Although many in search of a luxury ski holiday would venture to the nearby Alps, heading further afield to the powder-white pistes of North America is not to be underestimated. We’ve decided to share some of our favourite ski destinations in North America to help you plan your next snow-fuelled escapade to the magnificent USA…
Immaculately groomed slopes, state-of-the-art lifts and an unbelievable snow record are only the beginning of Vail’s appeal. Featuring nearly 200 trails across over 5,000 acres, it is unsurprising this immense ski resort is considered one of North America’s finest! When it’s time to depart the slopes for the day, there is also the beauty of a Bavarian-style village centre to explore in the evening.
Skiing in Vail
With seven legendary Back Bowls and approximately 300 days of sunshine every year, Vail has become synonymous with those looking for a luxury ski holiday in North America. The resort’s ski and snowboard school is world-class, with professional instructors always eager to help you explore the snow-covered landscapes, whilst experienced skiers should take advantage of the high-speed chairlifts and head for Blue Sky Basin, the new jewel in Vail's terrain crown.
Après Ski in Vail
Vail’s pedestrianised village has become the epitome of ski resort luxury, with astounding architecture mimicking classic Austrian design. With heated streets remaining clear of snow, it’s easy to explore the exceptional shopping and dining scene, including sublime steakhouse Flame at Four Seasons Resort Vail and the fresh, organic cuisine served at The Sebastian Vail’s inviting restaurant Leonora.
Ten miles west of sister resort Vail, purpose-built Beaver Creek is much more reserved. There are upscale galleries, high-end boutiques and award-winning restaurants for outstanding après ski, whilst world-class terrain treats you to the ultimate mountain experience, whether you are skiing or snowboarding.
Skiing in Beaver Creek
From complete beginners to seasoned skiers, Beaver Creek’s mountain is designed to welcome alpine enthusiasts of all abilities on a luxury ski holiday. From the beginner-only trails at Haymeadow Park, you can develop towards the intermediate slopes of Red Buffalo, which also boasts sweeping vistas of the surrounding landscapes from 11,000ft. Snowsport experts will also discover plenty of ground to cover, from the black diamond trails of Grouse Mountain to the exhilarating tree-lined Stickline Trail.
Après Ski in Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek’s cosy village centre is the perfect place to take a break from the slopes. Relish shopping at a carefully curated collection of fashion boutiques, or sample some of the world-class culinary offerings, from a cosy cabin brunch to fabulous fine dining. Amongst the traditional wooden buildings, you will find a glistening outdoor ice rink, as well as the Vilar Performing Arts Centre, where live music, comedy and dance performances take place throughout the year, best savoured with a warming tipple from the bar.
One of the world’s most prestigious ski resorts, Aspen has carefully retained its heritage while transforming into a world-renowned mountain destination. With an annual average of 300 inches of snow, snow sports range from snowboarding and cross-country skiing, to snow biking and dog-sledding, while the après ski atmosphere in the village is not to be missed.
Skiing in Aspen
There is nearly 70 years of skiing history embedded within Aspen’s terrain. The 3,000 acres of Snowmass comprise the largest of Aspen’s four mountains, complemented by an exceptional lift system, while Aspen Mountain is best known for legendary black-diamond terrain. The Aspen Highlands are extraordinary for experts – the Highland Bowl is featured on many avid skier’s bucket lists! As you sample the slopes, keep your eye out for the snowcat-towed Oasis Champagne Bar.
Après Ski in Aspen
The après ski atmosphere in Aspen is unbeatable. Whether you’re travelling as a couple, family or a group of friends, you’ll find a fabulous place to take the weight off your feet and reflect on your day in the snow. There are cosy chalets, sun-filled terraces and on-mountain restaurants in which to savour international cuisine, while Aspen’s nightlife captures everyone’s attention with live music and world-renowned DJs, as well as popular Ullr Nights which feature activities for every generation.
To book your luxury ski holiday to North America, please call our Luxury Travel Specialists.