Best Ski-In, Ski-Out Stays for Every Budget
If you think ski-in, ski-out hotels are only for six-figure salaries, you are wrong. Ditch the car and skip the shuttles this season for a long weekend of winter adventure at these U.S. resorts, condos, huts and hostels at every level of luxury.
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Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Near the Canadian border, Schweitzer Mountain Resort brings ski-in, ski-out to the next level with an open gate policy, snowcats that bring you up to 14,000 feet and heli-skiing, the terrain you can access from this Idaho resort is nearly limitless. The resort has a wide variety of on-slope accommodations for every budget, with standard lodge rooms starting at $169 and multi-bedroom condos starting at $259 per night. RV parking is also available for $20 a night. A full-day adult lift ticket costs $79, but check out Twilight skiing if you’re on a budget: Skiing from 3 to 7 p.m. only costs $20.
10th Mountain Division Huts
Backcountry skiing is on the rise, and it’s no secret that that’s where you’ll find most of the best powder in Colorado. If you want to spend a few days out in the mountains far from the creature comforts of a plush resort, the 10th Mountain Division Huts are the epitome of ski-in, ski-out — you can only get here by ski or snowshoe. Each hut is unique, but they’re all cozy respites from the snow you’ll occasionally have to shovel away from the front door. Rates for huts within the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association's network are $33 per person per night, and rates for other huts booked through but not owned by the association start around $25 per person.
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
You won’t find plastic bottles in your room at Hotel Terra Jackson Hole, which prides itself on eco-friendliness. Instead, they’ll give you an aluminum bottle to refill throughout your stay. Right at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Hotel Terra offers luxury at a relatively reasonable price: Package deals this season for a room and two adult lift tickets—normally upwards of $125 a piece—start at $305 per night. On a tighter budget? Check out The Hostel, steps from the tram, if you’re willing to trade in a bit of privacy and luxe to save big. A single bunk starts at $34 during high season, and private rooms with their own bathrooms start at $79.
Appalachian Mountain Club's Highland Center
The Appalachian Mountain Club has a rich network of lodges and summit huts around Maine, New Hampshire, New York and New Jersey, many of which you can hike, ski or snowshoe between. You’ll find both private and hostel-style rooms at the Highland Center in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire, where fresh-cooked breakfast and dinner is included with your stay. It’s less than 10 minutes from Bretton Woods Mountain Resort where lift tickets start at $80, but with miles of cross-country and snowshoe trails right on the property and a closet full of L.L.Bean gear to outfit you for the cold New England winter, you might find it hard to leave. During ski season, rates start around $93 per night, per person, for non-AMC members.
Stowe Mountain Lodge
At the base of Stowe Mountain Resort, this on-site lodge is home to New England's prime ski-in, ski-out accommodations. But skiing's not all you can do here. Stowe Mountain Lodge has nearly every snow and ice sport you can imagine, from dog sledding and sleigh rides to ice skating and ice climbing. Rooms with a king bed or two doubles start at $219 per night and a variety of other luxurious options includes three-bedroom suites and four- and five-bedroom private mountain houses. Stowe lift tickets start around $100.
New Mexico might not be the first place you think of when you’re in search of classic ski resorts in the Rockies, but it should be near the top of your list. The Blake, with both affordable rooms and high-end suites, is right at the base of Taos Ski Valley, set in some of the Southwest’s most beautiful scenery. At off-peak parts of ski season, king and queen rooms start around $250 nightly. One- and two-bedroom suites range up to $1,500 and above on peak dates. Adult lift tickets are $105 for a single day.
For those family members who don’t love being cold or snowy, the town of Taos is unrivaled by other ski areas for its art, food, culture, and spas. No matter what you choose to do, warm up with rich, thick hot chocolate made from scratch—starting with the cacao beans—at Chokola in town.
Waldorf Astoria Park City
Forget the boring minibar. The Waldorf Astoria Park City recently debuted a new custom treat bar called A La Cart. Before your stay, your personal concierge team will ask what you and your family might enjoy most after a day out on the slopes. When you arrive, a customized cart will be waiting full of goodies selected just for you, like hot cocoa, board games, candy and movies. If you want a little taste of the 2018 Games, try your hand at skiing or bobsledding on the Olympic facilities nearby. The Waldorf Astoria will set you up with a professional athlete like Olympian Nate Rogers to show you the ropes. Rates for a double queen room this season start around $750 per night. Lift tickets at Park City Mountain Resort start around $115.
Moving Mountains has a wide variety of homes to choose from on and off the slopes in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, which still has old Wild West charm. Their name isn’t an exaggeration—they go out of their way to make your stay perfect. If you select a catering package, a private chef will take care of nearly all your meals throughout the course of your stay. Rates vary significantly from home to home throughout ski season, but the one pictured here, Snowline Ridge, sleeps up to 11 guests in four bedrooms and ranges from about $1,600 to $4,300 per night. Lift tickets at Steamboat start around $120.