Some travel agents shy away from the
winter sports market on the assumption that die-hard skiers are
only interested in cut-rate Internet deals. While it's true that
those deals do exist, thanks to ski resorts dumping their unused
product online for last-minute sales, the real money for retailers
is in the flurry of upscale resorts offering rates and packages
designed for well-heeled visitors.
In Aspen, Colo.,
for example, Miami-based Villazzo opened two luxury residences
agents can book for their monied clients.
The VillaHotel La
Niche, in the hills of Smuggler Mountain minutes from downtown, was
designed for families or couples and is equipped with five
bedrooms, six-and-a-half baths, separate guesthouse, indoor Jacuzzi
and outdoor barbecue area.
property, VillaHotel Bear's Creek, is a 4,000-square-foot mansion
on one acre with four bedrooms and four-and-a-half half baths as
well as a gourmet kitchen. The master suite comes with a fireplace,
large Jacuzzi and sitting room with mountain views, while an
outdoor Jacuzzi is flanked by a barbecue area with teak
Rates range from
$4,200 to $5,400 a night for seven nights.
information, call (877) VILLAZZO (877-845-5299) or visit www.villazzo.com.
in Lake Placid, N.Y., opened in 2005 within reach of Whiteface
Mountain, site of the Winter Olympic Games in both 1932 and
unveiled a two-night Experience the Olympics package priced from
$1,600 per couple or $2,475 for a family of four.
The rate includes
one- or two-bedroom accommodations at the 85-suite lodge, a
three-day lift ticket, adult group ski lesson, an afternoon
cross-country skiing trail pass and ice skating on an Olympic
Prices are valid
Dec. 1 to April 16. Call (800) 903-4045 or visit www.thewhitefacelodge.com.
In Stowe, Vt.,
the Topnotch Resort and Spa lures guests with a free ski concierge
program that minimizes the hassle that goes along with renting
skis and bindings are for guests, as are lift tickets at Stowe
Mountain and Smugglers Notch. Guests can also wile away off-slope
hours at the newly renovated Spa at Topnotch.
Rates start at
$295 per night, double. Call (800) 451-8686 or visit www.topnotchresort.com.
in St. Moritz, Switzerland, offers a two-night Romantic Getaway
with accommodations, daily breakfast, a candlelit dinner and a
one-day ski pass valid for the entire region.
Prices start from
about $1,700, double. Call (800) 745-8883 or go to www.badruttspalace.com.
To contact reporter Felicity Long, send e-mail to [email protected].