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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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (2)

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 | Comments (0)

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)?

VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF PARK CITY
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 | Comments (0)

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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Snow Peaks and Log Fires at Cordée des Alpes Verbier

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  Site Where: Route du Centre Sportif 24, Verbier, Switzerland, 1936
December 17, 2013 at 8:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ski season is in full swing: there are deals to be had, expectations to be met, and of course, hotels to be explored. In Europe, the swish Swiss resort of Verbier has been grabbing a lot of headlines, not least among which for the inevitably loud arrival of W’s first ski resort (and unsurprisingly, it has managed to find a rather in-your-face spot in town that makes it impossible to miss).

But to think that that would be all would be a mistake. To find out for ourselves, we undertook what turned out to be a rather epic journey to Verbier, one that involved nearly every possible mode of transportation as we journeyed across Switzerland over the course of a day of mishaps, including an unplanned ski gondola to make it over the finish line at 1,500m (4,900 feet) altitude and our room at the less-than-a-year-old Hotel Cordée des Alpes.

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20 Hotel Ski Deals To Jump On

December 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM | by | Comment (1)

Now that you know what amenities to look for in a full-service ski hotel, here is a list of on-going hotel deals offered by ski hotels across North America to browse as you look for a place to stay.

Be sure to mention the deal specifically when booking and inquire to be sure nothing about the offer has changed. We've broken the deals down by region for easy browsing.

Colorado

The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain: The Westin Riverfront has three special winter packages as follows: 1) “Ski for Free” deal starts at $549 per night and includes performance ski rentals for two people, lift tickets good at Vail or Beaver Creek for two, fleece blanket and valet parking. The “Adrenaline Junkie” package has a two-night minimum stay, starts at $785 per night, and includes accommodations in a studio suite, snowcat tour for two, performance demo ski rentals for two, $100 gift card to Maya, backpack, and valet parking. The “Treat the Grandkids” deal has a three-night minimum stay, starts at $435 per night, and includes accommodations in a two-bedroom suite, a nightly amenity of popcorn, milk and cookies or gummy bears, one in-room movie per night, a sleigh ride dinner for four at Four Eagle Ranch, 25% off Westin Kids Club, and valet parking.

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa: The “Powder and Pampering: Ultimate Girls’ Winter Getaway” package includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot upon arrival, group “Haute Tub” experience, two-hour complimentary women’s mountain tour, spa day pass, $100 spa credit and spa basket welcome amenity. Rates start at $530 per person for two-nights, double occupancy. The “Gentlemen’s Package” includes three nights lodging, a bottle of top-shelf scotch from a Colorado distillery, “high-quality” cigars, snow cat tour for two, beacons and backcountry gear, lunch at a backcountry yurt, $150 food and beverage credit, one massage per person, and two passes to Aqua Sanitas Water Sanctuary. Rates start at $299 per person, per day based on double occupancy.

Klammer Lodge: The Ultimate Franz Klammer Ski package starts at $475 a night, has a minimum of four nights, and includes two adult daily lift tickets, transfers from Montrose & Telluride Airports, valet parking and ski valet.

Sheraton Steamboat Springs Resort & Villas: The “Champagne Powder” package starts at $379 a night and includes accommodations, a bottle of sparkling wine nightly, daily breakfast, and lift tickets. The “Ski and Stay” package starts at $345 a night and gets guests accommodations and a lift ticket for every night of their stay.

Vail Resorts: Vail’s Ski Free, Stay Free package is available across its entire profile of resorts (Colorado, Utah, Tahoe, and Wyoming) and offers the fourth night free when booking three nights. You have to check here for the starting rates at each individual resort.

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5 Amenities We Look for in a Ski Hotel

December 11, 2013 at 12:24 PM | by | Comment (1)

True, sometimes you need to pack three friends and all your gear into a budget hotel to make ski trips feasible. With gear rentals, lift tickets, and apres beer prices by no means on the cheap end of the scale, cutting costs on lodging is often the only option. But, if you've been saving your pennies and plan on treating yourself right, here are five things you should look for in a hotel that will make your trip that much more pleasant:

Slope-Side Hot Tub/Heated Pool

File this one under "OBVIOUS" and "OF COURSE."

Ski Concierge

One of the most inconvenient aspects of skiing is lugging around all the gear. Hotel rooms are small enough already - no reason to clog up your corners with boots and poles. Look for a hotel that has a ski shop on-site or a ski concierge, an in-house, full-service team that stores your skis overnight, usually on the ground level right where you come off the slopes. Some hotels that are not located slope-side will partner with local shops to provide guests with ski storage, so be sure to inquire before booking. Last thing you want after a day on the mountain is to be stuffing your skis into an elevator.

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Want First Tracks on Fresh Powder? Breck Hotels Open Lifts Early for Guests Every Friday Morning

Where: Summit County, Colorado, United States
December 10, 2013 at 1:11 PM | by | Comment (1)

Although it doesn't feel like it to us (this contributor is currently in Mexico!), ski season is officially in full swing in the States, with snow falling across the country and temperatures down below freezing in mountain towns out west. While the initial shock of the winter season takes some time to embrace, we know you're excited to hit the slopes.

With the calender now on December, ski deals and packages are really beginning to flood out. Hotels offer a variety of options, including ski and stay deals, discounts on rentals, and packages for both beginners and adrenaline seekers, and we'll dish on the best ones later this week so you can get to booking your trip for 2014.

We see many offers that allow you to save money, but we get most excited about hotels that provide unique perks and experiences for their guests. For example, we're digging Breckenridge Ski Resort's “First Tracks Fridays” program that begins this Friday (Dec 13th), which allows guests staying at any of the mountain's official lodging properties to get on-mountain access one hour before the resort opens to the public every Friday morning throughout the season.

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W Verbier Switzerland Nearly Ready For December Debut

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  Site Where: Rue de Medran 70, Verbier, Switzerland, 1936
August 26, 2013 at 3:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

This December, W Hotels will debut their first ski resort, the W Verbier, in the heart of the Swiss Alps and two hours from the Geneva airport.

Verbier is considered one of the best ski destinations in Europe and equally famous for its party scene, so it's a fitting location for the party-centric W brand.

The property will be made up of a 123-room hotel as well as 15 full-service private residences located adjacent to the four housing chalets on the Place Blanche main square, conveniently located next to the main gondola. This means direct, ski-in, ski-out access to slopes like the 3, 330 meter Mont-Fort and 400 km of ski runs.

Also, each room includes a fireplace as well as a private balcony--what is sure to be a killer combo.

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This is What $70,000 Per Room Looks Like at The Wyoming Inn

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  Site Where: 930 West Broadway [map], Jackson Hole, Wyoming , United States, 83001
August 12, 2013 at 9:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you had $70,000 to put into a room, how would you spend it?

We see million-dollar renovation figures thrown around all the time by properties that are undergoing renovations, however it’s not very often that we look at the numbers on a cost per room basis. No doubt, lots of money goes into each and every hotel revamp, but to hear that $70,000 went into each room at the Wyoming Inn really got our attention.

$70,000 per room? That’s a lot of coin, especially when you think about it all being put into a room that is a few hundred square feet.

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