Planning a ski trip but searching for something a bit chicer than fondue restaurants and cheesy apres-ski discos? Just look to fashion legend Tommy Hilfiger.
During his childhood in upstate New York, winter ski trips were a "big family affair" for the designer - and these happy memories have inspired Snow Prep, a limited edition holiday collection of clothes for a chic ski break, from cosy sweaters, and knit leggings to elegant evening looks. To celebrate the launch of the new line, we asked the iconic, ski-loving designer to share his insider tips for where to eat, stay and be seen (and what to wear) in his favourite ski destinations - Courchevel, Deer Valley and Vail.
Deer Valley, Utah
For over 29 years, this lodge was Utah's only Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond hotel, conveniently located mid-mountain at Deer Valley Resort. Luxury suites have stone fireplaces, jetted bathtubs, living rooms, and master bedrooms. Amenities include a restaurant and lounge, spa, fitness facilities, and year-round outdoor pool, as well as ski in/ski out access, full-service ski locker rooms, and ski valets.
This large, luxury retreat offers a wide variety of rooms, suites, and residences. Rooms feature private balconies, sitting areas with chandeliers, gas fireplaces, and bathrooms with heated floors. The comprehensive list of amenities includes a spa, lap pool, fitness facilities and classes, billiards, bowling and arcarde games, and ski in/ski out accessibility to Deer Valley Resort.
A legendary Park City hotel and resort on the slopes of Deer Valley, the St. Regis features amenities such as a private ski beach, split-level infinity pool, hot tubs, 24-hour fitness center (with personal training lessons and classes available), the world-class Remède Spa, butler service, and family & children’s activities such as art classes and museum trips. For added convenience, cable cars on tracks transport you between the resort and Deer Valley Ski Park.
This award-winning eatery is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and weekly for Sunday brunch. Relax by the fireplace or enjoy a light lunch or appetizers, all while enjoying beautiful Deer Valley mountainside views. For an enhanced experience, schedule a wine seminar, or join the après-ski crowd at the Troll Hallen Lounge.
Specializing in Southwestern cuisine, the fusion-style dishes at this restaurant are some of the best in Park City. The ambience is a pleasant blend of old Spanish mission and stylish Californian. The creative menu features duck enchiladas alongside local game such as elk and rack of lamb, and the spicy margaritas and desserts also garner rave reviews.
This is Montage Deer Valley’s signature restaurant, focusing on fresh farm-to-table ingredients in an alpine setting overlooking the aspen groves. Apex is casual by day, refined at night and frequented by locals and visitors alike. Apex serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and provides live nightly entertainment. A slope-side bar also serves a small menu of shareable items, handcrafted cocktails and premium wines.
Utah’s first distillery since the 1870s, High West Distillery and Saloon offers a truly unique experience as the world’s only ski-in distillery and gastro-saloon.
The Look: Vintage Ski
Located in the heart of Vail Village, this luxury hotel offers elegant, spacious rooms and suites and worldclass amenities: a state-of-the-art fitness center, a pool flanked by hot tubs, a spa, and a library filled with books, games and art. Close to the slopes and to all the shopping and restaurants in Vail, the Sebastian also has two cafes, a cocktail lounge, and a top-rated restaurant, all of which serve local, organic cuisine.
The lodge is located just a short distance from the ski slopes, and offers 28 hotel rooms and condos, some with private fireplaces and deep soaking tubs. Amenities include the Vail Athletic Club, a full-scale athletic club complete with climbing wall, a rejuvenating spa and awardwinning restaurant.
The Tivoli was one of the first hotels in Vail, and has been open since 1968. It was recently rebuilt in a European style, and is situated between Vail Village and Golden Peak, a bustling ski portal onto Vail Mountain. Amenities include a fitness center, two outdoor mountain-view hot tubs, a complimentary ski valet, and a cocktail lounge.
Block 16 Restaurant
This restaurant was inspired by dining in Napa Valley. Elegantly refined, delightfully unpretentious, sometimes whimsical and always comforting, the chef’s creations are seasonally inspired, and use fresh, local, organic ingredients from the Vail Valley and further afield. Frost (another restaurant at the Sebastian) is a great place to unwind with a cocktail after a long day on the slopes.
Among the best restaurants in Vail, Terra Bistro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Delectable dishes feature free-range meat and poultry and, whenever possible, produce from local markets. Winner of the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, Terra Bistro has also earned accolades from such publications as Gourmet Magazine and the New York Times.
This is a nice place for lunch, dinner or drinks, with an antler-lamped Rockies ambience and alfresco dining on a beautiful terrace in Vail Village. It’s also an easy and relaxed atmosphere for families. The uncomplicated, delicious food is prepared with high quality, fresh ingredient
Look: On the Slopes
Hotel Le Saint
An eclectic mix of modern luxury and traditional touches, this hotel is located in the heart of Courchevel at the foot of the slopes. Dedicated to the “art de vivre,” the décor is modern with rustic accents—crystal chandeliers dangle from traditional exposed-beam wood ceilings. Amenities include a spa with hammam and plunge pool, massage and spa treatments, a small fitness center, gourmet restaurant, lounge and piano bar.
This 4-star hotel has rooms with understated but spacious interiors with clean lines and wooden, ski lodge-style décor. The modern spa features plunge pools at different temperatures to offer different sensorial experiences, a fitness room, and massage and spa treatments. The restaurant at Le Chabichou is consistently ranked among the best in Courchevel.
Situated in prime position at the foot of the slopes of Courchevel 1650, Le Portetta hotel and Le Portetta Lofts are the perfect base for the ultimate ski experience. Re-designed, rebuilt and fully refurbished, Le Portetta is the ideal mountain retreat. Recently accredited with a French 4 Star rating, this family-friendly, ski-in ski-out hotel offers thirty-eight cozy, luxurious rooms that all provide views of either the pistes or the mountains.
Le Bateau Ivre
This Michelin-starred restaurant is located on the top floor of the La Pomme de Pin hotel, overlooking the center of Courchevel. The welcoming décor is the perfect backdrop for the exquisite views and the culinary mastery of Chef Jacob. Try the different menus, which are each named after famous French poets
Self-described as "authentic, festive, and glamorous,” La Cloche immerses you in the charm of a Parisian bistro, with an interior reminiscent of the Jazz Age. Simple yet legendary Alpine cuisine, such as fondue, raclette, entrecote, and tartiflette, is served by charismatic waiters with long white aprons.
Located on the slopes right near the Altiport, this brasserie offering a variety of typical Savoie specialties is the perfect place to have lunch or dinner. Dine in the charming wooden lodge-style restaurant indoors if it’s snowing, or outside on the exceptional terrace in the sun when it's nice out.
Apres Ski Hotspots
This piano bar offers a convivial aprèsski scene, known for its glamourous feel and excellent cocktails, that morphs into a dance atmosphere later. After 11:00 p.m. people may even be dancing on the tables. Book dinner on the late side to enjoy—or take part in—the late-night festivities.
Exclusive night club, open from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Mix and mingle with models, celebrities, and the glamorous jet set as you dance the night away.
The Look: Off The Slopes
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