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Vail's First Hotel Gets a Makeover While a Hot Boutique Gets Hotter

January 15, 2015 at 1:29 PM | by | ()

The Lodge at Vail

Vail is one of the most iconic ski towns in America, and two of its most prominent hotels, The Lodge at Vail and The Sebastian, opened this season with fresh looks.

The town's first and original hotel, the 52 year-old Lodge at Vail, completely renovated its 56 Deluxe guest rooms, corridors, main stairways, and lobby, putting the exclamation point on a seven-year project that saw the entire property refurbished, including the addition of Elways' steakhouse and a new spa.

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St. Regis Deer Valley Has Pricey Volant Skis On Hand For Guests to Demo

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  Site Where: 2300 Deer Valley Drive East [map], Park City, Utah , United States, 84060
January 14, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | ()

The St. Regis Deer Valley, one of Park City’s most chi-chi properties, announced it has partnered up with Volant Skis, a brand known for constructing its skis with stainless steel caps. In doing so, it becomes the only resort in North America where guests can rent these high-tech skis.

And of course, where there's a new partnership, a new package is not far behind. Indeed, St. Regis has just launched the “Glamour of Skiing” package that includes accommodations, lift tickets, and a ski demo package of Volant skis, which themselves go for about $1,000.

We love to see these kinds of ski packages from hotels. They make the whole idea of a ski vacation much easier, simplifying the process of obtaining accommodations, rentals, and lift tickets. But in this case, unfortunately, with a four-night minimum and a starting rate of $1,250 per night, the Glamour of Skiing is something we won’t be able to experience.

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Nira Montana Brings Luxe and Affordable Skiing to Mont Blanc

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  Site Where: Località Arly, 87, La Thuile, Italy, 11016
December 11, 2014 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

When you think of skiing close to Mont Blanc, France’s Chamonix will probably come to mind first of all, but if you have a case of been-there-done-that, there is a new hotel to check out this season in the Italian town of La Thuile, which will still give you the proximity to Il Bianco, or “the White One” as the mountain is called.

And if it’s new experiences you are looking for, Nira Montana, as it’s called, fits the bill in other ways too: you may not have yet had a chance to stay at a Nira Hotel, a small group with only a few properties, disparately encompassing Nira Alpina (in the Swiss ski resort of St. Moritz), Shanti Maurice (a beach resort on Mauritius), and Nira Caledonia (a city hotel in Edinburgh, of all places).

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Dreaming of a White Christmas? Consider These Ski Resort Offerings

December 8, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | ()

If a ski trip is on your wish list this holiday season, these resorts have got you covered...maybe not with the powder you're hoping for since that's up to the weather gods, but they have amped up their offerings for the 2014-2015 ski season.

The Lodge at Vail: Half of this resort underwent a renovation in 2008 but now, the rest of The Lodge has gotten an upgrade including the guests rooms which now feature light-colored walls and "soft alpine tones." But we're most interested in the tech upgrades which includes headboards equipped with power outlets, USB ports and old-fashioned reading lights. The large TVs are also compatible with Apple and Samsung products for future smart TV options. The Lodge is offering a variety of specials with rates up to 25 percent off, so long as you book before certain dates.

Limelight Hotel in Aspen: This Downtown Aspen hotel has put all new carpets, drapery and furniture into its 126 guest rooms. The hotel is also offering three new on-mountain adventures, ranging from a pricey powder tour that gives guests a guided tour of the mountains on a snow cat and 10-15 untracked powder runs to a behind-the-scenes tour with Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol. Rates at The Limelight start at $495 a night during the weekend in January but you can save on that rate, if you stay longer.

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Howdy, Dude: Hard Rock to Open in Texas at an Indoor Ski Resort

October 16, 2014 at 2:40 PM | by | ()

Move over Dubai. Americans will now have a much easier way of skiing indoors. They will simply just need to fly to Texas.

