The Top 10 Green Ski Resorts Hotel Report is a look at where to stay if you visit one of the top 10 green ski resorts selected by the non-profit group Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition,
Number two on the list is Buttermilk Mountain Ski Resort, known as the “easy” mountain in Aspen. This is where you come to learn to ski, hang out with the kids, or take a run or two before retiring to the lodge with a hot toddy and that cute hottie from the lift line.
In the spirit of indulgence, and since it helps to be rich if you want to go on a ski vacation to Aspen in the first place, here are three fabulous luxury hotels to make your stay in Aspen pampered and cozy.
Built in 1889, Hotel Jerome started out as an old school grand hotel. Through several renovations they’ve kept the charm and added luxury boutique hotel amenities like a fitness center, heated outdoor pool and in-room massage services. You can even get a ride to the slopes in a chauffeur-driven luxury SUV! (Yes, I know it’s not green, but it does sound nice!)
A favorite of celebrities, rates for the 94 rooms and suites start at $500/night and go up … way up!
Part of the Kimpton Chain, the Sky Hotel is a green hotel option in Aspen. It’s also a cool, hip, modern hotel where you can bring your dog, drink by the heated pool and hot tub, and oh, yeah, ski if you feel like it.
The rooms are pretty swank, too, with down duvets, L’Occitane bath products and iPod docks by the fireplace.
Depending on how flexible your dates are, you can find rooms as “low” as $350, but in general figure you’ll be paying around $500/night.
For a smaller, more intimate experience (“Please, no paparazzi!”) there is Hearthstone House. Just two blocks from the center of Aspen, this pretty, little Frank Llyod Wright-inspired building has an air of privacy and serenity.
Guests enjoy a continental breakfast in the morning, wine and cheese in the afternoon, the ubiquitous outdoor hot tub and an herbal steam room. Back in your room, you can play with nice smelling Aveda products in your whirlpool spa tub.
Rates during the winter season range from $250-$430.
The Top Ten Green Ski Resorts
Aspen Mountain Ski Resort – Colorado
Buttermilk Mountain Ski Resort – Colorado
Sundance Resort – Utah
Park City Mountain Resort – Utah
Squaw Valley USA – California
Alpine Meadows Ski Area – California
Aspen Highlands Ski Resort – Colorado
Bogus Basin Mountain Resort – Idaho
Mount Bachelor Ski Area – Oregon
Telluride Ski Resort – Colorado
Photos: courtesy of Hotel Jermone, Sky Hotel and Hearthstone House