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$199 or less
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Annabelle Inn
232 W. Main Street
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 970 925 3822
info@annabelleinn.com
www.annabelleinn.com

The Annabelle Inn is one of Aspen's most unique properties: An old hotel renovated into an assortment of quaint B&B-style rooms, all decorated differently. A rustic lobby and dining room, where a breakfast buffet is served each morning, is a cozy gathering place, giving the whole place the feel of a European chalet. While the premium rooms are obviously the best, they tend to be small with cramped bathrooms. The standard rooms, however, aren't dramatically different, making them one of the best lodging deals in town. Rooftop hot tubs overlook the deep courtyard, and guests can soak out the day's lactic acid while watching ski movies on the outdoor projector screen. One drawback to the inn is that it's a ten-minute walk to town, but the free town shuttle stops frequently right out front.

$400 or more
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The Arrabelle at Vail Square
675 Lionshead Place
Vail , Colorado
81657
Tel: 866 662 7625 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 754 7777
arrabelle.rockresorts.com

The ski-in, ski-out Arrabelle hotel is the keystone of chic Vail Square. Opened in the Lionshead area, this tiny "village" is modeled on quaint Mitteleuropa towns like Innsbruck or Prague. Many of the 62 guest rooms and suites have fireplaces and mountain views, along with the expected high-tech luxuries: free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and Bose MP3 players. The Arrabelle is joined by shops, restaurants, and 25 one- to five-bedroom residences (which can also be rented)—all surrounding a plaza that is transformed into an ice rink in winter. It's undeniably charming (deposed royalty would feel right at home, given the plush details: 1,000-thread-count sheets, heated marble floors in the baths), and for skiers it's fabulously convenient. The Arrabelle's Tavern on the Square, once part of the Centre V restaurant, has a slope-side terrace that abuts the Eagle Bahn Gondola (where you'll also find the Arrabelle's ski valet ready to take charge of your skis and boots after your last run, so you can head directly to the hotel's spa). Just try not to swoon after tasting Tavern on the Square's fried-to-order maple-bacon doughnuts with apple butter. Bringing the kids? Check out the Arrabelle's Ski Nanny service.—Updated by Sarah Tuff

$200-$299
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Aspen Square Lodge
617 E. Cooper Avenue
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 970 925 1000
info@aspensquarehotel.com
www.aspensquarehotel.com

The recently renovated Aspen Square Lodge has three major assets: Location, location, location. Situated so close to the Ajax gondola that you can easily clomp to and fro in ski boots, the hotel is also steps from every restaurant, nightclub, and shop in town. And it's directly across the street from City Market, where you can stock up on food to cook in your unit's full kitchen. But be sure to specifically request a renovated unit: There are still some condos that will give you flashbacks of the '70s and '80s. Otherwise, you'll find a wood-burning fireplace in each simple, classic condo.

$400 or more
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The Broadmoor
1 Lake Avenue
Colorado Springs , Colorado
Tel: 800 634 7711
Tel: 719 577 5775
Fax: 719 577 5738
www.broadmoor.com

First opened in 1918, this Italian Renaissance multi-towered spread on the site of a former dairy farm has a "magnificent Rocky Mountain setting." Public spaces have a "regal feel," while the infinity pool sits lakeside. Accommodations exude a "warm coziness" with playful patterns and Molton Brown toiletries; cottages have Virginia blue stone patios and lawn bowling greens. Filet mignon is served with celery root risotto and green tomato marmalade at the Penrose Room.

(744 rooms)

$200-$299
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Four Seasons Hotel, Denver
1111 14th Street
Denver , Colorado
80202
Tel: 303 389 3000
Fax: 303 389 3009
www.fourseasons.com/denver

The 45-story tower that houses the Four Seasons instantly redefined Denver's skyline. Rising from a prime downtown corner and topped with an iridescent 76-foot spire, it also enjoys the rarefied air of terrific service and a sense of style. Warm smiles and lots of light greet guests in the lobby, a space of vast windows, white marble floors, and leather club chairs. A fireplace marks the transition from the lobby to the Edge bar, where you're likely to see as many designer suits as denim jackets. The 239 rooms, which have sweeping views all the way to the Rockies, fill the first 16 floors. Masculine interiors have wood walls, leather headboards, and transparent glass desks. The spa is on the third floor, and the heated outdoor pool is a park of sorts, large enough for 60-plus trees among the flower beds. The restaurant, Edge, is a solid steak house, or walk to the trendy dining spots of nearby Larimer Square or the LoDo district, home to micropubs Wynkoop Brewing Company, Denver's first, a 1988 establishment in a 1899 building.

