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For obvious reasons, there hasn’t been a lot of hotel openings and updates at ski resorts over the last year or so. But there have, in fact, been some pretty exciting additions to the ski-town lodging scene across several Western resorts. We’ve rounded up the newest hotels near some of our favorite ski areas. Get these on your radar as you begin to think about next season’s travel calendar.
Kimpton Armory Hotel
Opened: September 2020
Location: An hour from Big Sky Resort, Mont.
Housed in the 1941 Armory building that’s the former home of the Bozeman National Guard, the Kimpton Armory is an ideal combination of modern design and rugged Montana ambience. With rooms and suites kitted out with Frette linens, original artwork, and even yoga mats for your daily stretch, the new Kimpton is a refreshing addition to the ski-lodging scene in these parts. Fielding’s, named for the original Armory’s architect Fred Fielding Willson, serves breakfast and dinner daily plus grab-and-go options, while the rooftop glass-enclosed Sky Shed, with views of four mountain ranges, is the spot for après.
Best Amenities: Peloton rooms, rooftop pool and bar, Tune Up whiskey bar, pet-friendly
Opened: January 2019
Location: Base area at Alta Ski Area, Utah
The first new lodge at Alta in years, the Snowpine Lodge’s refined yet rustic vibe fits in well at the resort’s unassuming base area. Cozy rooms with plenty of storage, mountain views, and access to Stillwell Spa’s treatment rooms and fitness oasis give the Snowpine a decidedly vacation-friendly aura. Two game rooms, one for kids and the other for grown-up kids, are stocked with fodder for evening diversion. For dining, Sven’s, bathed in blonde wood and exposed stone, serves breakfast and dinner, but don’t miss The Gulch Bar for house-crafted cocktails overlooking the slopes.
Best Amenities: yoga classes, family suites with bunk rooms, game room with karaoke
Lodge at Blue Sky
Opened: June 2019
Location: 30 minutes from Park City Resort, Utah
A stay at the Lodge at Blue Sky is meant to be more than just a place to sleep and store your gear. This Auberge resort on its own 35-acre retreat in Wanship, just outside of Park City, is designed to be the centerpiece of your vacation, with skiing at Park City Resort and Deer Valley a couple of the many offerings on tap. Guests can choose between bedding down in Sky Lodge, in one of 19 one- or two-bedroom suites; Earth Suites, 22 suites each with private terraces with fireplaces; or the Creek Homes, freestanding one-bedroom suites nestled into the banks of Alexander Creek. But the goal here is adventures on the property’s expansive land, which in the winter include snowshoeing, wildlife viewing, sleigh rides, fat-tire biking, ice fishing, dog sledding, and even heli-snowshoeing in the Wasatch high peaks. Warning: You’ll need a vacation after this vacation.
Best Amenities: guided outdoor meditation, heated plunge pool, private yurt bar for snowshoe or Nordic excursions
The double bunk room at the W Aspen with built-in TVs. Photo: Courtesy of Marriott
Opened: August 2019
Location: Base of Aspen Mountain, Colo.
Funky, colorful, and perfectly quirky, the W Aspen set up shop in the old Sky Hotel—another notoriously quirky ski lodge—and is quickly becoming a hotspot known for its social vibe and convenient location at the base of Aspen Mountain. The rooms range from standard queen and king rooms and spacious suites to double bunk rooms and Marvelous or Mega Sky Residences—that’s actually the name of the 11 two- and three-bedroom residences that access private rooftop outdoor spaces. Dining, communal areas, and plenty of places to chill are abundant here, including 39 Degrees for Asian fare and convenient grab-and-go from the Townie Truck.
Best Amenities: bunk beds with individual TVs, lobby DJ, shuffleboard, heated rooftop pool and hot tubs
Gravity Haus Vail
Opened: September 2020
Location: Vail Village, Vail, Colo.
The new Gravity Haus Vail is part of an innovative travel-membership program that offers members steep discounts on rooms at this and other participating properties. Luckily, you don’t need to join to experience this hotel aimed toward adventure seekers and active travelers. Gravity Haus Vail has guest rooms, suites, and condos with all manner of bedding configurations, including bunks and pull-outs, to accommodate groups of all sizes. The property’s restaurant, the Slope Room, serves all meals plus après snacks, and all guests have access to the massive, 18,000-square-foot Dryland Fitness & Spa, with a full slate of classes, cardio machine (including Pelotons), and treatments.
Best Amenities: après-ski yoga, co-working space with fiber internet, personal trainers
Opened: June 2019
Location: Three miles from downtown Breckenridge, Colo.
Another lodging option designed with adventure in mind, LOGE Breckenridge is the newest outpost for the LOGE brand, whose goal is to offer lodging options at varying budgets for traveling outdoorsmen and -women. (LOGE stands for Live Outside, Go Explore.) The Breck location is a revamped motel-style property with queen, king, and family rooms that are at once no-frills and stylish in design and use of space. The Wayside Cafe has a small menu, and while there’s no pool, hot tubs, or spa, the comfy communal living area’s fireplace is a fine place to gather at day’s end.
Best Amenities: snowshoe and Nordic trails right out the door, on-site rentals of sleds and other snow toys, dog friendly
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