North America’s Best Mountain Resorts

Some people love to relax on the beach, but for those who crave a little outdoor adventure, getting away to the mountains and enjoying the activities that come with it is much more satisfying. No matter the season the options are endless, from various winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding to summer activities like hiking, horseback riding and fishing – it’s all about the great outdoors. The lure of the mountains, fresh air and getting away from the crowds and traffic of the city all make for a great vacation. Whether it is a quiet weekend, romantic escape or family fun filled holiday, a trip to the mountains can be just what you need to relax and enjoy some time off. The following is a list of some of the best Mountain Resorts in North America.

11. Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa – Whitefield, New Hampshire

Originally opened in 1865, the resort has been a popular destination with its panoramic views of the White Mountains. Activities here include skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding in the winter along with golf and swimming in the summer. Cider pressing and foliage hikes are popular activities in the fall. The Cog Railway is located nearby, the world’s first mountain train. Don’t miss the opportunity to hop on and take a ride! Accommodations include guest rooms and luxury suites. A wine cellar with over 6,000 bottles of wine compliment the dining area where local ingredients are sourced by the Chefs. The resort also has a fitness facility, sauna and spa.

10. Four Seasons – Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Located near Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park, the Four Seasons at Jackson Hole offers a combination of luxury accommodations with a rustic outdoor feel. Take your pick from guest rooms including suites and penthouses, some overlook the Teton Village, a great spot for skiiers because it is best known for having the largest vertical rise in America. Visit the National Elk Refuge, do some fly fishing or whitewater rafting during the summer. Five star accommodations and fine dining along with superb service makes this a great destination. You might want to take in the two and a half mile aerial tram at Teton Village during your stay.

9. Sun Mountain Lodge – Winthrop, Washington

Since 1968 Sun Mountain Lodge has been welcoming guests to the Methow Valley area of Washington. The valley at the foothills of the Northern Cascade Mountain is a favorite vacation spot in both winter and summer. Accommodations range from the Main Lodge, with hand crafted wood furniture made by local artisans, to the rustic Gardner Lodge, to Mount Robson guest rooms with private decks and 16 cabins located on Lake Patterson. In the summer enjoy hiking, fishing, canoeing or golf. During the winter it is the largest cross country ski resort in the country with over 200 kilometers of ski trails. With fine dining and a wine cellar boasting over 3,500 bottles of wine is there any wonder the resort has won numerous awards from TripAdvisor, Fodor’s, Washington State Wine Commission and others?

8. Teton Springs Lodge – Victor, Idaho

The Teton Springs Lodge offers luxury mountain log cabins, full service spa, world class golf and on site fly fishing. With elegant western décor, full size kitchens and outdoor grills the cabins give you the privacy of your own mountain retreat along with all the benefits of an upscale resort complete with a fitness center, a PGA designed golf course and fine dining. With outdoor activities such as horseback riding, hot air ballooning and skiing in the winter, Teton Springs Lodge is a great place for corporate outings, conventions, family getaways or a relaxing romantic weekend.

7. Triple Creek Ranch – Darby, Montana

Located in the Montana high country, Triple Creek Ranch is a luxury ranch resort for adults and teens 16 and up. The resort features fine dining by a chef who graduated the French Culinary Institute in New York and a wine cellar that has won awards by Wine Spectator. The resort also offers a cooking school where you can learn to replicate the meals by the resorts chef’s. The accommodations range from one, two, and three bedroom luxury cabins to ranch homes featuring private hot tubs. Outdoor activities include fishing, white water rafting, trap shooting, golf and tennis. Sign up for a cattle drive or horseback riding on the open plains. Whether it is private dining at the Chef’s table, trying out your cowboy skills or just relaxing, the Triple Creek Ranch is a great mountain resort.

6. Vail Cascade Resort and Spa – Vail, Colorado

Located along the banks of Gore Creek, the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa offers guests luxury amenities and access to scenic mountain surroundings. Famous all over the world for the Vail Ski Resort, the surrounding area is just as beautiful and inviting. Enjoy biking, hiking and walking trails in the summer, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, volleyball, basketball and more. The resort features Vail’s largest fitness and athletic training facility. During winter enjoy the famous skiing with chair lifts right outside the hotel’s door to Vail Mountain. Several dining options and craft beers can be enjoyed during your stay. Accommodations range from hotel rooms to condos and vacation home rentals.

5. The Fairmont Chateau – Lake Louise, Alberta

Located within Banff National Park, Lake Louise is surrounded by mountain peaks and the Victoria Glacier. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known for its progressive environmentalism. The Fairmont Chateau was originally built over 100 years ago as a base for outdoor enthusiasts and has since expanded to its current size. With 550 luxury rooms, seven restaurants and a luxury spa, the Fairmont has also been a popular destination for weddings. During the summer enjoy hiking, canoeing and fishing in the Canadian Rockies or brave the frigid winter temperatures and sample some of the best skiing Canada has to offer.

The Fairmount Chateau, Lake Louise

4. Whiteface Lodge – Lake Placid, New York

Located in Adirondack Park at Lake Placid and designed by a former Olympian in the sport of luge, The Whiteface Lodge has won awards by TripAdvisor, Conde Nast, Wine Spectator and more. The resort features a 24 hour onsite health and fitness center, luxury spa and restaurants featuring ingredients from local farms, native fish and game. If you love outdoor activities, Lake Placid offers it. From boating, fishing, hiking, cycling and golfing, to the winter sports of dog sledding and tobogganing. While you are there see what it’s like to be an Olympian with a bobsled ride at the Olympic Sports Complex.

3. Nita Lake Lodge – Whistler, British Columbia

Rated one of the top 25 hotels in Canada, the Nita Lake Lodge sits on the shores of a glacier fed lake. Accommodations include double soaker tubs and a glass enclosed rain shower. The lodge is a five minute shuttle ride from Whistler village where various festivals occur throughout the year to include the beer festival, BBQ festival and music festivals. The lodge is located just 500 meters from the Creekside Gondola for skiing on Whistler Mountain. The resort restaurant offers food prepared with locally sourced ingredients to include vegetables grown on the lodge’s own rooftop garden. With beautiful mountain views and Lake Nita at your doorstep, the Nita Lake Lodge makes for a great weekend escape or family vacation.

2. Attitash Grand Summit Hotel – Bartlett, New Hampshire

The Attitash Grand Summit Hotel is located at the base of Bear Peak and Attitash Mountain Resort and offers 143 deluxe and condominium style rooms. The resort itself is the big attraction. Home to the Attitash and Bear Peak mountains the resort has a total of 78 ski runs. While it is a popular winter destination for skiing, the resort is also a family favorite during the summer. Summer activities include an aerial zip line that is 4,969 feet before transferring to another line that is 2,196 feet. Take an alpine slide over one mile in length down the mountain slopes, ride the mountain roller coaster or enjoy a water slide. Take a scenic chair ride to the summit of Bear Peak then enjoy some horseback riding or cycling.

1. Sonora Resort – Sonora Island, British Columbia

Located within British Columbia’s Discovery Islands the Sonora Resort is easily accessible from Vancouver or Seattle, Washington. This five star luxury resort in the wilderness is a perfect romantic getaway, family vacation or corporate retreat. It is great for outdoor activities such as fishing, river rafting or kayaking. Unlike anywhere else on this list, you can also take an eco-tour or tour of the nearby glaciers or even a trip to view the grizzly bears – there is something for everyone. The resort offers spacious rooms, suites and private villas along with all the amenities to include a great spa. The resort has digital cameras you can borrow to capture those special moments and memories.