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- Both ski resorts and ski hotels will look a little different this year due to COVID-19.
- However, skiing and snowboarding present an especially appealing option as a safer outdoor activity this winter.
- We've rounded up the best ski hotels across the US to suit a range of price points from $199 to $597 to start.
- We've also outlined each hotel's current COVID-19 policies and changes.
- Are hotels safe? Read more: Is it safe to stay in a hotel right now? An infectious disease doctor, a cleaning expert, and hotel reps all share what you should know before you check-in.
Winter is here and ski resorts across the country have officially opened. We talked to experts to determine if skiing is safe right now, plus the necessary precautions to take, and the good news is that skiing and snowboarding are relatively low-risk activities. Still, things look different than they have in the past as resorts work to create a COVID-safe environment for all their guests amidst the ongoing pandemic.
Redesigned lift lines now spread out across the snow to allow for social distancing and drinking a beer with those in your travel pod by an outdoor fire pit will need to replace standing boot to boot in packed après ski bars. Many mountains are also requiring advance reservations. And if you've never been one to wear a balaclava, well, this is your year since most resorts require face coverings.
Despite all the changes, getting into the mountains presents an appealing pandemic-friendly activity. Aside from the joy delivered by schussing down a snowy trail, ski resorts — and the hotels that serve them — offer an abundance of cold-weather outdoor adventures beyond the slopes from cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to dog sledding.
Before planning a snowy getaway, it's important to keep in mind that the pandemic continues to sweep across the US and that many states are experiencing serious spikes in cases right now. If you're wondering if it's safe to travel at all, we talked to experts about the risks, as well as the best precautions to take. Additionally, each hotel on this list is committed to rigorous new cleaning protocols in an effort to mitigate the risks associated with contracting COVID-19. We outlined these measures below.
It's also vital to note that there is never a guarantee of safety when it comes to travel right now, even if you plan to spend much of your time outdoors. We recommend following CDC guidelines, and always advise travelers to wear a mask, wash hands frequently, and maintain social distancing. Additionally, consider your own level of risk, and whether you're traveling from or to a hotspot, so as not to increase the rate of infection.
You should also research individual state's travel restrictions before you book. Since the situation is constantly evolving, it's wise to read up on hotel cancellation policies in case your plans may need to change. That said, if you're ready to hunker down in a mountain chic retreat with views of the slopes, there are plenty of ski hotel options across the US.
We've carefully curated top US ski hotels based on the following criteria:
- Nearly all of these hotels are located one-mile or less from the slopes and offer either ski-in/ski-out or a complimentary shuttle service to deliver guests to and from the mountain. For the few that are a little farther afield, they are still within an easy and short drive of the lifts.
- In addition to providing guests with prime access to downhill skiing and riding, each of these properties offers abundant winter sports adventures including Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, ice skating, sleigh rides, and sledding— either on-site or very close by.
- All hotels are well-appointed stays with plenty of skier-friendly amenities like ski valets, on-site spas, hot tubs, outdoor heated pools, and saunas.
- Skiing can be notoriously pricey and we've kept affordability in mind. Rates at our selected properties currently range from $199 to $525 per night to start and offer a variety of room configurations to suit all travelers, from couples to larger families.
- We selected these options based on personal travel experiences as well as input from trusted traveler sites like Trip Advisor and Booking.com.
Read on for the best ski hotels in the US, sorted by price from low to high:
Trapp Family Lodge – Stowe, Vermont
Book Trapp Family Lodge starting at $199 per night
Set on 2,500 pastoral acres just outside the classic New England village of Stowe, this charming, Austrian-style chalet has been welcoming visitors since 1950. Owned and operated by the von Trapp family, whose story has been immortalized by the beloved film "The Sound of Music," the Trapp Family Lodge is home to 96 rooms and suites, 18 luxurious villas, and 100 hillside guesthouses.
