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A Retro Motor Lodge, A-Frame Colony, and 5 More Ski Hotels Opening This Winter

This winter's crop of ski hotels and lodges range from cozy cabins to sprawling resorts scattered across the American west.

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From ’70s inspired A-frame cabins, a “restaurant with rooms” concept in Colorado, top-to-bottom revamps in Mammoth, Jackson, and Snowmass, and, at long last, the arrival of a hip new hotel in Schweitzer, stylish, affordable lodging options abound at both popular and lesser-known mountains. Here are the latest lodging updates in North America.

New Hotels in Ski Country for the 2022-’23 Season

Viewline Resort Snowmass, Snowmass, Colo.

Viewline Snowmass
The reimagined Viewline Snowmass occupies the slopeside space of the former Westin Snowmass. Photo: Shawn O’Connor

Following a $40M renovation, the Westin, beloved for its mid-mountain location, has been reborn as the 254-room Viewline Resort Snowmass, a ski-in/ski-out property under Marriott’s Autograph Collection. With 26-foot double-story ceilings and expansive windows that flood the public spaces with light and capitalize on killer views, the reconceived property has a completely new vibe. Mid-century style furnishings in muted hues and eye-catching design elements like oversized chandeliers and monumental geometric cut-out artwork feel fresh and inviting with subtle nods to the 1960s, the decade that Snowmass was founded by Aspen Skiing Company. Hotel amenities include a private ski concierge to help with gear, kids’ club, heated pool, spa, and après offerings such as S’mores and a hot chocolate bar. Rates from $445

Sierra Nevada Resort, Mammoth Mountain, Calif.

When it was opened by Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss in 1967, this property was a magnet for Hollywood types like John Wayne and Jerry Lewis looking to chill out in the mountains. Now, the historic hotel smack in the heart of town (five minutes from the chairlift) is getting a facelift, its 179 rooms refreshed with allusions to Mammoth’s Wild West spirit through vintage art and maps as well as Western patterns in the carpet, curtains, and throw blankets. Sierra Nevada Resort’s Americana vibe extends to the lobby with time-worn leather chairs and rawhide stools set around the hearth. Upgrades will also include a new wine bar, a heated, natural-edge pool overlooking the Sierra slopes, redwood hot tubs placed throughout the property, and an outdoor area with food trucks for on-the-go meals. Rates from $199

Humbird Hotel, Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho

Humbird Schweitzer
The Humbird Hotel elevates the lodging profile at Idaho’s up-and-coming Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Photo: Courtesy of Schweitzer Mountain

Sun Valley may get the buzz, but Schweitzer, tucked into northern Idaho near the Washington border, clocks in as the state’s largest ski resort and one of the 15 largest ski mountains in the country by skiable acreage (2,900). The resort opened its first hotel last winter, and it’s been a game changer for the under-the-radar powder playground. Named for the Humbird Lumber Company, which was the cornerstone of Sandpoint’s economy in the early 1900s, the ski-in/ski-out Humbird Hotel pays homage to the logging industry and surrounding nature with timber-heavy design and oversized windows to maximize views that stretch across multiple states. Reinforcing the property’s sense of place are custom wall coverings; one mirrors the look of water reflecting on nearby Lake Pend Oreille, and another of light filtering through a canopy of native trees. The 31 rooms are comfortable and streamlined with warm wood and carpeting that resembles ski tracks in the snow. Additionally, there is a rooftop deck with a hot tub, a 50-seat restaurant, and a spa. Rates from $361

Mountain Modern, Jackson, Wyo.

Mountain Modern Jackson
The hip and trendy Mountain Modern in Jackson, Wyo., is adding 59 new rooms for the coming winter. Photo: Courtesy of Mountain Modern

Cheap and cheery Mountain Modern Motel is doubling in size—its footprint will now be an entire city block—adding 59 new rooms designed to bring the Grand Teton landscape inside. To wit: King rooms, studios with a full kitchen, suites, and two-bedroom, two-story residential-style suites (that can sleep up to eight people) are decked out with custom wall coverings depicting wildlife and backcountry scenes, gear walls, fireplaces (in suites only), and unfussy furniture accented with the property’s signature red buffalo plaid. A lounge and more outdoor space will serve as communal areas with fire pits, classic board games, and live music. Rates from $300

The Carlin, Breckenridge, Colo.

The Carlin Breck rendering
The new-concept Carlin is 75 percent restaurant, 25 percent hotel. Rendering: Courtesy of Destination Hospitality Group

Inspired by the charm of teeny, hygge-forward, food-focused inns sprinkled throughout the European Alps, Destination Hospitality Group, an outfit with eateries in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, will introduce The Carlin,  a “restaurant with rooms” concept featuring four hotel suites, an 80-seat restaurant, and a cocktail bar in the basement. While the Pacific Northwest–veering restaurant is the beating heart of the building (a nightly tasting menu and a la carte options will be offered), the moody Underground Tavern will also be a sophisticated addition to Main Street’s bar scene. And the rooms?  High vaulted ceilings, timber-heavy interiors set off by gold and jewel tones, sheepskin pelts, and cozy window benches deliver a “Swiss chalet” feel. Rates from $325 

A-Frame Club, Winter Park, Colo.

A-Frame Winter Park
The A-Frame Club comprises 31 adorable cabins set on the banks of the Fraser River in Winter Park. Photo: Kylie Fitts

Proximity to Denver (a 1.5-hour drive) and 3,000 acres of diverse terrain have always been draws, but standout lodging has never been a feather in Winter Park’s cap. The spanking new A-Frame Club injects spice into the lodging landscape with 31 cabins oozing with cool-kid 1970s ski culture. Tucked into woodlands overlooking the Fraser River, each 475-square-foot structure features a lofted bedroom and a kitchenette. Design elements like retro Malm fireplaces, vintage furnishings, Noguchi lights, and lively color-blocked Maharam rugs are nostalgic yet modern, offset by light birch walls and groovy artwork. The Lodge, home to both the bar and a restaurant focused on classic alpine fare, is steps away as is a large deck for DJ-fueled après sessions. Rates from $500

The Virginian Lodge, Jackson, Wyo.

Virginian Lodge
Jackson’s Virginian Lodge is a beloved community hub that reopened in January with a whole new vibe. Photo: Courtesy of the Virginian Lodge

Another complete revamp, The Virginian Lodge reopened last winter. A former motor lodge that first debuted in 1965, The Virginian takes its name inspiration from an old Western novel of the same name. There are 165 all-new rooms and suites surrounding a central courtyard with a huge, four-season pool. The lobby is decked out in warm wood accents and mid-century decor tailored to the mountain-loving traveler. Rooms are spacious, especially the bunk rooms, which sleep up to eight and have a double bathroom, ideal for families or friend groups. The Virginian is located on 13 acres and is about a five-minute walk to Jackson’s Town Square. Coming online this winter is a revamp of the hotel’s restaurant, The Virginian Saloon, and a drive-through liquor store called Ginny’s Bottle Shop. Rates from $199