WHISTLER, British Columbia (TheStreet) -- 'Tis the season of hotel expansions at some of North America's hottest ski resorts.
Despite the recession, ski resorts Mammoth Mountain and Jackson Hole are breaking attendance records with the help of new direct airline routes. In Whistler, British Columbia, Blackcomb had its snowiest November ever.
With the Winter Olympics coming up in February, Whistler is punctuating a crescendo of development that included expansion of the Canadian province's Sea-to-Sky Highway. The only new hotel to open there this year is the Aava Whistler Hotel, a boutique hotel reminiscent of the Alpine-style condos that surrounded Whistler Village.
Park City's hottest new hotel gets ready for the Sundance Film Festival.
Located along the main thoroughfare of Whistler Way, the hotel is a short walk from the Whistler Village Gondola. The family-minded White Spot Restaurant, on the hotel's doorstep, serves cozy mountain-style grub. The hotel's rooms are cozy and white, and start at C$164 a night ($155).
One of the best skiing sites in Vermont, Stowe Mountain Resort, has been a busy scene of construction and expansion since opening in 2008. The result of this activity will come to fruition with the unveiling of the Front Four Private Residence Club.
Located on the top three floors of the resort, guests must take a private elevator to access these high-end suites. The rooms start at 2,000 square feet, making them suitable for large families. The main resort offers the cuisine of Chef Sean Buchanan at Solstice.
Park City and Deer Valley, Utah:
Next year, Utah's glitziest ski town will get an added shot of luxury. In Park City, the epicenter of the Sundance Film Festival, the
will open its first hotel geared to skiers with the Dakota Mountain Lodge at the base of The Canyons ski resort. Entry-level rooms are outfitted with gas fireplaces and marble bathrooms while condo-style suites come with stainless-steel kitchens and washing machines. The hotel is home to Spruce, a spin-off of the San Francisco restaurant.
Competition isn't too far away in nearby Deer Valley, Park City's ritzy cousin. Inside the private Deer Crest community,
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recently opened its St. Regis Deer Crest, an 11-story Tyrolean-style lodge on the Roosevelt Gap. There are 181 guest rooms with 67 condo suites and 26 private residences. It relies on a private tram to reach the Deer Valley base.
Days are spent at one of the region's three ski resorts before idling away the hours at the St. Regis Athletic Club or the 14,000 square-foot Remede Spa. The rooms offer a sedated color palette of taupe and beige, with corner fireplaces and rosewood furnishings.
Snowmass, Colo.: The Kor Group
has finally debuted its first ski resort with the Viceroy Snowmass. For its mountainside edition, Kor recruited Jean-Michel Gathy to create a dashing ski-in/ski-out sanctuary in a town that's a casual and sporty alternative to Aspen.
The hotel is home to the new Eight K Restaurant, which has quickly become a tough-to-book hot spot. Guests can take advantage of fireplaces in their rooms, marble bathrooms and a ski concierge. In honor of its opening, the hotel is cutting the price of additional nights after the first standard-rate night by 50%.
Reported by Michael Martin of JetSetReport.com in Los Angeles.
Michael Martin is the managing editor of JetSetReport.com -- a luxury travel and lifestyle guide based in Los Angeles and London. His work has appeared in In Style, Blackbook, Elle, U.K.'s Red magazine, ITV and BBC.