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Hotels Near Ikon Ski Pass Resorts You Can Book With Points

Aug. 21, 2019
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In recent years, the ski industry has shifted to place a greater emphasis on annual ski passes. While single day ticket rates have generally risen, the ability to lock in a season of skiing at a variety of mountains has actually gotten more affordable. Ski passes such as Ikon, Epic and Mountain Collective are now a great way to save money if you take at least a few ski trips each year. But, although the ski pass covers your lift tickets, you'll still need to pay for lodging. So, here is a rundown of hotels bookable with points near each ski resort that accepts the Ikon Pass.

For the purposes of this guide, I ignore hotels that aren't part of the major seven hotel brands (Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Wyndham, Choice, Best Western). I also exclude hotels that have slope-side access to a non-Ikon resort, since then I'd want to buy lift tickets for that resort instead of using my Ikon Pass.

Related: Best Credit Cards to Use on Ski Trips

For each hotel or resort, I consider the cheapest room types when listing winter cash prices, and -- for brands that offer rooms costing different amounts of points -- I only list the room type that costs the lowest level of points. Note that the driving times I list assume you're driving in normal conditions, so allow more time during inclement weather or peak holidays. Now, let's get started booking some ski trips!

Big Bear Mountain Resort (California)

Big Bear Mountain resort is 63 miles from Ontario (ONT), 88 miles from Palm Springs (PSP), 97 miles from John Wayne (SNA) and 117 miles from Los Angeles (LAX). None of the seven brands have ski-in, ski-out properties at Big Bear Mountain Resort. But, there are a few options nearby:

HotelTime from Ikon PropertyRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
Best Western Big Bear Chateau4-minute drive or take city busOne king bed with fireplace, two double beds with fireplace and balcony or one king bed with balcony, fireplace and whirlpool bath36,000 Best Western points ($252)$185 to $435Complimentary hot breakfast, outdoor hot tub, game room
WorldMark Big Bear6-minute drive or take city busOne-bedroom condo or two-bedroom condo15,000 Wyndham points ($165) for one bedroom

30,000 Wyndham points ($330) for two bedrooms

$152 to $206 for one bedroom condoHot tub, games room
Holiday Inn Resort The Lodge at Big Bear Lake9-minute drive or take city busOne queen bed, two queen beds or one king bed25,000 IHG points ($125)$108 to $351Outdoor whirlpool
Bluegreen Vacations Big Bear Village, Choice Hotels Ascend Resort10-minute drive or take city bus3 king beds and one queen bed, 2 king beds and one queen bed, possibly others30,000 Choice points ($180) until Jan. 31, 2020.

Rates TBA starting Feb. 1.

$259 to $419Outdoor heated pool
Travelodge by Wyndham Big Bear Lake CA12-minute driveOne king bed or two twin beds15,000 Wyndham points ($165)$42 to $175Complimentary breakfast

June Mountain (California)

The outdoor hot tub at the Heidelberg Inn will be a nice place to rest after a day on the slopes. (Photo courtesy of Wyndham)

June Mountain, which markets itself as California's Family Mountain, is 25 miles from Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) and 152 miles from Reno (RNO). Out of the seven brands considered in this guide, only Wyndham has a property near June Mountain. This property, the Heidelberg Inn, requires at least a two-night stay and is only a six-minute drive from June Mountain. The property costs 15,000 Wyndham points per night -- which TPG values at $165 -- but cash rates during the winter season range from $159 to $300 before taxes and fees. The property has two outdoor hot tubs, a sauna, ski storage and on-site guest laundry.

Mammoth Mountain (California)

(Photo courtesy of The Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth)
(Photo courtesy of The Westin Monache Resort, Mammoth)

Mammoth Mountain is 14 miles from Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) and 166 miles from Reno (RNO). Marriott has a Westin at the Village Gondola, and there are also a few properties just a short drive away:

HotelTime from Ikon PropertyRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
The Westin Monache Resort, MammothAt the Village Gondola stationOne king studio suite with sofa bed and fireplaceOff-peak: 40,000 Marriott points ($320)

Standard: 50,000 points ($400)

Peak: 60,000 points ($480)

$179 to $714Heated outdoor pool, 24-hour room service, daily resort fee of $25
High Sierra Hotel Best Western Plus4-minute drive to Village Gondola or take Town TrolleyOne king bed or two queen beds36,000 Best Western points ($252)$196 to $385Complimentary hot breakfast, indoor pool and hot tub, game room
Quality Inn Near Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort3-minute drive to Village Gondola or take Town TrolleyOne king bed or two queen beds12,000 Choice points ($72) Sunday–Thursday and 16,000 Choice points ($96) Friday–Saturday until Nov. 30, 2019.

Then, 25,000 Choice points ($150) Sunday–Thursday and 30,000 Choice points ($180) Fri-Sat until Jan. 31, 2020.

Rates TBA starting Feb. 1.

