To enjoy a great ski vacation, you need several things. One is great slopes of course, but another is great accommodation. For any ski trip, having the perfect place to return to every evening, where you can relax and enjoy a bit of luxury can make a good vacation into a truly special one. Marriott and Ritz-Carlton have long been a leader in providing the best places to stay at ski resorts all over the country (and around the world).
If you are looking for discounts on hotel properties at these ski resorts, consider using Hotelopia which often provides the most competitive rates we find.
Here are 6 of Marriott’s finest ski hotels in the USA
The first thing that hits you as you arrive at the Vail Marriott is the building itself. It brings a touch of St Moritz to your Vail ski resort vacation with the European style of the grandest alpine hotels, and looks stunning, especially in the evening when the lights cast dramatic shadows over the white stone arches and architectural details. The hotel is found in western Vail Village, the Lionshead Circle, and is just a short walk from the Eagle Bahn gondola, making it really convenient for hitting the slopes and an easy run home after a tiring day on the powder. Considering its prime location, Vail Marriott offers great value for money, with other alternatives within such easy reach of the facilities often costing significantly more.
Accommodation is of a high standard, with spacious, well finished rooms with large TVs when you want to kick back and relax. As you expect from Marriott, service is always excellent, with a staff that is both knowledgeable and eager to accommodate your needs. Both indoor and outdoor pools, a gym, a spa that will take good care of any aching muscles and the three restaurants, including a pub based, more informal area perfect for the après-ski fun along with a fantastic pizzeria are amazing places to wind down.
Note that Vail of chock full of vacation rentals — an option worth comparing if you have a larger group.
Just a stone’s throw from our first recommendation is a high-end Marriott property. The 180 room hotel is a big place by anyone’s standards, and yet thanks to clever use of natural materials this one manages to blend into the mountain surroundings, seemingly both naturally rustic and thoroughly elegant all at once. The hotel’s log clad exterior is complimented by an alpine themed interior. The main lounge always has a roaring fire to greet you, something always most welcome after a day on the slopes, while a heated swimming pool and spa offer the luxury touch that makes any stay here extra special.
The Bachelor Gulch Ritz is situation centrally at the base area of Beaver Creek, convenient to two express lifts and allowing you to get up the mountain in a hurry.
The rooms are smart and spacious, bring a casual elegance to your stay that everyone will love, and is reflected in the friendly, warm atmosphere throughout the hotel. Service follows that style, including a dedicated ski concierge. They can even warm your boots up in the morning! With a bar and choice of restaurants, both formal and informal, there is something for everyone at the end of a hard day on the slopes, and the location is right on the mountain side. You cannot get nearer to the action.
Lake Tahoe is an exceptionally popular destination for snow lovers of all kinds, and if you want easy access to the slopes, you can’t beat this magnificent hotel. Situated adjacent to the central gondola at Heavenly Resort, it’s just a few seconds walk and you’re on the way up the mountain. You literally walk out one door, and into the gondola loading building. A unique building, the Timber Lodge is more like a large private ski lodge than a hotel. And that warm, homely atmosphere is carried through all aspects of your stay.
Suites are large and well equipped, with in-suite dining areas and kitchenettes providing a comfortable and easy to manage place to recharge at the end of the day. For times when you are not on the slopes, a heated pool, a kid’s club and choice of restaurants, including the amazing Fire & Ice with its outdoor fire pits for some unique informal dining offers plenty of diversions to keep you occupied and enjoying yourself. Service is excellent. Whatever you need, they will go out of their way to find a solution.
Lake Tahoe has lots of hotels in the area. While the Marriott Timber Lodge has one of our favorite locations, you can find many more good spots just up and down the street (search here).
When it comes to ski hotels, Marriott’s seem to have grabbed all the best locations. Mountain Valley Lodge is so close to the slopes you can actually ski right back to the hotel at the end of the day! A modern building with clean lines, it’s in a beautiful location next to the lake with stunning panoramic views in every direction. A real ski center, it has ski storage and a dedicated service that looks after you with care, both on your way out to the slopes and after you arrive back.
The suites offer plenty of space, and with built in kitchen facilities and a private balcony to enjoy the view they are elegant and opulent in equal measure. Away from the slopes there is a hi-tech fitness center and a heated pool, everything you need to wind down after a hard day on the slopes.
Hotel Park City
It doesn’t have Marriott in its name, but it is a Marriott property all the way. And it is a beautiful, upscale property — one of the finest Marriott properties we have ever stayed at.
The Hotel Park City has it all – nice hotel rooms, and a series of condo-style buildings if you need more space and privacy. The property has lots of old leather and fireplaces, making it look, feel, and smell like a quintessential ski property from the second you enter the lobby and smell the wood fire. If you visit in the summer, the property has a golf course — the Park City Golf Club — on grounds.
We have stayed in the hotel rooms, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedroom properties. They are all excellent, with great furnishings, good views, and plenty of privacy from unit to unit. Inside the property is a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, but there are not any other restaurants. It is across the street from Squatters Pub, and a short drive from Old Town Park City which literally gives you dozens of dining options. Also note that since the property features a series of buildings / condos, it can be a 5-10 minute walk from one end of the property to the other.
Location-wise, Hotel Park City is situated on the main drag in Park City, in between the entrances to the Canyons ski area and the Park City base area, an easy 5-minute drive to each (we prefer the Canyons side). To get to Deer Valley is simply a 10 minute drive. The hotel offers shuttle service. And getting to Park City from the Salt Lake City airport is a breeze. It is our favorite ski area near a big airport.
Park City has plenty of vacation rental options, if you want to check out your non-hotel choices too.
Wilson Hotel, Big Sky
A new hotel as of 2020 is the Wilson Hotel in Big Sky, Montana. It is actually a Residence Inn, but as we all know, the Residence Inns that are being built nowadays are very nice, comfortable hotels — almost like an upscale boutique property. The Wilson is located in the Meadows area of Big Sky, so while it is not ski-in, ski-out, it puts you closer to creature comforts, more restaurants, and nightlife. If you can get a West-facing room, you should have a spectacular view of Lone Peak and the ski area, too.
The Wilson hotel puts you about 10 minutes from the ski base, an easy drive up the mountain with free parking at the resort. If you are visiting in the other three seasons, the Meadows area is actually preferable to the base area because you are closer to trails and Yellowstone. It is also more than 1,000 feet lower than the base, which is good for those with altitude sickness. Check out our full guide on Big Sky if you are trying to figure out where to stay.
With more than a dozen restaurants within walking distance and the Copper eatery attached, the Wilson is a great, new location for anyone who wants to stay in Big Sky but not pay for the on-mountain prices. Like the other locations, Big Sky also has a great selection of high-end vacation rentals if you are looking for a little more space and a homey feel.
Paul Miller is the Founder of Family Skier. He is an advanced skier and has extensive experience with family travel and ski schools. An accomplished skier, he has skied in 15 states and provinces and 6 countries. In addition to FamilySkier, his writing can be found on many ski-related websites, and as curriculum for many ski clubs in North America.