There’s been a lot of buzz in the social media world surrounding unfinished building projects in Sochi, so much so that the hashtag #sochiproblems has become one of the most popular Olympic social media trends. From incorrectly assembled toilet stalls and seats to faulty doors, the media covering the Games have been particularly sharp to post photos of the hack-job work, but even Olympians have had to suffer the pitfalls of rushed Sochi lodging projects. U.S. Bobsledder Johnny Quinn had to punch his way out of a faulty bathroom door four days ago. Sochi may have its lodging problems, but you won’t if you stay at these world-class Olympic-resort properties. You’ll be staying and skiing in the lap Olympic luxury.
The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail – Vail, Colorado
Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn calls The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail home while training for World Cup races and the Games. She can often be found training gates in the Golden Peak area. Vail is also home to technical-specialist (Giant Slalom and Slalom) and medal-hopeful Mikaela Shiffrin. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail enjoys a superb location in Lionshead Village and is walking distance from the Eagle Bahn Gondola. The Residences feature 71 luxurious homes that range in size from spacious two-bedroom residences to a six-bedroom penthouse. Residences guests have access to full amenities including the outdoor, heated pool, hot tub, spa and wellness services and the fitness center. While sipping an apres-ski beverage of choice on the sunny pool deck you’ll quickly realize why Vonn spends her free time at The Ritz-Carlton Residences
One Ski Hill Place – Breckenridge, Colorado
This year Breckenridge held an unprecedented two Olympic qualifiers and this season, Peak 6 opened with more than 200 acres of the 550-acre expansion that has been called the largest and most notable ski area expansion worldwide in the past decade. Sochi Olympic freeskiers Keri Herman and Bobby Brown, who both compete in the new Slopestyle event, call Breckenridge home and train on the renowned Freeway Park. A stay at One Ski Hill Place puts you front and center to all the Breckenridge skiing. Located at the base of Peak 8 and convenient to the chairlifts, the ski in, ski out luxury accommodations offers an impressive laundry list of amenities, including access to the Aquatics Center, a ski lounge and private locker room, two movie lounges and a game room, a bowling alley, fitness center and an outdoor plaza with a private hot tub and fireplace.
Montage Deer Valley – Deer Valley, Utah
During the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics Deer Valley hosted freestyle moguls, aerial, and alpine slalom events. In addition to being one of the most luxurious ski resorts in the world, Deer Valley serves as training ground for aerialists Dylan Ferguson and Ashley Caldwell, Nordic skier Brett Camerota, ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson and other notable Olympians. The Montage Deer Valley sits mid-mountain on the resort and enjoys incredible ski in, ski out access. Go for the gold and try to ski former Olympic runs and afterwards relax and rejuvenate in the 35,000-square-foot Alpine-inspired spa, featuring an indoor mosaic pool, and 29 treatment rooms.
Edgemont — Steamboat Springs, Colorado
While Steamboat has yet to host a Winter Olympics the Northern Colorado ski resort is home to 79 former and current Olympians, including Snowboarding’s Arielle Gold and brother Taylor Gold and Nordic Combined brothers Bryan and Taylor Fletcher—so don’t be surprised if you bump into one of them on the slopes. Enjoy slopeside, ski in, ski out access at Steamboat’s newest luxury condominiums, Edgemont. You’ll feel like you’ve won the gold between the unbeatable ski access, well-appointed rooms and world-class amenities.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler — Whistler, B.C., Canada
Host of the snowsports events for the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler Blackcomb knows a thing or two about how to cater to an Olympian, or an international crowd for that matter. One of the most revered lodging options in Whistler is The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, which is conveniently located at the base of the resort. Impeccable service, outstanding cuisine, and luxurious accommodation defines the 550-room Fairmont Chateau Whistler. When skiing around Whistler Blackcomb’s massive terrain keep an eye out for Canadian Olympians like Freeskiing’s Mike Riddle, Matt Margetts, Keltie Hansen and Yuki Tsubota.
Villaggio Olimpico — Sestriere, Italy
Host of the Alpine racing events in the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics, Sestriere’s Villaggio Olimpico knows how to handle large groups of people. You’ll feel like you’re an Olympian waiting to compete when staying at the Villaggio Olimpico, which is in fact where the Torino Olympians stayed during the Games. This well-appointed, affordably priced property puts its guests right in the middle of Olympic history and provides convenient access to the ski slopes.
Originally from the icy trails of New Jersey, I moved West to pursue powder and a career in writing and editing. Now in Aspen, Colo. and working for Ski.com managing the website and blog content, I couldn't be happier. You'll find me skiing at Aspen Mountain or Aspen Highlands in the winter and mountain biking at Snowmass in the summer.