$87 to $283Complimentary hot breakfast, indoor hot tub

There's also the Travelodge by Wyndham Mammoth Lakes in the same area as the Best Western and Quality Inn, but the ratings for this property are so low that I excluded it.

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Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows (California)

Squaw Valley is 47 miles from Reno (RNO) and 112 miles from Sacramento (SMF). None of the seven brands have ski-in, ski-out properties at Squaw Valley. But, there are a few options nearby in Truckee, California:

HotelTime from Ikon PropertyRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
Hampton Inn & Suites Tahoe-Truckee21-minute driveOne king bed or two queen beds32,000 to 60,000 Hilton points ($192 to $360)$117 to $335Complimentary hot breakfast, year-round outdoor whirlpool, coin laundry
Best Western Plus Truckee-Tahoe Hotel18-minute driveOne king bed or two queen beds32,000 Best Western points ($224)$134 to $260Complimentary hot breakfast, year-round outdoor hot tub, year-round outdoor heated pool, coin laundry

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (Colorado)

(Photo courtesy of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area)

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is 87 miles from Denver (DEN) and 77 miles from Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE). There are no hotels in the immediate Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. But, there are a few options nearby:

HotelTime from Ikon PropertyRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
Hyatt Place Keystone8-minute driveTwo queen beds, one king bed or one king bed and a sofa bed15,000 Hyatt points ($255)$170 to $427Breakfast included for World of Hyatt members, fitness center, $25 + tax resort fee per night
Hampton Inn & Suites Silverthorne19-minute driveTwo queen beds or one king bed37,000 to 50,000 Hilton points ($222 to $300)$184 to $405Complimentary hot breakfast, fitness center, coin laundry, heated indoor pool and hot tub
Comfort Suites Summit County19-minute driveTwo queen beds or one king bed20,000 Choice points ($120) until Dec. 5, 2019.

Then, 20,000 Choice points ($120) Sunday–Thursday and 30,000 Choice points ($180) Friday–Saturday until Jan. 31, 2020.

Rates TBA starting Feb. 1.

$123 to $256Complimentary hot breakfast, indoor heated pool, hot tub, exercise room
Quality Inn & Suites Summit County21-minute driveOne king bed, two queen beds or one king bed and two single beds12,000 Choice points ($72) Sunday–Thursday and 20,000 Choice points ($120) Friday–Saturday until Nov. 30, 2019.

Then, 16,000 Choice points ($96) Sunday–Thursday and 25,000 Choice points ($150) Friday–Saturday until Jan. 31, 2020.

Rates TBA starting Feb. 1.

$179 to $215Complimentary hot breakfast, indoor heated pool, hot tub, exercise room
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Silverthorne - Summit Co21-minute driveTwo queen beds or one king bed15,000 Wyndham points ($165)$79 to $239Complimentary breakfast, indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center
Days Inn by Wyndham Silverthorne21-minutes driveTwo queen beds or one king bed15,000 Wyndham points ($165)$126 to $269Complimentary continental breakfast, indoor pool, hot tub, sauna

There are also a few other Choice and Wyndham hotels in the area, but the most attractive options are listed in the table above.

Aspen Snowmass (Colorado)

(Photo courtesy of The Westin Snowmass Resort)

Aspen Snowmass is 8 miles from Aspen (ASE) and 219 miles from Denver (DEN). The Westin Snowmass Resort is slope-side, and there are various hotels located nearby in Aspen:

HotelTime from Ikon PropertyRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
The Westin Snowmass ResortSlope-sideOne king bed or two queen bedsOff-peak: 30,000 Marriott points ($240)

Standard: 35,000 points ($280)

Peak: 40,000 points ($320)

$273 to $1,119Heated pool, on-site restaurants, fitness center, $30 resort fee per day
Bluegreen Vacations Innsbruck Aspen 18-minute driveOne king bed and two singles (other types may occasionally be available)30,000 Choice points ($180) until Jan. 31, 2020.

Rates TBA starting Feb. 1.

 $550 to $1,079Exercise room, outdoor heated pool, hot tub
Aspen Meadows Resort - Dolce by Wyndham 19-minute driveOne king bed or two queen beds30,000 Wyndham points ($330)$212 to $909Three restaurants, five tennis courts, two art galleries, outdoor heated pool

There are also some higher-end Marriott properties located directly in Aspen (such as the St. Regis and W), but the Westin Snowmass is better located to Snowmass and costs fewer points per night.

Copper Mountain (Colorado)

Copper Mountain is 100 miles from Denver (DEN) and 56 miles from Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE). None of the seven brands have ski-in, ski-out properties at Copper Mountain. But, there are a few options nearby in Frisco:

HotelTime from Ikon PropertyRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
The Grand Hotel, Ascend Collection12-minute driveOne king bed, two double beds or one king bed suite16,000 Choice points ($96) Sunday–Thursday and 10,000 Choice points ($60) Friday–Saturday until Nov. 30, 2019.

