Looking down the slope at Ponderosa Chalet with Glacier National Park in the background. (Snow Bear Chalets/Facebook)
Part of the fun of planning a winter getaway is finding the perfect spot to rest and relax after a day on the slopes. SnoCountry.com has picked some of our favorite hotels that offer more than your standard night’s stay.
Suspended above the forest floor, with floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll feel like you’re living in the trees on your stay at Snow Bear Chalets at Whitefish Mountain Resort. The king bed is cantilevered out into a window area, so you’ll feel like you’re hanging from the treetops. From the loft you can take a ship’s ladder to the top of the turret, perfect for viewing the slopes
Quebec's one-of-a-kind Hôtel de Glace, near Mont-Sainte-Anne, Le Massif de Charlevoix and Stoneham, is the only place in North America where you can enjoy a cozy night's sleep in a room made entirely of ice (some suites even come with their own fireplace and spa). Even if you don’t spend the night, come for a tour and enjoy a cocktail at the ice bar served in a glass made of ice. Open this season Jan. 3 –March 25, 2018.
Bowling might not be the first activity that you think of when you imagine a slopeside ski vacation at Breckenridge, but at One Ski Hill Place you can book their private bowling alley, The Mine Shaft, and enjoy burgers, or snack on chips and guacamole, while you pick up spares, and knock down strikes. Orders off hospitality menu will be delivered right to the alley, so you don't have to stop your game to re-fuel.
Base Camp South Lake Tahoe, a four-minute walk to the Heavenly Gondola, takes the best community experiences of a hostel or backcountry hut and mixes in the convenience of an in-town hotel and the allure of the great outdoors, with cabin–themed rooms, tents and bunk beds, along with multiple fire pits to share stories and roast s’mores. Communal dinners are offered to break bread with other explorers and a rooftop hot tub offers more outdoor fun.
Based at the Adventure Suites, New Hampshire’s Wildcat, Attitash, King Pine, Cranmore and Black Mountain are all within easy reach. Seventeen suites each have a different theme, from the jungle safari to motorcycle madness to the sky captain’s lounge. Lots of bed options for groups or families.