There is nothing better than waking up slopeside, rolling
out of bed and going straight to the lifts. Well. Actually there is, staying in
a nice place that happens to be ski in ski out. Here are my family’s 10
Slopeside Hotels in New England ski country.
Stowe Mountain Lodge
Known for decades as The Ski Capital of the East, Stowe has received an extreme
resort makeover. The new Stowe Mountain Lodge in the swank Spruce Peak Village
puts Stowe on the map with the likes of Beaver Creek and Deer Valley for upscale slopeside lodging. The Alpine Concierge will fetch your skis, wine and cheese,
whatever you please.
Okemo’s Jackson Gore Inn
Okemo has delightful groomers, delicious on-mountain food, and a dramatic New
England Inn at the base of Jackson Gore. Swimming pools and s’mores by the lobby
fire for the kids, a Wine Room for fine dining and underground parking for mom &
dad, make this on mountain lodge primo at Okemo.
Jay Peak’s Tram Haus Lodge
Jay has a new place to stay. After dicing the glades all day, return to your
suite, book a massage, then saunter to the Tram Bar for some ale and tales.
Jay’s Tram Haus packages include lift tickets, breakfast, even childcare.
Sugarbush’s Clay Brook Inn
The big red hotel at Lincoln Peak offers 61 residences, a veritable home away
from home on the slopes. Vermont decor and proximity to the 4,000 acres of
skiing make this Sugarbush lodging very sweet. Kids will love Sugarbears ski
camp and the outdoor pool, parents will enjoy apres ski at Castlerock Pub and
dinner on localvore at Timbers.
Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel
Once you have made the haul to this Maine ski haven, you don’t want to drive
anymore. Staying at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel, you can walk to kids ski camp,
the Superquad, ski shops and Sugarloaf’s famed pubs The Bag, Gepettos and the
Sunday River’s Grand Summit Hotel Legendary snow comes right to your doorstep at the Summit. Ski valet, a slope
view outdoor pool and suite lodging are ideal for core skiers and families
alike. While it’s not fancy, you can see the fireworks from this
Hotel, and hoof it to White Cap for tubing, ice skating, and pub fare at the
Killington Grand Resort Hotel
Whether you choose a standard room or a penthouse suite, this
Killington ski hotel
is all about location – slopeside at Snowshed. After taming the Beast, ski back
to your base and the bubbling outdoor pool and hot tub. Craving a Pickle Barrel
or Wobbly Barn adventure? Take the shuttle and leave your car at valet.
Stratton Mountain Long Trail House Stratton’s Long Trail House has the amenities of a hotel: underground parking,
elevator, sauna, outdoor pool and hot tub, with the spaciousness of a condo.
You’re an easy walk to the Village shops, restaurants and clock tower, so no
excuse not to be on first gondie.
Attitash Grand Summit Hotel
Staying slopeside at Attitash’s Bear Peak (in Bartlett) means you can be carving
while others are commuting thru busy North Conway. Like its fellow former ASC
hotels, the pool is grander than some of the
rooms, but when you ski 8-4 you are
thankful to ski door to door. I give the Mount Washington Hotel honorable
mention here as it is a very grand hotel with scenic skiing at Bretton Woods –
but it is not in fact slopeside, just a shuttle across Route 302.
Sunday River’s Jordan Grand Hotel
Bookending the eight peaks of this Maine resort is a 2nd “grand” hotel.
River’s Jordan Grand is the place to stay if you like to get away; the access
road removes you from the hubbub of the resort, still has a giant outdoor pool,
and has you ready to pounce on the Jordan quad first thing for first tracks.
Mount Snow and Jiminy Peak offer hotel lodging by the slopes too. We
have not yet visited these, so we stay tuned for those ski reviews...