Boots, bindings, goggles, helmets… Skiing comes with a lot of baggage. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, you know that getting all your gear together is no simple task. But when you’re traveling in luxury, the task isn’t yours to bear. Check out these five hotels with a ski concierge:
Four Seasons Vail. This luxe property wastes no time getting you ready for the slopes—at check in, you’ll be sized up by a Gorsuch boot fitter. He’ll send your size to the ski concierge team, who will be waiting for you in a four-story building by the chair lift (you’ll get there via a heated walkway). Not only will the expert team have your boots and gear ready to go, but they’ll offer you lessons, maps and weather reports. And the best part? Complimentary muffins and hot chocolate.
The Little Nell. The ski concierge team is primed to assist you from the minute you step foot at the base of Aspen Mountain to the moment you come soaring down. They’ll tune up and wax your equipment, arrange lift tickets and ski lessons, and warm your boots. Through it all, they’ll make sure you’re armed with lip balm and sunscreen. And at the end of the day, they’ll clean and put away your gear, so you don’t have to bother with it until the next day’s run.
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. This resort is just steps from a high-speed chair lift and a concierge team that is ready to help you test out the powder. Let them know what time you plan on skiing and they’ll have your equipment waiting slope-side, warmed and ready to go. If you need anything else—rentals, lessons, lift tickets—this crack team will make it happen.
The St. Regis Aspen Resort. St. Regis’ signature butler service extends to the slopes at its Aspen location. The ski concierge team here, or “ski butlers” as they call them, will greet you at check in and take your equipment off your hands. Once you’re ready to hit the slopes, just call down and the butlers will bring out your gear, get you to the mountain, and offer you some coffee or hot chocolate.
Vail Cascade. You won’t need to worry about your equipment once you check in to this mountain resort. The ski concierge team takes everything from you upon arrival, and brings it out waxed and warmed once you’re ready to ski. And if you really want to be hands off, they’ll even line up your freshly tuned skis next to the chair lift. You’ll barely have to lift a finger, but you will have to lift those ski tips.
Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Vail