Mountainside Hideaway Snowcapped mountains surround this mining village turned ski resort, where the scent of pine fills the air. Its streets are lined with 19th-century gingerbread houses and family-run shops such as the Between the Covers Bookstore, a cozy bookshop with a café; and at Coffee Cowboy locals fuel up on fair-trade espresso before taking on the slopes. At Honga’s Lotus Petal, home to the town’s best après-ski scene, bartenders mix up potent mojitos with fresh strawberries, pomegranate juice, and peach vodka. For an intimate dinner, reserve a table at La Marmotte (dinner for two $100), a 125-year-old former icehouse. Book one of the hotels in nearby Mountain Village; the easiest way to get there is by gondola, especially atmospheric at dusk, when the valley lights up from the glow of streetlights. At Lumière (doubles from $1200), all residences and penthouses come with a fireplace and oversize soaking tub. Penthouses come with a private hot tub on a deck overlooking the mountains. Or consider the Madeline Hotel and Residences (doubles from $269), a former Capella property that underwent a $10 million renovation last year. Even after slinging cocktails at one of Black Iron Kitchen and Bar’s outdoor fire tables, slopeside Ski Ambassadors will help you master the trails the next morning.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s