Imagine yourself lounging in front of the fire — steaming hot chocolate or hot toddy in hand — after a day spent skiing or snowboarding on the slopes or skating on an icy mountain lake. When it comes to snowy vacations, there aren’t many better ways to relax than booking a stay at a winter resort. From sledding to shopping, gourmet dining to great scenery, resorts provide the perfect backdrop for a wintertime getaway.
Since 1902, the Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire has offered luxurious lodging near Mount Washington, part of the Presidential Range. This National Historic Landmark features 200 rooms with mountain views, gas fireplaces, king-size beds and wet bars. After a day spent skiing at Bretton Woods — one of New England’s largest ski areas with 434 acres,10 lifts and 101 runs – enjoy a formal dining experience in the resort’s dining room or a casual meal in the steak house and pub. Unwind with a spa treatment set in a room with mountain views. Other winter resort activities include sleigh rides, sleeping, ice skating, ice climbing and tubing.
If you’re out west, head to Deer Valley Resort. Set in the mountains near Park City, Utah, this swanky resort is home to the ski-in, ski-out Black Diamond Lodge. Rooms offer rustic wood furnishings, gourmet kitchens, hot tubs and stone fireplaces. Unwind in the steam room and sauna after hitting the slopes. Other activities at the resort include snowmobiling, dog sledding, hot air balloon rides, snow-shoeing and sleigh rides. The nearby town of Park City is packed with eateries and boutiques and is home to the annual Sundance Film Festival as well as Park City Resort; with 114 trails, 3,300 skiable acres, and an average of 360 inches of famous Utah powder, the mountain offers world-class skiing and snowboarding.
For more fun in the snow, Rocking Horse Ranch in upstate New York offers horse-drawn sleigh rides, sledding, skiing, ice skating, snow tubing and hot cocoa and marshmallows served bonfire-side. This four-season resort also features spa services and a sauna and provides live musical entertainment on the weekends. If it’s too chilly outside, take a 10-mile drive to nearby Hyde Park where you can learn about the regions’ history on a tour the Vanderbilt Mansion. This massive country estate dates from the Civil War era; today the National Park Service offers a regular schedule of tours of the home and its grounds.
Northwestern residents can hit the slopes at Montana’s Big Sky Resort-Moonlight Basin. With 5,532 skiable acres and 4,350 feet of vertical drop, this resort is one of the largest ski areas in the U.S. Families will appreciate the all inclusive family vacation in Whitewater Inn; this budget-friendly hotel offers a range of amenities, from an indoor pool with waterslide to complimentary continental breakfasts, and kids under 10 stay free. The Whitewater Inn is not only close to Big Sky Resort, it’s also within convenient driving distance to Yellowstone National Park and the Galltin River.