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The 7 Best New Hotels in Ski Country

A hotel should be more than just a place to sleep. These new ski-town lodges go above and beyond.

Mad River Barn is right next door to some of the best skiing in the east. (Susan Teare)

A hotel should be more than just a place to sleep. These new ski-town lodges go above and beyond.

Hotel Jackson, Jackson, Wyoming

The Hotel Jackson opened in June 2015 smack in the middle of downtown Jackson, a block to the town square and a quick drive (the hotel offers a free shuttle) to the powdery steeps of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The 58-room hotel is a brand new LEED-certified building and it feels that way—sleek, clean, and modern. You’ll find rooms decorated with reclaimed barn wood, a staff knowledgeable about snow conditions, and an intimate bar and restaurant called Figs that serves farm-to-table meals.


The Landing, South Lake Tahoe, California

When the Landing Resort and Spa opened in 2013, steps from the shore of Lake Tahoe, it replaced a dingy, run-down motor lodge with a shiny, luxury hotel. The upgrade is noticeable: you’ll get a free glass of champagne upon check-in and rooms come with gas fireplaces, heated toilet seats, and hot chocolate machines. You’re walking distance to the Heavenly gondola, which will whisk you up to impeccably groomed runs. For dinner, dine at Greek-inspired cuisine at the five-star Jimmy’s Restaurant.


The Bivouac, Breckenridge, Colorado

The Bivvi is part of a new breed of upscale, ski-town hostels. You can book a wooden bunk in a communal room for less than $60 a night or request your own private room. The place opened in downtown Breckenridge in 2013 and offers complimentary hearty breakfasts, three beers on tap, and easy shuttle access to Breck’s expansive peaks.


Mad River Barn, Waitsfield, Vermont

The Mad River Barn, which re-opened under new ownership and after a major renovation in 2013, has 18 cozy rooms, including suites that fit a family, plus an on-site restaurant and pub serving Vermont ales and grub, and a game room with shuffleboard and foosball. And it’s just down the road from some of the best terrain in the East at Mad River Glen and Sugarbush.


The Cube Boutique Hotel, Revelstoke, BC

The Cube Hotel, which opened in downtown Revelstoke in January 2014 and was named for its modern-looking exterior design, has 21 rooms, including some family rooms, and offers stay-and-ski packages, which will get you discounted rates on lift tickets. A free shuttle delivers you to the 3,121 acres of lift-accessed terrain at nearby Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Don’t miss the free waffles in the morning.


Field Guide, Stowe, Vermont

Field Guide, a new boutique hotel in downtown Stowe that opened in October 2015, has 30 rooms, ranging from suites to private cottages. The mountain-meets-modern decor includes papier-mâché animal heads and trail maps as wall art. Guests are treated to a hot tub, outdoor firepit, complimentary breakfast, and lounges stocked with vintage nature magazines.


The Homestyle Hostel, Ludlow, Vermont

Avid travelers Eliza and Justin turned an art gallery into a quaint six-bedroom inn on Main Street in Ludlow, Vermont, just a mile from Okemo’s snow-covered trails via the free shuttle. At the Homestyle Hostel, which opened in December 2014, a chef whips up communal dinners Thursday through Sunday nights, and when the chef isn’t in the kitchen, guests are welcome to use the space to cook for themselves. Free breakfast includes homemade granola and game night is a hit in the bar on Wednesdays.

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San Marcos, Texas

Billed as the world’s toughest canoe race, the Texas Water Safari, held each June, is a four-day, 260-mile jaunt from the headwaters of the San Marcos River northeast of San Antonio to the small shrimping town of Seadrift on the Gulf Coast. There’s no prize money—just bragging rights for the winner. Any boat without a motor is allowed, and you’ll have to carry your own equipment and overnight gear. Food and water are provided at aid stations along the way. Entry fees start at $175 and increase as race day approaches.

The Ring

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Strasburg, Virginia

The Ring is a 71-mile trail running race in early September along the entire length of Virginia’s rough and rocky Massanutten Trail loop. To qualify, you need to have run a 50- or 100-mile race before the event and win a spot through the lottery system. Entry is free. Complete the run and you’ll become part of the tight-knit Fellowship of the Ring and be eligible for the Reverse Ring, which entails running the trail backwards in the middle of winter.

Plaza2Peak

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Santa Fe, New Mexico

Each spring, competitors gather in Santa Fe’s historic plaza with a simple goal: be the first to reach 12,308-foot Deception Peak, 17 miles and 5,000 feet of elevation gain away. Competitors run or bike the first 15 miles to the local ski area before transitioning to their waiting ski-touring setups for the final push to the top. Time stops only when they’ve skied back down to the tailgate in the resort’s parking lot, which is funded by the modest entry fee of around $25. To add to the sufferfest, some participants sign up for the Expedition category, in which they strap their skis, skins, boots, and poles to their bikes for the long ride up. Start dates vary depending on snow conditions, but look for the event page to be posted on Facebook in late March or early April.

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