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The top ski destinations in the US & Canada

25 Oct 2023 | Updated on: 20 Oct 2023 |By Kari Colmans

There’s no knocking the Alps but, for an altogether different ski experience, it’s time to go trans-Atlantic

From Colorado to Wyoming, New Mexico to British Columbia, the best ski resorts in the US and Canada are home to swathes of perfectly powdered mountains. With options for everyone from pro skiers to novices, families, and couples, plus a whole host of alternative winter sports adventures, the options really are endless. And when it comes to accessibility, transport and, of course, that all-important apres ski, we’ve rounded up the best hotels in which to spa, eat and kick back in luxury.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Santa Fe offers some of the best places to ski and snowboard in the Southwest and is especially good for beginners and families. The entry point to the famous Rocky Mountains, the season here typically lasts from late autumn through to early spring, with up to 300 inches of snow powder falling at some resorts. And, with blue skies and sunshine almost year-round, that all-important Instagram shot is all but guaranteed.

four seasons santa fe hotel

In the Sangre de Cristo mountains, the beauty of the rugged Sante Fe terrain makes an enchanting transformation into a picture-perfect winter wonderland. Stay at the stunning Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado where you are moments from the exhilarating slopes that await at nearby Ski Santa Fe, offering 1,725 vertical feet of skiing. Other thrills include pristine trails on a Nordic skiing tour through the Valles Caldera National Preserve, private snowshoeing tours, and hikes to frozen waterfalls. If you’re done having fun in the snow, but aren’t quite ready to retreat to your luxurious casita, the sprawling spa and unique wellness experiences (including a form of equine therapy) will ensure that you apres ski in style.

From £620 a night,

Whistler, British Columbia

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A legendary ski and winter sports mecca, just north of Vancouver in British Columbia, Whistler Blackcomb is one of the largest ski resorts in North America. From skiing and snowboarding to snowshoeing, tobogganing and ski jumping, this former Winter Olympics playground is just waiting to be explored. Down-to-earth and charming, two side-by-side mountains are spanned by the world record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola, enabling skiers to access a huge array of runs. Mind-blowing landscapes of the Coast Mountains abound, while further down, a coastal climate paves the way for lush greenery, glacier-fed lakes, towering old-growth forests, waterfalls, beaches, parks, and golf courses, all linked by a network of paved valley trails.

fairmont chateau whistler hotel

Boasting a truly breathtaking backdrop at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain, Fairmont Chateau Whistler offers the full resort package with fine dining, great swimming pools, an Ayurvedic-inspired spa, and an Audubon-certified 18-hole golf course (as well as the best skiing in Canada). Home to more than 8,171 acres of skiable terrain, Whistler Blackcomb is a snow-filled nirvana. With two mountains to choose from, and the Blackcomb Gondola just moments from the Fairmont’s door, there is no better basecamp for a seamless ski-in ski-out experience.

From £270 a night,

Vail, Colorado

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What appears to be little more than a modest town set at the foot of Vail Mountain is but a gateway to the expansive winter playground above. Home to the vast Vail Ski Resort, set within White River National Forest, the seven legendary Back Bowls will be sure to thrill even the most seasoned skiers. Featuring more than 5,300 acres of developed mountain terrain, it is the largest single-mountain ski resort in the US. With a width of seven miles, and boasting 195 alpine trails set against the backdrop of the phenomenal Colorado Rockies, it should be a destination on every ski-lovers bucket list. There’s also loads to do in the nearby village, from winter sleigh rides to ice skating.

four seasons vail hotel

By far the most luxurious resort in the Rockies, Four Seasons Vail is located at the front door of the enchanting Vail village, which is steeped in pioneering history and authentic, rustic charm. When you’re not hitting the slopes, you can recharge in the award-winning spa, swim beneath a blanket of stars, or enjoy a world-class meal at the stellar in-house restaurants.

From £785 a night,

Aspen, Colorado

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One of the US’s most famous ski destinations, this remote area of the Rocky Mountains is a hotspot for A-list guests and second homeowners. From Aspen Mountain/Ajax and Aspen Highlands (good for intermediate to expert skiers) to Buttermilk (amazing for beginners) and Snowmass (which would suit all levels), there really is something for everyone. From guided ski tours to snowmobile and snowshoe trips, and evening snowcat and sleigh rides, there are a whole host of snow-centric activities to enjoy. Add to that indoor and outdoor ice skating, bowling, and hot air ballooning, plus an eclectic range of boutiques, galleries, and eateries at the local town and you’ve got a real crowdpleaser of a ski town.

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Hotel Jerome was an Aspen hospitality stalwart long before it became a ski hotspot. Having first opened its doors in 1889, cowboys were its original clientele but it’s upped its game considerably since then. Having undergone several high-end refurbishments, the beautiful hotel is one of the best in the area, with the nearest mountain just five minutes away (and the furthest 25 minutes). The hotel has a dedicated, on-property ski concierge, and hotel-to-hill transportation is also covered. And when it comes to that all-important apres ski life, the boutique spa and diverse range of refined restaurants, will tempt you to stay indoors all day.

Rates from £710 a night,

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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A year-round destination like no other, the possibilities for adventure at Jackson Hole are limitless. Wyoming’s ‘vacay’ centre, fishing, rafting, and ranching are just the tip of the iceberg here, with its world-famous ski slopes attracting tourists in their droves. Situated in a valley between the Gros Ventre and Teton mountain ranges, near the border with Idaho, most of the landscape is protected national park, forest, and elk refuge land. With more than 130 named trails catering to experts and beginners, plus everyone in between, it’s a favourite spot with A-listers.

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In the foothills of the Tetons, the beautiful Amangani looks out across the peaks and plains of the Snake River Valley. Inspired by the pioneering spirit of the Old West with its luxurious redwood and sandstone architecture, the exclusive retreat welcomes guests year-round to enjoy its sumptuous suites, fine dining and variety of apres ski spa and wellness options. During the day, enjoy top-class alpine and cross-country skiing, as well as nature treks and winter wildlife tours. For those looking for even more of a thrill, snowbound adventures including heli-skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing and sleigh rides are all readily available. Even better, avoid the ski hire crowds with the help of Amangani’s ski concierge, which offers guests a series of ski packages providing top-of-the-line gear for the whole family.

From £1,069.69 per night based on double occupancy and excluding all taxes and fees, visit

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