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best luxury ski resort??

Old Apr 30, 06, 10:37 pm
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best luxury ski resort??

which resort do you preferre or think is the best between the ritz carlton bachelor gulch, the four seasons jackson hole, or the four seasons whistler?
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Old May 1, 06, 10:21 am
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No contest, Whistler is by far the best in North America. Great snow and lifts, challenging terrain (actually too challenging for me, though they have scaled down most of the moguls) and most importantly a nice village with some very fine food. Maybe some of the best food in the US/Canada (which is unusual for seasonal resorts). And an ambiance that makes walking around and drinking in the atmostphere enjoyable, though I guess pre-Olympic construction is in full swing now making Whistler a bit less enjoyable than before.
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Old May 1, 06, 2:00 pm
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I would beg to differ. WB has great skiing, there's no doubt about it BUT the snow they receive can be on the heavy side. Its not uncommon for it to snow up top and rain at the bottom. Anyone familiar with CA skiing is familiar with the term "Sierra Cement" and that can sometimes describe the snow at WB. Don't misunderstand me, the resort is great and the skiing is great but my favorite is JH and the FS (The Snake River Lodge is nice also).

JH gets dumped on with snow and its usually very light (much lower water content than the Pacific Northwest/Western BC - Eastern BC, the Monashees, the Purcells, etc. are different). The terrain at JH is very challenging, some of the most difficult in North America. The terrain off the (former) tram (RIP) is almost exclusively expert terrain with extreme terrain accesible out of bounds via gate access (do not proceed out there without a beacon, shovel, other neccesary equipment and the proper training, the terrain is very difficult and the avalanche danger ranges from moderate to severe). JH has an abundance of intermediate terrain accesible off the gondola (you'll stay nice and dry if its snowing). Teton Village is fairly small with a few shops and restaurants. Jackson is a short drive away but make sure you go to the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, its a landmark.

BC is a great resort but its close to me so I don't think of it as a destination resort. When I go on a ski vacation I want to go someplace that I don't ski (somewhat) regularly.
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Old May 1, 06, 2:11 pm
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Being a Colorado resident, I can speak for Beaver Creek, but not the Ritz. BC is a good resort which will provide an excellent skiing experience regardless of ability. Their ski school is amongst the best in the world. The skiing in Jackson is the best I have ever had in my life. I would rate Jackson better than my experiences in Colorado and Austria. If you are an EXPERT skiier, you will find Jackson the most challenging and exciting, however with the impending destruction of the Tram, much of the best terrain is being lost.
Sorry I cant comment on the hotels, but if you are an expert, you will prefer Jackson, anything else I would reccomend BC.
For tram info:
http://www.jacksonhole.com/info/pr.tram.asp
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Old May 1, 06, 3:18 pm
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thanx for your input....i know the skiing at all three resorts is fantastic but i was really wondering which hotel you prefere between those three in terms of rooms, service ect.....
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Old May 1, 06, 3:40 pm
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The FS in Whistler was built to the exacting standards of the Olympic committee as part of Whistler's Olympic bid and is ultra-luxurious. Food and service are OK but not quite as grandiose, however Whistler has the Bear Bistro and BB is one of the 10 best restaurants in North America. And I don't say that lightly.
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Old May 1, 06, 4:02 pm
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Are you looking for:

1) Best Ski Hotel (My favorite is RC Bachelor Gulch)

or

2) Best Ski Hotel + Best Skiing (My favorite is JH)

or

3) Best Ski Hotel + Best Skiing + Best Ski Village (My favorite is Whistler)
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Old May 1, 06, 5:14 pm
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Originally Posted by 787
Best Ski Hotel + Best Skiing + Best Ski Village (My favorite is Whistler)
Are you referring to the FS in Whistler when you say best ski village?
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Old May 1, 06, 6:24 pm
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I've been to Bachelor Gulch and Four Seasons, Whistler. If your a big ski fanatic, I feel you have better options at Whistler. Whistler has a more international crowd for sure. At the four seasons you have to walk a couple of blocks or take the shuttle to get to the ski lifts. Once at the lift (blackcomb), there is a FS ski concierge that has all of your equipment. To get to the lifts on Whistler you have to take the shuttle from the FS. The Four Seasons has an OK view of the mountain, and is surrounded by lots of other condo's,etc. The view from the pool or whirlpool is nothing special. The Bistro 5180? has great food, plus the bar area is nice aswell. The gym, spa and decor is top notch and typical Four Seasons. The drive from Vancouver is about 2.5 hours.