$400 or more
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Four Seasons Resort Vail
1 Vail Road
Vail , Colorado
81657
Tel: 303 389 3301
Fax: 970 477 8666
www.fourseasons.com/vail

For the length of time it would take for a newborn baby to become a full-fledged skier bombing through Colorado powder (say, five years), the Four Seasons was under construction in Vail Village. After various delays, this final piece of Vail's massive renewal project opened in December 2010. Turns out it was worth the wait: The hotel's decor—a balance of warm hickory and cool limestone—is perfectly suited to the Alpine location; even the humblest of the 121 rooms is a healthy 575 square feet; and any of the 16 two- to four-bedroom private residences for rent would suit the snootiest of schussers. Guests should wear nice socks for check-in, since the ski concierge will be there to measure feet for boots and get your skis and boards waxed and ready to go up the adjacent Vista Bahn lift. You can also expect hot chocolate and muffins, as well as heated robes at the 75-foot pool, at the end of each ski day. Meals at the in-house restaurant, Flame (think tea-smoked venison, bison rib eye, and bananas Foster), could fuel a Winter Olympian. But succumbing to the Four Seasons' sumptuous service could derail the training plans of even the most dedicated athletes.—Sarah Tuff

$400 or more
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Game Creek Chalet
Game Creek Bowl
Vail Mountain
Vail , Colorado
Tel: 877 528 7625 (toll-free)
arrabelle.rockresorts.com/residences/game-creek-chalet.asp

Every ski town has a property for those who relish their privacy—and will drop mad money to ensure it. The Game Creek Chalet is Vail's clear contender. This private villa crowns the top of Game Creek Bowl on Vail's Front Side, and has three bedrooms with private baths. Many properties claim to be ski-in, ski-out, but this is genuine slide-to-your-front-door access. The service is discreet and top-flight, and includes a ski concierge who warms ski boots at night, a private half-day instructor, and a personal chef to prepare a nightly menu of your choosing. At $2,800 a night for the entire property and space for eight guests—privacy is ensured, if not cheap.

Two-night minimum.

$400 or more
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The Gant
610 West End Street
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 800 549 0535 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 925 5000
gantres@destinationhotels.com
www.gantaspen.com

Located at the west end of Durant Avenue, three (longish) blocks from the ski lifts, the Gant condos are 140 privately owned apartments with one, two, or three bedrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms with fireplaces and balconies. Since the layouts are identical, the category of luxury is determined by the owner's taste: Fancier decor means higher rates. If you care less about the couch patterns than the view, pick a "Standard" second- or third-floor apartment, but be warned: Some bedrooms have only internal windows. Cable TV, tennis courts, two pools (outdoor, heated), and bike/ski storage are included.

$300-$399
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Hotel Aspen
110 West Main Street
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 800 527 7369 (toll-free)
www.hotelaspen.com

Looking for a low-key, more sophisticated option? This remodeled property just off the main drag has a more refined feel. A $1.5 million face-lift in 2010 modernized the 45 spacious rooms, adding sharp chocolate-brown, orange, turquoise, and mustard accents. Opt for a Deluxe Room, set toward the back of the hotel, for a quieter setting, with views out over the pool. That pool and hot tub were also rejuvenated during the renovation, and lots of extras are included in the rate: Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, airport shuttles, and nightly après-ski gatherings with wine and snacks.—by Samantha Berman

$400 or more
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Hotel Jerome
330 E. Main Street
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 800 331 7213 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 920 1000
reservations@hjerome.com
www.hoteljerome.com

The Jerome dates from the days of the Wild West—1889, to be exact, when the co-owner of Macy's, Jerome B. Wheeler, settled in town, determined to raise its tone. The hotel is still taking its style cues from that era, which is a good thing if you like cozy lounges with gas fires, crimson wallpaper, velvet couches, and crystal chandeliers. The 92 rooms all have king-size beds with down comforters, oversize closets, and marble tubs. The hotel has a ski concierge who will dry boots and organize lift passes; the saloonlike J-Bar is the single most beloved après joint in Aspen, thick with bold-faced visitors replacing ski calories with bourbon-spiked milkshakes called Aspen Crud. The outdoor hot tub with heated towel service is also a draw, but unlike the other two grande dames (Nell and St. Regis), the Jerome is set back a few blocks from the mountain.

