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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Skip the Slopes at Vail and Beaver Creek

Skiing might be the main draw, but lately there’s plenty more in these side-by-side Colorado resorts to boost your adrenaline, on snow and off.

1. Where to Stay

Transport yourself to the chalets of Switzerland in the Arrabelle.  

Curl up in front of your wood-burning fireplace at the Poste-Montane (from $159), a boutique hotel slopeside in Beaver Creek Village. The 24 classically elegant suites, done in soothing taupes and whites, with eye-catching touches like a mirrored headboard or a jade-green leather couch, make even winter-weary guests feel cozy. Start your morning with the generous continental breakfast in the hotel’s sumptuous lobby; after a day in the cold, warm up in the on-site steam room, sauna, and hot tub.

Experience an updated classic at the Lodge at Vail (from $135). The 53-year-old hotel was established before Vail Mountain even opened to skiers, but it still feels fresh thanks to a recent total overhaul, mixing traditional touches (high-backed leather chairs, antique armoires) with up-to-date details (contemporary artwork, headboards with built-in USB ports). Go for a studio room, which comes complete with full kitchen and wood-burning fireplace. In the afternoon, sip complimentary cocoa and hot cider at the fire pit, or unwind by swimming some laps in Vail’s first heated pool—which, after a nearly million-dollar update in 2013, is surrounded by hot tubs, fire pits, and a gas fireplace.

Stay just steps from Vail Village at the Arrabelle (from $205). The vibe here skews updated-Renaissance meets the Alps: With its big stone fireplace, faux-vaulted ceilings, and elegant chandeliers, the lobby looks like it was lifted from some 16th-century northern Italian palazzo, while the rooms combine touches of traditional elegance (inlaid-wood armoires, romantic draped headboards) with modern amenities (gas fireplaces, enormous marble bathrooms). Catch rays on the après-ski deck, soak in a rooftop hot tub, or pamper yourself at the 10,000-square-foot spa, where the decadent treatments include a cider-scented scrub, honey wrap, and shea-butter massage in one ($75) for your feet.

Published on Feb 12, 2015 as a web exclusive.