Nordic skiers and snowshoe aficionados will delight in exploring the resort's extensive trail network, which includes more than 40 miles of groomed trails and an additional 60 miles of forested backcountry. Winter adventures, including horse-drawn sleigh rides, set out from Trapp's outdoor center, where you can rent equipment, sign up for lessons, or shop for cozy winter gear. Meanwhile, what may just be the East Coast's best alpine skiing and riding can be found right up the Mountain Road at Stowe Mountain Resort, home to 485-acres of terrain spread across Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak.
Trapp's state-of-the-art fitness center, located a few steps from the Lodge, features an indoor pool and an outdoor hot tub as well as a sauna and three inviting massage rooms where you can relax with a therapeutic rubdown. Throughout the property, fireplaces glow in the Lodge's inviting public spaces while European-inspired guestrooms and suites, which offer warm, fluffy duvets, wood-beamed ceilings, and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and hillsides.
Don't miss a stop at Brewing Bierhall just up the road for an après-ski hang serving up Austrian specialties and farm-to-fork Vermont fare.
Trip Advisor Rating: 5 out of 25 hotels in Stowe
Booking.com Rating: 8.9 out of 10
Pros: Trapp Family Lodge offers a range of additional activities like family history tours, maple sugaring walks, tours of the brewery, movie nights (guess which one?), and sing-a-longs. The indoor pool is fabulous for families while Trapp's Nordic center is one of the country's best.
Cons: There is no shuttle service to Stowe Mountain Resort, although the mountain is just eight miles from the Lodge. The Lodge also charges a $35 resort fee.
COVID status and policies: This hotel is open with new policies including:
- All guests will complete a health questionnaire prior to checking in and there is a designated health officer on-site at every shift.
- All employees will complete training on mandatory health and safety requirements as provided by Vermont OSHA.
- Housekeeping daily service and turndown service has been suspended but are available by request.
- Guest tours and activities will comply with gathering sizes and physical distancing.
- All common spaces and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned regularly, in accordance with CDC guidance.
The Landing Lake Tahoe Resort & Spa – South Lake Tahoe, California
Book The Landing Resort & Spa starting at $199 per night
Rustic meets sophisticated at this lakeside resort just a mile from Heavenly Mountain, a stunning winter playground that enjoys abundant snowfall and fabulous views. In an area known for its casinos and nightlife, The Landing offers a boutique haven on Lake Tahoe's southern shore complete with a chic wine bar, a fabulous spa, and plenty of elegant touches.
Tucked along the California-Nevada border, Heavenly treats alpine fans to 4,800 acres of pristine Sierra Nevada terrain including some wide-open tree trails intermediate skiers and riders will love. At the same time, the region enjoys 300 days of sunshine each year — which translates to bluebird skies with views for days. A complimentary van shuttle delivers guests from The Landing right to the gondola in Heavenly Village. From there, the mountain is your oyster.
When you've had your fill, leave your gear with the ski valet (where they'll even warm your boots for you in the morning) and settle in for some R&R. Cozy seating areas with plush throw blankets surround outdoor firepits on the lakeside terrace and the bar at Jimmy's Restaurant has an extensive list of craft cocktails, wines, and local craft beers. Jimmy's dinner menu spotlights fresh, regional fare cooked over a wood fire including locally sourced seafood, meat, and produce.
The Landing's 88 guestrooms range from 260 to 890 square feet and all of them invite relaxation. Honey wood trim, stone fireplaces, and warm plaid accents create a chic, alpine vibe and comfortable pillow-top beds, leather club chairs, mercury glass lamps, and elegant marble bathrooms complete the picture.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 6 out of 68 hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Booking.com Ranking: 8.6 out of 10
Pros: The Landing offers a truly upscale experience at a great price with fabulous lake and mountain views and lovely accommodations. The luxurious, on-site spa offers a full menu of treatments to soothe mountain-weary muscles.
Cons: On-site dining is limited and guests may want to venture further afield to explore other options.
COVID status and policies: This hotel is open with new policies that include:
- Adjusted seating in all restaurants and all staff are reminded to practice social distancing whenever possible.
- Automatic hand sanitizer dispensers are in all public areas for guest and associates use. Each guest room also comes with sanitizier.
