The Osprey at Beaver Creek, a RockResort, Beaver Creek, Colorado $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
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 hotelopened in December 2008 after a $7 million redo of the now-defunct Inn at Beaver Creeklooks 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 poolwith a nearby fire pithot 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).