Valerie Wilson Travel

Sun & Ski

We love hotels that can do both. A hot chocolate bar after a day of shredding the slopes, horseback riding in the warm glow of the summer sun – luxurious, hot or cold. Here are six versatile properties that bring with them the only difficult decision of choosing when to go! 

The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection – Park City, Utah 

This contemporary luxury resort is set on a 3,500-acre ranch in the Wasatch Mountain Range and was voted the #1 resort in Utah in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best 2022 list. Sitting within thirty-five minutes of eight world class ski resorts, the holidays are a magical time to visit. When the ice melts away, guests can stay in an open concept creek house with the gentle flow of spring-fed Alexander Creek right outside their door and the sight of wild elk grazing on the horizon. 

Rosa Alpina, An Aman Partner Hotel – San Cassiano Dolomites, Italy 

Tucked within the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites in the northern province of Bolzano, is the village of San Cassiano’s Italian wonderland – Rosa Alpina. This beyond magical, family-run hotel is transformed into a snow-lovers paradise in the winter with over 860 miles of ski runs – the Dolomites regarded the best in the world. When the ice melts, guests can frolic in the Fanes High Alpine Pasture and trek through iconic jagged-rock scenery. The hotel’s three Michelin-starred restaurant, St Hubertus, emulates a welcoming atmosphere representative of the warmth felt throughout the entire hotel and mountain village. 

Mont Cervin Palace – Zermatt, Switzerland 

Mont Cervin Palace is a true fairytale. The oldest hotel in Zermatt has no cars, idyllic views of the world-famous Matterhorn, and air as clear as the mountain lake. 150 accommodations include cozy chalet rooms with beamed ceilings and family suites with whirlpools or saunas. The summer season brings glacier skiing, hiking, and biking – and Winter tobogganing, ice climbing and 220 miles of piste. From the moment you step off the iconic red horse-drawn carriage you will feel at home! 

Four Seasons Resort Whistler – Whistler Canada 

About eighty miles north of Vancouver is one of North America’s largest year-round mountain resorts, Four Seasons Resort Whistler. Guests have access to world-class skiing on the slopes of Whistler and the Blackcomb Mountains, home of the 2010 Olympic Winter games! From the newly renovated contemporary lodge, guests can spend their day off the slopes in the summer exploring Whistler’s five lakes, golfing on five internationally known golf courses, white water rafting, and even bear viewing. British Columbia’s finest. 

Viceroy Snowmass – Snowmass Village, Colorado 

Minutes from downtown Aspen and some of the best slopes in North America, is Snowmass’s only luxury resort and the centerpiece of Snowmass Base Village. Modern and hip ski-in/ski-out accommodations embody mountain spirit with breathtaking Colorado views and cozy luxury at your fingertips. Whether you are skiing a double black diamond run in the winter or enjoying lush views of the Rocky Mountains from a hot air balloon in summer, Aspen Mountain is waiting frozen or thawed.

 Celebrity Eclipse – Alaska Hubbard Glacier 

For those who missed ski season but are craving snowcapped scenery, an Alaskan cruise is the perfect summer fix. Depart late April through September from Vancouver and sail down the Inside Passage witnessing breathtaking landscapes, North America’s largest glacier, humpback Wales and distinctly northern wildlife. Go hiking in Juneau or canoe through the Sitka rainforest for a chilly adventure you will not forget.  

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