- Guests will be seated at a distance of six feet from associates during the check-in process, and the hotel will continue to offer complimentary champagne at check in.
- Signage has been added throughout the property reminding guests to use PPE, practice handwashing, and social distance.
- The hotel will not provide daily housekeeping services for stayover guests. Guests may request additional linens and towels or additional amenities and an associate will drop off to the room.
Omni Mount Washington Resort – Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Book Omni Mount Washington Resort starting at $206 per night
Commissioned by wealthy New Hampshire Industrialist Joseph Stickney and built by over 250 Italian craftsmen, the majestic Omni Mount Washington Resort first opened its doors in 1902 to a stream of high society summer travelers from Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. And though this grand property in the heart of the White Mountains has been delivering elegant New England hospitality to its guests for more than a century, 1999 marked the resort's first winter season.
These days, it's hard to imagine that the hotel hasn't always been courting cold-season guests. The hotel enjoys a prime location barely a mile from Bretton Woods Ski Area, which at 464-acres, is New Hampshire's largest ski resort.
Inside you'll find the hotel's opulent Great Hall, complete with huge chandeliers, a massive stone fireplace, and an antique grandfather clock that has kept time in the lobby since the hotel's earliest days. Guestrooms and suites run the gamut from snug, queen-bedded European Rooms to king and corner rooms with views of snow-covered mountains and spacious family suites. All are decorated in an inviting, colonial-inspired style with rich wood furnishings, ornate fabrics, and bright white trim.
The Omni Mount Washington also offers snow tubing, ice skating, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, and some truly spectacular Nordic skiing across pristinely groomed trails.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 out of 2 hotels in Bretton Woods
Booking.com Rating: 8.0 out of 10
Pros: The Omni Mount Washington is a piece of history and the resort is chock-full of original architectural details like the soaring domed ceiling in the conservatory complete with Tiffany glass windows and the stately staircase, which climbs up from the Great Hall. Spectacular views of the majestic White Mountains are everywhere you look.
Cons: Because of the hotel's historic roots, some rooms are small or oddly configured.
COVID status and policies: This hotel is open with the following new policies in place:
- Increased frequency of sanitization with EPA-certified cleansers that are CDC-compliant.
- Increased cleaning of HVAC systems and replacement of air filters.
- Signage and distance indicators will be used throughout the hotel in high-traffic areas.
- Limited contact check-in and -out process.
- Cleaned and disinfected guest rooms will have an "Omni Safe & Clean" seal of approval sticker upon completion and single-use amenities are provided in each guest room.
- High-traffic areas will be designated as one-way passages to include wider aisles, where practical.
Woodstock Inn & Resort – Woodstock, Vermont
Book Woodstock Inn & Resort starting $249 per night
Glowing windows and a big, snow-covered lawn greet guests to this historic inn, which serves as the stately centerpiece of Woodstock's picturesque Village Green. Inside, a log fire blazes in the lobby's massive fireplace while comfortable chairs and sofas create inviting seating areas and glasses clink in the adjacent Red Rooster bar. The Inn, which features 142 rooms and suites, a gorgeous, LEED-certified spa, and endless winter activities, offers a blend of traditional New England charm and sleek modern touches.
Guests looking for that quintessential, Vermont ski experience can take the Inn's shuttle to nearby Suicide Six, one of the oldest ski areas in the US and home to the country's first rope tow. Though its name may imply harrowing terrain, the mountain's 24 runs are evenly split between beginner, intermediate, and expert, making it ideal for all levels. The Inn also offers nearly 30 miles of cross-country and snowshoe trails spread across two nearby peaks.
Après ski, nurture winter-weary limbs in the spa — the Body Melt Back Therapy treatment is especially divine. Kids can play pinball in the vintage-style game room and adults can relax with a good book and a glass of wine in the Inn's cozy library. When the dinner hour arrives, enjoy oysters Rockefeller and herb-crusted rack of lamb at the award-winning Red Rooster. Or for a mellow ambiance and elevated pub fare, settle into Richardson's Tavern.
