- 1 Anvil Hotel, Jackson, WY
- 2 The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, Taos, NM
- 3 Field Guide Lodge, Stowe, VT
- 4 Fairmont Tremblant, Mont-Tremblant, QC
- 5 Snowpine Lodge, Alta, UT
- 6 Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, AB
- 7 Resort at Squaw Creek, Olympic Valley, CA
- 8 Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Avon, CO
- 9 Omni Mont Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, NH
9 Ski Hotels That Are FAR More Affordable Than You Might Think
Between lift passes, gear rentals, lodge meals, and multiple nights in a hotel, ski vacations can rack up quadruple-digit bills in the blink of an eye. If you’ve ruled out destinations like Stowe, Jackson, and Banff due to budgetary concerns, think again. These nine hotels offer mountain luxury for mere pennies on the dollar.
Please note: rates fluctuate depending on season and availability and were accurate at time of publication.
A Brooklyn-based writer and editor, Chelsea's work has appeared in Matador Network, The Huffington Post, the TripAdvisor blog, and more. When not planning her next trip, you'll usually find her drinking way too much iced coffee (always iced—she’s from New England) or bingeing a Netflix original series.
Anvil Hotel, Jackson, WY
Believe it or not, this high-design property used to be a rundown 1950s motel. After hotelier Erik Warner got his hands on it, Brooklyn-based design firm Studio Tack was flown in to transform the space into a study of all things great American west. Today, the lobby functions as a mercantile while 50 rooms (which start at just $99 a night) are done up with vintage-esque brass fixtures, rustic wainscoting, and custom Woolrich blankets. The design is just one side of Anvil’s covetable coin: the hotel also sits in the shadow of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and is mere minutes from the slopes of Snow King and Jackson Hole Mountain Resorts. Après-ski—on Saturdays from 4 to 6 p.m.—hit the lobby for complimentary wood-fired s’mores and spiked hot chocolates. If you’re in need of a bit more sustenance, Glorietta Trattoria serves up shareable Italian comfort foods like bone-in wagyu ribeye and pomodoro spaghetti.
The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, Taos, NM
When The Blake opened in February 2017, the $60-million property became a cornerstone of Taos’ ongoing Ski Valley renaissance and helped cement the town as a top-tier ski destination. The 80-room alpine lodge gives guests ski-in/ski-out access to Ski Valley’s Lift 1 and Lift 5, but the Blake is known for more than just slope-side convenience. Inside, mountain-facing one- and two-bedroom suites (from $287 a night) are warm and inviting with Pueblo textiles, gas fireplaces, and, of course, art that reflects the region’s melting pot of people and cultures. Until 2008, Taos’ resort was snowboard-free, but today, the valley’s 100+ trails welcome skiers, boarders, snowshoers, snowmobilers, and ridgeline hikers.
Field Guide Lodge, Stowe, VT
Stowe isn’t lauded as the “ski capital of the East” for nothing. Whether you’re a skier, boarder, cycler, or in-line skater, you’ll find ample opportunity to shred in Vermont’s Green Mountains. Just a 15-minute drive (or free shuttle ride) from the slopes of Stowe Mountain Resort—the epicenter of the town’s winter activities—30-room Field Guide Lodge is a modern take on a traditional ski haus. Guest rooms range from apartment-like suites (from $87 a night) to standalone cottages ($247 a night) and each mixes woodsy decor (think papier-mâché taxidermy and live-edge wooden headboards) with luxe amenities like waffle-knit kimono robes and soaking tubs. Once you’ve clicked off your skis for the day, don’t forget to explore Stowe itself. The quintessential New England town is dripping with diversions from maple syrup sugarhouses to distillery and brewery tastings.
Fairmont Tremblant, Mont-Tremblant, QC
With 312 rooms, suites, and condos, the Fairmont Tremblant is no quiet Quebecois refuge, but with stunning alpine views, a modern Nordic spa, and a ski-in/ski-out café, the landmark resort is loved for a reason. Last summer, the property underwent a $17 million renovation that expanded the Tremblant’s culinary options, introduced a new chairlift, and added 31 high-efficiency snow guns to increase the amount of powder spit out over Tremblant’s 755 skiable acres. Rooms here start from $115 a night, so you can spend your extra dough on post-piste meals at Choux Gras Brasserie Culinaire and spa treatments like personally curated facials and hydrating body wraps.
