Canada’s top 5 luxe ski resorts
For the ultimate romantic downhill-ski weekend, cozy up in one of Canada's luxe winter hideaways.
1. The Post Hotel & Spa, Lake Louise, Alta.
Set in a historic log lodge in Banff National Park, just five minutes from the slopes, the alpine-style Post Hotel & Spa is ideal for the snow bunny who would rather get a Mountain Meadow pedicure than be a mogul mistress. The hotel’s Temple Mountain Spa also offers relaxing Herbal Thai Stem massages and pick-me-up Pomegranate-Lime sugar scrubs. Besides its body treatments, The Post is world-famous for its wines. With an inventory of 25,000 to 28,000 bottles, a resident sommelier and more than 2,000 selections on the wine list, it caters to a posh clientele that includes royalty, race car drivers, professional athletes and Hollywood A-listers.
Per night: From $195 to $440 for rooms, $385 to $825 for suites and $265 to $2,500 for cabins.
2. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Alta.
When Marilyn Monroe stayed at Jasper Park Lodge while filming the 1954 western River of No Return, the sexy starlet was turned away from the dining
room because she was wearing pants. Popular with Hollywood royalty like Rita Hayworth, Bing Crosby, the Rockefellers and the Kennedys, the lodge’s Outlook Cabin — on the shores of Lac Beauvert-has been favoured by regal patrons since King George VI and the Queen Mum checked in some 55 years ago. In 1980, party gal Princess Margaret was a guest, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip stayed during their centennial tour of Alberta last summer. Even if you don’t travel with a royal entourage, you can arrive in glam fashion on VIA Rail’s The Canadian, which runs between Toronto and Vancouver. Ask for the “Romance by Rail” package and you’ll get your own suite!
Per night: From $2,814 to $4,734 a night for the Outlook Cabin, depending on the season.
3. Island Lake Lodge, Fernie, B.C.
Deep powder, deep massages and deep duvets-deep in the backcountry. For some, it’s the seclusion of this mountain lodge-with its cozy setting and gourmet cuisine — that makes it the ultimate romantic winter getaway. But Island Lake Lodge, only accessible by Snowcat and snowmobile, also offers skiers and snowboarders access to virgin powder in alpine bowls and on tree skiing runs. Imagine sharing an area the size of Vail with three Snowcats and only three dozen guests. And the attentive staff at the four deluxe log lodges will keep non-skiers happy with luxe spa treatments, snowshoeing and a 3,000-bottle wine library. That said, patient guides and the best fat skis-included in the price-will have any strong, intermediate skier carving one delicious turn after another.
Per night:Inclusive rates from $556 a day.
Page 1 of 24. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Eagle’s Eye Suites Golden, B.C.
Two of Canada’s most exclusive post-and-beam penthouse suites are found at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden, B.C. For a mere $1,750 a night, you get a 24-hour concierge, as well as your own private ski instructor. But the A-list treatment doesn’t end there: you reach the slopes in a deluxe, leather-lined VIP gondola, and at the end of the day your personal chef will grill you an exquisite dinner of Nunavut caribou with Marsala jus. As the sun sets behind the Purcell Mountains and the gondola stops running for the night, you’ll swear you’re on a James Bond set. Get your beauty sleep, so you can make first tracks in the fresh powder in the morning.
Per night: $1,750
5. Hotel Quintessence, Mont-Tremblant, Que.
Before Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas bought property on Lac Desmarais in the Laurentians, they booked their ski getaways with Mont-Tremblant’s toniest boutique hotel, the Q. Just one block from the quaint village centre on the shores of Lac Tremblant, the Q is tucked away among the trees, making it perfect for the paparazzi-shy. Inspired by old-world European estates, the hotel’s 30 luxury suites include a wood-burning fireplace — with a wood concierge standing
by on speed-dial. After a day of carving the slopes, it’s pure bliss to soak in the presidential suite’s outdoor hot tub while sipping a glass of chilled vintage Dom.
Per night: $1,239 a night for the presidential suite.
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