It’s not just the mountains that make a ski vacation fabulous. You have to factor in the hotel, the hot cocoa by the fireside, a lovely après-ski cuisine and maybe a spa treatment.
From tony Jackson Hole to the wildly scenic Banff there are plenty of lodges loaded with high design and lots of comforts. Of course all of those extras can add up pretty quickly. That’s why we sought out the kinds of rates that won’t break your bank account.
Whether you’re into bunny hills or black diamonds, we’ve got a ski lodge for you.
Holiday Inn Express Snowmass Village (Photo: Courtesy of Holiday Inn Express Snowmass Village)
Holiday Inn Express Snowmass Village, Snowmass Village, Colorado
Cost: From $138 a night
A stay at this colorful 151-room property (think neon and primary colors in each room, with Midcentury Modern flair) – 9 miles up the mountain from Aspen – includes fun perks like board games, punchbowls and pizzas in the lobby. You can even get Japanese-style ramen noodles at Double Black Noodle Bar. There are four mountains just outside your door: Snowmass Mountain, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain. Soothe your sore muscles après-ski in a poolside hot-tub. Even family pets are allowed here.
Snow King Resort Hotel (Photo: Snow King Resort Hotel/Instagram)
Snow King Resort Hotel, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Cost: From $112 a night
Fresh off a 2013 renovation, staff at this 204-room property will pick you up and drop you off at the airport for free. Tucked into the Rocky Mountains, it’s right near Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks and a quick six-block walk to Jackson Hole’s hip town square. Skiing is on nearby Snow King Mountain and Rendezvous Mountain. Snag a reduced rate (25% off the best available rate) when you pre-pay.
Alta Peruvian Lodge (Photo: Alta Peruvian Lodge/Facebook)
Alta Peruvian Lodge, Alta, Utah
Cost: From $99 a night (including three meals daily)
Hip and no-frills, this 80-room lodge has a delightfully campy appeal, with a huge hot tub, wood-paneled walls in the dining room, and a made-to-order omelet bar to wake up to. Book a bunk-bed room with your buddies and you’ll have more cash for cocktails. As if $99 isn’t already low enough, this rate includes all of your meals, yep, even pork chops for dinner in a rum-ginger glaze, plus unlimited bottled water, coffee and Milano cookies.
320 Guest Ranch (Photo: 320 Guest Ranch/Facebook)
320 Guest Ranch, Big Sky, Montana
Cost: From $130 a night
Fancy a log cabin? At this rustic ranch you get to claim a one-room cabin as your own. Each cabin is outfitted with a full bath, and either two Queen beds or one King bed, plus a shared front porch (each cabin is a duplex). Big Sky winters are famous for cross-country skiing (just hop the ranch’s free shuttle), or board a sleigh for a spin around the property and along the Gallatin River. For dinner tuck into the lengthy wine list game meat menu.
Snake River Lodge and Spa (Photo: Snake River Lodge and Spa/Facebook)
Snake River Lodge & Spa, Teton Village, Wyoming
Cost: From $89 a night
Life at this ski-in, ski-out resort at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is all about convenience. A full-service ski valet gets you ready for the slopes (hello, boot warmers and ski waxing!) and après-ski fare is complimentary. Relax with your friends – or make new ones – around the fire pit or in the sauna. The lodge’s 17,000-square-foot spa offers up grand views of Jackson Hole Mountain and the farm-to-table fare at Gamefish Restaurant is simply to die for.
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The Green Mountain Inn (Photo: Paul-W/Flickr)
The Green Mountain Inn, Stowe, Vermont
Cost: From $93 a night
Although this 104-room inn dates back to 1833, guests are treated to every possible modern amenity while on the property. Their “Winter White Sale” rate of $93 applies Sundays through Thursdays from March 1-19. You can even tack on a $65 massage. Located right on Main Street, the Inn puts you right in the middle of Stowe’s off-mountain action.
Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa (Photo: Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa/Facebook)
Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa, Banff, Alberta, Canada
Cost: From $89 a night
This 190-room lodge looks like it was dropped out of the Austrian Alps. Pamper yourself at the Red Earth Spa or sit down to an indulgent dinner at The Keg Steakhouse & Bar. Make sure to try their filet wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon.
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