs, soaker tubs and windows that open to the invigorating mountain air. (4090 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC, Canada; 604.905.5000 )