Rooms and suites are airy and welcoming with a calming pastel color scheme, traditional furnishings like plush armchairs and four-poster beds, and whimsical, Vermont-inspired decor. The Inn's carefully curated Collection Rooms are especially charming, each featuring a unique theme — the Covered Bridge, the Alpine, the Long Trail — that gives a nod to the region's history and culture.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 3 out of 6 hotels in Woodstock
Booking.com Rating: 8.7 out of 10
Pros: A stay at the Woodstock Inn is a truly classic, winter in New England experience and the village of Woodstock is straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting. Additionally, The Red Rooster, the Inn's signature restaurant, is AAA four-diamond rated and brings gastronomical joy to diners.
Cons: The Inn charges a $35 resort fee. Both Suicide Six and the Woodstock Nordic Center are a shuttle ride away.
COVID status and policies: This hotel is open with new policies, including:
- Enhanced cleaning standards throughout the hotel.
- The resort will post signs for guests and employees indicating health & hygiene reminders, directions for higher traffic areas, and physical distancing service/waiting zones.
- Guests will receive a questionnaire related to COVID-19 tracking 48 hours in advance of arrival.
- There will be no in-room housekeeping, but guests may request extra towels, sheets, amenities, etc. for door side delivery.
- Seating with appropriate spacing will be available in multiple areas throughout the Inn.
Sundance Resort – Sundance, Utah
Book Sundance Resort starting at $379 per night
Bask in earthy ambiance and chic, western flair at this rustic haven tucked into Utah's Wasatch Mountains. In 1969, Robert Redford bought the land now known as Sundance with the mission "to develop a little and preserve a great deal." The result? A vibrant arts and recreational community nestled at the base of the majestic Mount Timpanogos where visitors relish the resort's wintry beauty and vintage mountain charm.
If you've ever drooled over the gorgeous wares in the Sundance catalog, you'll love the way that same vibrant, artistic flair influences the entire resort. Natural wood, leather, and stone feature prominently throughout the warm, colorful space. Native American art and the work of local craftspeople complete the nature-focused vibe. The hotel includes 96 guestrooms and suites and 10 private mountain homes that are clustered throughout the property and include everything from cozy, standard rooms that sleep two to romantic suites and spacious lofts. All rooms feature gorgeous furnishings and accents, plush bedding and linens, and luxurious bath products.
While it may be smaller than the resorts in nearby Park City with just 44 trails spread across 450-acres, Sundance packs a punch. Get the lay of the land with a guided mountain tour before hitting the trails on your own. Steep bowls showcase Utah's epic powder and for some real old-school fun, the resort keeps the bulk of the front mountain open for night skiing four nights a week.
Après ski, pop into the historic Owl Bar for cocktails and poutine, Transplanted from Thermopolis, Wyoming, the bar was once the favorite watering hole of Butch Cassidy and his Hole in the Wall Gang.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 out of 1 hotel in Sundance
Pros: Sundance's slopes are right outside your door and two lift tickets are included with every room. During the legendary Sundance Film Festival, the on-site screening room often has last minute tickets and offers a peaceful alternative to the celebrity hullaballoo that invades Park City.
Cons: The resort, which is just over an hour's drive from Salt Lake City International Airport and about 45-minutes from Park City, makes you feel like you're really out there — although this could also be a pro for some.
COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations and announced new procedures that include:
- Guests will follow bellmen to their lodging units in their own vehicles rather than riding in the resort shuttle and bellmen will not enter units.
- For guests staying multiple nights, daily housekeeping services will not be provided to eliminate contact between housekeepers and guests.
- All units will be cleaned and disinfected paying special attention to high-touch areas.
- Housekeeping staff will wear disposable gloves and facemasks and have been taught the proper procedure to remove that equipment and to use fresh items for each room and/or public area.