Then, 25,000 Choice points ($150) until Jan. 31, 2020.

Rates TBA starting Feb. 1.

$116 to $124Exercise room, heated indoor pool, sauna
Ramada by Wyndham Frisco13-minute driveOne queen bed or two queen beds15,000 Wyndham points ($165)$183 to $274Complimentary breakfast, outdoor hot tub

There are also a few other Choice and Wyndham properties, as well as a Hilton property, slightly farther away in Silverthorne, Colorado.

Eldora Mountain Resort (Colorado)

Eldora Mountain Resort is 64 miles from Denver (DEN). None of the seven brands have properties near Eldora Mountain Resort. So, you'll probably want to stay 21 miles away in Boulder (from which you can take the RTD N Route bus from the Boulder Transit Center) or elsewhere in the northwest Denver suburbs.

Steamboat (Colorado)

(Photo courtesy of Sheraton Steamboat Resort Villas)

Steamboat is 27 miles from Yampa Valley Regional Airport (HDN) and 177 miles from Denver (DEN). Sheraton has a property slope-side, and there are also a few other options nearby:

HotelTime from Ikon PropertyRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
Sheraton Steamboat Resort VillasSlope-sideStudio one king, studio two queens or studio one king and sofa bedOff-peak: 30,000 Marriott points ($240)

Standard: 35,000 points ($280)

Peak: 40,000 points ($320)

$153 to $417Outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, fitness center
Quality Inn & Suites Near Steamboat Ski Resort4-minute drive or busOne king bed or two queen beds12,000 Choice points ($72) Sunday–Thursday and 20,000 Choice points ($120) Friday–Saturday until Nov. 30, 2019.

Then, 20,000 Choice points ($120) until Jan. 31, 2020.

Rates TBA starting Feb. 1.

$149 to $161Complimentary full breakfast, indoor pool, indoor whirlpool, coin laundry
Homewood Suites by Hilton Steamboat Springs7-minute drive or busOne king studio suite or two queens studio suite38,000 to 60,000 Hilton points ($228 to $360)$148 to $257Complimentary hot breakfast, Monday through Thursday evening social, indoor pool, fitness center
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Steamboat Springs 8-minute drive or busOne king bed or two queen beds15,000 Wyndham points ($165)$149 to $299Complimentary breakfast, indoor pool, hot tub
Wyndham Vacation Resorts Steamboat Springs3-minute drive or 7-minute walk and 2-minute busOne bedroom that sleeps four or two bedroom that sleeps six15,000 Wyndham points ($165) for one bedroom

30,000 Wyndham points ($330) for two bedrooms

$111 to $330 for one bedroomThree hot spring hot tubs, two seasonal outdoor pools, a heated indoor pool, fitness center, basketball court, barbecue areas, sauna, steam room
Fairfield Inn & Suites Steamboat Springs6-minute drive or 2-minute walk and 7-minute bus rideOne king bed or two queen bedsOff-peak: 20,000 Marriott points ($160)

Standard: 25,000 points ($200)

Peak: 30,000 points ($240)

$108 to $241Complimentary hot breakfast, fitness center, indoor pool, whirlpool
Hampton Inn & Suites Steamboat Springs7-minute drive or 6-minute walk and 8-minute bus rideOne king bed, one king bed with fireplace, two queen beds, one queen bed with fireplace30,000 to 50,000 Hilton points ($180 to $300)$104 to $278Complimentary hot breakfast, pool, fitness center, coin laundry

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Winter Park Resort (Colorado)

Winter Park Resort is 89 miles from Denver (DEN) -- you can even take the seasonal Winter Park Express Train from Denver all the way to the slopes if you don't want to drive. If you want to spend the night at Winter Park, know that out of the seven brands, only IHG has a property near the Winter Park Resort. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fraser - Winter Park Area is just an 11-minute drive or a 21-minute bus from Winter Park Resort and only 20,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night ($100). Cash rates during the winter usually range from $82 to $195 before taxes and fees. The property also serves complimentary hot breakfast and has an indoor pool and whirlpool.

Sunday River and Sugarloaf (Maine)

Sunday River is 75 miles from Portland (PWM) and Sugarloaf is 117 miles from PWM. None of the seven brands have properties near either resort, so you'll likely want to stay at an Airbnb or a hotel outside the brands considered in this piece if visiting these two resorts.

Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain (Michigan)

(Photo courtesy of Boyne Highlands Resort.)

Boyne Highlands is 15 miles from Pellston Regional Airport (PLN) and 76 miles from Traverse City Cherry Capital (TVC), while Boyne Mountain is 37 miles from PLN and 57 miles from TVC. None of the seven brands have ski-in, ski-out properties at either resort, but there are a few options nearby:

HotelTime from Boyne HighlandsDistance from Boyne MountainRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
Quality Inn - Petoskey, MI13-minute drive32-minute driveOne king bed, two queen beds, one queen bed and one king bed with sofa bed12,000 Choice points ($72) Sunday–Thursday and 20,000 Choice points ($120) Friday–Saturday until Nov. 30, 2019.

