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Resort Guide 2023

Top 10 Resorts in West for Lodging

Skiers gotta sleep. These are the resorts with the best beds in the West.

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Car campers and sofa surfers, scroll on. This roundup is for vacationers who appreciate the convenience and luxury of things like ski valets, 1,000-thread-count sheets, and sprawling breakfast buffets. Yes, you’ll pay a pretty penny to bunk at these resorts, but for some, the hotel is a vital part of the ski vacation—think hunkering around massive lobby fireplaces and swaddling in Hungarian goose-down comforters until the lifts start to spin in the morning. If that’s you or someone you love, these are the Top 10 ski resorts for lodging according to the 2023 Reader Resort Survey. See the entire survey results here.

Top 10 Resorts in the West for Lodging

No. 10. Beaver Creek, Colo.

Score: 8.03
Other Strengths:
Grooming, Lifts
Weaknesses:
Value, Nightlife

Beaver Creek Lodging RG23
(Photo: Courtesy of Vail Resorts/Brooks Freehill)

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. ”

No. 9: Park City Resort, Utah

Score: 8.07
Other Strengths:
Nightlife, Terrain Variety
Weaknesses:
Guest Service, Value

Park City Lodging
(Photo: Courtesy of Vail Resorts)

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.”

No. 8: Breckenridge, Colo.

Score: 8.18
Other Strengths:
Après, Terrain Variety
Weaknesses: Value, Guest Service

Breckenridge Lodging RG23
(Photo: Courtesy of Vail Resorts)

What Readers Say

“Very great place for skiing, lodging, and restaurants. The town is the best.”

“I’ve been there two times and love it. I’d recommend it to pretty much anyone. It’s large enough that everyone can find an area that suits them. The town is very nice and easy to explore. Great places to eat and drink. It’s easy to get around with the free shuttle.”

“It has good lodging options, has very consistent snow due to elevation. I have noted that many other resorts characterize their terrain and snow by embellishing the truth. At Breckenridge, the consistent experience speaks for itself beyond what language can convey.”

No. 7: Telluride Ski Resort, Colo.

Score: 8.20
Other Strengths:
Local Flavor, Challenge
Weaknesses:
Access, Value

Telluride Lodging RG23
(Photo: Courtesy of Telluride Ski Resort)

What Readers Say

“We love Telluride. It is one of the last authentic Western ski towns. Abundant choices for dining, après-ski, lodging. Tons of things to do on and off the mountain.”

“Amazing terrain, beautiful town, lots of dining and lodging. Just wish it was on the Ikon Pass!”

“The Madeline Hotel at Mountain Village was wonderful. Loved not needing a car and having the gondola to get from the ski village to the town.”

No. 6: Aspen Snowmass, Colo.

Score: 8.28
Other Strengths:
Challenge, Terrain Variety
Weaknesses:
Value, Access

Aspen Lodging RG23
(Photo: Courtesy of Aspen Snowmass)

What Readers Say

“A family favorite because of plentiful slopeside lodging, free après-ski S’mores that my kids love, efficient layout and fast lifts, something for everyone terrain-wise.”

“Between all four mountains, there’s plenty to skiing for every level skier. Snowmass is quiet at night but Aspen has plenty of dining and entertainment options. Lots of lodging at both mountains, and some at Highlands and even Buttermilk.”

“Go here often with my adult sons. We all love it; great terrain variety and challenge; great lift system; lodging is right on the slopes. Good value and great ski-in/ski-out; many excellent dining options. Look forward to visiting several different places each trip.”

No. 5: Heavenly Mountain Resort, Calif.

Score: 8.37
Other Strengths:
Lifts, Nightlife
Weaknesses:
Snow, Value

Heavenly Lodging RG23
(Photo: Courtesy of Vail Resorts/Jack Morris)

What Readers Say

“The views of Lake Tahoe from many of the runs is spectacular. There is a fine variety of terrain for all abilities. Many restaurant and lodging choices are available.”

“Great trees, great snow, good lodging near the mountain. Great terrain for everyone. The scene in South Lake Tahoe includes good dining, fun bars, and even casinos. Really fun!”

