American apartments often come in the form of condos or condominiums, which generally have more space than the ski apartments you find in Europe. A lot have been carefully placed on the mountainside, providing ski in, ski out accommodation to make life a breeze. With a lot of US resorts being full-sized mountain towns - or linked to towns - apartments make a terrific base for exploring the local eateries. Meals don’t tend to be as expensive as you find in the Alps, with menus costing a similar amount than they do in high street restaurants at home. If you’d rather cook, you’ll usually find proper kitchens rather than kitchenettes, which makes the whole self-catering process a lot easier.
They know how to make self-catering luxurious on this side of the pond – the finest properties come complete with roomy lounges and roaring log fires, with access to saunas, hot tubs and swimming pools. Book one of these in an A-list resort like Aspen, Breckenridge or Vail and you can spend the week dining in gourmet restaurants, sipping bubbly in posh piano bars and browsing boutiques and galleries.
When it comes to buying food, supermarket brands like Safeway, Whole Foods and City Market can be found in the bigger resorts. Look out for locally owned grocery stores too, like PC market in Park City and Breckenridge Market & Liquor. Most resorts have their own bakeries, and some (like Aspen’s Paradise Bakery) can usually deliver your breakfast or lunch to your apartment. Speaking of deliveries – nothing’s stopping you from ordering food to your flat, and from Chinese and Indian to pizza and burgers, there’s no shortage of places for a takeout in this neck of the woods.
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