Forbes Travel Guide has revealed its 2018 Star Award winners. The 60th annual list of the world’s best hotels, restaurants and spas included nine U.S. Mountain West hotels that landed the prestigious Five-Stars and are located in the mountains or immediately surrounded by peaks. 

Forbes Travel Guide, an online-only publication in 60 countries, uses a scoring system that weighs service at 75 percent (emphasizing graciousness, thoughtfulness and personalized service) and the facility quality at 25 percent. Congratulations to these properties and to The Broadmoor for being one of only 13 properties in the world to capture triple FiveStars for their hotel, restaurant and spa.

» THE BROADMOOR; Colorado Springs, Colorado
» THE CANYON SUITES AT THE PHOENICIAN; Scottsdale, Arizona
» CHÂTEAU DU SUREAU; Oakhurst, California
» FOUR SEASONS RESORT AND RESIDENCES JACKSON HOLE; Jackson Hole, Wyoming
» THE LITTLE NELL; Aspen, Colorado
» MONTAGE DEER VALLEY; Park City, Utah
» THE RANCH AT ROCK CREEK; Philipsburg, Montana
» THE RITZ-CARLTON, DOVE MOUNTAIN; Tucson, Arizona
» STEIN ERIKSEN LODGE DEER VALLEY; Park City, Utah

Snow Bear Chalets, the world’s first ski-in/ ski-out luxury treehouses, has completed its first year of welcoming groups and individual guests at Whitefish Mountain Resort with great success. The three tree - houses, situated alongside the slopes, sleep a total of 22 guests. The three-story Cedar Chalet is ideal for a retreat, sleeping 10 and featuring four bathrooms, a living room/ kitchen/dining area that seats 20, and a spacious outdoor deck with seating for 10.

 

Situated 20 minutes south of Livingston and less than 35 minutes from Yellowstone National Park, the new Sage Lodge in Pray features 50 guest rooms in the form of a 34-room lodge and four 2,800-square-foot cabins that sleep up to 16. Sage Lodge’s event facility, The Barn, includes the Yellowstone Room that can host receptions for up to 190 and three smaller breakout rooms with space for up to 30 each. The Barn’s indoor-to-outdoor design allows events to spill onto the Lodge Lawn and Yellowstone Lawn.

 

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole welcomed Emma Matilda, a 16-weekold Bernese mountain dog last May. She has been melting the hearts of guests, groups and staff ever since. Tillie is named after the wife of William O. Owen who was the first, along with three other climbers, to ascend to the summit of Grand Teton in 1898. Follow Tillie’s adventures in Jackson Hole on the property’s social channels and the hashtag #FSJHTillieDog.