The ski concierge at Grand Hyatt Vail

The Vail Valley doesn't skimp when it comes to slopeside clubhouses; for example, you can drop $275,000 (plus annual dues) on a membership at the Vail Mountain Club (perks include liftside parking in the underground garage by Gondola One and first dibs on reservations at The 10th, among a luxe list of other things), or pine over a slot at the Passport Club, which operates out of Golden Peak and isn't accepting new members—not even prospective ones on the waitlist (although, it's rumored that some club memberships are occasionally tied to local home sales, so read the fine print at closing). The newest club to join the mix? Grand Hyatt Vail's new ski concierge club, which will launch slopeside services for its members on Vail Mountain's opening day (November 15). Just a refresher: Grand Hyatt Vail took over Hotel Talisa this past summer. That came after LA-based Laurus Corp. purchased what was the Vail Cascade in 2015, rebranding it Hotel Talisa and investing $60 million into the 30-year-old property that sprawls alongside Gore Creek (just west of Lionshead Village) and encompasses 285 rooms and its own ski lift (Cascade Lift, Chair 20). As such, what is now the Grand Hyatt Vail inherited the new aesthetics—namely, a refresh of the Vail Cascade's outdated Tyrolean decor that includes a sleek great room and a contemporary new dining space to house its on-site restaurant, Gessner. As for the Grand Hyatt's new ski concierge club, the perks come with: Liftside ski lockers (complete with ski and heated boot storage), onsite parking at Grand Hyatt Vail's private garage, membership at the hotel's Aria Athletic Club throughout the ski season (which has its own outdoor heated pool), and discounts on dining, spa treatments, and ski rentals through the hotel. The hotel's own chairlift steps from the main entrance is another obvious bonus, but the Grand Hyatt Vail's après-ski might the real intangible draw, thanks to a vending machine stocked exclusively with mini bottles of Moët Chandon (Kris Jenner—"momager" to the Kardashian clan—received a similar one from pals John Legend and Chrissy Teigen last year) in the hotel lobby to toast with ($20 per bottle via tokens from the hotel concierge) after you drop your gear at basecamp for the day. Individual memberships start at $6,000, family memberships are $7,500. hyatt.com, 970-476-1234

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