Bachelor Gulch has ski-in-ski-out, as the actual lift is right at the hotel. From that lift you can ski to the main Beaver Creek area and access all the other areas. Beaver Creek has good skiing, but its not on the same caliber as Whistler. The view from the hotel is mostly mountain scenery, straight up the mountain, with a scattering of smaller condos near the base. To me the view is slightly better, as it seems there are less buildings around. The view from the pool, whirlpools, and gym is right up the mountain. The spa, gym are on par with the FS. The rooms/suites are very nice, and have the same "old-lodge" feel as the FS. The Ritz Carlton has a shuttle to the main Beaver Creek ski area for dining,shopping. I have not tried the restaurant at Bachelor Gulch. I really liked the Club level floor with all its amenities (breakfast, desserts,snacks,etc.)with its private area for just hanging out and relaxing. Plus your room is located on that floor aswell. Its about a 2 hour drive from Denver.

Both resorts are equally nice. Depending on where you live, Whistler can be a long commute. If your just an average skier, and want to just relax and hang out, Beaver Creek will be just fine.
If you demand a higher level of skiing, with a larger ski village(more restaurants,shopping), then Whistler may be a better choice. Four Seasons may have an overall edge, but a club level room/suite at Bachelor Gulch makes it equal. Both resorts have private driver services that will pick you up at the airport and drop you off at the resort. When I went to Whistler, I lived in Maine, which meant a long day of traveling. Now I'm currently in St. Louis, and I would probably just pick Bachelor Gulch to avoid the long commute. If you choose Bachelor Gulch, pay a little more for Club level, its worth it. I hope this helps.
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Old May 2, 06, 1:09 am
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Originally Posted by mplskid
thanx for your input....i know the skiing at all three resorts is fantastic but i was really wondering which hotel you prefere between those three in terms of rooms, service ect.....
any thoughts about AMANGANI ?......
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Old May 2, 06, 2:13 am
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Originally Posted by kmklint
The drive from Vancouver is about 2.5 hours.
If you do not hit any road closures due to construction on the Sea To Sky Highway you can make it to Whistler in less than 2 hours. When all is said and done (in 2009) one is supposedly be able to get to Whister in just over an hour.........

There is no road closure on weekends for the time being; following a ridiculously slow dump truck (even for a dump truck) we made it up in 1.5 hours......... without the dumptruck we figure we would have been up in a shade over an hour.....

The food is, overall, surprisingly good in Whistler. 5280 in the Four Seasons is excellent, as is Trattoria di Umberto..... I have heard rave reviews about the Bearfoot Bistro and hope to try it next time I am up there....
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Beaver Creek and the Ritz keeps getting better.
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Old May 3, 06, 1:27 pm
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The Ritz in Beaver Creek is a wonderful vacation hotel, with it's own chairlift. The spa is neat, it has a kind-of grotto and if not filled with families it is very relaxing. The hotel is a couple of miles away from the village center of Beaver Creek and 11 miles down valley from Vail. If possible, fly into Eagle County Airport. If you fly into D.I.A. in Denver, the drive back on a Sunday can be a 100 mile 4 to 5 hour traffic jam. It's just awful.

Eagle County Airport, which is about 30 miles west, can take private jets and some airlines land 737's there.

http://www.ritzcarlton.com/resorts/b...pa/default.asp
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Old Sep 26, 08, 8:33 pm
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DEER VALLEY in Park City, Utah

it has been rated the best overall ski area in North America by the readers of ski magazine for 2008/2009 and defines what a luxury ski vacation is.

Beaver Creek tries to be Deer Valley but it is not nealy at that level of perfection. Plus Park City is right up the road and offer many luxury options of its own and the Main Street has tons of amazing restaurants, bars, stores
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Old Sep 26, 08, 10:08 pm
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Ah, the Stein Erickson Lodge! Not a bad place to kick your feet up!


Originally Posted by SkiUtah View Post
DEER VALLEY in Park City, Utah

it has been rated the best overall ski area in North America by the readers of ski magazine for 2008/2009 and defines what a luxury ski vacation is.

Beaver Creek tries to be Deer Valley but it is not nealy at that level of perfection. Plus Park City is right up the road and offer many luxury options of its own and the Main Street has tons of amazing restaurants, bars, stores
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