Go for the Gold
Feb 01, 2018 02:05PM
● By Ashley Madonna
The Winter Olympics are finally here, which means the world’s best athletes will soon be shreding the slopes and hitting the ice on a global stage. While everyone can’t jump on a plane and see the action up close in South Korea, you can plan your own snowy adventure by jetting off to one of the country’s hottest ski destinations. Start mapping out your dream winter vacation by finding a resort fit for champions. You will feel like you brought home the gold once you walk into one of these premium getaway locations.
The Village at Squaw Valley
California is so much more than just beaches and surfing. It also provides almost year-round skiing that attracts athletes from all over to come out and show off their skills on the slopes. This hot spot says it all right in the city’s name: Olympic Valley. The host of the 1960s Winter Olympics is now known for its fluffy snow and beautiful scenery with Lake Tahoe sitting right off the area’s towering peaks. And if you want to pair your active days with high-spirited nights, you’ll want to stay at The Village at Squaw Valley.
Both small and large parties can feel comfortable in the location’s varying suites perfect for warming you up after a cold day. Lodging ranges from standard rooms to three bedroom suites, so there’s lots of options for you to choose from. This location puts you right in the heart of Squaw Valley, so you will feel plugged into all of the local happenings. With plenty of nearby retailers, restaurants and bars, you can never be bored while walking around the valley. Even if you want to skip a day out on the moutain, you can still find plenty to do for entertainment. Or if you want to check out the area without riding up on a ski lift, you you can take in the beautiful views with an aerial tram ride that gives passangers a 360 degree view.
The Westin RiverFront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain
Colorado’s mountain reigns are covered in powdery snow perfect for late-season skiing, and Beaver Creek Mountain is a prime area to get a feel for what the sport is all about. Both beginners and advanced skiers can find slopes that will keep them engaged while also challenging them to improve on their skills. Whether you are looking for green or black diamond slopes, your perfect run awaits at Beaver Creek. And after a long day of skiing, you can kick your feet up at The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa.
This award-winning resort is the go-to spot for several athletes like XTERRA world chamption Josiah Middaugh and Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, so you know you are in good hands. The Westin team knows you want to quickly make it to the mountain and back on your skiing vacation, so they have provided direct transportation to the slopes with the Riverfront Express Gongola. After you have kicked off your skiis, relax at the highly ranked Spa Anjali to treat yourself after getting in your workout. Plus, the resort provides tons of kid-friendly amenities like their kids club and complimentary family crafts that will keep the whole family happy. Did we mention you can ski over to free warm chocolate cookies and hot chocolate in the lobby? Sounds like the best way to round out a chilly day on the slopes to us.
Trail’s End Lodge in Deer Valley
For a northern ski destination, make your way over to Deer Valley in Park City, Utah to experience a deluxe winter wonderland. The temperatues may be a little cooler on the mountain, but the area’s slopes are well-grommed giving skiers smooth runs all the way down. The area hosted the 2002 Winter Games freestyle moguls and aerials along with the alpine slalom events, so it’s safe to say you will be experiencing top-quality conditions on your snowy vacation. And instead of having to lug everything back out to the car and drive to your hotel, you can ski straight into one of Deer Valley’s hidden gems, Trail’s End Lodge.
These lodge residences let you stay in the heart of the action with their nearby location to the slopes and the area’s popular restaurants and lounges. You can either book a quaint one-bedroom condomunium for a quiet getaway, or you can reserve a four-bedroom spot so the whole family has room to relax. Get ready to cozy up to your own fire and enjoy quality time with your loved ones at Trail’s End Lodge.