$200-$299
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Hotel Madeline Telluride
568 Mountain Village Boulevard
Telluride , Colorado
81435
Tel: 970 369 0880
www.hotelmadelinetelluride.com

In a prime Mountain Village spot steps from the gondola into Telluride town, this 100-room stone-and-stucco resort feels pleasingly intimate despite its large scale. The polished staff—which includes a personal assistant stationed in the cozy Living Room (stocked around the clock with coffee and snacks)—are as courteous as they are good-looking, from waitstaff who remember special requests from the day before to ski valets who wipe down and warm up your gear. The guest rooms, coated in neutral tones that lend it a somewhat generic mountain lodge-style, are nonetheless bright and generously proportioned, with extra drawer space under an obscenely restful bed, a sofa and an armchair with a tufted leather ottomon, complimentary soft drinks, a soaking tub, and a powerful shower with a seating area. The Onyx restaurant, which overlooks the new ice rink, serves waist-widening breakfasts and a more formal meat-and-potatoes menu at night, while Suede Bar is a low-key après-ski choice. Flexible check-out times, a small but inviting indoor pool with bench seating (retractable glass doors open in good weather), and a spa with a relaxation lounge complete with a fireplace round out the amenities.

$200-$299
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Hotel Telluride
199 North Cornet Street
Telluride , Colorado
81435
Tel: 866 468 3501 (toll-free)
reservations@thehoteltelluride.com
www.thehoteltelluride.com

Hotel Telluride, which opened in 2001, strives to meld the Old West with the comfort of an old Europe lodge. The hotel pulls it off with overstuffed couches, antler chandeliers, and 19th-century Edward S. Curtis photos of Native Americans in the lobby. While your room might be decorated with vintage wooden snowshoes, the amenities are very much modern: 250-thread-count sheets, Aveda products, and oversize showerheads. With 59 rooms, the property sits on the quieter, western edge of town, drawing visitors who want in-town convenience without the loud inevitability of Telluride's nightlife.

$400 or more
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Hyatt Grand Aspen
415 E. Dean Street
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 727 803 9400
Fax: 727 803 9402
aspen.hyatt.com

You know you're staying someplace special when the granite-slabbed kitchen is equipped with martini glasses, Bordeaux and Chardonnay glasses, a Viking wine refrigerator, and a cappuccino maker. And the bathroom? A tub for two, plus a glassed-in rain shower with jets and a steam spigot. At the Hyatt Grand Aspen, they do everything right. When compared to Aspen's other premier properties—Little Nell, St. Regis and Hotel Jerome—the Hyatt stands out for its new, impeccable feel, classic decor and condo units that are, well, just like home—only much, much nicer. Each condo has a gas fireplace, a private balcony overlooking Ajax Mountain or the picture-perfect ice-skating rink, plasma TVs, and a concierge service that will do everything short of calling your mother. Which leaves you with more time to get through all that barware.

$300-$399
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Inn at Lost Creek
119 Lost Creek Lane
Mountain Village
Telluride , Colorado
81435
Tel: 888 601 5678 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 728 5678
reservations@innatlostcreek.com
www.innatlostcreek.com

Don't let the rustic design of native stone, weathered timber, and copper accents mislead you. The Inn's mandate is luxury. The service is Telluride's finest, exemplified by valet parkers who stock your rental car with bottled water and granola bars for the return drive to the Montrose airport. In fact, with only 32 rooms to look after, the ski valet, bellman, and concierge are usually free and eager to help with even the tiniest details. ("Sure, we can round up some waterproof gloves for you, miss.") Because it's located inside the Mountain Village, that ski valet gets used—ski-in, ski-out service is the real deal. The spa's rooftop area can be reserved for total privacy, the ultimate province for honeymooners and romantics. But the finest touch here may be the fireplace in each suite, which is no small achievement: Burning permits here are rare and expensive.

$200-$299
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JW Marriott Denver at Cherry Creek
150 Clayton Lane
Denver , Colorado
Tel: 303 316 2700
Fax: 303 316 4697
marriott.com/property/propertypage/denjw

This broad block sits across from Cherry Creek Shopping Center and near the Denver Country Club. Guest rooms have custom millwork and exotic stone, though will be updated in renovations currently under way. Second Home Kitchen and Bar serves modern American cooking and brick oven pizzas and has a wine wall with 800 vintages from around the globe. Staff are "always smiling and exude that classic Colorado friendliness."

(196 rooms)

$400 or more
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Keyah Grande
13211 Highway 160 West
Pagosa Springs , Colorado
Tel: 970 731 1160
Fax: 970 731 1162
guestservices@keyahgrande.com
keyahgrande.com

This elegant resort and hunting reserve in the San Juan Mountains is on 4,000 acres of natural elk habitat, 60 minutes from Durango. Each of the Spanish-style hacienda's eight rooms, named for different regions of the world, incorporates furniture and art from the owners' travels, and all come with luxe touches such as Frette linens, whirlpool tubs, and balconies. Using organic and artisanal ingredients, the restaurant's husband-and-wife team create innovative sculptural dishes that could pass for fine dining in a major city. Stargazers can take in the view from the outdoor hot tubs and from the breathtaking flying deck suspended over the valley. Most guests spend their time hunting the many elk on the property, skeet shooting, or horseback riding.

