Top 10 Ski Resorts For 2015
1. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
The Place to Stay: Hotel Terra—the first LEED hotel at Jackson, is in a plum spot, a two-minute walk from the tram.
The Place to Eat: Spur Restaurant & Bar—the grass fed organic Wyoming beef burger has risen to the top of the meat-on-bun hierarchy of northwest Wyoming, which is a feat. The dry aged buffalo sliders are also worth your time.
2. Alta, Utah
The Place To Stay: There are some sweet digs—in the form of private homes and condos—just west of Alta toward Snowbird. Try VRBO and Airbnb.
The Place to Eat: Straight out of your backpack. While on the chairlift, of course. There’s no such thing as friends on a powder day; nor is there such a thing as stopping for lunch. And you’re not missing much at Alta, food wise.
3. Whistler-Blackcomb, British Columbia
The Place to Stay: Four Seasons Whistler (if you can swing it! otherwise, plenty of other great choices)
The Place to Eat: Peaked Pies (it’s not what you think, but it is awesome in an Australian kind of way
4. Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Utah
The Place to Stay: The Indomitable Cliff Lodge
The Place to Eat: Dining options aren’t numerous, but breakfast at The Forklift, just steps from the tram, is the best morning meal we’ve found at any resort. If the Oatmeal Brulee is on the menu when you get there, order it.
5. Alyeska, Alaska
The Place to Stay: The only best choice is Hotel Alyeska, helicopter out the back, ski lifts out the front.
The Place to Eat: Ride the tram to Seven Glaciers.
6. Revelstoke, British Columbia
The Place To Stay: Anywhere far from the railroad tracks, which hum with horns and activity all night.
The Place to Eat: Pound a Clif Bar in the morning and just get after it; we didn’t find any eats worth crooning about, but we’re sure we missed some gems—so let us know what you find.
7. Vail, Colorado
The Place to Stay: The Ritz-Carlton Vail, of course.
The Place to Eat: Hammer a German pancake at The Little Diner.
8. Telluride, Colorado
The Place to Stay: Inn at Lost Creek—with new management perfecting the guest experience and a Mountain Village location just steps from the gondola and the main workhorse chairs of the resort, the Inn is tough to beat.
The Place to Eat: The Butcher & Baker Cafe—for breakfast, make your way to Colorado Avenue and order the Cafe’s breakfast burrito, the best take we’ve had on this ski town staple. If you’re looking to go berserk and don’t mind a big check: eat a proper dinner at Alpino Vino.
9. Grand Targhee, Wyoming
The Place to Stay: Our crew has always day tripped from Jackson, but there’s more and better options, by the look of things, every year.
The Place to Eat: In this neck of the woods, the backpack Clif Bar gets replaced by the Tram Bar, a higher quality energy bar that’s made locally—but is now available in far flung metros such as San Francisco, Chicago and New York.
10. Mammoth Mountain, California
The Place to Stay: Lots of good options, naturally, with the SoCal set around, but The Westin Monache Resort is excellent.
The Place to Eat: On the mountain, hit up McCoy Station for a burger and hit the slopes before the coma hits.