Think skiing’s too cold, too crowded, too expensive? These solutions will have you itching to hit the slopes this season
Solution: Stay at a spot where even die-hard bunnies will beg to tag along.
A slopeside splurge in Park City. If you have no intention of leaving the hotel, you might as well book at one of the best: Montage opened midmountain at Deer Valley Resort last year, wooing luxury-seeking schussers and dragged-along spouses alike. After your skier glides out the door, you can curl up on the fire-warmed terrace, take in the sweeping Wasatch Front views, and snack on s’mores with homemade marshmallows. There’s a heated pool if you do want to be outside; otherwise the spa, whirlpools, and indoor lap pool with piped-in classical music and staffers passing out cups of raspberry sorbet will do just fine. From $845 (from $595 Dec 3–15 for Sunset’s first-time skiers); montagedeervalley.com
A special spa in Whistler (pictured). Last year, Scandinave Spa opened a few minutes from Whistler Blackcomb, ideal for après-ski—or in lieu of skiing. Picture an indoor-outdoor theme park for serious soakers, with steamy hot baths, Finnish sauna and Norwegian steam room, waterfalls, cold plunges, masseuses, and plenty of cozy nooks for cuddling up. At $56 U.S., it costs less than a lift ticket. scandinavewhistler.com