$200-$299
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Limelight Lodge
355 South Monarch Street
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 800 433 0832 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 925 3025
www.limelightlodge.com

Completely renovated in 2008 and now channeling Frank Lloyd Wright, this chic yet family-friendly Aspen lodge is full-service, including nightly après gatherings, complimentary breakfast, fitness room, and heated pool and hot tub. The 126 rooms have upscale touches like leather headboards and marble baths, and all rooms except the standards have kitchenettes (the suites have full kitchens). Shuttles to and from all four of Aspen's mountains make getting around pretty painless, and the small but efficient lounge has a tasty menu of basic fare—pizza, soups, salads—to tide you over while you make that most difficult of Aspen decisions: where to go for dinner. First time skiing here? Sign up for Inside Tracks, exclusively for Limelight guests, and join a free mountain tour with a ski school instructor.—by Samantha Berman

$400 or more
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The Little Nell
675 E. Durant Avenue
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 888 843 6355 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 920 4600
concierge@thelittlenell.com
www.thelittlenell.com

The Nell is so Aspen—i.e., it's a cute little (92-room) home-away-from-home chalet where everyone happens to be wearing Prada skiwear and there's a two-to-one staff-to-guest ratio. Those abundant staff members are convincingly caring, and the atmosphere really is warm at the town's only true ski-in, ski-out hotel. The ski concierge, Ray McNutt, will take you out at the crack of dawn to be first to sully the groomed slopes, too. The all-beige rooms have plenty of space to swing a dog (yours is welcome and has his own menu), plus king-size beds, gas log fires, huge closets, humidifiers, and big marble bathrooms. Restaurant Montagna is among the best in the state, and the bar is a hot spot, especially with its fondue menu. The Nell's Ajax Tavern, just across from the gondola, has reopened for the 2008 season after a massive renovation, with a new menu befitting its contemporary French bistro atmosphere. (Old favorites, however, such as the Tavern's famous truffle fries, are still a must.)

$400 or more
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The Lodge at Vail
174 East Gore Creek Drive
Vail , Colorado
Tel: 877 528 7625 (toll-free)
Fax: 970 476 7425
lodgeatvail.rockresorts.com

Because it sits nearly in the lee of the Vista Bahn, Vail Village's main (and overly crowded) lift, the Lodge is the go-to property for skiers and snowboarders obsessed with leaving the day's first tracks. With a choice of 150 rooms that range from comfortable studios to bring-on-the-party three-bedroom town houses, the lodge has a dual clientele of powderholics and luxury hounds. Like many RockResorts properties, the design is more boutique than chain: The interior is accented in warm pine and festooned with the expected alpine-inspired decorations. Amenities for aching bodies (nothing like the first day back on the slopes to discover muscles you forgot you had) include a heated outdoor pool flanked by hot tubs, a fitness center, requisite sauna, and a full spa, completed in 2008. Rounding out the property are two of the Village's better restaurants, Elway's and Cucina Rustica. Note, though: Due to Vail Village's ongoing construction, you'll want to request a room with a pool or mountain view. (Village views will likely be of cranes and hardhats.)

$400 or more
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Lumière
118 Lost Creek Lane
Telluride , Colorado
81435
Tel: 866 530 9466
lumieretelluride.com

Lumière debuted in late 2008 as a boutique condo property pitching generously sized rooms (the average guest room measures 386 square feet), suites, and one- to four-bedroom residences, plus personalized service, an intimate setting, and a ski-in/ski-out location in the Mountain Village. The look of the 30 rooms and suites is standard Colorado condo—beige furniture, exposed wood beams—and kitchens in the residences have Wolf ranges and Subzero fridges. What sets it apart from the rest of the condo scene is the amenities, from the complimentary European breakfast (fresh pastries, fruit, yogurt) to the warm and cold splash pools beside the outdoor hot tub. Settle into a spot in front of the fireplace at the Little Bar for nightly sushi and drink specials. Who needs downtown, anyway?—Samantha Berman

$300-$399
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Mountain Lodge at Telluride
457 Mountain Village Boulevard
Telluride , Colorado
81435
Tel: 970 369 5000
mountainlodgetelluride.com

