Ski Luxe

A Peek at the Valley's Most Indulgent Mountain Amenities

From ski lockers on Bridge Street to the white glove treatment, and everything in between.

By Kirsten Dobroth March 15, 2019 Published in the Holiday 2017/2018 issue of Vail-Beaver Creek Magazine

While most skiers at Vail and Beaver Creek are content with simple luxuries like heated seats and Wi-Fi on Gondola One, and hot chocolate chip cookies at the end of the day at the base of Centennial, others prefer to indulge in more elaborate amenities that soften the edges of a hard day on the hill.

Four Seasons Ski Concierge & Signature Club

Upon check-in, hotel guests are measured and fitted with boots and skis by a Gorsuch fitter, who relays information by computer to the Four Seasons Ski Concierge, a three-story base camp off the Gondola One ski yard. There, boots and skis are selected and placed in lockers imported from Switzerland that air-dries them. At the start of each day, freshly tuned skis, and pre-warmed boots will be waiting, along with fresh-baked muffins, coffee, and hot chocolate. Local platinum members of the Four Seasons Signature Club enjoy the same, plus valet parking, access to the hotel’s fitness center, spa, and pool area. Platinum membership, $7,500 for individuals, $12,000 for families, plus $1,000 initiation fee. 970-477-8600;

Joel’s Locker Room

For powder-hungry families, couples, and individuals who’d rather not been seen clomping around in their boots and unisuits at après, seasonal berths at Vista Bahn Ski Rentals’ private locker room can store up to four pairs of skis and boots, which will be toasty and dry in the morning, thanks to dedicated heaters. $2,900 annual rental for a four-ski locker, $700 for singles. 970-476-2566;

Ritz-Carlton Ski Nanny

Toting the kids—and all their equipment—from ski lessons has never been so glamorous, thanks to the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch’s slopeside nannies, who shuttle the hotel’s registered little ones to and from ski lessons, and keep them fueled with breakfast and snacks throughout the day. $75 for the first child, $50 for each additional child. 970-748-6200;

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HOTEL TALISA SKI VALET Après ski here begins with gourmet hot chocolate, followed by a sabered bottle of Moët.

Hotel Talisa Ski Valet

It’s the Valhalla  of ski valets: A vast gallery with rows of luxuriously upholstered benches where every morning, skiers and snowboarders from 285 rooms and 85 residences gather to be ministered by a team of boot fitters and ski tuners bearing boots hot from heaters, and skis and boards with freshly sharpened edges and hot-waxed bases like quartermasters provisioning a battalion. By 9 a.m., the lift just outside empties the room and by 3 p.m. fills it again. That guy with the sword? That’s Hotel Talisa’s Scott Miranda. At 4 p.m., you’ll find him in the Fireside Room, sabering bottles of Moët Impèrial, a tradition, he explains, dating back to Napoleon, who said, “Champagne! In victory one deserves it!” 970-476-7111;

White Carpet Club

Beaver Creek’s private, Wi-Fi–enabled, members-only lounge near the base of Centennial includes preferred parking, a slopeside ski valet, heated lockers, concierge services, and a personal cookie chef at the end of the day. $67 per day (peak season, three-day minimum), $1,575 per week. 970-754-6653;

White Glove Package

The $50,000 all-inclusive, four-night ski package begins with a first-class flight to Eagle County Regional Airport, with helicopter transfer to Beaver Creek’s helipad. From Trappers Cabin (a secluded on-mountain retreat staffed with a personal chef), a ski butler oversees everything from boot fitting to guided first tracks on the mountain to snowshoe hikes and moonlight sleigh rides. 970-306-6518;



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