In any given year there are just a handful of notable new ski resort and mountain town hotels, and last winter’s biggest domestic opening, the Limelight in Sun Valley, Idaho, made my Forbes Top 10 New Hotels of 2017 list. This year there are five important debuts for winter sports lovers, at various price points and styles, and all just opened this month (December, 2017).
Four Seasons Hotel Megève: Opened on December 15, this is the global luxury brand’s first ski property outside North America, where it has standouts in Whistler, BC, Vail, CO and the Forbes 5-Star Four Seasons Jackson Hole in Wyoming.
Hotel Talisa, Vail, CO: The highest profile domestic ski town opening of the year is actually a reopening. Following a lengthy closure and massive $60 million renovation, what used to be the Vail Cascade Lodge has been transformed into the first North American ski property in Starwood’s Luxury Collection portfolio.
Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon: Under its current ownership, the all-inclusive pioneer has been reinvesting millions in new properties and renovations, and they now have two dozen ski properties across Europe and Japan.
Hyatt Place Keystone, CO: This is the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Keystone, widely considered one of the world’s best family ski resorts.