Ski Resort Life

Hotels: What's New

Time to revisit these ski-town lodges, where recent renovations mean things don’t look quite like they used to.

Lodge at Breckenridge, Breckenridge, Colo. » Aiming to rise from typical mountain lodge to bou- tique hotel, the 35-year-old Lodge at Breckenridge reopened in December following $3.7 million in renovations. Enhancements include beetle-kill pine decor in each of the 45 rooms and the addition of Traverse Restaurant & Bar. Chef Brent Turnipsede, formerly of Vail’s Sweet Basil, has compiled a menu featuring Colorado game, tapas, and elegant comfort food all paired with local craft beers. 

Le Westin, Tremblant, Que. » One of the Canadian village’s flagship properties underwent a major overhaul this season, with few spaces left untouched throughout the 122-room hotel. Guest rooms have been updated with new furnishings and color palettes, the lobby’s “living green wall” of plants is designed to exude harmony with the added benefit of improved air quality, and the new Gypsy Restaurant & Lounge focuses on Mediterranean cuisine and seasonal cocktails crafted with house-made infusions.

Lodge at Vail, Vail, Colo. » One of the village’s iconic hotels, the Lodge at Vail has been undergoing renovations since 2008. In that time, all 165 rooms have been updated, the pool area saw the addition of two large hot tubs and a couple of fire pits, and the bar at Cucina was revamped.


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, Stateline, Nev. » Making other renovations look like small beans, the former Horizon Casino, shuttered since last March, rose anew in January as the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe after a $60 million overhaul. All 500 rooms were modernized and outfitted with all the mod cons, four restaurants and bars debuted, and the 25,000-square-foot casino vies to keep you off the slopes. Good luck with that.

(Photos from top: Courtesy Lodge at Breckenridge/Katie Girtman, Courtesy Le Westin/Brandon Barre)