Skiing is an expensive activity. Unless you live in a ski area, getting to a ski destination will empty your wallet of dollars, as will the equipment, clothing and lift tickets. It’s definitely not a poor man’s sport. But if you’re wealthy, and you seek a high-class skiing experience in the United States, check out this list.
Deer Valley Resort (Park City, Utah)
This is one classy ski resort. Deer Valley is not a place where you will find yourself navigating around hordes of people. Tickets are limited at this exclusive ski destination and snowboarders are not invited. Deer Valley was one of the sites in the 2002 Winter Olympics. With amenities like heated sidewalks, fine dining, boutiques and free ski valets, it is sure to continue to appeal to an upscale crowd. There are many lodging options in the area, but the Stein Eriksen Lodge is the place to stay if you’re looking for 5-star accommodations.
Jackson Hole (Teton Village, Wyoming)
What happened to Jackson Hole? A luxury hotel, an awesome ski lift and a renovated airport is what turned this sleepy town into a celebrated ski destination. Jackson Hole has always been known for its vertical drops, but now it’s easier to get to. It’s also become more attractive to skiers due to its budding list of amenities. Lodging options include the Four Seasons built in 2003, and a growing list of condominiums in Teton Village.
Yellowstone Club (Big Sky, Montana)
Yellowstone is a members-only ski resort. It used to keep a low profile until the company caused a scandal by filing for bankruptcy in 2008. Joining the Yellowstone Club will run your average millionaire over a quarter of a million dollars, without including annual fees (roughly $30K per year) or the price of a multi-million-dollar mountainside home. Entry to this exclusive club also calls for a minimum of $3 million in liquid assets. What do the rich get for this money? At the Yellowstone Club, the very wealthy enjoy beautiful views, great skiing and safety. Security is handled by a team that includes former Secret Service Agents.
Sun Valley Resort (Sun Valley, Idaho)
This is a luxury ski resort with luxury accommodations. Bald Mountain (Baldy) is the main mountain in the resort. The wealthy adore the lodges that sit at the base of the mountains. Your visit is not complete without a stay at the legendary Sun Valley Lodge. You’ll find excellent restaurant options on the mountain, as well as in the village.
Aspen Mountain (Aspen, Colorado)
When Americans hear the word “ski”, Aspen jumps to mind. Often referred to by its former name of “Ajax”, this ski mountain has been going strong since 1946. This is the place to see and be seen. Ajax is small compared to the other ski resorts in the area, but its unique culture has kept skiers coming back. Ajax Tavern sits at the foot of the mountain and is the place to be for people watching and casual dining. Lodging possibilities include Hotel Jerome, built in the 1880s and one of the city’s landmarks, as well as a variety of condo options.
If a posh destination is what you’re after, these mountains will fit the bill. Each resort has a unique style, and the price tags will be as steep as the slopes. But whether you seek a challenging vertical drop, decent celebrity watching or a private/safe family experience, you will find it among these fine alpine settings.