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Eight of the best mountain stays for a winter getaway

With record-breaking snowfall blessing the US and Japan this season, there has never been a better time to escape European winter and hit the slopes at some of the world’s best mountain resorts.

From the luxurious Little Nell in the charming town of Aspen in Colorado, to the quaint mountainside chalets in Mammoth Lakes, California, choose from eight of the best mountain stays around the world with incredible views and a cosy feel during the cold and white winter months. 

Trailborn Rocky Mountains – Estes Park, Colorado (opening June 2023)

Trailborn is a new hospitality brand, rooted in and inspired by the great American outdoors – bringing an elevated hospitality experience to the heart of the country’s most extraordinary outdoor destinations. Inspired by themes of Americana, renowned Venice-based architecture firm Electric Bowery designed Trailborn Rocky Mountains to pay homage to the rustic wilderness that surrounds it. Situated at the eastern entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park, Trailborn Rocky Mountains features 86 hotel rooms across two properties, a restaurant and café, a performance area for entertainment and events, two pools, and extensive outdoor public areas including expansive porches, firepits, and communal game areas. In line with Trailborn’s “Keep Extraordinary” initiative, a portion of proceeds from each booking will be donated to the Rocky Mountain Conservancy to support local land conservation efforts. Doubles start at  £209 ($255). 

Argent at Empire Pass – Deer Valley Resort, Utah

Brand new for the winter season is Argent at Empire Pass which is tucked away in Deer Valley Resort, Utah. The lodge captures stunning views from Mount Baldy all the way to the glistening Uinta Range with the tranquil night lights of Main Street twinkling below. The private enclave of 27 distinct, ski-in/ski-out residences boasts a sleek yet cosy design with floor-to-ceiling windows, optimising the beautiful surrounding views. Located at the base of the Silver Strike Express chairlift, guests can come straight from hitting the slopes to warming themselves up around the firepit or in the hot tub in no time at all.  Deer Valley is available on the Ikon Pass, offering unlimited access along with 15 other North American ski resorts.

Satoyama Jujo – Niigata, Japan

This award-winning design hotel is located on the West Coast of Japan in Niigata, surrounded by views of Mount Makihata, Naeba and Tanigawa. Built entirely of lacquered zelkova wood, Satoyama Jujo is a 150-year old Japanese house inviting guests in with a high atrium, a Belgian wood stove and minimalistic rooms. Due to its central location, the prefecture has a subtropical climate with heavy snow in the winter and hot weather in the summer, meaning visitor experiences range from beech forest hikes to backcountry skiing. The hotel also houses an open-air hot spring bath with views over Mount Makiki, one of Japan’s 100 famous mountains, and by night, the Milky Way which crosses the area.

The Little Nell – Aspen Snowmass, Colorado

Located in the chic mountain town of Aspen, Colorado, The Little Nell – the town’s only five-star/five-diamond, ski-in/ski-out hotel – features luxurious amenities, renowned dining and spacious accommodations complemented by breathtaking views of Aspen Mountain.  Each guest room and suite has been sophistically tailored to fit Aspen’s relaxed nature, whilst the hotel provides an exceptional personalised service for every guest and visitor. After a day on the mountains, enjoy one of The Little Nell’s world-famous apres and dining spots, including Ajax Tavern and Element 47, or indulge in the world of fine wine at The Wine Bar inside the hotel. Prices from £596  ($715) per night during the winter months. 

Mammoth Mountain Chalets – Mammoth Lakes, California

The town of Mammoth Lakes, in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, offers perfect year-round mountain settings for a classic cabin retreat. Nestled in the trees right above Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge, the cosy and secluded cabins of Mammoth Mountain Chalets are the epitome of “getting away from it all.” During the snow season, a vintage snowcat shuttles guests and their belongings to individual units. Surrounded by pure wilderness, each charming cabin is conveniently ski-in/ski-out in the winter. Private decks and wood-burning stoves encourage long chats, s’mores and evening wine. Prices from £467 ($560) per night during the winter months. Minimum stay of 2 nights.

Ostrander Ski Hut reopens for the 2022/23 winter season, Yosemite Mariposa County 

Ostrander Ski Hut is a cherished rustic stone cabin used by experienced cross-country skiers who make the strenuous 10-mile journey from Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake in Yosemite National Park’s backcountry. The hut is suitable for individuals or groups up to 12. It is staffed by a full-time hut keeper and is now open through 1 April 2023. Facilities include single bunks with mattresses, community cookware stocked in a common kitchen, wood for heating, solar-powered electric lights for evening use, and two outdoor toilet facilities. Nightly rates are £42 per person, per night.

Connect with nature at the A-Frame Hotel, Winter Park, Colorado – Now Open

Nestled at the base of Colorado’s Winter Park mountain resort and backed up to the Fraser River are the A-Frame Cabins. New for January 2023, 31 mid-century-inspired cabins are the creation of Oregon-based Skylab Architecture, designed with a 1970s-inspired ski aesthetic and finished with beautiful birch wood, high ceilings and ultra-tall windows connecting guests with the outdoors.  Special details like the soaking tubs, custom Malm fireplaces and outdoor bar make sure stays are truly memorable. Winter Park is available on the Ikon Pass, offering unlimited access along with 13 other North American ski resorts. Prices start at £284 ($350) per night for the cabins.

Mountainside Ski Chalets – Portillo, Chile

Stay in a luxurious mountainside chalet nestled in the heart of the Andean mountains, and on the banks of the stunning Inca Lake in South America’s oldest ski resort, Portillo. The intimate nature of this small resort makes for a unique alpine experience with only a handful of accommodations on offer. All five ski-in, ski-out chalets offer unspoiled views of mighty mountain peaks, Inca Lake, and are ideal for groups seeking a more private experience whilst still having access to all the neighbouring hotels amenities. With year-round skiing, 1235 hectares of slopes for all levels, yoga classes, lakeside sunsets and more, Portillo should be on every skier’s bucket list. Prices start at (£2,480) per chalet for a three night stay (from 4 people) 

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