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7 Hotels for Slope-Side Tippling
  • Le Lodge Park

    Le Lodge Park, French Alps

  • Nevai Hotel

    Nevai Hotel, Swiss Alps

  • The Sky Hotel

    The Sky Hotel, Aspen

  • The Sebastian

    The Sebastian, Vail

  • Hôtel Ormelune

    Hôtel Ormelune, French Alps

  • Grand Hotel Savoia & Spa

    Grand Hotel Savoia & Spa, The Dolomites

  • Adara Hotel

    Adara Hotel, Whistler

November, 2012

While slope-side hotels can tout their convenience, these decadent, lively spots ensure that what’s accomplished after a long day of S-turns is just as thrilling.

1.

Le Lodge Park
Megève, France — Amid the après-ski glamour of Megève, Le Lodge Park has a distinctive look indeed. Once you’ve registered the singularly woodsy charm of the place, you’re likely to turn your attention to the spa downstairs, the elegant bar and the modern restaurant, which are among the town’s hottest tickets.
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Nevai Hotel
Verbier, Switzerland — It may feel a bit odd clomping around the Nevai’s minimalistic interiors in boots, but come après-ski all is explained — it’s a perfectly conducive environment for a couple of cocktails, and just next door is the Farm Club, long one of Verbier’s top nightspots.
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The Sky Hotel
Aspen, Colorado — Located right at the foot of Ajax Mountain, The Sky Hotel was the first spot in Aspen to cater to a younger crowd with urbane touches like free wi-fi and iPod stereo systems. But it’s the romping success of the glitzy, poolside 39 Degrees Lounge that ensures it keeps its youth.
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4.

The Sebastian
Vail, Colorado — Vail’s got no shortage of dining and nightlife, but much of it takes place within The Sebastian itself. Block 16, the flagship restaurant, wears its Napa Valley influence on its sleeve, proof of a newly cosmopolitan Colorado ski scene, while Frost, the cocktail bar, mixes high-design theatrics with casual Mountain West cool.
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Hotel Ormelune
Val d’Isère, France — The Ormelune is as fine an example as you’ll find anywhere of the new-breed fun and funky boutique ski hotel. The basics are all covered — on-site bar, restaurant and massage — but in the end it’s simply more fun than the Alpine norm.
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Grand Hotel Savoia
Veneto, Italy — The Dolomites, especially in winter, are key to Cortina’s appeal, but the Savoia is more than some glorified ski lodge. The cigar bar, the winter garden, the Savoy restaurant — all offer distinctly cosmopolitan charms.
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Adara Hotel
Whistler, British Columbia — The whole point of the Adara is this: now that the beautiful people are skiing Whistler, they’ll need somewhere beautiful to lay their heads. Fortunately its downtown location means most anything you’ll need is just steps away, including all the top nightlife.
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