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Resort Guide 2022

The 10 Best Resorts in the West for Lodging

Condos, luxury hotels, ski-in/ski-out, value accommodations—these ski areas have it all.

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Different ski vacations call for different types of lodging, but all ski vacations require someplace to hang your helmet after the lifts stop turning. This category is where you’ll find the resorts that offer the biggest breadth of options—ski-in/ski-out, slopeside, condos, massive homes, and more—from luxury to value-friendly and everything in between.

Top 10 Resorts in the West for Lodging

No. 10. Beaver Creek, Colo.

Score: 8.44
Other Strengths:
Grooming (#6), Service (#7)
Weaknesses:
Challenge (#26), Value (#32)

Beaver Creek Lodging
(Photo: Courtesy of Vail Resorts)

What Readers Say

“My favorite place—easy to get to and town of Avon has grocery store options, liquor store, shops—I can walk to it all. The grooming is outstanding and lots of runs for beginner and intermediate skiers too. Great mountain, lots to choose from, I can ski all over the place.”

“Never have had a bad day skiing here. Snow has always been good to great, lift lines nearly nonexistent and a large variety of terrain from groomed cruisers to steep and deep and Aspen tree skiing. Plus wonderful band and beverages at the end of day at the bottom of Arrowhead.”

“Beaver Creek clearly is for the wealthy, generally older, high-intermediate empty-nester, or wealthy family, that enjoys endless groomers and high-end expensive meals and accommodations as well as the generally high-end customer service that these people demand. If that’s who you are, Beaver Creek is among the best ski resorts for you. ”

9. Heavenly Mountain Resort, Colo.

Score: 8.49
Other Strengths: N
ightlife (#3), Après (#10)
Weaknesses:
Overall Satisfaction (#34), Variety (#33)

What Readers Say

“Great skiing, Tahoe views, lots of lodging options, and casinos walking distance from the lift. What more could you ask for?”

“Nevada side provides reasonable lodging close to lifts and casino gaming. California and Nevada both have reasonably priced restaurants. Parking fees are reasonable or free.”

“Absolutely beautiful ski mountain with unparalleled views of Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley. Local town has gone more upscale, but still relatively affordable. Lots to do after skiing.”

8. Breckenridge, Colo.

Score: 8.56
Other Strengths:
Après (#5), Nightlife (#4)
Weaknesses: Value (#30), Service (#29)

Breckenridge lodging
One Ski Hill Place (Photo: Vail Resorts)

What Readers Say

“Breck is a real town, not just a ski resort. Although, unfortunately, it is becoming Vail-ized and slowly losing its charm. Great town, no car necessary once you are there, low crowds on weekdays, affordable lodging with easy access to the mountain. Also, very reasonable flights to Denver compared to other ski hubs.”

“I love the long, groomed trails and they get plenty of snow to keep the slopes fresh. There are tons of places to stay slopeside or very nearby. It’s not overly expensive, either.”

“Solid resort. Love the high-alpine terrain. The T-bar and No. 6 chair badly need to be replaced with more capacity. Crowds can be very bad at Breck. Won’t ski there on weekends. Even Fridays are rough.”

7. Park City, Utah

Score: 8.58
Other Strengths:
Access (#4), Dining (#9)
Weaknesses:
Value (#30), Snow (#27)

Park City Lodging
(Photo: Vail Resorts)

What Readers Say

“Easy to get to. Wide variety of lodging. Fun town. Free transportation to all resorts (Deer Valley, Park City). Over 400 miles of trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and skate-skiing. Fun après-ski. Very family oriented. Great value.”

“Park City is easy to get to and has abundant lodging and restaurants. The skiing is great tremendous amount of terrain good snow quality.”

“Park City is so massive; there’s truly something for everyone! We went there for 4 days and never skied the same run twice. The downside is that it is a trek to go back and forth between the different sides. If you are staying on one side and trying to go to the other, you lose a lot of time getting to and using the gondola.”

6. Steamboat Resort, Colo.

Score: 8.67
Other Strengths:
Family (#3), Local Flavor (#7)
Weaknesses:
Challenge (#28), Value (#26)

What Readers Say

“Steamboat is a great hill and a great town! The transportation system is phenomenal, there are lots of lodging options, and the skiing is almost always awesome.”

“Free public transport in town. Variety of lodging at all price ranges. Less crowds than other Colorado resorts. Skiing for all abilities. Amazing tree skiing for experts.”

“Steamboat has the terrain. It’s expensive and it takes more time to drive there so day trips from Denver aren’t practical, but Steamboat is world class. Always worth the time & money.”

