Don’t dread winter—embrace it. These hotels will have you breathing fresh air and taking in the great outdoors even when the temperatures are well below freezing.
Alpina Dolomites. Castelrotto, Italy
Classic or skating? Pace and style choices for cross-country skiing are up to you in the Alpe di Siusi section of the Dolomiti Superski circuit. Just beyond the threshold of the 60-room Alpina Dolomites awaits the Gardena Health Lodge & Spa, equipped with more than 37 miles of well-groomed tracks. Snowshoe hikers and downhill skiers can also take advantage of the 84 lifts in the Alpe di Siusi-Val Gardena ski district and 460 lifts within the Superski circuit. At the end of a thigh-searing day, gather around the modern outdoor firepit at the rooftop Mountain Lounge & Bar or savor an après-ski Cohiba in the lodge’s cigar lounge.
Amangani. Jackson, Wyoming US.
Take in the majesty of the Grand Tetons and the Snake River Range while sitting atop a private mountain. The all-suite Amangani is a 20-minute drive from Snow King Mountain, which locals say is the steepest-grade north-facing race course in the United States. Drop into fresh powder while heli-skiing, grab the reins during dog sledding, or hold on to the snowmobiling guide’s waist; any option ensures those goggles will be dusted with snowflakes.
Fairmont Tremblant. Mont-Tremblant, Québec CA.
Fairmont Tremblant features the best ski-in/ski-out access of the mountain-resort village, period. Its proximity to one of the bunny slopes, which converts to a tubing park in the evenings, is particularly popular for families, while the fast-track access attracts a more advanced downhill lover. Unwind at the hotel’s Moment Spa with the Warm and Cold Basalt Stone Massage, which uses alternating temperatures of river rocks to release any deep muscle tension.
Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa. Avon, Colorado US
While visiting the Vail Valley, revel in such pursuits as dog sledding, snowmobile tours that end in breathless views of the Continental Divide, and, of course, skiing or snowboarding at Beaver Creek or Vail Village. Overlooking Beaver Creek Mountain and the Eagle River, The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa puts as much emphasis on memorable outdoor diversions as schussing. And don’t miss the family-friendly sleigh-ride dinners with sparkling snow as your backdrop.