3 Best Ski Resorts in America

The Little Nell, Aspen

[updated] A list of the best ski resorts in the U.S. by city. 

City: Aspen, Co

Guests of The Little Nell —Aspen’s only five-star, five-diamond hotel—enjoy coveted ski in/ski out privileges to this historic mountain. “When San Diego travelers are looking for luxury services and unparalleled access to America’s most famous mountain town, The Little Nell is the perfect getaway,” said John Speers, the hotel’s managing director. “Our cosmopolitan-yet-intimate ambiance makes for a fantastic vacation in Aspen.” Located on 675 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO


It’s the service that makes The Little Nell legendary. From babysitting and carwash services to helicopter skiing and in-room massages, there is no shortage of amenities. Even your pet can enjoy the lap of luxury, from gourmet biscuits to dog walking and grooming—and a Puppy Jet Lag Kit, if necessary. The legendary hotel offers a Ski Concierge team that handles slope-side services, from equipment waxing to boot warming, as well as inter-mountain ski transfer to Buttermilk, Highlands, and Snowmass.

Dining: Element 47 Restaurant (formerly Montagna)

The hotel’s famed Montagna restaurant just underwent a remodel, re-emerging as Element 47. Guests can choose from a menu separated into four distinct “elements”: garden, sea, sky (poultry) and field (beef and game). Each quadrant includes appetizers, shareable items, and entrees. Colorado agriculture is the focal point of Chef Robert McCormick’s menu, which draws from local produce and livestock, as well as sustainable seafood from both coasts.

City: Lake Tahoe

From families to world champions, Lake Tahoe offers something for everyone. Stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoea mid-mountain resort at Northstar. This gondola-accessed, ski-in/ski-out five-star hotel boasts snow-dusted views from the guest rooms’ floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies. The Mountain Concierge services and ski valets make the experience that much more enjoyable. Located on 13031 Ritz Carlton Highlands Ct - Reservations (530) 562-3000


The resort also features luxurious spa treatments, including Renew, Restore and Relax packages that fill four to five hours with bliss. Follow this pampering with a dinner at Manzanita, where acclaimed chef Traci Des Jardins creates French-inspired California cuisine, and you might not even miss the slopes.

The resort is offering “The Art of the S’more” program, where guests can get tips from the property’s own Marshmologist at the resort fire pit. Kids will love sipping hot chocolate while creating the perfect treat, and adults will love the new signature S’moretini.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino (laketahoe.hyatt.com)

The guest rooms, including private lakeside cottages, recently underwent a $20-million renovation at this AAA Four-Diamond Hotel, which features Stillwater Spa. Pamper yourself with an 80-minute Lake Tahoe Stone Massage or a 50-minute Moor Mud Detox Wrap, which rejuvenates, softens and purifies tired muscles and dull skin. This mountain escape is close to Diamond Peak, Mt. Rose and Northstar at Tahoe Resort, among other locations.  Located on 111 Country Club Dr, Incline Village. Reservations call (775) 832-1234