Limelight Hotel Snowmass – Snowmass Village, Colorado
Book Limelight Hotel Snowmass starting at $439 per night
Located nine miles northwest of Aspen, the village of Snowmass has long been overshadowed by its glamorous neighbor. But as of last winter, Snowmass finally found its groove. A vibrant plaza opened with a retro-style skating rink, outdoor fire pits, and a handful of restaurants to entice skiers to linger after the lifts stop spinning. The plaza's centerpiece is the sleek new ski-in, ski-out Limelight Hotel Snowmass, which anchors the Village and features Colorado's tallest indoor climbing wall, as well as vintage video games, live music, and wood-fired pizzas in its welcoming lounge.
Home to four, world-class ski areas with 342 trails sprawling over 5,527 acres, the mountain's size means shorter lift lines, plenty of fresh powder, and solitude on the trails. Steep chutes, wide cruisers, and beautiful aspen-filled glades are all up for grabs here and skiers and riders of all levels will find terrain to suit their fancy.
As far as base camps go, the Limelight checks all the boxes. Guests can grab their gear and go since both the Elk Camp Gondola and the Village Express six-pack are steps from the door. Additional perks include a slopeside ski valet, first and last tracks programs (the latter involves heading out to do the daily mountain sweep with Snowmass Ski Patrol), two steamy outdoor hot tubs, and a lively après scene, though this year that may change.
Midcentury modern styling blends with contemporary flair throughout the Limelight's 99 guestrooms and public spaces. The LEED Silver-certified property features sleek-yet-inviting furnishings enhanced by pops of color and whimsical accents. Rooms all have bright orange, vintage-inspired Smeg mini-fridges, along with comfortable dining nooks and vibrant, polychrome artwork. The sprawling main floor feels like a community living room with multiple seating areas, a big fireplace, and an evening lounge menu featuring wood-fired pizza and plenty of local brews on tap.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 6 out of 18 hotels in Snowmass Village
Booking.com Ranking: 9.3 out of 10
Pros: The Limelight Hotel is smack in the middle of the Snowmass action just steps from the lifts. Additionally, lift tickets provide access to all four local mountains, and ticket holders can use the fabulous Aspen Snowmass ski concierge, a team of folks who transports skis from mountain to mountain free of charge, making mountain hopping a breeze. Complimentary skating at the outdoor rink is fun for everyone.
Cons: Snowmass feels like a self-contained ski village and while it's perfect for families, folks looking for a more upscale mountain town ambiance may prefer to make Aspen their home base.
COVID status and policies: This hotel is open with new policies that include:
- All staff wearing masks for the foreseeable future.
- Implementing social distancing in common areas.
- Offering public hand-sanitizer stations in prominent places.
- Pre-packaging our daily signature breakfast for safety.
- The use of rigorous protocols by housekeeping for guest-room cleaning (including the use of hospital-level disinfectants),
- Use of electrostatic sprayers throughout the hotel to sanitize surfaces.
Hotel Terra – Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Book Hotel Terra starting at $470 per night
Long celebrated for its steep and deep terrain, Wild West persona, and spectacular Grand Teton scenery, Jackson Hole remains one of the country's best-loved ski resorts. Right in the heart of Teton Village just steps from the mountain, the boutique Hotel Terra is Wyoming's first LEED Silver-certified property and features cowboy-chic decor with a sleek, eco-friendly twist. Guestrooms have heated floors, organic mattresses and linens, aluminum bath dispensers, and energy-efficient lighting.
Hotel Terra's 132 stylish guestrooms range from traditional rooms and studio-style abodes to spacious two and three-bedroom suites. All rooms have sweeping valley and mountain views, jetted tubs, and rain showers and many also feature full kitchens, gas fireplaces, and private terraces. Furnishings are sleek and contemporary with deep woods and inviting seating.
Grab your gear from the on-site ski valet and hit the slopes. Jackson Hole sees almost 500-inches of champagne powder every year and conditions border on sublime. Hop on the mountain's Aerial Tram (or, as locals call it "the red heli," "the box," or "big red") to Rendezvous Peak. Look down as you near the summit for a bird's-eye view of Corbet's Couloir, one of the toughest runs out there. From the tram, dip into Rendezvous Bowl, a massive, open field that spills into the smaller Cheyenne Bowl below.