“Heavenly seems to offer much more of a total ski town feel than any mountain village does. The problem with most modern mountain villages is they feel so homogeneous. The eclectic feel and varied patchwork of hotels, restaurants, shops, etc., in South Lake Tahoe lend this mountain a more true village feel then any planned villages could ever provide. there is something here for everyone from top dollar to super budget.”

No. 4: Steamboat Resort, Colo.

Score: 8.40
Other Strengths: Local Flavor, Family Friendly
Weaknesses: Access, Value

Steamboat Grand
(Photo: Larry Pierce)

What Readers Say

“A big mountain with plenty of variety. Love the new gondola setup. Full variety of lodging and dining.”

“The town of Steamboat is one of the best ski resort towns in the West. The restaurants are superb and there is always nightlife. The mountain has something for everyone and is very family friendly! I love skiing the back side of the mountain and wish there was more than just the Morningside lift. Also wish it were cheaper to stay in Steamboat. Lodging is ridiculous now.

“Great family resort. My wife and I hosted our two daughters and their families slopeside at Chateau Chamonix. Base area is a little congested but I hear changes are in the works.”

No. 3: Whistler Blackcomb, B.C.

Score: 8.60
Other Strengths:
Terrain Variety, Nightlife
Weaknesses:
Snow, Value

Whistler Lodging RG23
Delta Whistler Village Suites (Photo: Courtesy of Vail Resorts)

What Readers Say

“As close to paradise as you can get. THE best après, dining, lodging, shopping, family programs, etc. for young families, adults, guy trips and gal trips. All on a set of mountains that offers more than any other bump out there. Size, variety, steeps, groomers, tree runs, glaciers, above the tree line. Efficient lifts. Yeah, there are some temperature inversions and yeah, there can be some cloudy days, but with everything else it offers, it can’t be beat. Heaven on Earth.”

“Whistler is a wonderful resort with a village that is lively with a wide variety of dining options. It also has many fine lodging options. The ski area is vast with a wide variety of terrain that should satisfy any level of skier.”

“Whistler is my favorite ski resort, and I tell everyone. The village is perfect, restaurants, lodging, and shopping are phenomenal.”

No. 2: Sun Valley, Idaho

Score: 8.72
Other Strengths:
Guest Service, Grooming
Weaknesses:
Value, Snow

Sun Valley Lodging RG23
(Photo: Courtesy of Sun Valley)

What Readers Say

“Been to most top ski resorts in North America. Sun Valley is right at the top. The overall experience of the mountain set up, lodging, food, and friendly staff made the trip very special. Booked 2023 trip already. Can’t wait.”

“Considering the entire package—snow quality, the wide range of terrain from challenging down to beginner-friendly, tons of vertical, lack of crowds, quality lodging, amount of other stuff to do, total trip cost, local town feel—it’s a safe bet that a trip planned well in advance of of winter (which also may include non-skiers) will not leave anyone disappointed.”

“Sun Valley ranks in the best category for uncrowded slopes and lines, ease of access to slopes, great hotel, great food on and off the slopes, and very friendly atmosphere from everyone. It is somewhat remote from big airports and requires a rental car. Otherwise, one of the best in the West.”

No. 1: Deer Valley Resort, Utah

Score: 8.78
Other Strengths:
Grooming, Access
Weaknesses:
Challenge, Value

Deer Valley Lodging RG23
(Photo: Courtesy of Deer Valley)

What Readers Say

“Deer Valley is the best destination ski resort in the country. With a world-class ski school, fine lodging and dining, and great accessibility from an international airport, there is no better place for your family to have your best ski vacation possible.”

“Deer Valley is the ultimate skiing experience. Everything, the staff, food, lodging, grooming, is the best. Especially for a relative beginner like myself. It’s expensive but the experience is worth every penny.”

“Simply the best anywhere. Five star service from genuinely friendly helpful staff who clearly have pride in working at Deer Valley. Some good expert terrain in Empire but this is mostly intermediate terrain perfect for a family vacation.”