Ski-cabin enclave cum full-service resort, the Mountain Lodge lies in the sweet spot between having a place to yourself and enjoying the amenities (valet, concierge, housekeeping) of a large resort. The property features a mix of luxe three- to six-bedroom cabins, condos, suites, and small lodge rooms. Whatever you book, you'll find rustic pine, leather couches, and private balconies. The hotel is off the Double Chain trail and is truly ski-in/ski-out. Rent skis on site through the Christy Sports outpost, grab breakfast at The View (the restaurant, which, as the name suggests, has a 50-foot wall of windows overlooking the San Sophia range), and schuss off for the day. Return by 2 pm for the daily après-ski happy hour and a dip in the heated outdoor pool. It doesn't get much easier than this.—Samantha Berman

$199 or less
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Mountainside Inn
333 S. Davis Street
Telluride , Colorado
81435
Tel: 888 728 1950 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 728 1950
www.telluridehotels.com/hotels/mountainside-inn-starting-79-night

With kitchenettes in many rooms and a dogs-welcome policy, the Mountainside appeals to the earthy types who used to visit Telluride in the '70s—a population that's diminishing as the place gets haughtier. Rooms are simple, with tables ideal for sitting and slurping ramen noodles. Since the low-slung motel abuts the slopes with ski–in access, guests can exit the snowy forests in late afternoon and head directly for the hot tub. That's when Telluride's true charm shines through: The tub is poised above the gurgling San Miguel River and affords a fine view of the mountains as they turn pink with the sunset, like so much strawberry ice cream.

$200-$299
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New Sheridan Hotel
231 West Colorado Avenue
Telluride , Colorado
81435
Tel: 800 200 1891
www.newsheridan.com

The New Sheridan is actually quite old. The hotel was built in 1891, when Telluride was flush with the spoils of the gold mines, and now caters to a certain old-school set who relish its authenticity. Nonetheless, highlights of its heritage include the Victorian decor, the archival photos of silver and gold miners, and the location, in the vibrant, funky heart of town. The three-story redbrick hotel has 32 rooms that are simply decorated, with dark-wood headboards, plaid throws on the white duvets, and walls lined with wainscoting (some rooms used to have shared facilities, but a 2008 renovation added private bathrooms to every room). The downtown location puts you in the center of the action, but be aware that your après-ski nap may be interrupted by an impromptu drum circle on the sidewalk below.—Samantha Berman

$400 or more
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The Osprey at Beaver Creek, a RockResort
10 Elk Track Lane
Beaver Creek , Colorado
81620
Tel: 866 621 7625 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 754 7400
vbcrp@vailresorts.com
ospreyatbeavercreek.rockresorts.com

The Osprey at Beaver Creek isn't just near the slopes: A mere 20 feet from the Strawberry Park Express high-speed quad, it's the closest ski-in/ski-out hotel to a chairlift in North America. From the outside, this RockResort hotel—opened in December 2008 after a $7 million redo of the now-defunct Inn at Beaver Creek—looks like a standard ski lodge. And while plenty of birch and local stone was used for the interiors, the clean, modern design is delightfully free of rustic mountain kitsch. About half of the 45 guestrooms have fireplaces, and all have free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs; the best is the two-bedroom penthouse, which includes a living room, full kitchen, and balcony. The lounge serves a tapas-style menu that's ideal for après-ski refueling (grilled brie sandwiches, lobster nachos), and if the heated outdoor pool—with a nearby fire pit—hot tub, steam room, and sauna can't sooth your slope-sore muscles, try concocting your own cure-all at one of the complimentary mixology classes (held weekly in high season).

$400 or more
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Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa
50 W. Thomas Place
Beaver Creek Village
Beaver Creek , Colorado
81657
Tel: 970 949 1234
Fax: 970 949 4164
www.beavercreek.hyatt.com

This hotel, located in the middle of Beaver Creek Village, began life as a Hyatt Regency in 1989. While some of the 190 guest rooms are still more "Regency" than "Park" in terms of design, seven suites and 14 king executive king guestrooms got a plush, modern makeover in late 2008. The mountain and its main Centennial Express Lift are out the back door, while an ice rink, shops, and restaurants are out the front. In truth, some of the area's best eats are farther afield, but the hotel makes up for that with the 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill, where the seasonal menu features fresh produce from Colorado farms. The 30,000-square-foot, two-story Allegria Spa, which received a $26 million upgrade in 2007, emphasizes hot water therapies, and includes a Roman-styled bath house. The gym also has a ton of cutting-edge equipment. Some floors have coin-operated washers and dryers for guests' use—a nice touch when you have mounds of wet ski clothes.

