Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Main lodge and pool at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

Baby boomers spend days on end juggling the demands of hectic home and work lives. That makes it doubly attractive to seek out ski vacations at remote resorts where they can leave troubles-and the crowds-behind. Even better when that far-away is combined with luscious luxury.

Just because a resort is remote, doesn't mean there are no indulgences at the end of the day. When a rugged day is filled with crisp air, deep snow and mountain visuals, the experience of a soothing spa, scalding sauna and impeccable service are all the sweeter.

Here are five favorite luxury accommodations at resorts known for being relatively isolated, uncrowded and laced with terrain where skiers and snowboarders can play as hard as they want:

Four Seasons Resort, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
At Jackson Hole, the views are astonishing. Jagged peaks soar out of a narrow flat plain that's spliced by the winding Snake River. While Jackson is known for its gnarly expert-taunting terrain, the mountain has gentler terrain too and guests of all abilities will find they leave here as better skiers and riders. Teton Village, at the base of the mountain, offers everything guests might need, from lodging, restaurants and nightlife, to a grocery and liquor store. Though Jackson has been known for cowboy bars and the nearby authentic town, the resort now drips with luxury accommodations, restaurants and spas.

The ski-in/ski-out Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole oozes rustic chic. Rooms and suites, with natural polished wood, stone and local art, reflect the region's Western and Native American influences and include fireplaces, private balconies, thick terry robes, and down duvets and pillows. The hotel has an outdoor heated pool, three outdoor hot-spring-style hot tubs, fitness facilities and classes, a full-service spa, a fine-dining restaurant, two lounges, and shops. The ski concierge can help plan everything from lift tickets to lessons.

The Summit at Big Sky, Big Sky, Montana
When the plane lands at Bozeman's Gallatin Field, visitors might feel as though they are entering a private rancher's massive lodge rather than an airport. This is a different vacation with genuine Western atmosphere and spectacular scenery. Craggy Lone Peak reigns above the surroundings, scraping the heavens at 11,166 feet.

Glenniss Indreland
The 10 story luxury Summit Hotel is conveniently located within 100 yards of three high speed lifts in the core of the Big Sky Mountain Village.

The resort's 3,600 acres of terrain often leave skiers and snowboarders with the impression that they have the mountains to themselves. Nearby Yellowstone National Park is less crowded than in the summer and the cold winter air lends a mystical quality to the geysers and geo-thermal wonders.

The Summit at Big Sky is a ski-in/ski-out luxury world with breathtaking penthouses, all with inspiring views. The exudes low-key luxury-an artful blend of craftsmanship and comfortable furnishings. The common areas are filled with oversized leather and animal-print furniture, artwork depicting Montana's history and natural beauty, soaring stone fireplaces and polished wood. Richly decorated rooms have all amenities. The Summit also has a sauna, steam room, indoor/outdoor pool-size hot tub with views of the mountain, fitness facilities, day spa and gourmet restaurant.

Alta's Rustler Lodge, Alta Ski Area, Utah
Hidden away in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Alta is the ski land where time stands still. Instead of sky-rise hotels and flashy new condos competing with the breathtaking mountain scenery, guests find a handful of rustic, comfortable lodges. Beginning in 1939 using an old ore tram from its mining days, Alta has pulled nearly four generations of skiers up to its ridges. It is also one of the last resorts to hold onto its skiing roots and prohibit snowboarders, which makes this resort decidedly less crowded. Those who long for a less hurried, more communal skiing experience can explore 2,200 acres of terrain, then swap tales around woodsy bars and roaring fires with kindred spirits.

Alta's Rustler Lodge is rich in colors and textures with the inviting feeling of home. The elegant restaurant and bar have picture windows spectacular killer views of the sunset over the canyon peaks. A sumptuous breakfast and a gourmet dinner accompanied by live dinner music are part of the package. Everything is all-inclusive. For those who like hot chocolate and latte breaks, munchies such as fondue for apres-ski, or even warm milk for the kids at bedtime, this is the place to stay. The lodge has an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, plus a eucalyptus steam room, workout room and a full-service spa.

Lizard Creek Lodge, Fernie Alpine Resort, British Columbia, Canada
Tucked into the craggy Lizard Range of the Canadian Rockies, several hours from civilization, Fernie caters to those who come for the allure of the mountain. The remote and colorful village, rebuilt in 1910 after several fires, now sports buildings of brick and stone. Into this rugged and rustic mining community, the new slopeside village brings a touch of luxury only steps from the ski trails.

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Outlook Cabin Parlour

The riverstone-and-log Lizard Creek Lodge, is Fernie's crown jewel. Just steps away from a chairlift, yet secluded. Each unit has a fully equipped kitchen plus gas fireplace and balcony. Oversized leather chairs or couches in the lounge are the perfect spot to watch the evening alpenglow. Relax in the outdoor heated pool or 20-person hot tub. Luxuriate in the steam room or day spa. Enjoy Canadian mountain gourmet meals beside soaring riverstone fireplace.

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Marmot Basin, Alberta, Canada
Three hours north of the hustle of Banff and four hours west of Edmonton, Jasper is about as remote as it gets when it comes to skiing and snowboarding. Jasper National Park is filled with majestic elk and the call of Canadian geese swooping over Lac Beauvert fills the air. Nearby Marmot Basin provides skiing and snowboarding for every level of hearty sportsperson. These are mountain trails at their basic best and spreading untamed, ungroomed bowls that can challenge anyone.

In this rustic, remote and simple region, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge lends royal elegance.  Visited by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939, it is set on 900 acres of heaven. Traditional log cabins from the 1920s and cedar chalets with spacious modern suites are all elegantly rustic and sensuous. The older buildings have been renovated and are thoroughly modern in the areas that count, such as bathrooms. Everything is linked by pathways along Lac Beauvert to the main building, which is more like a grand hunting lodge and houses all the restaurants, night spots and shops, plus a hair salon and massage studio.


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