From luxury to affordable, these ski hotels offer something for every family’s needs. Families can stay slopeside and ski in/ski out right from the hotel, or watch Olympic figure skaters from their room’s terrace. And if boarding or skiing is not on your family’s agenda, many of these ski resort hotels offer other winter activities and amenities, like dog sledding, S’mores happy hours and indoor camping. Choose a ski resort hotel that suits your family’s needs.
Written by Courtney Elko
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek - Beaver Creek, Colo.
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek guests can enjoy ski in/ski out hotel privileges at Beaver Creek Ski Resort, located in the Rocky Mountains. They have "front door" access to Beaver Creek Village, which has plenty of shops and restaurants and an ice-skating rink. The 1,832 skiable acres, 150 trails and 25 lifts are great for all ski levels. The newly redesigned guestrooms and suites at the Park Hyatt offer balconies with mountain views. The suites showcase a fireplace and offer a kitchenette, sitting area with sleeper sofa and a dining table. The outdoor fire pit and heated outdoor pool and hot tubs will keep the family cozy after a long day on the slopes. But if skiing or snowboarding is not your family's thing, there are plenty of other activities at Park Hyatt. The kids could try snowtubing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, or ski biking, or take a snowcat tour or horse-drawn sleigh ride. Kids will also love the opportunity to go indoor camping, where a tent with a featherbed inside and a sleeping bag is constructed inside your suite! Don't forget to visit the fire pit each night for the complimentary S'mores Happy Hour, where all the chocolate and marshmallow fixings are provided.
Sun Valley Lodge - Sun Valley, Idaho
Sun Valley Lodge, which recently completed a renovation, now offers large guestrooms and suites. The suites feature a sitting room divided with the bedroom by a fireplace and a fold-out sofa. A mini-fridge and granite entry way is also featured in the updated family ski hotel. The glass enclosed, heated pool also offers a poolside cafe and the newly renovated, six-lane bowling alley is decked out in 1950s decor, since it is one of the Northwest's oldest bowling alleys. Sun Valley offers two mountains (Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain) for skiers and boarders. Dollar Mountain is the place for new skiers to learn the slopes or try snow tubing or the terrain park. "Baldy" has 13 chairlifts, 65 trails and themed Adventure Trails for kids. From the Sun Valley Lodge terrace, kids can watch Olympic figure skaters at the ice-skating rink or lace up some skates themselves for a spin around the indoor or outdoor rinks. Or, you can get cozy with the whole family and take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow. A Play School and Adventure Camp for kids of varying ages is also available at Sun Valley.
Summit at Big Sky - Big Sky, Mont.
Big Sky Resort offers ski and board lessons and programs from beginner youth to adults in groups or privately. So for a family learning the slopes, the Summit at Big Sky is a good family ski resort hotel choice, plus it offers ski in/ski out access. The slopes are within yards of the guestrooms and ski school is within walking distance. The one- and two-bedroom suites (which can sleep between two and 10 people) offer a fireplace and video gaming console, along with a kitchenette, sleeper sofa and dining area. Babysitting and children's activities are also available for kids ages 4 and up (space is limited). Each day offers a different theme or activity, like tie-dye or mask making. Zip-lining, dog sledding, snowmobiling and sleigh rides are also available at Big Sky.
Split Rock Resort & Golf Club - Lake Harmony, Pa.
Situated between Jack Frost and Big Boulder ski mountains, Split Rock Lodge offers budget-friendly rates for one- and two-bedroom suites with a sleeper sofa and fully equipped kitchenette, plus oversized guestrooms that overlook Lake Harmony. The activities and amenities featured here are what make it a great family ski hotel. A full-size, first run movie theater, eight-lane bowling alley, arcade, indoor/outdoor sport courts for tennis, basketball, volleyball or racquetball, and both an indoor and outdoor pool are all located onsite and available to guests (some for additional fees). Jack Frost and Big Boulder's 27 ski trails, terrain parks and snow tubing are less than five minutes away by car or hotel shuttle. And if the kids haven't burned off enough energy on the mountain, Split Rock has an indoor water park. H20ooohh! has five body, tube or raft slides, a wave pool, hot tubs and a play area for younger visitors. Day and twilight passes are available for purchase. Casual dining options for breakfast and dinner are also available onsite with a snack bar at the water park.
The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe - Truckee, Calif.
For a luxury ski hotel, try The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. The exclusive slopeside location offers guests ski in/ski out access, a ski valet and a mountain concierge, who will assist with your equipment and escort your family to the 97 ski trails or terrain parks. The guestrooms and suites offer floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the mountain, a fireplace, sleeper sofa or a balcony. Ritz Kids offer 5 to 12-year-olds adventures, activities and fun with the full- or half-day programs. There's family game night at the arcade or try indoor camping with a S'mores kit and tent set up inside your room. In the Village at Northstar, which can be accessed from the hotel by a gondola, guests will find an ice-skating rink, fire pits (with more S'mores) and plenty of restaurant options.
Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa - Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Slopeside at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa is within walking distance to ski lifts, hiking and horseback riding and 1 mile to Grand Teton National Park. The rooms and suites sleep between two to 10 people and offer a fully equipped kitchen, living and dining area, stonefaced fireplace, Murphy bed or sleeper sofa, and some suites feature a furnished terrace. Indoor and outdoor heated pools and five separate hot tubs (including a 22-person rooftop hot tub) will also entertain the family when they aren't on the slopes. The three Jackson Hole mountains offer ski trails for varying ski or snowboard skill levels. But families can try dog sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice-skating or snow tubing, too, at this family ski resort.
Hope Lake Lodge and Indoor Waterpark - Greek Peak, N.Y.
The condominium-style suites at Hope Lake Lodge offer fully equipped kitchens and fireplaces, with the largest accommodations sleeping 10. This ski hotel is across the street from Greek Peak Mountain Resort, where families will find skiing, boarding and snow tubing. A shuttle from the hotel to the mountain is provided. When you're done with the snow, head back to the hotel, put on your bathing suits and jump in to Cascades Indoor Waterpark, where it is always 84 degrees. Families will find a wave pool, tube slides, body slides and an activity pool steps from their hotel room. At the Bearfoot Den Activities Center, children of all ages can have fun with crafts, Wii, games and scavenger hunts during the day, and a Friday and Saturday Night Program is also available.
Stowe Mountain Lodge - Stowe, Vt.
Families have been skiing Stowe for years and Stowe Mountain Lodge is a great family ski resort hotel. This luxury ski hotel offers everything from standard rooms to three-bedroom suites, all with beautiful mountain views. Depending on the size of the suite your family chooses, a kitchenette or full gourmet kitchen is available along with a sleeper sofa, fireplace and dining table. All of the suites have a washer and dryer and a private outdoor terrace. Located at the base of Stowe Mountain Resort, ski in/ski out privileges are easy from the lodge. But if skiing or boarding is not for your family, there are plenty of other winter activities available, such as snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, dog sledding and sleigh rides.
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