During the busy winter season, one of the best ways to reduce the stress and heighten the enjoyment of a ski vacation is to stay right on the slopes – at a ski-in ski-out lodge.
The majority of resorts have such accommodations, ranging from basic to super-luxurious. SnoCountry scanned the ski and snowboard world and came up with a few of many choices.
Just a quick traverse from the base of Cranmore's South Quad lift, the Kearsage Brook Condos feature all sizes of rooms and suites designed for the skier and snowboarder. Northern New Hampshire mountains provide backdrop, hot tub awaits after a day on the hill, and the eateries of North Conway are but a mile away.
Two lifts – D Lift and Kaatskill Flyer – are within a short slide of Kaatskill Mountain Club at Hunter Mountain. Seven choices of accommodations, outdoor heated pool and hot tubs, and Van Winkle's Restaurant with revolving menus for breakfast, lunch, apres-ski and dinner – with small, medium and large plates.
The most luxurious lodging at uber-luxury Deer Valley Resort, the Stein Eriksen Lodge nestles at mid-mountain. Ski-in ski-out rooms allow visitors to ski or ride down, or take one of half-dozen lifts farther up the hill. Indulgence reigns, from Five-Star spa to custom-designed rooms to 3,500 sq-ft entertainment center to top-chef dining.
Resort at Squaw Creek has more than 400 ski-in ski-out rooms at base of Squaw Valley. Secluded a short distance from main base area, the inn has its own lift right out the door. Six Grills Restaurant goes full-on sustainable with own herb garden – and substantial wine cellar.
At Winter Park, managers of ski-in ski-out Zephyr Mountain Lodge touts being exactly 110 feet from The Gondola. The lodge features one- to three-bedroom condos, four outdoor hot tubs and heated underground parking. All rooms are within walking distance of Winter Park substantial base amenities.