The newly announced Grand Alps Village development for Grand Prairie, Texas will have an indoor snow facility on-site. Here's what is expected inside:

This expertly designed facility is 1,220' in length, 570' wide and just under 300' tall featuring the longest indoor ski run in the world. Multiple ski runs accommodate beginner, intermediate and expert skiers, and thrill snowboarders with an Olympic half pipe and snowboarding course. The snow center includes a snow play area, snow tubing, tobogganing, a luge track and a winter wonderland for kids of all ages.

Accompanying the indoor ski resort will be the Hard Rock Hotel Dallas-Fort Worth, a 300-room hotel with a rooftop pool complex, a Rock Spa, a Body Rock fitness center and tons of music memorabilia throughout. Construction will being in January and the hotel is expected to open by January 2018 with 86 of its hotel rooms expected to overlook the indoor ski resort.

At first glance, this might seem like a random sort of move for Hard Rock but when you consider how family-friendly the brand has gotten recently, it makes sense. Having recently announced theirHard Rock Roxstars Kids Program, this indoor ski resort hotel is the perfect follow-up move for appealing to the family travel market.

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Only In Switzerland Could a Hostel Have a Spa Like This

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  Site Where: Panoramastrasse 1 , Saas-Fee, Switzerland, 3906
September 24, 2014 at 8:52 AM | by | ()

Switzerland: a country that takes pride in being completely unaffordable for anyone from outside of it. Edit – a country that did take pride in being completely unaffordable. For this summer, we have seen the emergence of a New Switzerland – one that pities us, one that wants us to come stay without having to remortgage our house, one that suddenly wants to thrust budget accommodation at us. Not you’re your standard crappy budget digs, of course; no, the New Switzerland is a place of hip ‘hostels’ that other countries would class as nice hotels.

First came the Saanenland Youth Hostel in Gstaad. Now we have the wellnessHostel 4000 in Saas-Fee, which opened this month.

Of course, you already know it’s a trendy kind of place – it was clearly named to be a hipster magnet, after all – but listen to what it actually has. It has a pool (and separate children’s pool). It has a spa with saunas, a herbal steam bath, hydromassage showers, and a ‘gorge balcony’ (presumably it looks over a gorgeous, rather than being especially gorgeous). It offers a hotel-level massage list. And all this stuff comes with humungous windows overlooking the mountain landscape.

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When It Comes to Skiing and Staying in Chile, Portillo is a Whole Different Beast

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  Site Where: Portillo, Chile
September 8, 2014 at 1:43 PM | by | ()

If you're headed to South America and decide on Chile for a ski trip during the North American summer, you have a number of options when it comes to the mountain you choose, including Portillo, La Parva, El Colorado, Valle Nevado, and Termas de Chillán. All are within a few hours’ drive of Santiago, and all offer some of the best skiing in South America. But when you start to consider lodging, one destination in particular, Portillo, stands out for its alternative experience.

Part of the reason we liked it so much was because it is not for everyone. Destinations and hotels that try to accommodate everyone typically create a homogeneous personality, like a fifteen year old trying to fit in during high school. There’s something about a place that sticks to its guns, that lets its true colors shine through knowing full well that it won’t please all.

This captures Portillo perfectly, and the reason that a ski trip there is an "alternative experience" is two-fold. The first part is that, unlike 99.9% of ski destinations on the planet, there is only one lodging choice at Portillo: Ski Portillo. The second aspect is how it is run: Like a cruise ship. We know. That scares some of you. But it's exactly what makes a stay so interesting.

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Lodge at Vail Announces More Renovations Plans This Summer

April 8, 2014 at 9:45 AM | by | ()

After celebrating its 50th birthday last year, The Lodge at Vail will give guests a present of their own in the form of significant renovations that will start in August and be completed in time for next winter.

Recent renovations remodeled the hotel's International Wing in 2008 and the pool in 2013, and now the remaining 56 rooms will be revamped entirely, including interior finishes, furnishings, soft goods, lighting, and the installation of air conditioning. The corridors, main stairways, and lobby will also get facelifts, the latter receiving new furnishings, textiles, paint, artwork, and lighting "designed to maintain the authentic character and cozy ambiance for which the boutique hotel is known."

