10 Incredible All-Inclusive Winter Sports Resorts
Enjoy everything from pre-adjusted ski equipment to ice skating by torchlight at some of the world’s most dynamic all-inclusive destinations.
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Mohonk Mountain House, New York
Mohonk Mountain House is celebrating a century and a half of hospitality (including visits from five U.S. Presidents) this year, and upstate New York’s storied Victorian spa resort is growing lovelier all the time. Guests can glide across Mohonk’s award-winning skating rink (then warm themselves at its 39-foot-tall stone fireplace), follow more than 30 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails, explore the Shawangunk Ridge on snowshoes and enjoy panoramic views from the cathedral-ceilinged Main Dining Room, which boasts woodwork that dates back to 1893.
Availability: Thanksgiving to late March (ice skating), weather permitting (skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing)
Vista Verde Guest Ranch, Colorado
Nestled in Colorado’s upper Elk River Valley, Vista Verde offers winter adventurers a (gourmet) taste of the frontier. Guests can venture out to nearby Steamboat Springs for downhill skiing and shopping, but the luxury ranch itself presents so many cold-weather activities — from horseback and sleigh rides to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat-tire biking and even yoga ("Snoga? Yes, it’s a real thing!") — that it’s hard to imagine forgoing them for a field trip (or missing TVs or phones, which are quite intentionally omitted from cabins and lodge rooms).
Availability: mid-December to early March
Triple Creek Ranch, Montana
Triple Creek Ranch bills itself as "A Montana Hideaway," and it merits the moniker: Guests have the option of cozying up in detached cabins and suites near the property’s Main Lodge, or of laying claim to luxurious ranch homes that feel like private vacation properties. They also have unlimited access to award-winning in-room gourmet dining and an array of activities such as ice fishing (with hot chocolate and cider, of course), Alpine and Nordic skiing, wintery trail riding and even skijoring (a cross between snow skiing and water skiing, where a skier is drawn along a trail by mounted horses).
Availability: mid-December to February (skiing), weather permitting (other winter activities)
Situated on 194 acres of pristine parkland on the shores of Lake Stukely, Jouvence has offered families, couples and solo travelers thoughtfully-curated all-inclusive vacations in Quebec for more than 35 years. During the peak holiday season, Club Jouvence offers half-day supervised programs for kids as well as family activities and evening programming, and throughout the winter months, guests can combine the resort’s activities, facilities and equipment to create personal wonderlands. Cold-weather activities include skiing and snowshoeing, hébertisme (high-flying French exercise performed outdoors), tubing, ice skating... and, of course, access to the outdoor spa and sauna.
Availability: October to March (find the latest packages here)
Fern Resort, Canada
Fern Resort leans into the winter activities associated with "cottage country" — that is, traditional Ontario vacation destinations where city-dwellers could escape to the great outdoors — and, fittingly, travelers can choose to stay in cottages. When Lake Couchiching freezes over each winter, guests venture from the shore for classically Canadian pastimes like curling, fishing and skating — and each weekend, the Fern team fires up torches along their showstopping, 1.5-kilometer woodland skating trail, a once-in-a-lifetime experience so popular it attracts visitors for day trips.
Availability: November to March (find the latest packages here)
Valle Nevado, Chile
Skiers and snowboarders who itch to hit the slopes between July and September head to the Southern Hemisphere, where winter is in full swing — and to Valle Nevado, perched 10,000 feet above sea level in the Chilean Andes. The resort offers the largest skiable surface in South America, and visitors who stay for a week or more also receive tickets to neighboring resorts’ slopes (which means access to more than 7,000 acres altogether). The hotel’s packages include full board, ski passes and apres-ski treats, day care and regular activities — and guests who wish to take full advantage of the area’s altitude can add heli-skiing packages to their itineriaries for an additional charge. (Traveling by ski lift: so 20th-century.)
Availability: May to October (find the latest opening and closing dates here)
Ski Portillo, Chile
Chile’s Ski Portillo is South America’s oldest and best-known ski resort, and its famed slopes and iconic yellow hotel overlook the southern shore of the breathtaking Laguna del Inca. Weeklong packages at Portillo include unlimited access to its lifts and Sunday-through-Friday daily group lessons, four meals a day, a heated outdoor pool and oversized outdoor hot tubs, day care, fitness classes and more — and oenophiles who visit during one of the resort’s Wine Weeks also enjoy daily tastings helmed by Chile’s most celebrated winemakers.
Availability: June to October (find the latest opening and closing dates here)
Club Med Saint-Moritz Roi Soleil, Switzerland
The Swiss town of St. Moritz is beloved by both the jet set (it’s one of the most celebrated winter vacation destinations in the world) and serious athletes (it’s hosted the Winter Olympics twice). Club Med’s Saint-Moritz Roi Soleil pays tribute to the region’s glamour (with two cosmopolitan bars and three gourmet restaurants) and its sportiness (with included lift passes and lessons for skiers and snowboarders, as well as activities such as Nordic walking and hiking). Resort packages also include family-friendly amenities like accessories, prep areas and food for babies, as well as kids’ and teens’ clubs for guests ages 4-17. Fondue is included, naturally.
Availability: late November to March
Club Med Pragelato Vialattea, Italy
Vialattea ("Milky Way" in Italian) played host to many Winter Olympic events during the 2006 Games, and the ski domain — the second-largest in Europe — still boasts an Olympic cross-country skiing course. Visitors to Club Med Pragelato Vialattea gain access to its 273 miles of slopes, 92 lifts and 25 miles of cross-country skiing, as well as the resort’s two bars, three restaurants and Chalet Mollino (an apres-ski restaurant that opens for lunch reservations on the mountain).
Availability: December to early April
Club Med Les Arcs Panorama, France
The newest member of Club Med’s Alpine family opened its doors this December in Les Arcs, a resort village set in the vast Paradiski area of the French Alps. All of Club Med Les Arcs Panorama’s guests enjoy its modern architecture and upscale bars and restaurants, as well as its pioneering children’s programs (with dedicated areas and activities for 4-month-olds all the way up to 17-year-olds) and its comprehensive skiing and snowboarding services (which include lessons, passes, and dedicated lockers with pre-adjusted equipment for all children and adults. Guests in search of even more personalized, premium services can book suites in the Le Belvédere Exclusive Collection space, a portion of the resort that includes a bar and lounge, concierge service and free-flowing champagne in the evening.
Availability: mid-December to mid-April