5. Aspen Snowmass, Colo.

Score: 8.78
Other Strengths:
Lifts (#3), Nightlife (#2)
Weaknesses:
Value (#22), Access (#19)

Aspen Snowmass Lodging
(Photo: Aspen Snowmass)

What Readers Say

“I go here often, both with my ski club and family and friends. We love everything about it: the long trails, terrain variety, ski-out/ski-in lodging, great on-mountain food and evening dining. It’s just a great experience every time. Definitely one of my favorite ski resorts.”

“With four mountains within 20 minutes of each other, what more could a skier want? You can literally walk to one of the mountains from getting off the plane! Where else can you do that? Varied terrain, great food and a variety of accommodations!”

“The variety of the terrain over the mountains is great. Generally good snow cover. Lodging is expensive, and you have to watch where you eat if you’re on a budget. Still, it’s hard to beat.”

4. Telluride Resort, Colo.

Score: 8.89
Other Strengths: Variety (#3), Overall Satisfaction (#3)
Weaknesses: Access (#33), Family (#21)

Telluride Lodging
(Photo: Telluride Ski Resort)

What Readers Say

“This is easily the best ski hill/town in the United States. It’s got great terrain, excellent snow, amazingly varied and interesting terrain, plenty of lodging and dining options, and a town that just absolutely rocks. Where else does the mountain literally spill right into an absolutely rollicking town?”

“Telluride is magical. The gondolas are a great way to get around. The towns are beautiful at night. The skiing is really fun. The rooms are very comfortable. Getting around is easy.”

“Little fancy now, but love Telluride. Great mountain, great town. Many wonderful winter and summer nights in T-ride.”

3. Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.

Score: 9.02
Other Strengths:
Variety (#1), Nightlife (#1)
Weaknesses:
Snow (#28), Value (#24)

What Readers Say

“Whistler Blackcomb is a huge resort and I have only just begun to find the gems available within its boundaries. They have well distributed lifts, on- and off-mountain restaurants, lots of lodging and a good transportation system to get to and from the base areas.”

“Whistler is the total package. You’re surrounded by beautiful mountains and there is a village at the base of the mountain that you can walk to. And includes nightlife and very good restaurants. Everything is right there. You never have to travel again once you get to your destination. And the snow is typically awesome!”

“Two huge mountains, peak-to-peak gondola, awesome place!! So easy to get there. The bus runs all over the place and very convenient. All international skiers and seasonal workers. there is a very friendly and fun place. But since Vail bought it, it’s changed a lot! Losing the town’s ambiance.”

2. Deer Valley Resort, Utah

Score: 9.14
Other Strengths:
Family (#2), Grooming  (#2)
Weaknesses:
Challenge (#31), Variety (#30)

Deer Valley Lodging
(Photo: Deer Valley Resort)

What Readers Say

“Amazing service, grooming, and snow quality. Excellent terrain. Great restaurants, bars, and nightlife. Authentic mountain town with history and a fun vibe. Easiest access from virtually anywhere to world-class skiing.”

“Deer Valley has been the best resort we have skied at thus far. The customer service is exceptional, the Utah powder is like no other, the food/restaurants/amenities/après both at the resort, and in town, are exceptional. I recommend Deer Valley, and Park City, to everyone. These are the reasons why we have skied there numerous times and will continue to go back every opportunity we get.”

“This is probably the nicest resort I have ever skied and also the most expensive and price counts which is why it isn’t at the top of the list. My weekday season pass at Stevens Pas costs about what 2 days would cost at Deer Valley.”

1. Sun Valley, Idaho

Score: 9.19
Other Strengths:
Grooming (#1), Service (#1)
Weaknesses:
Access (#24), Snow (#22)

Sun Valley Lodging
© Kevin Syms (Photo: Sun Valley Resort/Kevin Syms)

What Readers Say

“Great variety in skiing, food, lodging, downtown. Very classy, but understated.”

“Just great, in all respects. Ketchum is, by far, the best resort town—not just the best ski town, but the best resort town, period—in North America, and for my money, the world: Great restaurants (high, low and in between), great nightlife, great shopping, great lodging, great people. Grooming and snowmaking is legendary, and it should be. Sun Valley is tops in combining skiing and non-skiing.”

“It takes all day to get to SV from the coasts. The Hailey airport is too unreliable. Boise (a 2-1/2 hour, albeit beautiful, drive) is the only sensible option. I don’t mind—it keeps the crowds down.”