Reward a day on the mountain with one of the many nature-inspired treatments offered at the rooftop Chill Spa where the signature Herbal Poultice Massage uses a steamed infusion of ginger, turmeric, and lemongrass works tired bodies into a puddle of bliss. Afterward, have a glass of wine and snack on small plate goodies at the hip Bar Enoteca.
Trip Advisor Rating: 3 out of 8 hotels in Teton Village
Booking.com Rating: 8.4 out of 10
Pros: Hotel Terra truly walks the walk when it comes to sustainability and it's easy to feel good about participating in its green initiatives.
Cons: Jackson Hole's epic conditions and terrain are no secret and the mountain gets crowded on powder days. The early bird catches the freshies here.
COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open. New policies include:
- Guests receive welcome bags with hand sanitizer, masks, and extra waste bags.
- Modified check-in procedures include plexiglass dividers installed at the front desk, contactless check-in available upon request, physical distancing required while in line, and keycards are sanitized before each use.
- Guests can request housekeeping service 24 hours in advance by contacting the front desk.
- Seating in all public areas, pools, and lounges is positioned at least six feet apart.
- Housekeeping leverages partnerships with national vendors on best cleaning practices, tools, and supplies. Ecolab Peroxide Multi-Surface Cleaner Chemical is utilized for sanitation on all hard and non-porous surfaces.
Lake Placid Lodge – Lake Placid, New York
Book Lake Placid Lodge starting at $525 per night
Located in what has been called the "winter sports capital of the world," this stunning Adirondack lodge nestled on the shore of Lake Placid is an idyllic home base for anyone looking to enjoy the area's bountiful adventures.
The place to begin is Whiteface Mountain, which played host to the alpine events of the 1980 Winter Olympics. With 3,460 feet of vertical, Whiteface boasts the steepest drop this side of the Rockies. Expert skiers will love The Slides, a series of narrow, double black diamond chutes that plunge into the wilderness. But you don't have to be an Olympian to enjoy the rest of the mountain's terrain and there are plenty of blue square trails to enjoy too. Don't miss the 2.1-mile Wilmington Trail, which treats skiers and riders to the longest intermediate run in the northeast and gorgeous views of the surrounding Adirondack Mountains.
Back at the Lodge, guests will delight in architectural details reminiscent of the Great Camps of a bygone era thanks to warm paneling covering the walls, rustic handcrafted furniture, and huge fieldstone fireplaces that invite lingering. Guest accommodations include five Main Lodge rooms, 17 shoreline cabins, six stunning Lakeside Building suites, and two private cottages. Every room has its own unique, Adirondack charm and features plush bedding, a wood-burning fireplace, and gorgeous views of the lake and snowy woodlands through diamond-pane windows.
The landscape surrounding the Lodge is truly a winter wonderland with trails for snowshoeing and Nordic skiing right outside the door and a host of activities nearby, including dogsledding, ice skating, and toboggan rides on Mirror Lake. In the evenings, hot chocolate and s'mores are served at lakeside snow bonfires, and games of checkers are played by the fire at Maggie's Pub alongside pints of local brews.
Trip Advisor Ranking: 6 of 33 hotels in Lake Placid
Pros: The Lake Placid Lodge has some of the most uniquely appointed rooms I've ever seen and the entire Lodge feels like a handcrafted piece of Adirondack art. The bustling town of Lake Placid, Mirror Lake, and the region's many Olympic sites are all just a short drive away.
Cons: The Lodge is about 14 miles from Whiteface Mountain and does not provide a shuttle, although transportation can be arranged.
COVID status and policies: This hotel is currently open with new policies that include:
- All team members have been trained on our new protocols.
- Signage throughout public spaces on cleanliness, social distancing, and hand hygiene
- Hand Sanitizer Stations at high traffic guest touchpoints.
- Limiting team member room entry during stay (housekeeping, in-room dining).
- Elimination and/or offering alternative options for any shared-use items that can't be cleaned after guest use.
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