Then, 10,000 Choice points ($60) Sunday–Thursday and 12,000 Choice points ($72) Friday–Saturday until Jan. 31, 2020.

Rates TBA starting Feb. 1.

$98 to $152Complimentary hot breakfast, fitness center
Days Inn by Wyndham Petoskey21-minute drive21-minute driveTwo double beds, two queen beds, one king bed, one king bed with sofa bed and one king bed with hot tub15,000 Wyndham points ($165)$123Complimentary breakfast, indoor pool, fitness center, coin laundry, complimentary limo shuttle service to Historical Downtown Gaslight District, Odawa Casino and Village of Bay Harbor
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Petoskey24-minute drive19-minute driveOne king bed with sofa bed or two queen beds35,000 IHG points ($175)$154 to $273Complimentary hot breakfast, fitness center, heated indoor pool, whirlpool, dry sauna, a free shuttle from 3pm to 11pm to anything within a 10-minute radius
AmericInn by Wyndham Petoskey26-minute drive24-minute driveOne king bed or two queen beds15,000 Wyndham points ($165)$61 to $123Complimentary breakfast, indoor pool, hot tub, coin laundry
Courtyard by Marriott Petoskey at Victories Square26-minute drive19-minute driveOne king bed or two queen bedsOff-peak: 20,000 Marriott points ($160)

Standard: 25,000 points ($200)

Peak: 30,000 points ($240)

$120 to $216Fitness center, pool

Big Sky Resort (Montana)

Big Sky Resort is 52 miles from Bozeman (BZN). Of the seven brands, only Marriott has a property near Big Sky Resort. The Residence Inn by Marriott Big Sky/The Wilson Hotel is 20,000 Marriott points ($160) during off-peak dates, 25,000 points ($200) during standard dates and 30,000 points ($240) during peak dates. The property is a 12-minute drive from Big Sky Resort and offers complimentary hot breakfast, a fitness center, coin laundry and an outdoor pool and whirlpool. Studios with one king bed or two queen beds can be booked with points; prices during the winter seasons usually range from $161 to $587.

Loon Mountain (New Hampshire)

Photo courtesy of Loon Mountain Resort.
(Photo courtesy of Loon Mountain Resort.)

Loon Mountain is 90 miles from Manchester (MHT), 90 miles for Portland (PWM) and 135 miles from Boston (BOS). None of the seven brands have ski-in, ski-out properties at Loon Mountain. But, there are a few options nearby:

HotelTime from Ikon PropertyRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lincoln East - White Mountains7-minute driveStandard room30,000 IHG points ($150)$98 to $195Complimentary hot breakfast, indoor heated pool, whirlpool, fitness center, coin laundry
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites - Lincoln, NH9-minute driveOne king bed, two queen beds and one room suite with one king bed and an ensuite two-person hot tub16,000 Choice points ($96) until Nov. 30, 2019.

Then, 12,000 Choice points ($72) Sunday–Thursday and 20,000 Choice points ($120) Friday–Saturday until Jan. 31, 2020.

Rates TBA starting Feb. 1.

$75 to $203Complimentary continental breakfast, fitness center, indoor heated pool, indoor hot tub, $2 Destination Marketing Fee per room per night
Days Inn by Wyndham Lincoln11 -minute driveTwo double beds, two queen beds or one king bed15,000 Wyndham points ($165)$58 to $149Complimentary breakfast, indoor or outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, children's playground

Taos Ski Valley (New Mexico)

Taos Ski Valley is 19 miles from Taos (TSM), 98 miles from Santa Fe (SAF) and 155 miles from Albuquerque (ABQ). None of the seven brands have ski-in, ski-out properties at Taos Ski Valley. But, there are a few options nearby:

HotelTime from Ikon PropertyRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
Quality Inn - Taos, NM37-minute drive (hotel has ski shuttle)One king bed or two queen beds10,000 Choice points ($60) Sunday–Thursday and 12,000 Choice points ($72) Friday–Saturday until Nov. 30, 2019.

Then, 20,000 Choice points ($120) until Jan. 31, 2020.

Rates TBA starting Feb. 1.

$92 to $169Complimentary hot breakfast, outdoor heated pool and hot tub
Hotel Don Fernando de Taos, Tapestry Collection by Hilton37-minute driveOne king bed or two queen beds38,000 to 48,000 Hilton points ($228 to $288)$140 to $175Swimming pool, fitness center
Hampton Inn Taos38-minute drive (hotel offers a shuttle to the ski valley during ski season)One king bed with sofa bed29,000 to 40,000 Hilton points ($174 to $240)$94 to $162Complimentary hot breakfast, indoor swimming pool, fitness center
Days Inn by Wyndham Taos 39-minute driveOne king bed, two queen beds or three queen beds15,000 Wyndham points ($165) $61 to $153Complimentary breakfast
Super 8 by Wyndham Taos39-minute driveOne king bed, one queen bed or two queen beds15,000 Wyndham points ($165)$67 to $84Complimentary breakfast, hot tub

Alta and Snowbird (Utah)

Alta and Snowbird are adjacent resorts 37 miles from Salt Lake City (SLC). There's lodging around the resorts, but not from any of these seven brands. The closest hotels in each of the seven brands covered in the guide are a 40- to 55-minute drive away (in good weather) in the southeastern suburbs of Salt Lake City.

