Winter’s Best Outdoor Adventures Await at These 13 ResortsBy Jenny Shank
One surefire cure for the winter blahs is an outdoor adventure getaway. Visit these resorts for days of snowy thrills and nights of warm, cozy perks.
As always, check for travel restrictions and closures before planning your trip.
Delta Hotels by Marriott Whistler Village Suites
Just a short walk or shuttle ride from Whistler Village and its shops, ice-skating and legendary ski slopes, Delta Hotels Whistler Village Suites has thought of everything for guests looking to unwind amid an outdoor-focused vacation, including heated pools, full kitchens, balconies, guest grocery shopping and laundry-room services, as well as ski storage.
The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler
The Whistler Sliding Centre hosted Olympic competitors but now welcomes novices to whoosh down the track on a luge, bobsleigh or skeleton.
After a day of vigorous adventures on the slopes, warm up and settle by the fireplace in your suite at The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler — steps away from the ski lifts — and enjoy room service and majestic mountain views.
The St. Regis Aspen Resort
The St. Regis Aspen Resort lies in the heart of this resort town, near the main gondola. After an active day, the property’s deluxe spa and heated outdoor pool will beckon, but the in-room amenities might induce you to nestle into a plush robe, sip espresso, dive into your pillow-top bed or soak ski-weary muscles in the tub.
The St. Regis Deer Valley
Deer Valley provides unique expeditions, from “Ski with a Champion,” hosted by an Olympic athlete, to snowmobiling with Summit Meadows Adventures.
The St. Regis Deer Valley offers ski-in/ski-out access with a private ski valet. Ski back to the resort to relax in the heated pool, gather around an outdoor fire pit or in-room fireplace, and gaze at the mountains from your room’s private terrace.
Vail Marriott Mountain Resort
This skier’s paradise at the base of Vail mountain lies a short walk from the Eagle Bahn Gondola that spirts you up the slopes for skiing, tubing and snowmobiling. Back at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort, reserve a hot tub spot or cozy up by the in-room fireplace with Rocky Mountain views.
If you’ve ever fantasized about a Swiss Alps ski vacation, this is the place to realize that dream. Voted the “World’s Best Ski Hotel” the last five years running, W Verbier features modern chalet design, in-room fireplaces and spectacular mountain views from private balconies, all within an easy walk to the lifts.
The Westin Rusutsu Resort
Powderhounds flock to Rusutsu for its 46 feet of snow annually and its long, serene runs. The 23-story Westin Rusutsu Resort lavishes guests with views of Mount Yotei, ski-in/ski-out access, a hot spring facility overlooking Shikotsu-Toya National Park with a variety of onsen baths and saunas, and in-room kitchenettes.
The après-ski scene is lively at W Aspen, topped with a see-and-be-seen rooftop bar complete with a heated pool, hot tubs, fire pits and a dance floor for those who ski all day and dance all night. The vibe is youthful throughout, with bright ’70s-inspired decor and complimentary happy-hour fare.
Cristallo, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Cortina d’Ampezzo
Old-world elegance reigns at this secluded Italian resort, with crystal chandeliers, antique accents and stunning Dolomite views. Shuttles speed you back from the slopes to enjoy mulled wine and sweets as you stow your equipment in the well-appointed lounge and make your way toward the spa to swim, steam and soak.
The Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Hokkaido
Learn to shred or carve on Hokkaido’s slopes at Kiroro Snow World’s stellar ski and snowboard academy. Then try sledding, snowmobiling or the new sport of snow driving to make your way down the slopes. The Kiroro’s rooms are generously sized, and the spa features stone and cedar-wood saunas and hot-spring baths.
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
Ontario’s Muskoka Lakes has attracted outdoor enthusiasts for more than 150 years, and in 1894, a resort first opened on the Lake Rousseau site that is now graced by the expansive JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa.
Opportunities for ice-skating, snowshoeing, ice fishing and snowmobiling abound. After outdoor exertion, partake in the respite of the luxury spa, in-room fireplaces and many dining options.
Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center
This resort situates visitors within day-trip distance of Colorado’s Front Range and offers multiple diversions on-site. Visit Glacier Point to glide across the ice-skating rink, tool around in an ice bumper car, or zoom down the 24-foot ice slide on inflatable tubes. Afterward, warm up with campfire s’mores.
Residence Inn Breckenridge
The picturesque town known as Breck to fans centers around winter fun. Hop on a heated snowcat or horse-drawn sleigh, mush a team of sled dogs or zip down world-class ski slopes. Residence Inn Breckenridge, just off Main Street, is walkable to shops and restaurants and treats visitors to its heated pool, hot tub, free breakfast and shuttle.