Colorado Lodges Top Condé Nast Readers’ Poll With Half Of Top 50

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Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Colo.

Colorado was the overall state favorite in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s 2012 “Top 50 Ski Hotels in North America” readers’ poll. The Rocky Mountain state scored almost half of the readers’ preferred resorts. 


The number one overall choice was the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon, Colo., followed by (#2) the Four Seasons Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyo.; (#3) Four Seasons Resort, Whistler, B.C.; (#4) the Fairmont Heritage Place Franz Klammer Lodge in Telluride, Colo.; and (#5) Hotel Terra, Jackson Hole. 


The Aspen area listed three: Viceroy Snowmass, Little Nell, and St. Regis. Vail Valley tops were The Sebastian in Vail, Arrabelle at Vail Square, Ritz-Carlton, Avon;  Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, Edwards, and the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa in Beaver Creek


Jackson Hole had a total of five including the Amangani, Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa, Rusty Parrot Lodge. Utah winners were the next most named with a total of four including St. Regis Deer Valley and Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Stein Ericksen Lodge in Deer Valley, and the Waldorf Astoria Park City, The Canyons


Other top hotels were Lake Placid, N.Y.’s Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa; Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Lodge in Stowe, and Equinox Resort & Spa, Manchester Center. New Mexico was represented by El Monte Sagrado, Taos, and the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, Santa Ana Pueblo. 


Others on the list of favorites included The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va; and Lake Tahoe, Calif.’s Resort at Squaw Creek Lake and Ritz-Carlton.


Canadian resorts included the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre, Whistler, B.C ; Fairmount Chateau Lake Louise, and Post Hotel & Spa, Lake Louise, Alberta; and Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain, Blue Mountain, Ontario. 


This marks the 17th year of the Readers’ Poll based on 46,476 online responses. Resorts are picked based on a questionnaire sent to the magazine’s readers who rated resorts/hotels on a five-point scale – excellent, very good, good, fair or poor – on a variety of criteria, including terrain, après-ski activities, dining, rooms, service, location and overall design. The overall score represented the percentage of respondents rating a resort or hotel on excellent or very good. 


More information on this year’s resort or hotel winners can be found online


Photo: Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Colo.




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Peggi Simmons, Managing Editorial Director for, has written and edited snow sports stories for more than 30 years and served as Global Managing Editor of OnTheSnow for 12 years. Her career spans both the advertising and public relations worlds. Simmons lives in the mountains of New Mexico.


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