$300-$399
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The Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa
136 Country Club Drive
Mountain Village
Telluride , Colorado
81435
Tel: 866 282 4557 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 728 6800
www.thepeaksresort.com

Towering over the ski area's base village, the modern-looking Peaks seems somewhat out of place among the area's other hotels. The expansive lobby (pretentiously but not inaccurately called the Great Room), has 30-foot-tall floor-to-ceiling windows with a view that seems to extend to Utah. With a number of yearly conventions and corporate get-togethers, the clientele is at times more likely to be packing a Blackberry than a Burton board. But that doesn't interfere with the skiing: Not only is The Peaks ski-in, ski-out, but it's also home to the Golden Door Spa. This outpost of the Escondido, California, center is known for its "skier's salvation" treatment, which targets the lower back and leg muscles. Of the 174 rooms, try for number 332, whose small deck overlooks both the swimming pool (and its two-story waterslide) and the magnificent San Juan Mountains.

$400 or more
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Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
130 Daybreak Ridge
Avon , Colorado
81620
Tel: 970 748 6200
Fax: 970 343 1070
www.ritzcarlton.com/resorts/bachelor_gulch/

For those who prefer the exclusivity of Beaver Creek to the crowds at Vail, the ski-in, ski-out Ritz-Carlton is the best place to stay. Tucked into the gated community of Bachelor Gulch, it's a timber-and-stone pile with 180 rooms, all with balconies and/or fireplaces, flat-screen TV's, Wi-Fi (for a fee), Frette linens, and feather beds so thick you practically need a stepladder. Mountainside Suites have up to three bedrooms. Book a room on the Club Level, which serves seemingly nonstop complimentary food and drinks in the lounge, including smoked salmon at breakfast and Champagne at cocktail hour (guests claim they gain weight when they stay here). For skiers, a stay here is seamless and worry-free: The Bachelor Gulch high-speed quad lift practically lands in the lobby, and there's also a ski shop, an in-house lift ticket outlet, and a ski concierge to take care of your gear. At the end of the day, before cocktails around the towering fireplace in the Great Room (reminiscent of a National Park lodge) and dinner at Spago, head down to the resort's crowning glory: The 21,000-square-foot spa and fitness center. It has a rock-lined stone "grotto," separate men's and women's steam, sauna, and Jacuzzi areas, a heated outdoor pool, and hot tubs with views of the slopes.

Closed mid-April to late May

$400 or more
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The Sebastian
16 Vail Road
Vail , Colorado
81657
Tel: 970 477 8000
reservations@thesebastianvail.com
www.thesebastianvail.com

When the Vail Plaza Hotel & Club reopened as the Sebastian in January 2011, the hotel's best feature remained the same: its location at the gateway to Vail Village. Not much else has changed, either. There are still 107 plush but neat-as-a-pin rooms (including seven suites) and 36 private residences. And you can still avoid schlepping a single piece of gear, thanks to valets for, well, everything. The subtle transformation did add more treatment rooms and services at the renamed Bloom Spa; more options for caffeine and carbs at the new Market café; and, supposedly, the largest Scotch collection in the Colorado Rockies at the new Frost bar. At the in-house fine-dining restaurant, Block 16, chef Sergio Howland (who hails from sister property Esperanza in Los Cabos, among other resorts) marries Maine lobster with braised veal cheeks; for dessert, he studs brownies with pine nuts. Given the soaring entryway and 8,000-foot conference center, it's hard to think of this place as "boutique," though, as the new management does.—Sarah Tuff

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Sky Hotel
709 E. Durant Avenue
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 800 882 2582 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 925 6760
www.theskyhotel.com

Right next door to the Nell, the former Aspen Club Lodge became Kimpton's adorable 90-room chalet in 2002—possibly the only Aspen hotel with a sense of humor. The towering, kitschy foyer has knotty, varnished tree-trunk beams and madly elongated white wing chairs with six-foot backs. Next door is 39 Degrees, a 007-ish (Roger Moore era) lounge that in summer opens out onto a cool pool deck with fire pits and lounging couches. Bedrooms are painted sunshine-yellow to complement their '70s orange-stripped pine beams. The best rooms have little balconies with partial mountain views—none has their neighbor's full-mountain aspect. No ski concierge here, but there is on-site rental, boot-drying, and storage. There's also an "Altitude Adjustment" wine reception in the lobby every night.

