Ski jaunts are not just about the skiing. There are so many fantastic activities, even off the slopes, in our favorite mountain destinations. We rounded up some of our most fun, organized, and experienced collectistas in Aspen, Utah, and Sun Valley to share their faves. Enjoy your time off the slopes!

 

CORTINA, ITALY

Cortina

It is such a special, quaint place to ski, with an adorable old-world town. It’s so special—you ski different mountains and have insane lunches! We stay at the Cristallo and really love it. —Jodi Sussman, Private Travel Concierge

The Cristallo
Via Rinaldo Menardi, 42
Cortina d’Ampezzo BL, Italy
+39 0436 881111
cristallo.it

 

WHISTLER

Ice Sailing in Whistler, Photo: Thomas Quine

Photo: Thomas Quine

An awesome ski town. The town is so great. It’s a pedestrian town, with lots of shops, restaurants, music, etcetera. The tubing park is insane, and kids love the outdoor skating rink. Love the Four Seasons there!  —Jodi Sussman, Private Travel Concierge

Four Seasons
4591 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, BC
604-935-3400
fourseasons.com

VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Verbier

Last year we traveled to Verbier in Switzerland. The ski terrain, lunches, and atmosphere are absolutely amazing. The accommodations in Verbier have been completely upgraded with the new W hotel and the Branson Virgin Lodge where we stayed with three other families. Very deluxe.

There are amazing lunches in Verbier. We had one in an igloo that led into the outdoor restaurant [Aux Chottes] with a hot tub! They are known for their raclette cheese grill.

One night we went up the mountain by Snowcat. We ate a gourmet dinner at a beautiful ski chalet on the mountain, and then we all went “Sledging” back home to the lodge. Everyone got their own sled, including all the kids, and a headlamp to wear on their head to light up the trail. The sleds had the ability to steer and you go superfast! It was scary and exhilarating at the same time. Definitely an activity that would not be allowed at a USA ski area. Very cool, and all agreed, an amazing experience. Andrew Sussman, Meatpacker Extraordinaire and Expert Skier 

W Hotel Verbier
Rue de Médran 70
Verbier, Switzerland
877-946-8357
wverbier.com

Richard Branson’s The Lodge
Private Location
Verbier, Switzerland
877-577-8777
thelodge.virgin.com

Aux Chottes
1997 Veysonnaz
Verbier, Switzerland
+41 79 652 4542

ASPEN

Skiing_Aspen_Mountain

My favorite Rocky Mountain breakfast is Two Rivers Cafe in Basalt. It is 30 minutes down valley from Aspen but totally worth the trip for their cinnamon-swirl pancake with icing—delish! It is down-home old-fashioned (and usually has quite a few morning drinkers sucking down cocktails at 9 a.m.—so very typical of that town, where people are kinda living off the grid), but no trip is complete without a visit to this diner—Gwen Potiker, Cookbook Author and Frequent Aspen Visitor

Two Rivers Cafe
156 Midland Avenue
Basalt, Colorado
970-927-3348
tripadvisor.com

SUN VALLEY

Sun Valley, Idaho. Bald Mountain from Sun Valley Lake

Velocio Sun Valley. Internet café, wine bar, gelateria, and espresso bar. The best place in town for bikes, beers, and bruises. You can sip a glass of wine après-ski and sample the full collection of artisanal Sun Valley mustards and pretzel chips (locally sourced and made). There is live music and a kiddie corner, complete with board games. The perfect place to grab a quick bite or to chill for the entire afternoon or evening. —Lauren Rose, Part-Time Sun Valley Resident

Velocio Sun Valley
601 East Sun Valley Road
Ketchum, Idaho
208-928-7825
velocio.myshopify.com

 

PARK CITY

Park City, UT

Just outside Park City off the 40, in a small town called Heber—a tucked-away town resembling Mayberry, the land of Andy, Opie, and Aunt Bee—comes my favorite coffee and gelato place, called Spin Cafe. For a town that is largely LDS—and coffee a no-no—here at this quaint little café they will make you an individual drip coffee with their own proprietary blend that is ground just for you. And along with that, the big treat is their crazy-good homemade gelato. If I didn’t know any better, I would think I was walking the Rialto Bridge in Venice!

The next place I was pleasantly surprised by is the Blue Boar Inn & Restaurant in Midway, also off the 40. It is an old-world European establishment, very quiet and tucked away, and very romantic, which is hard to get in a ski town! Very reminiscent of the Zürserhof in Zürs, Austria, which was our go-to ski chalet when we lived in London!—Lea Porter, Real Estate Pro and Part-Time Deer Valley Resident

Spin Cafe
220 North Main Street
Heber City, Utah
435-654-0251
spincafe.net

The Blue Boar Inn & Restaurant
1235 Warm Springs Road
Midway, Utah
435-654-1400
theblueboarinn.com
Xx Lottie Dottie