The Five Most Lavish Winter Resorts

Want to score some mega-points with your date? Whisk her off to one of these high-end slopes. They're a splurge, but worth it.

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When money is no object, you ski here.     Photo: Rcaucino/iStockphoto

Yellowstone Club, Montana.

Courchevel, France.

Aspen, Colorado.

Deer Valley, Utah.

St. Moritz resort in the Swiss Alps.

Sure, skiing's expensive. But at some places, it's really expensive. Still, for a life-list indulgence, you can't go wrong at one of these deluxe destinations. More than just winter hideaways for the 1 percent, these are the places where the rest of us can lap up some serious 4-star pampering. Yes you may need to save for years, or cash in your kids' college education, but, hey, YOLO, right? Go ahead, treat yourself. You earned it.

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    Courchevel, France

    Courchevel, France. Photo: Yrithinnd/Wikimedia

    Reputation: the world's most expensive ski town

    Nice touches: 7 restaurants—in a town with just 2,000 year-round residents—have 11 Michelin stars between them, which is the most stars per capita of any town or city

    Typical celebrity skier: any Russian billionaire

    Favorite off-slope activity: buying the girlfriend a little something at the Dior or Fendi or Hermès or Chanel or Louis Vuitton stores

    Where to stay: Les Suites de la Potinière, starting at $2,040/night, for a 600-square-foot suite (set breakfast, $48, and parking, $41 per day, not included)

    Nearest airstrip for private jets: the terrifyingly short and steep Courchevel airport, 2 miles away

    Wheathertoski.com historic snowpack analysis: "snow cover and quality are pretty good"

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    St. Mortiz, Switzerland

    St. Moritz resort in the Swiss Alps. Photo: Michael Bischof/iStockphoto

    Reputation: the original ski resort

    Nice touches: A handful of helicopter companies will shuttle clients to the tops of resorts so they can sleep in a little bit longer

    Typical celebrity skier: Lakshmi-Mittal, the second richest man in India

    Favorite off-slope activity: Training for the annual Polo World Cup on Snow

    Stay at: Badrutt's Palace, starting at $540/night, for a 160-square-foot standard single room (including complimentary breakfast and transfers to locations around town in a Rolls Royce Phantom)

    Nearest airstrip for private jets: Samedan airport, 4 miles away

    Wheathertoski.com historic snowpack analysis: "the area as a whole is pretty snow-sure"

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    Deer Valley, Utah

    Deer Valley, Utah. Photo: Skyguy414/Wikimedia

    Reputation: the place where concierges hand you tissues in the lift line

    Nice touches: skiers can FedEx their skis straight to the resort, hosts help unload cars, guides offer free tours of the mountain

    Typical celebrity skier: Steve Mahre

    Favorite off-slope activity: reading

    Stay at: Stein Eriksen Lodge, starting at $775/night, for a 375-square-foot Deluxe Room (ham and egg breakfast sandwich costs $20; no rollaways are allowed in rooms)

    Nearest airstrip for private jets: Heber airport, 15 miles away

    Wheathertoski.com historic snowpack analysis: "overall snow reliability is excellent"

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    Aspen, Colorado

    Aspen, Colorado. Photo: AWebStudio/iStockphoto

    Reputation: a downhome refuge for the rich and famous

    Nice touches: the silver-service meals at the Aspen Mountain Club, a summit-top lodge with a $125,000 membership fee

    Typical celebrity skier: Goldie Hawn

    Favorite off-slope activity: exercising

    Stay at: The Little Nell, starting at $1,020/night, for a 600-square-foot Town View Room (eggs benedict costs $18; complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic drinks from the mini bar)

    Nearest airstrip for private jets: Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, 3 miles away (but the jet parking lot is often full during holidays)

    Wheathertoski.com historic snowpack analysis: "overall snow reliability is excellent"

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    Yellowstone Club, Montana

    Yellowstone Club, Montana. Photo: Travis Andersen

    Reputation: private powder™

    Nice touches: rarely do even 100 Club members or their guests ski the 22 square miles of terrain at one time; a $100-million main lodge that used to feature a caviar bar

    Typical celebrity skier: Barry Sternlicht, CEO of a private equity fund

    Favorite off-slope activity: chuckling about how bad things looked when your net worth halved and the Club declared bankruptcy in 2008…before the stock market returned your riches and a private equity firm with close ties to a Club member bought it in 2009

    Stay at: the mansion you built after paying the Club's $250,000 membership fee and proving that you had at least an additional $3 million in liquid assets (breakfast is on you, or is a complimentary Danish and coffee at the former caviar bar)

    Nearest airstrip for private jets: Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, 60 miles away

    Wheathertoski.com historic snowpack analysis: N/A

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