$400 or more
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Solaris
141 East Meadow Drive
Vail , Colorado
81657
Tel: 877 754 7861 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 476 9000
www.solarisvail.com

Consider the Solaris Vail Village's de facto town square. With an outdoor ice-skating rink at its core, the Shops at Solaris lures passersby with upscale boutiques like Luca Bruno and Tommy Bowers Ski, hot-list restaurants (the Vail outpost of Matsuhisa opened inside Solaris in 2011), and entertainment venues including bowling and a cinema. Rising eight stories above it all, Solaris offers 79 roomy residences ranging from two to four bedrooms. Average size of a three-bedroom? An impressive 2,350 square feet. The residences are swanky, with custom cherrywood accents throughout, limestone in the bathroom, Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances in the gourmet kitchens, and Colorado sandstone to lend a warm ambience. The high-tech touches include Crestron computer touch-screen systems that control lighting, climate, and the entertainment system; you can also communicate with the front desk and concierge. (Need the car brought around? Ready to hit the slopes? Just press a button.) Solaris is located about a five-minute walk from the Vista Bahn chair; a shuttle runs on demand, and a ski valet at the base stores all equipment.—Samantha Berman

$400 or more
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Sonnenalp Resort
20 Vail Road
Vail , Colorado
81657
Tel: 866 284 4411 (toll-free)
info@sonnenalp.com
www.sonnenalp.com

The Faessler family, who own the Sonnenalp, got their start in the hospitality industry in Bavaria, and this luxury hotel honors the aesthetic with a white-gabled facade and hand-carved pine furniture from Germany. The location is central in the village (and a five-minute walk to the Vista Bahn lift), and the heated indoor/outdoor pool fronts Gore Creek, which rambles by the resort. Most of the 137 rooms—from studios to two-bedroom suites—have a gas fireplace and a spacious bathroom with heated marble floors. Ludwig's, the in-house restaurant, serves Colorado-inspired fare with a Bavarian accent: One classic interpretation is the pistachio-crusted lamb chop with shank strudel in star-anise–blackberry sauce.

$400 or more
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St. Regis Aspen Resort
315 E. Dean Street
Aspen , Colorado
81611
Tel: 888 454 9005 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 920 3300
info@stregisaspen.com
www.stregisaspen.com/templates/index.php

The 179-room St. Regis opened in 1992 (then as a Ritz-Carlton). From the outside, the huge Colorado redbrick hulk is somehow reminiscent of a renovated Dickensian orphanage. Inside, an Alpine–Western school of decorating has resulted in exposed stone, blond wood, brown leather, black granite, Persian rugs, and bronze elks—and, ultimately, a somewhat generic-grand-hotel-chain feel. Yet the bedrooms, with their striped carpets and scarlet bedspreads, are plush, Wi-Fi accessible, and fully stocked with good linens, Bose stereos, and humidifiers. For a room with a fireplace, be sure to request the Red Mountain Wing. The Remède Spa (St. Regis's 15,000-square-foot prototype for its new brand) has the usual treatments, and also dispenses post-massage Champagne, truffles, and oxygen.

$400 or more
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Tivoli Lodge
386 Hanson Ranch Road
Vail , Colorado
81657
Tel: 970 476 5615
reservations@tivolilodge.com
www.tivolilodge.com

It would be hard not to feel welcome at this family-run lodge: The friendly owners, Bob and Diane Lazier, live on-property, and they and their extended family are always on hand. Originally opened in the late 1960's, the Tivoli was totally rebuilt from the ground up and reopened in summer 2006. With "European-style" architecture (vaguely Alpine, with lots of big leather sofas and chairs, and fireplaces everywhere) and only 62 rooms, the Tivoli is comfy and homey. Most rooms have fireplaces, and the mountainside views are Hollywood-backdrop perfect. Besides flat-screen TV's, free Wi-Fi, big tubs, and multi-nozzle showers, their best feature is the compact kitchenette area, with granite counter and chairs, and mini-fridge. It's about a four-minute walk to Vail's Vista Bahn and Riva Bahn chairlifts. And though there's no restaurant, all of Vail's best (and worst) dining is within a five-minute walk. Tivoli also serves a complimentary, hearty buffet breakfast each morning.

$400 or more
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Trappers Cabin, Beaver Creek
Top of Bachelor Gulch
Beaver Creek Resort
Beaver Creek , Colorado
81620
Tel: 970 754 5788
www.trapperscabincolorado.com

At certain ski resorts, "stars" and "wildlife" might refer to the celebrities and crazy parties that descend each winter. But at Trappers Cabin, which was renovated in 2008, you'll get the real deal: This three-bedroom cabin at the top of Beaver Creek's Bachelor Gulch lift is rented out in its entirety, so it's just you, the muffled noises of a pine forest under fresh snow, and up to nine of your favorite people. Plus personal chef Michael Wilganowski, who'll arrive by snowmobile to pour you a glass of cabernet as you wait for duck and foie gras ravioli by the fireplace. After dinner, the chief forms of entertainment are pointing out LED-bright constellations from the hot tub and contemplating your first ski run of the next day. Since you don't have to wait for a lift at the base area, you're guaranteed first tracks—provided all that indulgence doesn't have you sleeping late.—Sarah Tuff

