4 All-Inclusive Ski Resorts That Serve Amazing Drinks
While there are still some duds out there, all-inclusive resorts have gotten a lot more luxurious in recent years. Gone are the days of bottom-shelf swill and mediocre meals—these resorts appoint skilled head chefs and beverage directors to make the experience a foodie’s paradise. Whether you love to ski, snowboard or just like to watch the action from the comfort of the lodge, these four American ski resorts offer winter sport vacations with some of the best all-inclusive food and beverage programs in the country.
Vista Verde Guest Ranch, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
This luxury dude ranch is situated amid the Rocky Mountains and features plenty of fun activities, even if you don’t ski. In addition to downhill skiing and snowboarding, the resort offers everything from dog sledding and snowmobiling to photography and culinary classes. Not only is the entertainment included in the all-inclusive rate, but you’ll also get three meals a day and plenty of booze. Vista Verde prides itself in using organic produce and sustainable meat and fish, and serves dishes like hand-cut squid ink fettuccine with shrimp, roasted fennel, tomato, uni butter, basil and chili oil. Each entree has a suggested wine pairing, but guests are free to choose from their rotating international wine list or order a classic cocktail, too.
The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, Montana
The Ranch at Rock Creek is set in one of Montana’s most pristine, picturesque valleys and features lavish, modern amenities in a 19th-century homestead setting. Whether you’re a fan of snow sports like skiing, fat tire biking and ice skating, or prefer to spend your time fly fishing, at the rodeo or on the archery course, The Ranch has plenty of activities to keep everyone in your party busy. Helmed by chef Josh Drage, the all-inclusive culinary program includes three cocktail hours: gather for drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the great room, sip while you learn to line dance at the Blue Canteen, or enjoy a warming libation around an open fire at the weekly Twilight Mountain View gathering. Continue to sip your favorite premium wines, beers and spirits during and after your meal, too.
Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont
Vermont is known for its stellar skiing and snowboarding slopes, and Twin Farms features six on-property trails where guests can get their fix. But there’s plenty more to do if you want to expand your horizons, whether you’re in the mood to swim, sled, play tennis or get in a game of croquet before kicking-off cocktail hour. Twin Farms doesn’t offer advanced menus for their food and beverage program but instead customizes the drinking and dining experience to each guest, with a focus on local and seasonal ingredients. Our favorite part of the experience is the evening cocktail hour, which you can choose to partake in privately or socially, and which is tailored to your drinking preferences—whether that means Old Fashioneds by the fire, or a cheese and Champagne pairing in the comfort of your cottage.
Dunton Hot Springs Resort, Dunton, CO
This small luxury resort, which is actually a restored ghost town, is nestled in the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies. The gorgeous surroundings are perfect for nature activities like fly fishing, skiing, ice climbing and dog-sledding, and the resort’s natural hot springs will be waiting to warm your bones after a day on the slopes. While you’ll experience complete privacy in one of Dunton’s 13 rustically luxurious cabins, meals are taken at the property’s communal Saloon, helmed by chef Basil Yu. Watch the action in the open kitchen and indulge in the wine, beer and spirits of your choosing, while the team prepares you sumptuous meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all included in the price of your stay.