Snow accumulations aren't the only things running high in Colorado's ski country. Have you booked a hotel room recently?
Colorado holds the distinction of having six of the 10 most expensive ski-resort hotels in the country, according to a survey by Elegant Rooms.com.
The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek tops the list with an average room rate of $1,189. Yes, per night.
Also cracking the top 10 are Aspen's Little Nell, St. Regis and Hotel Jerome; the Viceroy in Snowmass Village; and the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek.
Guests at the 180-room Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch are getting what they pay for, spokesman Steven Holt said. The hotel recently completed a $15 million renovation with spruced-up guest rooms and public areas.
"With all the new renovations and the extraordinary ski conditions in Colorado, it is not surprising the resort leads the industry in rates," Holt said.
Sky-high rates are an inherent element of the cachet of upscale resorts, said hotel analyst John Montgomery of Denver-based Horwath HTL.
"Luxury resort hotels often reflect the quality and image of the ski resorts that they are a part of," he said of the Ritz-Carlton's top ranking. "Beaver Creek is perceived as one of the finest ski resorts in the United States and the world."
Three of the non-Colorado hotels in the most-expensive survey are in Park City, Utah. The fourth is in Jackson, Wyo.
Hotel, location Avg. rate:
1. Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek $1,189
2. St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City $1,174
3. The Little Nell, Aspen $1,074
4. Amangani, Jackson Hole $1,040
5. Montage Deer Valley, Park City $985
6. St. Regis, Aspen $967
7. Hotel Jerome, Aspen $861
8. Washington School House, Park City $850
9. Viceroy, Snowmass Village $749
10. Park Hyatt, Beaver Creek $739
Reported by: The Denver Post Business