Swanky Stays A guide to premium lodging in the Colorado Rockies

  • The Best Places To Stay
  • One Ski Hill, Breck
  • Crystal Peak Lodge, Breck
  • Ski Tip Lodge, Keystone

Gold miners put boomtown Breckenridge on the map in the summer of 1869, and snow became big business when the eponymous ski resort opened in 1961. 

Today, Breckenridge maintains its historic charm while hosting snow-lovers from around the globe on 2,900 skiable acres across six peaks towering above the town. 

Sister resort Keystone adds 3,150 skiable acres sprawling over three peaks and five alpine bowls with snowcat access little-touched terrain, night skiing, and a cozy resort village. 

Where to book to take advantage? 

Elevate your Summit County ski trip at these high-end, high-mountain stays.

One Ski Hill, A Rock Resort

Perched above the town of Breckenridge at the base of Peak 8, this alpine-chic log-and-stone lodge has been home base for crowds of Olympic snowboarders, international jetsetters, and sporty families since it opened its doors in 2010. 

Each of the lodge’s 88 condos feel like private cabins with lofted ceilings, exposed beams, moss rock fireplaces, mountain-view balconies, and gourmet kitchens.

Cozy 550-square-foot studios are perfect for couples; families can fit in an 800-square-foot one bedroom with a sleeper sofa, or spread out in the 1,200-square-foot two-bedroom units. 

Top floor four- and five-bedroom condos will fit extended or multi-generation families, and are a fave for pro halfpipe riders who shred the superpipe right out the back door. 

In the morning, ski concierges have your boots and boards ready to hit the powder.

Indulge: Après ski, the lodge pours a selection of beer at the always-buzzing slopeside T Bar

Or, the resort’s complimentary shuttle can zip you to Breck’s best bars and restaurants. 

If you don’t feel like cooking, The Living Room restaurant seats 36 and serves classic American fare.

Relax: Straight off the slopes, take a soothing soak in the three-pool aquatic center with a steamy hot tub, sauna, and steam room. 

Want a little evening entertainment? You don’t have to go far. 

The resort includes a two-lane bowling alley dubbed “The Mine Shaft” and two private film-screening rooms.

Crystal Peak Lodge

Last winter, Breckenridge opened terrain on Peak 6, some of the finest intermediate, lift-accessed, above-treeline skiing in North America—and this sparkling 44-condo lodge at the base of Peak 7 provides the easiest access to the isolated terrain. 

Built in 2008, the log-and-stone structure is evocative of the great lodges of the American West with just the right dose of chateau style and Euro sophistication.

Each of the one- to four-bedroom units is individually owned and the décor varies, but you’ll always find a full kitchen with stainless steel and granite, a separate dining room, a fireplace in the living room, a cathedral ceiling, a balcony, big granite bathrooms, and a washer/dryer (never underestimate the luxury of tossing your snow-caked face warmer and damp mittens in the dryer).

But make no mistake: This is a full-service hotel with 24-7 guest services, a crack concierge, and daily maid service.

Indulge: The outdoor fire pit and Jacuzzi courtyard is an après ski party. 

Gourmet pizzas are the specialty at Sevens.

Explore: When it’s time to stroll Main Street for some nightlife or shopping, hop on the BreckConnect Gondola for a free, heated ride to the heart of the Victorian village.

Ski Tip Lodge

Ski Tip Lodge, Keystone, Colorado

Tucked along the Snake River between Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, this historic B&B is a romantic escape for couples that shred and foodies. 

The log-built lodge dates to the late 1800s when it was one of Summit County’s original stagecoach stops, and it was transformed into one of Colorado’s first ski lodges when Arapahoe Basin opened in 1946.

Yes, the 10-room lodge has been renovated since to add some chalet style, but this cozy spot retains its unpretentious mountain charms. 

Top-floor suites are the best bet with wood floors, antique furnishings, and forest views.

Indulge: Ski Tip’s restaurant ranks among the best in the Rockies, with chef Kevin McCombs’ seasonal kitchen serving modern takes on classic Colorado fare, including whiskey-glazed duck and peppered bacon-wrapped buffalo tenderloin. 

Even though the lodge is in the backwoods, sommelier Megan Morgan pours a wide selection of imported wines from an impressive wine cellar.

Relax: Best of all, with no TVs and no Wi-Fi, Ski Tip offers travelers the ultimate luxury: an escape from the bustle of everyday life. 

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