Luxury Ski Chalets USA

Home to more than 450 ski resorts, the United States offers a wide variety of ski experiences and luxury ski holidays to suit all tastes & abilities.

Why Choose USA for a Luxury Ski Holiday?

  • Most ski resorts in the USA receive serious amounts of snow - often double the amount received in some European resorts
  • North American resorts have patrolled and avalanche-controlled ungroomed terrain that in Europe would be classified as off-piste
  • Piste grooming is taken very seriously so you can expect perfect 'corduroy' pistes every morning
  • USA ski holidays take place in a wide range of towns with high-quality, spacious accommodation and restaurants that are varied in cuisine
  • Luxury ski vacations in the USA offer crowd-free slopes and efficient lift systems

Luxury Ski Holidays USA

With most American resorts receiving almost double the amount of snow as many European resorts, it is no wonder that American ski holidays have become increasingly popular. It also helps that there’s an abundance of avalanche-controlled ungroomed slopes, the trails are often deserted and lifts are generally efficient with short, orderly queues. US resort towns vary widely but all tend to offer a variety of luxury lodging, convenient condos and ski hotels.

Luxury ski resort in the United StatesPhoto: Jeremy Swanson/Aspen Snowmass
Skiing in luxury ski resort in USAPhoto: Jordan Curet/Aspen Snowmass
Luxury ski holiday in the USPhoto: Jack Affleck/Vail Resorts
Ski lifts in luxury ski resort in United StatesPhoto: Jack Affleck/Vail Resorts
Luxury ski home in USAPhoto: One Aspen Chalet, Aspen

Some of the country’s steepest terrain and deepest powder can be found on the west coast, with resorts such as Mammoth Mountain and Squaw Valley among the most popular. Known for their upmarket, modern resorts, the Rocky Mountains span several states, namely Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Montana and New Mexico. Colorado, in particular, is home to some of the United States most exclusive resorts such as Aspen, Vail and Beaver Creek, as well as Crested Butte, Jackson Hole and Big Sky.

With an alluring combination of attractive resorts, reliable snow and slopes to suit all abilities, Colorado is a particularly enticing prospect for American luxury ski holiday enthusiasts. Labelled ‘champagne powder', the snow here is particularly dry; even when the snow melts and refreezes, the moisture seems to be magically whisked away leaving it soft and powdery. Colorado is also where the majority of the States’ ritziest resorts are based. Both Vail and Beaver Creek are renowned for their luxury ski chalets, smart shops and expensive restaurants. Aspen, another glamorous resort, has an attractive town, reliable snow and extensive slopes to explore.

Luxury Ski Resorts in Colorado

One of the most popular destinations for ski holidays in America is Colorado. Resorts such as Breckenridge and Vail are around a two-hour transfer from Denver. Aspen and Snowmass are around four to five hours, and places such as Crested Butte even further afield. To reach these Colorado luxury ski resorts, you might want to consider an indirect flight, changing to a plane that lands at a nearby airport: Aspen, for example, has its own airport a few minutes from town. For Vail, Eagle airport is only 45 minutes away.

Luxury ski resorts in Colorado vary widely in style. Both Aspen and Crested Butte feature restored buildings from the mining boom days of the late 19th century whilst the modern satellite resort of Snowmass is more purpose-built. The likes of Vail and Beaver are more upmarket with glitzy hotels and lodges.

Colorado ski holidays in Aspen offer plenty of variety. Slopes are split over four separate mountains - Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands. For beginners, Buttermilk is a superb place to learn, with gentle, often deserted runs. However, Highlands boasts the highest concentration of green runs in Aspen so this is also a good option. Off the slopes, Aspen has plenty to offer too. There are dozens of art galleries, shops and restaurants as well as an indoor ice rink and huge swimming complex.

Vail is one of the biggest areas for luxury ski vacations in the USA with 5,289 acres of lift-linked slopes. Intermediate skiers can enjoy easy cruising runs whilst experts have several double-black diamond runs to accomplish. Beginners can learn on the nursery slopes and there's easy longer runs to progress to. For non-skiers, there's a multitude of alternative activities from tubing and ski biking to snowmobiling, ice skating and snowshoeing.

Luxury Ski Chalets Colorado

When it comes to accommodation, luxury ski resorts in Colorado can accommodate all budgets. At the more upmarket end of the scale, Aspen has grand hotels as well as smart penthouse apartments. Beaver Creek and Vail also offer luxury ski condos and lodges. Crested Butte is home to several ski-in/ski-out lodgings.

Top Chalets for Colorado Skiing Holidays

  • Four Peaks Esate, Aspen - set in three acres of private land, this five-bedroom home provides unobstructed views of all four Aspen mountain peaks and is equipped with an outdoor Jacuzzi & cinema room.
  • Colorado Lodge, Beaver Creek - just steps from the ski lift, this stylish penthouse apartment enjoys magnificent mountain views and guests have access to the amenities of the Ritz Carlton.
  • Avanti Chalet, Vail - renovated in 2020, this beautifully crafted chalet offers ski-in/ski-out access, contemporary living areas, a TV lounge and spa facilites.
  • Scarp Ridge Lodge, Crested Butte - this former Croatian saloon retains its old west façade but inside it has been completely transformed. It has an indoor saltwater pool, steam room and sauna, as well as indoor & outdoor hot tubs.