Brighton and Solitude Mountain Resort (Utah)

(Photo courtesy of Solitude Mountain Resort.)

Brighton and Solitude Mountain Resort are nearby resorts that are both about 36 miles from Salt Lake City (SLC). None of the seven brands have ski-in, ski-out properties at either resort. But, there are a few options nearby:

HotelTime from BrightonTime from Solitude Mountain ResortRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
Hampton Inn Salt Lake City Cottonwood26-minute drive22-minute driveOne king bed or two queen beds26,000 to 36,000 Hilton points ($156 to $216)$90 to $131Complimentary hot breakfast, indoor heated pool and hot tub, fitness center
Residence Inn Salt Lake City Cottonwood28-minute drive23-minute driveOne queen bed studio with sofa bed or one king bed studio with sofa bedOff-peak: 15,000 Marriott points ($120)

Standard: 17,500 points ($140)

Peak: 20,000 points ($160)

$108 to $206Complimentary breakfast buffet, outdoor pool, sport court
Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Cottonwood28-minute drive24-minute driveOne king bed with sofa bed or two queen beds with sofa bed8,000 Hyatt points ($136) $140 to $176Breakfast included for World of Hyatt members, pool, fitness center, free hotel shuttle service within a five-mile radius of the hotel
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Salt Lake City-Fort Union31-minute drive27-minute driveOne queen bed studio suite15,000 Wyndham points ($165)$84 to $114Complimentary breakfast, midweek evening receptions, barbecue grills, fitness center, coin laundry
Holiday Inn Express Salt Lake City South-Midvale33-minute drive29-minute driveStandard room15,000 IHG points ($75) $88 to $115Complimentary breakfast, indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness area

The above table shows the nearest options from each of the seven brands -- but each of these brands also has other properties in the Salt Lake City area that might be a better fit for your particular trip.

Deer Valley Resort (Utah)

The St. Regis Deer Valley provides slope-side access. (Photo by Summer Hull / The Points Guy)
The St. Regis Deer Valley provides slope-side access. (Photo by Summer Hull / The Points Guy)

Deer Valley Resort is 39 miles from Salt Lake City (SLC). The St. Regis provides slope-side access, but there are also some other options nearby:

HotelTime from Ikon PropertyRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
The St. Regis Deer ValleySlope-sideOne king bed or two queen bedsOff-peak: 70,000 Marriott points ($560)

Standard: 85,000 points ($680)

Peak: 100,000 points ($800)

$370 to $2,849Heated outdoor pool, hot tubs, athletic club, daily resort fee $35
Hotel Park City, Autograph Collection8-minute drive or two minute walk and 18-minute busOne king bed executive suite with sofa bed or one king bed deluxe suite with sofa bedOff-peak: 40,000 Marriott points ($320)

Standard: 50,000 points ($400)

Peak: 60,000 points ($480)

$255 to $2,599Outdoor pool, whirlpool, daily $20 resort fee
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Park City – The Yarrow8-minute drive or 3-minute walk and 18-minute busOne king bed or two queen beds42,000 to 60,000 Hilton points ($252 to $360)$123 to $899Heated outdoor swimming pool and large whirlpool, fitness center, $20.00 resort charge per night plus tax
Sheraton Park City9-minute drive or 4-minute walk and 22-minute busOne king bed or two queen bedsOff-peak: 30,000 Marriott points ($240)

Standard: 35,000 points ($280)

Peak: 40,000 points ($320)

$148 to $1,209Fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool, coin laundry, game room, apres-ski reception, daily destination amenity fee of $20 plus tax
Hyatt Place Park City12-minute drive or 2-minute walk and 26-minute busOne king bed with sofa bed or two queen beds with sofa bed15,000 Hyatt points ($255)$118 to $449On-site ski rental shop, complimentary breakfast for World of Hyatt members, fitness center
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Park City16-minute drive or 9 minute walk and 30 minute busOne king bed or two queen beds30,000 IHG points ($150)$88 to $262Complimentary breakfast buffet, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center,  sauna, coin laundry
17-minute drive or 5-minute walk and 30-minute busTwo queen beds24,000 Best Western points ($169)$129 to $233Complimentary full breakfast, complimentary shuttle bus that runs each hour to ski areas during the winter ski season, heated indoor pool, hydro-spa hot tub, steam room, coin laundry
Hampton Inn & Suites Park City18-minute drive or 10-minute walk and 30-minute busTwo queen beds or one king bed31,000 to 45,000 Hilton points ($186 to $270)$103 to $550Complimentary hot breakfast, fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool, coin laundry

