The Residences at the Chateaux
Deer Valley, Utah
When resort developers want to woo clients with luxury and service, they turn to Deer Valley for ideas. The Residences at the Chateaux in Deer Valley's Silver Lake Village, located mid-mountain at 8,000 feet, continue that tradition. Ready for occupancy this winter, the Residences have 1/6 fractional deeds in 2,200-square-foot condominium suites or penthouses with 14-foot-high ceilings built to mimic country French elegance: think beaucoup intricate woodwork and granite. Windows look out on 10,000-foot Bald Mountain and Jupiter Peak, while three-side sandstone fireplaces, swivel flat screen TVs, and private decks round out la maison. With a fractional deed, prices range from $306,500 to $475,000, and include a minimum of two weeks in the winter and two weeks in the summer, but there's no limit to how long you can stay depending on availability. Yearly membership dues start at $10,900 and get you preferred treatment at Bistro Toujours, private shuttle services, ski tuning, access to an exclusive fitness center with steam rooms and a sauna, and discounted ski passes.
The dealmaker: Send a grocery list to the main office and they'll stock the cupboards with your favorite foods and wines before you arrive.
At Nature's Door
Whistler, British Columbia
Own a 1/10 deed in Whistler's upscale condominiums, At Nature's Door, and when the 2010 Winter Games roll around you might have a slope-side view of the downhill event on the Dave Murray Downhill course. (Watch it all while soaking on the deck in a private hot tub.) The 22 wood-and-slate abodes in the Taluswood neighborhood range from 2,300 to 2,700 square feet, come with radiant under-floor heating, a private media room with a personal computer, and a floor-to-ceiling wood-burning fireplace. Fractions range from $208,000 to $275,000 and get you a minimum of two weeks in the winter and two weeks in the summer, with the option to stay as long as you like with space available. Yearly dues are $7,133 to $7,743 and get you access to the 4,500-square-foot members-only Owners Lodge with private spas and a steam room.
The dealmaker: During the holidays, you'll be guaranteed seating at popular restaurants like The Barefoot Bistro thanks to tables held exclusively for members.