$400 or more
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Vail Cascade
1300 Westhaven Drive
Vail , Colorado
81657
Tel: 800 282 4183 (toll-free)
Tel: 970 479 7020
info@vailcascade.com
www.vailcascade.com

If you don't care for the white stuff, the cold, or silly-looking outerwear—but your group or partner does—a property like the 292-room Vail Cascade can save your vacation. With a first-run movie theater; indoor tennis, squash, racquetball, and basketball courts; two pools; and what is arguably Vail's best spa, salvation is not only on hand, it's on-property. The spa, Aria, has several signature treatments, including the Mountain Lomi Lomi massage and Alpine Glow body wrap. The ski-happy portion of the group can grab a pass at the on-site ticket office and ski out the back door to Cascade's own triple chair. As for the property itself, expect functionality and comfort, if not loads of charm.

$400 or more
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Viceroy Resort and Spa, Snowmass
130 Wood Road
Snowmass , Colorado
81611
Tel: 866 270 8440
www.viceroysnowmass.com

When the Viceroy opened its doors in November 2009, it marked the luxury brand's first foray into ski country. It hasn't disappointed. The 173-room lodge is right off the Assay Hill run and fits neatly into a category of lodging severely lacking at Snowmass—luxury digs. Unlike sister resort Aspen, Snowmass has been slow to build its village and amenities, but the Viceroy is a stunning start. The modern rooms and suites are wanting for nothing, with studios to four-bedrooms in varying configurations to accommodate all sizes of groups and families. Interior-design insider Jean-Michel Gathy led the design efforts, and the result is sleek, modern spaces that remain warm and inviting, like a ski hotel should be. The hotel's restaurant, Eight K, with a beautiful 87-foot-long glass bar, wins fans with chef de cuisine Will Nolan's mildly Southern take on Colorado comfort food, such as his crawfish hush puppies and cane-syrup-glazed pork chops. After the ski day, the heated outdoor pool and hot tubs have a bird's-eye view of the slopes and an after-hour café and bar, Nest, to handle the care and feeding of après-skiers. The 7,000-square-foot Viceroy Spa might not be the biggest, but it's arguably one of the best in the valley, a Gathy-designed palace inspired by Native American traditions and rituals.—by Samantha Berman

$199 or less
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Viceroy Snowmass
130 Wood Road
Snowmass Village , Colorado
81611
Tel: 866 270 8440
Tel: 970 923 8000
concierge@viceroysnowmass.com
korhotelgroup.com

Anchoring a new base village, this 173-room, ski-in/ski-out stunner is like a vitamin B12 shot in the arm for Snowmass. Despite its wide-open bowls, powdery chutes, and sharp granite cliffs, Snowmass has long stayed in the shadow of neighboring Aspen due in part to its lack of luxury accommodations (that is, for those who don't own one of the multimillion-dollar pads sprinkled around the 25-square-mile town). Guests are coddled by the stellar service, kicking off their skis at the ski concierge area, ordering cocktails from the poolside hot tub, or finding handwritten notes from staff at turndown. Rooms are coolly modern: Gas fireplaces of black granite pop against textured walls, slate floors, and geometric wood detailing; huge beds are backed by woven-leather headboards; and built-in stainless steel lamps with steer horns wink at the valley's ranching history. Transparent glass walls enclose the immense bathrooms, which are a retreat unto themselves, with deep soaking tubs and attractive glass-tiled rain showers. Kitchenettes are stocked with premium appliances in case you want to stay in. But why would you? The Eight K Restaurant adds a throbbing pulse to the resort, with a bar pouring local brews and a decadent menu that has rocketed the spot to the top of the Snowmass dining scene.

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The Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa
126 Riverfront Lane
Avon , Colorado
81620
Tel: 970 790 6000
www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1958

This two-year-old Silver LEED–certified resort has extensive stonework and glass, allowing "majestic views of the Rockies," which can also be seen from "the incredible infinity hot tubs off the pool deck." The Riverfront Express gondola, "steps from the lobby," transports guests to the base of Beaver Creek Mountain. Restaurant Avondale, kitted out in stone, wood, granite, and glass, promotes a West Coast–inspired seasonal menu, hence dishes like Summit Creek lamb chops. Spa Anjali's robes and towels are made from organic bamboo and muslin.

(230 rooms)

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