When the hectic pace of the holidays has you feeling a little stressed, having a great vacation booked gives you something to look forward to even more. From one of Canada’s most beautiful resorts to lodges with acclaimed spas, here are a few destinations that make for the ultimate winter escape.
Named after the famed Norwegian Olympic skier, this ski resort is modeled after a Norwegian chalet, both inside and out. Not surprisingly, it offers some of the best skiing in the country. (Free guides are on-hand to get you better acquainted with the mountain.) Or, you can simply enjoy mulled wine by the fire in the lobby, decorated with Norwegian sleds, skis, ice skates, and other on-theme accents.
It’s the top resort in Canada, and also consistently tops lists of the most beautiful ski lodges in the world. The riverside cabins are highly sought after (they’re often booked a year in advance), though the rooms and suites are just as gorgeous. You can spend your time here sampling a wide variety of sports activities like skiing, helicopter skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, and even dog sledding, or you could also just enjoy the views as you sample from the 26,000-bottle wine cellar. The spa is also noteworthy.
This five-star hotel is a little different from other ski lodges in the region — and not just because it’s Aspen’s only ski-in, ski-out property. Instead, the difference comes through the extra attention to design and detail. The hotel has an “Aspen Modern” style, with clean-lined furnishings combined with rich textures for a chic-yet-comfortable feel. The aesthetic was defined by designer Holly Hunt…
Though you’ll likely visit this hotel in order to take advantage of skiing, an increasing number of visitors are here for the spa. Recently voted Architectural Digest‘s most luxurious ski destination spa, the 7,000-square-foot spa features a menu of treatments inspired by ancient Ute, Nordic, and Asian cultures. The low-key but luxurious feel is in keeping with the rest of the hotel, which was designed by Kelly Wearstler in collaboration with noted luxury hotel designer Jean-Michel Gathy.
Inspired by the Great Camps of the Gilded Age, this resort perfected the classic Adirondack style. (For an authentic glimpse into the resort’s past, book one of the 19 cabins — they date back to the 1920s and 1930s.) You can take a 30-minute trip to ski Whiteface Mountain, or stay local and explore the snowy landscape. Regardless, you’ll love capping off your evening at the nightly snow bonfire.