- The Best Colorado Ski Chalets
- Game Creek Club, Vail
- Trapper's Cabin, Beaver Creek
- Saddle Ridge, Beaver Creek
- The Chalets at The Lodge at Vail
From chalets to cabins to B&Bs, Colorado’s upscale lodging is distinguished by the luxurious comforts, seamless extras, and lovely details that make your trip exceptional.
This is especially true for groups, and whether it’s a few couples or a multi-generational family trip, there’s something to be said for gathering around the dinner table or having a few laughs in a game room or home theater.
Just one couple?
Go for a secluded cabin with private hot tub or the intimacy of a bed and breakfast.
Whether you want a sprawling custom home or a one-of-a-kind mountaintop escape, each option below carries the promise of a truly special place to lay your head.
There are tons of places to stay in the Vail Valley, but only one choice atop Vail Mountain: a four-bedroom chalet at 10,500 feet.
From your arrival by snowcat to your private chef–cooked meals and personal ski instructor, it’s hard to beat the experience of calling America’s legendary ski resort your own after dark.
Après ski takes on a new meaning when it involves watching wildlife from your own outdoor hot tub or exploring the summit on snowshoes under the moonlight.
Whether it’s curling up by the fireplace and big flat screen or playing chef in the gourmet kitchen, how you choose to enjoy your own private Vail after the lifts close is up to you—and as many as nine friends.
Plus, when the lifts start turning again in the morning, you’ve already beaten everyone else to the top of the mountain for fresh powder.
Bonus: Operated by the luxury Arrabelle hotel in Lionshead, your stay includes full access to the spa, fitness center and other hotel facilities 2,000 feet below.
Like Vail, Beaver Creek Resort has a single exclusive mountaintop rental home perched among aspen stands and secluded in the midst of the mountain’s trails.
Guests arrive at the finely appointed four-bedroom “cabin” by chauffeured snowcat to a greeting of champagne and snacks.
If you want to test out the gleaming, fully appointed kitchen, it’s all yours; otherwise, book a private chef to cook breakfast and dinner, enjoy open bar for your stay, and beat the first morning lifts.
When you tire of first tracks (as if!), the cabin also has a billiard room, steam shower and outdoor hot tub for your soaking pleasure.
How To: Pack Style In Your Ski Bag
My BSGFs (best ski girlfriends) say packing clothes for their ski trips is “stressy.” I am a self-proclaimed packing pro, so I disagree; but admittedly, it's hard to travel light for skiing.
Looking good for après ski—without carrying a mountain of luggage on top of your boards, boots, parka, and pants—is an art.
Still, I’m always ready and well equipped to fly, ski, and enjoy my après time for a weekend or even a weeklong ski vacation.
All it takes is some smart packing to look stylish from first chair to après ski. Here’s how:
If you’re bringing your own gear, you should invest in a quality ski bag—one that’s padded, and fits your boots as well.
Everything fits in my ski bag, which has two outside pockets for my boots and a center compartment.
Yes, I always bring my own ski boots—comfy boots can make or break your ski day, and sometimes rentals just don’t measure up—and stuff them with two pairs of skis socks, goggles, a hat, a neck warmer, and even toiletries in Ziplocs.
When it comes to après ski clothing, it’s all about the black; it travels well, coordinates easily, hides stains, and doesn't scream "I'm a tourist."
(My husband swears by his one pair of jeans. Guys can get away with that; I find denim bulky and not versatile enough.)
I pack black pants (or leggings) that can go from casual to fancy, and a Lycra/rayon skirt with tights.
My Adea black silk top goes from the slopes to sophisticated restaurants, while SKEA’s gold Powerstrech midlayer is luxurious for après, but made of technical fabric that wears like a dream on the slopes, too.
A bright base layer by BloqUV wicks moisture and blocks sun, so I stay dry and protected from first tracks to frosty beers on the ski lodge deck.
Next: A girl’s gotta accessorize, even with limited luggage.
To glam it up, SKEA’s faux rabbit scarf and fox headband are my go-tos.
