Best ski resorts in the U.S.

Four Seasons Resort and Residences (Vail, Colorado)
Four Seasons Resort and Residences (Vail, Colorado). Photo: Four Seasons

Ski season is just kicking off in the United States, with resorts opening their doors and inviting guests from all over to hit the slopes. Planning a ski adventure of your own? If so, we've sized up some of the best ski resorts in the U.S.

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe (Truckee, California)

This luxury resort deliveries everything you'd expect from The Ritz—personal mountain concierge services, five-star dining, and spa treatments that include a mineralizing algae massage. For the little ones, ski and snowboarding lessons are also available. After a day out on the slopes, guests can warm up by sitting fireside and roasting chocolate-filled, gourmet marshmallows.

Jumping high at Lake Tahoe resort. Photo: Galina Barskaya/Shutterstock

Four Seasons Resort and Residences (Vail, Colorado)

Boasting nearly 200 alpine trails across the famous Colorado Rockies, Vail is a must-visit destination for any serious skier. This resort's proximity to spectacular peaks and sure-to-thrill slopes aren't the only draws. Guests are invited to unwind with eucalyptus steam rooms and hot soaks in one of many active whirlpools. Its signature heated pool (located in an outdoor sunken courtyard) allows for snowy swims in the Colorado night. Afterward, wrap up with a heated towel by the fire.

Four Seasons Resort and Residences (Vail, Colorado). Photo: Four Seasons

The Hotel Alyeska (Girdwood, Alaska)

With jaw-dropping views of both the ocean and hanging glaciers, The Hotel Alyeska offers skiers a little bit of everything—freestyle terrain parks, advanced runs, and calmer slopes designed with the beginner in mind. Those with a taste for adventure will flock to the resort's guided heli-skiing jaunts, flightseeing trips, and snowmobile tours. Scenic helicopter rides also provide a glimpse of the area's signature glaciers.

Alyeska Resort. Photo: Vivian Fung/SHutterstock

One Ski Hill Place (Breckenridge, Colorado)

Set against the majestic Rocky Mountains, One Ski Hill Place offers up adrenaline-pumping winter activities beyond just skiing and snowboarding. Visitors can take in Breckenridge's signature frontier vibe with horse-drawn sleigh rides, dog sledding, snowmobiling and more. (Not to mention an upscale après-ski bar.) For indoor fun, the resort touts a private two-lane bowling alley.

Breckenridge, Colorado. Photo: welcomia/Shutterstock

Stowe Mountain Resort (Stowe, Vermont)

Experienced skiers will feel right at home at the Stowe Mountain Resort, which features an impressive array of demanding trails and fairly difficult slopes. For those seeking icy thrills to get their blood pumping, the resort offers a variety of freestyle terrain parks. The inexperienced skier will also find lots to do, like enjoying lush mountain tours that provide stunning views of the quaint town of Stowe. The city is also known for its art scene and is a local hub for musicians, artists, dancers, and more.

Stowe Mountain Resort (Stowe, Vermont). Photo: Stowe Mountain Resort

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort (Farmington, Pennsylvania)

Upon first arriving, guests at the Nemacolin will feel as if they've stepped back into the nineteenth century. The resort's Victorian charm is palpable, creating an elevated atmosphere that's all at once cozy and idyllic. In addition to skiing on Mystic Mountain, visitors also have access to snowshoeing, winter dog sledding, and snow tubing. To relax after a day of chilly fun, guests can visit the spa for treatments like moonstone facials and reiki sessions.

Dog sledding in Farmington. Photo: prochasson frederic/Shutterstock

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