Snowpine Lodge, Alta, UT
Okay, we’ll be honest—we’re cheating a bit with this one as standard rooms will run you $325 or more. However, if you’re planning a girls’ or guys’ trip and you’re willing to opt for dorm-style accommodations, you can snag a stay in Alta’s new (and only) luxury resort for just $99 a night. The resurrected mountain lodge underwent a $50 million transformation before opening in January 2019 with 78 rooms, 19 bunks, a heated pool, a spa, a new American restaurant, a full-service pub, and its own chairlift which gives guests instant access to Alta Ski Area. With more than 500 inches of fresh powder each year, Alta (and Utah’s greater Wasatch Mountain range) really doesn’t have to do much to attract visitors, but Snowpine Lodge brings a bit of luxury to an otherwise traditional town.
Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, AB
Thanks to its hot spring-inspired spa, sweeping views of Alberta, and 13 food and drink options (including a chop house, brasserie, and tea room), we can get past the fact that we’ll never be the only guests at the 757-room Fairmont Banff Springs. This ‘Castle in the Rockies' was styled after an actual Scottish baronial estate and opened back in 1888, not long after William Cornelius Van Horne (the president of the Canadian Pacific Railway) put the Canadian Rockies on the map. While elegant, mountain-view guest rooms typically run for $325+ a night, the hotel offers a number of discounted packages for stays three nights or more, so guests can scoop up rooms for closer to $250. From mid-November to mid-May, visitors can also hit Banff’s "champagne powder" with a Ski Big 3 pass that grants them access to Sunshine Village, The Lake Louise Mountain Resort, and Banff Mount Norquay—each less than 40 minutes from the Fairmont.
Resort at Squaw Creek, Olympic Valley, CA
With spellbinding views of the Sierra Nevada range and ski-in/ski-out access to Squaw Valley–the host of the 1960 Winter Olympics—this resort does winter revelers right. Rooms here start at $229 a night, so budget-weary travelers will still have cash for their lift ticket. If you’re just along for the ride, that’s fine, too. While your travel buddies hit Olympic Valley’s 270+ trails, you can park yourself in front of your suite’s fireplace; people watch from the lobby’s floor-to-ceiling windows; take a dip in the outdoor hot tubs; hit the onsite Lake Tahoe Spa for a CBD detox treatment or pumpkin spice body polish; or search for the perfect Instagram shot while wandering the property’s 195 hillside acres. At the end of the day, reunite with your group for a meal at Six Peaks Grille, Squaw Creek’s onsite steakhouse, which sources its produce and herbs from the hotel’s own hydroponic garden.
Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Avon, CO
Traveling with lodge-bound snow bunnies and downhill speed demons? The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, in the middle of the Colorado Rockies, makes for the ideal home base. Accommodations here start at $249 a night and echo traditional ski chalets with their stone fireplaces, custom millwork, and earthy tones. Ski-in/ski-out access is offered to Beaver Creek Resort via the Bachelor Gulch Express quad chairlift, but if your interests lie elsewhere, the sprawling onsite spa's steam rooms, saunas, plunge pools, and stone-lined grotto should do. Once your group reunites at the end of the night, it’s off to WYLD for mountain-inspired cuisine (think venison with braised endive and butternut squash risotto).
Omni Mont Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, NH
Few New Hampshire properties are more iconic than Bretton Woods’ Omni Mount Washington Resort, a colossal Spanish Renaissance hotel that's been a fixture in White Mountain National Forest’s northernmost reaches since 1902. While the Omni’s most distinguishable features are certainly its red roof and colonnaded veranda, inside you'll find details like roaring stone fireplaces, vaulted grand halls, and a Prohibition-era speakeasy that harken back to its turn-of-the-century inception. With 200 rooms (starting from $249), you won’t have trouble booking for large parties, and as far as excursions go, Bretton Woods is the state’s largest ski area with 464 acres of freshly groomed corduroy and three terrain parks for adrenaline-seekers.
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