JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
Those seeking incredible adventure on the slopes flock to this unparalleled location for its natural beauty, challenging sport and the interaction with like-minded travelers seeking the most pristine natural setting. Powder-seeking visitors flock here annually for phenomenal views and all-day action with ski-in/ski-out access close to a family-oriented collection of dining and entertainment options. While luxury-loving visitors cannot go wrong with the Four Seasons, which is beyond impressive even without the ski-worthy location, there is also a new option for the groups who like things a bit more basic and pared down but without compromising on modern bells and whistles. Continuum Hotel has opened in the former location of the lack-luster Inn at Jackson Hole. This fresh concept is described as being more millennial-focused, promising a lively staff attitude and bar environment along with modern fitness center. If parents are enjoying their suite at the Four Seasons, their young-adult children would be perfectly suited to piling into one of the brand-new lofts at Continuum. Complete with kitchens and sleeping quarters for four, the set up for fun-loving groups is ideal, and the setting in Teton Village, where you can still walk over to the Four Seasons and indulge in a luxurious spa treatment or two at the end of your day on the slopes.
SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Purists flock to this location annually for a more rustic getaway. You won’t find the social scene’s fashion emphasis or nightly restaurant hopping that is prevalent in places like Aspen. While it is a celebrity destination, it isn’t a party-centric area. People headed to Sun Valley most typically come for the powder and the pristine skiing. Sun Valley was actually the site for the first ski-lifts to be operated on the slopes, making it a place of note to skiing buffs. The resorts have also been closely held by family owned companies, so the invasion of big chain business is less prevalent here. Relaxed but well-appointed accommodations after serious renovations are easily found at The Sun Valley Lodge. We like the idea of researching the multiple residences available for rent as there are some spectacular options in every size, many coming with local staff for helping with all possible details. When not on the slopes, there is plenty of opportunity to explore other traditions including sleigh riding or ice skating, shooting, horseback riding and a slew of other winter-fun traditions.
DEER VALLEY, PARK CITY, UTAH
What’s not to love about a ski destination that is so easy to access. With direct (and relatively inexpensive) daily flights on both Delta and Southwest Airlines in and out of Salt Lake City, getting to the resort upon landing will take less time than driving across Nashville on a typical weekday. This is such a fun trip to book over a long weekend without the transfers or long drive post-flight that many destinations involve. It is also home to dynamic opportunities for for all types of winter-sport seekers, including those looking for challenge. The Winter Olympics 2002 took pace in Park City, which also boosted the local area with a nice collection of fine dining, shopping and entertainment options. While staying overlooking the quaint village is a treat, especially at the luxurious St. Regis Deer Valley, we also love the spacious grounds and sprawling residence-style accommodations at Montage Deer Valley. No matter which location that you choose, you can’t misstep. Montage is our top choice for larger groups and families, especially if you want the option of cooking or added fun for young children. The St. Regis seems a bit more cosmopolitan (in a Utah/Ski Vacation kind of way), with a dramatic cocktail program including a replica of the famous King Cole Bar in New York City.