Affordable, Fun Mountain Resort Hotels
Glenwood Hot Springs Resort includes the largest mineral hot springs pool in the world. (Glenwood Hot Springs)
Looking for a little personality to your ski lodgings, but still don't want to break the bank? Chain hotels are great for a standard room, but these accommodations will put you up in style with a personal touch. Innkeepers will have local intel, and you'll have a few bucks left to explore restaurants and shops in town, too.
Sunlight's Ski, Swim, and Stay package ($99) is the ski vacation families can afford. Shuttle for free from Glenwood Springs, Colorado, where you can après ski in the world’s largest hot springs pool and still find a room for under $100 a night. With the package, kids 12 and under ski free. You'll find an abundance of affordable restaurants, many within an easy walk of Glenwood’s historic downtown and many other family fun activities.
Right on the infamous access road to Killington, a two-night, two-day ski and stay package at Mountain Sports Inn starts at $108 (midweek), $160 (weekend) per person, per night mid-season. Based on double occupancy in an economy room, including breakfast, taxes, and lift tickets.
Just eight miles from Montana’s Whitefish Mountain Resort and seconds from downtown Whitefish, Grouse Mountain Lodge lets you spend your days knee-deep in powder and your nights exploring the restaurants, shopping and bars that have made Whitefish famous. Winter rates from $79.
The fun Ruby Ponderay near the base of Schweitzer offers a trendy alternative to lodging for the budget-conscious traveler. Take a dip in the newly-built aquatic center and enjoy a fresh breakfast every morning. Stay and play ski specials available, with discounted lift tickets and complimentary ride to the mountain.
The “coolest lodging in the mountains” might just be the SnowMansion, nine miles from Taos Ski Valley. Private and group rooms, so even with larger groups, everyone has their own bed. Complimentary cereal, milk, toast, jam, tea and coffee in the morning, with full use the restaurant style kitchen mornings and evenings.