This winter ski season, we have our hearts set on the snow-topped peaks of the Rockies. Any skier worth their Schöffel will know the Swiss-style Teton Village, a magnet for ski-bunnies in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Colorado’s calling too—its San Juan Mountains promise pulse-quickening glacial adventures. In the Wild West, the adrenaline-seeker is king: rafting, heli-skiing, ice-climbing, and snow-shoeing amid some seriously scenic backdrops. Of course, après-ski is also key. Here, you’ll find our ski vacation package picks of Rockies retreats, slope-free activities, and tempting restaurants for when the snow boots come off.
Skiing Out West: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The Best Place to Stay in Jackson Hole: Amangani
This ski resort hotel’s dramatic good looks—a combination of Oklahoma sandstone, Pacific redwood, and lofty architectural aspirations—make the perfect vantage point from which to take in the rugged sweep of the Teton Mountains. Inside, it’s a sleek, minimalist affair: steel furniture, amber-hued lighting, and wrought-iron sculptures. Amangani operates a ski lodge 20 minutes away in Teton Village—rent ski equipment, take lessons, and test your downhill skills on Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s 116 ski and snowboard runs, from bunny to black diamond.
Holiday Ski Tip: Corbet’s Couloir is a run spoken about by skiers in hushed, hallowed tones. Watch the locals shoot over its lip—then follow, if you dare.
Vacation Après-Ski: Go on a wildlife safari or a horse-drawn sleigh-ride in the National Elk Refuge. For information, call 307.733.9212. And, sample steak tartare pizza and other eccentric creations at Snake River Grill. For reservations, call 307.733.0557.
Ski in Colorado: San Juan Mountains
When Skiing the San Juan Mountains, Stay in Dunton Hot Springs
Perched between the spectacular Rocky Mountains and a winding river, Dunton Hot Springs is a former mining town reincarnated in boutique cabin form. The old village Dance Hall, Bath House (boasting one of the eponymous hot springs) and Saloon are still standing—though we’ll wager their insides are a lot more luxurious than they were back in 1885. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were early visitors—look for their signatures etched into the original bar.
Holiday Ski Tip: Don’t forget the off-season. Skiers who fall in love with Colorado in winter will love it in summer, when the technicolor wildflowers bloom, melted mountain snow flows down the rivers, and sunny blue skies abound.
Vacation Après-Ski: Ease post-slope aches with a yoga session in the Dunton Hot Springs’ studio or a dip in the hotel’s heavenly hot springs. Reward yourself with a dry-aged steak at the renowned Chop House Restaurant in the New Sheridan Hotel in Telluride. For reservations, call 970.728.9100. And sample local treats at the farmers’ markets in Durango and Cortez.
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