Bruce Wallin on Family Ski Resorts
Bruce Wallin, Robb Report’s Editorial Director and seasoned traveler, lists his favorite family ski resorts and hotels.
There are several great options this season, as a number of new properties have opened in the past year. I would recommend any of the hotels below, each of which offers a family-friendly environment and a convenient slope-side location.
PARK CITY, UTAH
Dakota Mountain Lodge & Golden Door Spa: I visited Dakota right after it opened in July, and while it was nice in the summer, it’s definitely built to be a winter resort. The hotel connects via gondola and cat track to the Canyons, which is the fifth-largest ski resort (measured by skiable acres) in the United States. In addition to ski-in/ski-out access, Dakota offers a Golden Door Spa, a first-rate restaurant, a nice pool area, and a kids’ club. 435.647.5500, www.dakotamountainlodge.com
St. Regis Deer Crest Resort: Just opened in December, this 181-room resort promises to be a winner, with the St. Regis brand behind it and a slope-side location at Deer Valley—one of the country’s best ski areas for families. The property includes a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, a pool area that overlooks the Deer Hollow ski run, and a 14,000-square-foot Remède spa. 877.511.7171, www.stregisdeercrest.com
The Little Nell: This Aspen classic just completed a property-wide renovation and reopened in time for the winter season. The Little Nell is the only ski-in/ski-out hotel on Aspen Mountain and is a perennial favorite of Robb Report readers. 970.920.4600, www.thelittlenell.com
Capella Telluride: The 95-room Capella opened last February in Mountain Village, a resort community that connects to downtown Telluride via gondola. Though not directly on the slopes, the hotel offers a ski-valet service for guests and a convenient setting on Mountain Village’s central plaza, which includes a new ice-skating rink. I haven’t visited Capella Telluride, but I’ve heard good things from people who have, and I’ve been impressed with the three Capella properties I’ve seen in Mexico. 970.369.0880, www.capellatelluride.com
Lumiere Telluride: I’ve received similarly positive feedback on Lumiere, which also opened last season in Mountain Village. The hotel is smaller than Capella (just 30 units including a four-bedroom residence) and offers ski-in/ski-out access. Its Little Bar restaurant serves après-ski s’mores for children and “s’moretinis” for adults. 866.530.9466, www.lumierehotels.com
LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA
The Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe: I haven’t seen this resort since it opened in December, but I had a pre-opening tour of the site—mid-mountain at the Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort—and it looked very promising. Northstar-at-Tahoe is a great mountain for families, with a range of accessible terrain, and the Ritz has unquestionably the best location in the area. It also has a restaurant by San Francisco chef Traci Des Jardins and a 17,000-square-foot spa. 530.562.3000, www.ritzcarlton.com