It’s hard to know for sure if that snow bunny you glimpsed on the slopes really was a celebrity, but chances are that if you visit one of the top 3 favorite celebrity ski resorts in the U.S., your hunch was good.
Yellowstone Club, Montana
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This members-only ski resort, the only one in the world, has Bill Gates as one of its billionaire members. Located 20 miles north of Yellowstone National Park, the club is so exclusive that its super-rich members are able to ski without bodyguards and still remain safe.
Most of the so-called celebrities aren’t names you would recognize, being studio owners, hoteliers and presidents of large corporations, although they would be considered famous among their fellow members.
Deer Valley, Utah
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Now this is a ski resort where you’ll see stars you actually know, people like Dustin Hoffman, Jane Fonda, Bruce Springsteen and John Travolta. Perks in this exclusive resort include heated sidewalks, free ski valets and uncrowded runs (the number of tickets sold daily are limited). Snowboarders are not welcome, but fine dining and boutique shopping is most certainly available.
Many stars stay at the surprisingly affordable five-star Stein Eriksen Lodge, named after Orwellian Olympic medalist Stein Eriksen, where one night’s stay in a luxury suite with gourmet kitchen, oversized jetted tubs and stone fireplace will run you about $700.
If you’re skiing in the New Year, you can take part in Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival which comes to Park City every January.
From Oprah and Jerry Seinfeld to Tom Cruise and Dan Quayle, you can see celebrities from all walks of life at this exclusive ski resort. Unlike Aspen, Telluride is a place where the haves can blend in with the have-nots, in a sort of self-conscious way. Music festivals are common and September is its month for the annual film festival, so musicians and actors are a fairly common sight.
If you’re flush, treat yourself to a night at the Lumiere, where a penthouse suite will cost you about $1,150, and comes with a chef who’ll prepare dinner for you right in your suite.