The entire property will remain open during the renovations, but it is definitely something to keep in mind should you be looking to visit Colorado this fall. All improvements should be done sometime in December, so you should be safe in booking a January stay. We'll let you know if there are any major delays, and we look forward to checking out the property ourselves and passing on our thoughts once it is completed. Above are the renderings of what to expect.

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The Ultimate Hotel Photo Gallery for Park City

January 31, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

The grand but totally comfortable, sink-back-into-an-armchair Vista lounge at Montage Deer Valley

Still can’t decide where to stay in Park City? Maybe one of these photos from the top hotels will change your mind.

[All Photos: Nina Kokotas Hahn]

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After a Century, Le Grand Bellevue Returns Like New To Gstaad

January 31, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | ()

The last year or so has seen a number of new ski hotels hitting the slopes in perennially chic Switzerland: from the vast Asian-inspired Chedi hotel, somewhat improbably plopped on a mountainside in Andermatt by an Egyptian billionaire, to the first W ‘winter-style’ and more traditional alpine-rustic Cordée des Alpes in Verbier.

Just before Christmas, Gstaad – an haute-glam village that apparently counts Mrs. Sound of Music herself, Julie Andrews, as a long-time fan – welcomed back Le Grand Bellevue Hotel, after a year-long restoration of the original 1912 Cure House and Spa.

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The Ultimate Survival Guide to Park City

January 30, 2014 at 10:28 AM | by | ()

She's a Park City beauty, that Washington School House

Hot on the heels of Sundance, home to three mega ski resorts and a favorite training grounds for many a winter Olympian, Park City, Utah has an allure like no other winter ski destination.

But if you’ve never made the trip, the options in PC—including countless hotels (and rentals) found everywhere from the charming downtown to slope side or mid-mountain—can be overwhelming.

Which ski mountain is right for you? Should you stay near the slopes, downtown or does it really matter? And what about the town ski lift (that’s right, Park City even has a ski lift from the downtown direct to Park City Mountain Resort)?

The first thing to know about Park City is that not only are there a multitude of lodging options, by and large, the options are very good. So, the question is less about finding a great hotel and more about finding the right hotel. For example, you want to spend après time around a fire, of course, but do you want to hang with the tots and roast marshmallows or toss back bourbon with the boys?

Just back from Park City, we canvassed the ski town from north to south to find the top hotels in the best locations, taking care to uncover all those little details that can make a hotel really special. And in keeping with the idea that there are different strokes for different folks, we came up with a list of favorite that speak to a variety of unique needs and wants.

The result of our efforts, the fruit of our hotel-loving loins: another must-have HotelChatter survival guide, this one for the powder-dusted mountain town of Park City, Utah.

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Swiss Ski Slopes & Sleeps At Cordée des Alpes Verbier

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  Site Where: Route du Centre Sportif 24, Verbier, Switzerland, 1936
December 27, 2013 at 7:03 AM | by | ()

Anyone that went looking for some serious snow action in Switzerland over the holidays got more than their money’s worth: up to three feet of it fell within the space of 24 hours this week. So it did in Verbier, the ski resort in the country’s south-western canton of Valais, long a draw for those seeking a glamorously picturesque setting to enjoy the 4 Vallées (“Four Valleys”) with its hundreds of miles of slopes.

Mostly limited to private chalets so far, (après-) skiers have a few more accommodation options these days, including the year-old Cordée des Alpes hotel, which is where we headed for the opening of the ski season earlier this month, managing to get in and out before winter brought its much-anticipated heavy snowfall. A fifteen-minute walk from the main Medran ski lift, Cordée's first impression certainly didn’t disappoint, from the typical pitched roof and wooden balconies to the rather clever rotating carved panels lining the ground floor restaurant and swimming pool.

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