I throw in two colorful scarves to add style and miles to outfits.
A swimsuit is a must, assuming you’re planning some quality après time in the hot tub.
PJs, yes—but skip the bulky bathrobe.
I pack just a few pair of undergarments which can be hand washed.
(Tip: Track down some Tide disposable laundry packets, which are great for stinky ski socks, too.)
Gather these basics, lay out your clothing, and plan your outfits.
You can easily fit a similar lean, mean wardrobe in your ski bag.
I separate items into zipped garment squares to stay organized.
My bag usually weighs in around 30 pounds, well below the cutoff for airlines’ excess baggage fees.
With a little planning and a few chic-yet-ski-worthy staples, you can dress without stress on the slopes, and rock your look all the way into après and beyond.
Rubywood & Other Luxury Homes, Breckenridge
Breck is well-known in the ski industry for its unrivalled inventory of one-of-a-kind luxury ski home rentals.
Rubywood, a 4,800-square-foot four-bedroom Rocky-Mountain–style paradise, offers perhaps the best views in the entire town.
With endless glass and wood at every turn, the décor and furnishings easily rival any five-star hotel.
Between the big-screen home theater (complete with wet bar), the outdoor hot tub overlooking 2.5 private landscaped acres, the great room with a river rock fireplace, a true restaurant style kitchen, and a 16-person dining room with a fireplace, you may never want to leave.
This is a place built specifically for gatherings, and every detail has been considered, from cozy radiant floors throughout to a heated glove and ski boot dryer in the six-car garage to the master bedroom suite with private terrace and steam shower.
To fully immerse yourself in Colorado’s cowboy heritage, you just can’t beat SaddleRidge.
Back in the 80s, Shearson Lehman Brothers spent $27 million building this Old West–themed corporate retreat, designed by Ralph Lauren’s lead decorator and chock full of valuable original western art and antiquities—one of the largest such non-museum collections anywhere.
Today it has been converted into one of Beaver Creek Resort’s most beloved fine dining restaurants, private members club, and just half a dozen luxury two-bedroom villas.
These multi-level 2,300-square-foot homes are also decorated with western art, and feature lavish stone walk-in rain showers, huge rock fireplaces, outdoor balconies, kitchens, and lightly shared use of the indoor swimming pool, library with billiards, ski lockers, and concierge with free shuttle.
Between the location, restaurant, and cowboy ambiance, there is nothing else like it.
Ideally situated in proximity to both Breck and Keystone, Frisco is known as “The Main Street of the Rockies.”
Both quirky and charming, Frisco is perennially rated one of the nation’s top mountain towns, full of great restaurants, shops, and local color.
It is also the gateway to three major ski areas, and home to the region’s only two Diamond Collection bed and breakfasts.
The Frisco Inn on Galena is just off Main Street and offers touches like complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine each afternoon, HD flat screens in all rooms, a sauna, a hot tub, a game room, loaner bicycles, and, of course, gourmet breakfast daily.
The Frisco Lodge is a historic 1885 Main Street property that also dishes up afternoon food and wine, a stunning breakfast spread, a hot tub, and more.
In addition to guest rooms, the Lodge has a standalone one-bedroom backyard cottage that welcomes skiers with dogs.
There is almost no true slopeside ski-in/ski-out lodging in Vail Village.
The exception is this one-of-a-kind, five-bedroom contemporary stone and glass chalet, perched alongside Pepe’s Face run.
The location is simply unbeatable, equally convenient to the gondola and Vail’s finest shops and eateries, all just outside the front door.
Plus, the decadent home packs in luxury bells and whistles such as a private elevator, daily maid service, and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Gore Range.
It has a fireplace, a game room, a laundry room, a balcony overlooking Gondola One, a gourmet kitchen, and use of all The Lodge at Vail facilities, including the pool, the hot tub, the RockResorts Spa, and ski storage at the Vail Mountain Club.
Privacy, luxury, and convenience all come together here under one lavish roof.
The chalet is exclusively listed with Luxury Rentals from HomeAway, which includes onsite property managers in Vail.