10 New Ski Town Hotels to Check Into This Winter
These skier-friendly hotels come with amenities like boot-drying rooms, meet-and-greets with ski patrol dogs, and in-house gear shops.
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Make this the winter you stay somewhere different. New hotels have opened up in ski towns across the country, offering rooms close to the slopes for a range of budgets. Whether you want to bunk up for under $50 a night or splurge on a fancy pad with a personal concierge, we’ve got 10 new skier-approved hotels that have us excited to book a trip.
Montage Big Sky
Big Sky, Montana
Montage Hotels and Resorts opened a new five-star Montana outpost in December 2021 on the slopes of Big Sky. Montage Big Sky (from $549) has 139 ultra-luxurious rooms, including a collection of two- to six-bedroom residences. This sprawling resort, located in the private Spanish Peaks community, includes an 11,000-square-foot spa, its own chairlift to access Big Sky’s 5,850 skiable acres, and complimentary rides into town. (Too pricey? The 130-room Huntley Lodge, at the base of Big Sky, recently underwent a complete renovation, and rooms there start at $259.)
The 31-room Humbird Hotel (from $361) opened at the base of Idaho’s Schweitzer ski area last February, offering the resort’s first ski-in, ski-out boutique hotel at the base of the mountain’s 2,900 skiable acres. The hotel, designed by Portland-based Skylab Architecture, is named after the Humbird Lumber Company, which initially drew people to the region in the early 1900s. Rooms come with views of Lake Pend Oreille and access to a rooftop hot tub, ski lockers, and boot dryers. Look for the regular meet-and-greets with ski patrol dogs in the lobby. Grab après-ski charcuterie, fondue, or a full dinner at the on-site bar and restaurant, Crow’s Bench.
Winter Park, Colorado
This isn’t a traditional hotel, but we’re excited about this new property for its retro design and throwback style. The A-Frame Club (from $500), located on a two-acre forested property minutes from skiing at Winter Park, is slated to open in December 2022 with 31 newly-built A-frame cabins. You’ll stay in your own stand-alone, 1970s-inspired cabin but have access to a communal gathering space and restaurant in an adjacent 4,660-square-foot lodge. Another Skylab project, each cabin sleeps up to four in a cozy 475 square feet and features a fireplace.
Tälta Lodge Bluebird
The 51-room Tälta Lodge Bluebird (from $182) opened on the banks of Little River, a short drive from skiing at Stowe, in October 2021. Tälta is Swedish for camp and this boutique lodge has distinct adventure-base-camp vibes: thoughtful gear storage spaces, boot-drying rooms, an indoor pool and sauna, and outdoor fire pits. Pet-friendly rooms come with easy access to grassy outdoor areas, while other rooms offer private patios or decks. Bluebird Hunter Lodge (from $197), a hotel by the same hotel group, opened this summer in New York’s Hudson Valley, minutes from skiing at Hunter Mountain.
Here’s an easy-to-get-behind concept: ground-floor restaurant, top floor hotel, skiing very close. The three-story Carlin (from $299)—which is being dubbed a “restaurant with rooms”—will have a main floor 80-seat kitchen and restaurant, four top-floor hotel suites, and a basement tavern. It’s all housed in a historic building in downtown Breckenridge that recently underwent a $5 million interior and exterior renovation. The Carlin is scheduled to open toward the end of 2022. Skiing at Breckenridge is minutes away.
Pendry Park City
Park City, Utah
You’ll book a room at 153-room Pendry Park City (from $335) for the ski-in, ski-out access to Park City Mountain Resort’s massive 7,300 acres. But while you’re there, you might as well enjoy the hotel’s perks, like four varied restaurants, a spa and rooftop pool, in-house ski shop, a private slope-side snow “beach” to enjoy après-ski cocktails without crowds, and a kid’s club that’ll keep your youngsters happy. Located in the Canyons village, this new high-end hotel opened in February 2022.
Looking for an affordable lodging option close to a variety of ski areas? Check out the Pad (bunks from $42), which opened in late 2021, in Colorado’s Summit County, with access to the slopes at Breckenridge, Keystone, Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, and Copper Mountain, all a short drive away. This hostel/hotel—the first lodging business in Colorado to have pending B Corp status—was built in repurposed shipping containers and has everything from shared bunk rooms to family-friendly private rooms. It also comes with space for remote workers and a lively riverfront rooftop bar.
The Virginian Lodge
The Virginian Lodge (from $199) isn’t technically new—this Jackson Hole institution has been around since 1965—but it has been totally redone. The 165 revamped guest rooms, ranging from bunk rooms to suites, reopened last January, with new on-site food and beverage offerings debuting this fall, including the renovated Virginian Saloon and Ginny’s Bottle Shop, a liquor shop. In a town full of pricy, posh hotels, the affordable rates at this retro, pet-friendly motor lodge are a welcomed retreat. From the Virg, you’re 20 minutes to skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
South Lake Tahoe, California
The new Desolation Hotel (from $349), walking distance to the Heavenly gondola, opened near the California-Nevada state line in South Lake Tahoe in August. This dog-friendly retreat, named after nearby Desolation Wilderness, has 21 well-appointed suites and townhomes, each with its own private soaking tub on the patio, as well as kitchenettes and in-room fireplaces. After skiing, there’s a saltwater pool and a cedar sauna to enjoy, or head straight to Maggie’s, the third-floor restaurant, for truffle fries with a view of Lake Tahoe.
Eastwind Lake Placid
Lake Placid, New York
A 1950s motor lodge in the Adirondacks has been transformed into Eastwind Lake Placid (from $259), which opened in August on a nearly three-acre plot of land adjacent to the Chubb River. You’re 10 minutes from downtown Lake Placid and 30 minutes from skiing at Whiteface. The Scandinavian-style boutique hotel has 17 rooms and eight standalone cabins. Guests have access to yoga classes, a sauna and pool, and can request breakfast baskets delivered to their room.