Stratton (Vermont)

Photo courtesy of Stratton Resort.
Photo courtesy of Stratton Resort

Stratton is 76 miles from Albany (ALB), 114 miles from Burlington (BTV), 116 miles from Hartford (BDL) and 150 miles from Boston (BOS). None of the seven brands have ski-in, ski-out properties at Stratton. But, there are a few options nearby:

HotelTime from Ikon PropertyRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
The Equinox, a Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa, Vermont 28-minute driveOne queen bed, one king bed or two queen bedsOff-peak: 40,000 Marriott points ($320)

Standard: 50,000 points ($400)

Peak: 60,000 points ($480)

$170 to $598Fitness center, indoor pool, whirlpool, spa, on-site public golf club, daily resort fee of $39
Hampton Inn & Suites Manchester28-minute driveTwo queen beds or one king bed34,000 to 60,000 Hilton points ($216 to $360)$126 to $278Complimentary hot breakfast, fitness center
Kimpton Taconic Hotel29-minute driveOne king bed45,000 IHG points ($225)$180 to $475Evening social hour, outdoor seasonal heated pool, fitness center, $30 guest amenities fee
Econo Lodge - Manchester, VT21-minute driveTwo double beds, two queen beds or one king bed12,000 Choice points ($72) until Jan. 31, 2020.

Rates TBA starting Feb. 1.

$60 to $101Complimentary continental breakfast, seasonal outdoor pool

Killington - Pico (Vermont)

Killington and Pico are two ski resorts located 7 miles apart. The resorts are about 92 miles from Burlington (BTV), 107 miles from Albany (ALB), 119 miles from Manchester (MHT), 152 miles from Hartford (BDL) and 165 miles from Boston (BOS). None of the seven brands have ski-in, ski-out properties at either resort. But, there are a few options nearby:

HotelTime from KillingtonTime from PicoRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
4-minute drive8-minute driveOne king bed24,000 Best Western points ($168)$99 to $333Complimentary full breakfast, indoor heated pool, outdoor hot tub, game room
18-minute drive9-minute driveTwo double beds, one king bed or one king bed with sofa bed20,000 Best Western points ($140)$113 to $181Complimentary breakfast, seasonal outdoor heated salt water pool, tennis court, coin laundry
Comfort Inn Trolley Square25-minute drive16-minute driveOne queen bed, one queen bed with a sofa bed, two queen beds or one king bed16,000 Choice points ($96) Sunday–Thursday and 20,000 Choice points ($120) Friday–Saturday until Nov. 30, 2019.

Then, 12,000 Choice points ($72) Sunday–Thursday and 20,000 Choice points ($120) Friday–Saturday until Jan. 31, 2020.

Rates TBA starting Feb. 1.

$96 to $144Complimentary hot breakfast, indoor heated pool, hot tub, coin laundry
Quality Inn Rutland27-minute drive18-minute driveOne queen bed, one king bed, two queen beds or a two queen bed suite with sofa bed12,000 Choice points ($72) Sunday–Thursday and 16,000 Choice points ($96) Friday–Saturday until Nov. 30, 2019.

Then, 10,000 Choice points ($60) Sunday–Thursday and 12,000 Choice points ($72) Friday–Saturday until Jan. 31, 2020.

Rates TBA starting Feb. 1.

$48 to $88Complimentary hot breakfast, indoor heated pool
Holiday Inn Rutland-Killington Area29-minute drive19-minute driveOne double bed, two double beds or one king bed with sofa bed15,000 IHG points ($75)$123 to $189Indoor lap pool, two hot tubs, fitness room
Hampton Inn Rutland29-minute drive19-minute driveTwo queen beds or one king bed with sofa bed37,000 to 49,000 Hilton points ($222 to $294)$147 to $194Complimentary hot breakfast, fitness center, coin laundry, pool
Days Inn by Wyndham Rutland/Killington Area 29-minute drive 20-minute driveOne king bed or two queen beds15,000 Wyndham points ($165) $67 to $101Complimentary hot continental breakfast, indoor pool with sauna, coin laundry

There's also a Rodeway Inn and an Econo Lodge in Rutland that may be bookable for less points or cash, but I didn't include them in the table since other Choice Hotels options will likely be more appealing for most travelers.

