There are undoubtedly many destinations in the United States, Canada and Europe which could easily be classified as luxury ski resorts. Some come to mind immediately like a Beaver Creek in Colorado or Banff to the north in the Canadian Rockies. Others can easily fit the bill when it comes to fitting the luxury ski resort bill but don’t necessarily pop into our psyche immediately. The less obvious resorts are definitely worth pursuing. What are the criteria typically used when designating an area as a luxury resort? Not sure what the experts would say but my guess is the typical standard in classifying lodge is based on a large part on the resort’s accommodations.
Another classification used to designate luxury ski resorts is whether or not a celebrity chef happens to be in residence at a particular location. Luxury is also automatically applied when the price point of the homes gracing the local community is out of reach for the average skier. Location and the physical surroundings also play a part as the environment must be pristine and spectacularly beautiful before a discriminating guest will consider it a luxury resort for snowboarding or skiing. Eye candy is definitely a factor for this designation. Ski slopes must be perfectly groomed and the sun always shining. As you can see, not all resorts will fit the luxury mountain snow resort moniker, even if they do share many of the attributes given to the classic definition of luxury ski resort.
One criteria you don’t see touted very often but it’s an element that should be mandatory for all snow-based resorts
This is guest service. Any seasoned traveler will tell you that they have indeed visited one of these places that didn’t honor this most critical element, exemplary customer service. This is a service standard that should be demonstrated at any resort one visits, but obviously should go hand-in-glove with a luxury resort. One destination that does respect this attribute and excels at guest service is Teton Springs Resort.
One could easily argue that the skiing luxury element at this eastern Idaho property comes by way of 500” annual snowfall, endless meandering runs on picture perfect fall lines at nearby Grand Targhee & Jackson Hole. It’s a short drive to both of these sensational Wyoming Mountains for exceptional skiing and snowboarding. Luxury is epitomized at the Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. Extraordinary guest service, coupled with beautiful & elegant accommodations account for this property being recognized as truly exceptional!
Teton Springs reputation as a resort pampering
What gives additional credence to Teton Springs reputation as a resort pampering their guests from their moment of arrival is the Stillwaters Spa & Salon. It’s just one of this premier property’s offerings, but on so many levels the Stillwaters Spa sets it apart from other hotels. This 5,000 square-foot full-service spa & salon provides all services one would expect to discover at a ski and snowboarding resort. Snowboarders and skiers flock to the spa for one of the many rejuvenating and relaxing treatments offered at this delightful facility, conveniently located on the first floor of the Lodge. Guests often begin their visit to the spa with a trip to the tranquil Relaxation Room, or a hot steam bath and outdoor hot tubs, located just steps away. Completing the ultimate spa experience are services including reflexology, sports and deep tissue massage, aromatherapy, facials, paraffin wax therapy and hot stone treatments.