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12/19/2013 07:21 am ET | Updated Jan 25, 2014

5 Relaxing Ski Resorts To Retreat To This Winter

There is no better place to escape than a quiet, snow-covered mountain. Ski resorts make the perfect winter getaway, whether you choose to hit the slopes or sit by a fireplace.

Some ski resorts, however, are clamorous, crowded and far from relaxing. For a truly restorative vacation, head to one of these luxurious, zen resorts that feature epic slopes and spas that will melt your worries away.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
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Surrounded by Banff National Park, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is the perfect spot for the adventurous skier who appreciates the finer things in life. Activities range from heli-tours to horse-drawn carriage rides to skiing, of course. A luxe spa welcomes those with sore muscles.

Badrutt's Palace Hotel, St. Moritz, Switzerland
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Badrutt's Palace is the epitome of ski world luxury. The resort is all elite, all the time, from gourmet dining and the "Palace Spa" to it's location amidst the Swiss Alps, where skiiers find some of the best runs in the world.

Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf, Cortina d'Ampezzo Belluno, Italy
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Located among the stunning Dolomites near the Austrian border, the Cristallo Hotel is an indulgent, luxurious retreat in one of the most beautiful spots on earth. The hotel dates back to 1901 and today offers glamorous accommodations, theTransvital Spa and gorgeous views of the mountains.

Gstaad Palace, Gstaad, Switzerland
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The Gstaad Palace looks like it's straight out of a fairytale. Retreat to this top ski resort to explore the Swiss slopes -- the hotel has 155 miles worth of epic skiing, splurge on gourmet eats and get pampered at the Palace Spa. The spa's famous Hammam experience features two hours worth of ultimate relaxation.

The St. Regis, Aspen, Colorado
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The St. Regis Aspen offers world-class skiing at three nearby mountains, the rejuvenating Remède Spa and some of the best dining Aspen has to offer. This is the perfect spot for those serious skiers who also want to indulge in some R&R.

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