Sugarbush Resort (Vermont)

(Photo by John Atkinson / Sugarbush Resort)
(Photo by John Atkinson / Sugarbush Resort)

Sugarbush Resort is 45 miles from Burlington (BTV), 141 miles from Albany (ALB) and 191 miles from Boston (BOS). None of the seven brands have ski-in, ski-out properties at Sugarbush Resort. But, there are a few options nearby:

HotelTime from Ikon PropertyRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
Best Western Plus Waterbury - Stowe34-minute driveTwo double beds28,000 Best Western points ($196)$118 to $203Complimentary breakfast, indoor heated pool and whirlpool, fitness center, children's playground
Fairfield Inn & Suites Waterbury Stowe35-minute driveOne king bed or two queen bedsOff-peak: 30,000 Marriott points ($240)

Standard: 35,000 points ($280)

Peak: 40,000 points ($320)

$153 to $352Complimentary breakfast buffet, indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, coin laundry
Comfort Inn & Suites at Maplewood41-minute driveOne queen bed, two double beds or one king bed suite with kitchenette20,000 Choice points ($120) Sunday–Thursday and 12,000 Choice points ($72) Friday–Saturday until Nov. 30, 2019.

Then, 16,000 Choice points ($96) Sunday–Thursday and 20,000 Choice points ($120) Friday–Saturday until Jan. 31, 2020.

Rates TBA starting Feb. 1.

$125 to $133Complimentary hot breakfast, exercise room,
Quality Inn - Barre, VT45-minute driveOne double bed, one queen bed, two double beds or one king bed20,000 Choice points ($120) until Nov. 30, 2019.

Then, 10,000 Choice points ($60) Sunday–Thursday and 12,000 Choice points ($72) Friday–Saturday until Jan. 31, 2020.

Rates TBA starting Feb. 1.

$70 to $139Complimentary full breakfast, indoor heated pool, indoor hot tub

Snowshoe Mountain (West Virginia)

(Photo courtesy of Snowshoe Mountain Resort.)

Snowshoe Mountain is 65 miles from Lewisburg (LWB), 111 miles from Clarksburg (CKB), 135 miles from Roanoke (ROA) and 146 miles from Charleston (CRW). None of the seven brands have any properties within an hour drive of Snowshoe Mountain, so you'll want to consider other forms of lodging such as local hotels or vacation rental properties.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (Wyoming)

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is 13 miles from Jackson Hole (JAC) and 92 miles from Idaho Falls (IDA). None of the seven brands have ski-in, ski-out properties at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. But, there are a few options nearby:

HotelTime from Ikon PropertyRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
Hampton Inn Jackson Hole18-minute drive or 23-minute busOne king bed with sofa bed or two queen beds33,000 to 68,000 Hilton points ($198 to $408)$126 to $263Complimentary hot breakfast, fitness center, oversized indoor hot tub, outdoor fire pit, coin laundry
Super 8 by Wyndham Jackson Hole19-minute drive or 9-minute walk and 23-minute busOne king bed, one queen bed or two queen beds15,000 Wyndham points ($165)$67 to $89Complimentary breakfast, free local shuttle service, coin laundry
Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa (Hyatt Small Luxury Hotels of the World)20-minute drive or 6-minute walk and 29-minute busTwo queen beds with a garden view25,000 Hyatt points ($425)$330 to $480Full service spa, normal World of Hyatt benefits aren't honored
SpringHill Suites Jackson Hole21-minute drive or 3-minute walk and 31-minute busOne king bed suite with sofa bed or two queen suite with sofa bedOff-peak: 30,000 Marriott points ($240)

Standard: 35,000 points ($280)

Peak: 40,000 points ($320)

$140 to $334Complimentary breakfast buffet, fitness center, outdoor pool, hot tub, coin laundry
Homewood Suites by Hilton Jackson21-minute drive or 9-minute walk and 31-minute busOne queen bed suite with sofa bed38,000 to 70,000 Hilton points ($228 to $420)$128 to $306Complimentary hot breakfast, evening social Monday through Thursday, indoor pool, fitness center

Crystal Mountain and The Summit at Snoqualmie (Washington)

The Ikon Pass can be used at two ski destinations in the Pacific Northwest: Crystal Mountain and The Summit at Snoqualmie. Crystal Mountain is 73 miles from Seattle (SEA) while the Summit at Snoqualmie is 56 miles from SEA. None of the seven brands have properties at or within a 25-mile drive of either of these properties. So, if you want to stay at one of these brands you'll need to stay in the Seattle or Tacoma suburbs and drive to the slopes each day. The closest property is the Hampton Inn & Suites Snoqualmie, which is 31 minutes away from The Summit at Snoqualmie.

SkiBig3 (Canada)

SkiBig3 is composed of three ski resorts near Banff and Lake Louise: Banff Sunshine, the Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mount Norquay. Banff is about 90 miles from Calgary (YYC) and Lake Louise is 124 miles from YYC. None of the seven hotel brands have ski-in, ski-out properties at any of the SkiBig3 resorts. But, your SkiBig3 lift ticket includes free transportation between Banff, Lake Louise and the three ski resorts, so staying in Banff or Lake Louise at any of the following properties will likely work well:

HotelTime from Banff SunshineTime from Lake Louise Ski ResortTime from Mt NorquayRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
Best Western Plus Siding 29 Lodge21-minute drive43-minute drive15-minute driveOne queen bed, one king bed or two queen beds24,000 Best Western points ($168)$90 to $191Complimentary full breakfast, indoor pool, whirlpool
Delta Hotels Banff Royal Canadian Lodge21-minute drive44-minute drive15-minute driveOne queen bed or two queen bedsOff-peak: 30,000 points ($240)

Standard: 35,000 points ($280)

Peak: 40,000 points ($320)

$127 to $320Indoor mineral pool, whirlpool, fitness center
Best Western Pocaterra Inn32-minute drive53-minute drive26-minute driveTwo queen beds with fireplace or two queen beds with fireplace and balcony24,000 Best Western points ($168)$91 to $225Complimentary full breakfast, exercise facility, heated indoor pool with slide, steam room, sauna, hot tub, coin laundry
Holiday Inn Canmore33-minute drive54-minute drive27-minute driveTwo queen beds or standard room40,000 IHG points ($200)$112 to $174Outdoor whirlpool
Quality Resort Chateau Canmore33-minute drive54-minute drive26-minute driveAny room, including suites20,000 Choice points ($120) until Nov. 30, 2019.

Then, 16,000 Choice points ($96) Sunday–Thursday and 12,000 Choice points ($72) Friday–Saturday until Jan. 31, 2020.

Rates TBA starting Feb. 1.

$145 to $370Indoor pool, exercise room, dry sauna, coin laundry
Super 8 by Wyndham Canmore33-minute drive54-minute drive27-minute driveTwo queen beds or one king bed15,000 Wyndham points ($165)$82 to $180Complimentary breakfast, a fitness center, indoor hot tub, coin laundry
Days Inn by Wyndham Canmore34-minute drive55-minute drive28-minute driveOne queen bed, two queen beds, one king bed or one queen bed and one bunk bed15,000 Wyndham points ($165)$82 to $214Complimentary enhanced breakfast, fitness center

Revelstoke Mountain Resort (Canada)

Photo by Hywel Williams / Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
Photo by Hywel Williams / Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is 120 miles from Kelowna (YLW) and 267 miles from Calgary (YYC). None of the seven brands have ski-in, ski-out properties at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. But, there are a few options nearby:

HotelTime from Ikon PropertyRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Revelstoke11-minute driveOne king bed or two queen beds15,000 Wyndham points ($165)$76 to $172Complimentary continental breakfast, hot tub, fitness center, coin laundry
Best Western Plus Revelstoke12-minute driveTwo queen beds24,000 Best Western points ($168)$174 to $200Complimentary full breakfast, seasonal outdoor pool (not open in winter), hot tub, fitness room
Ramada by Wyndham Revelstoke12-minute driveOne king bed or two queen beds15,000 Wyndham points ($165)$102 to $179Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, fitness center, indoor swimming pool with slide, hot tub, coin laundry
Super 8 by Wyndham Revelstoke BC13-minute driveOne queen bed or two queen beds15,000 Wyndham points ($165)$69 to $157Complimentary continental breakfast, heated indoor pool, hot tub, coin laundry

Cypress Mountain (Canada)

Cypress Mountain is 26 miles from Vancouver (YVR). None of the seven brands have properties at Cypress Mountain, but all seven brands have properties in Vancouver. I'd pick a property in North Vancouver or West Vancouver, since these properties are generally less expensive and a shorter drive to Cypress Mountain.

Tremblant (Canada)

There are plenty of options in the pedestrian village, including the Westin. (Photo courtesy of Marriott.)
There are plenty of options in the pedestrian village, including the Westin. (Photo courtesy of Marriott.)

Tremblant is 26 miles from Tremblant (YTM), 86 miles from Montreal (YUL) and 107 miles from Ottawa (YOW). There are many options in the Tremblant pedestrian village, as well as a Wyndham option a short drive away:

HotelTime from Ikon PropertyRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
Homewood Suites by Hilton Mont-Tremblant Resort3-minute walk from the express gondolaOne queen murphy bed studio suite (or, for slightly more points, one queen bed with sofa bed studio suite)40,000 to 79,000 Hilton points ($240 to $474)$131 to $593Complimentary hot full breakfast, complimentary grocery shopping service, pool, coin laundry
Le Westin Resort & Spa, Tremblant, Quebec3-minute walk from the express gondolaOne queen bedOff-peak: 40,000 Marriott points ($320)

Standard: 50,000 points ($400)

Peak: 60,000 points ($480)

$171 to $437Heated outdoor saltwater pool, whirlpool, fitness studio, coin laundry
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tremblant6-minute walk from the express gondolaOne queen bed, one queen bed with sofa bed or two double beds35,000 IHG points ($175)$120 to $394Complimentary breakfast, sauna, fitness center, outdoor whirlpool bath, seasonal swimming pool (not open during ski season), coin laundry
Residence Inn Mont Tremblant Manoir Labelle7-minute walk from the express gondolaStudio one queen, studio two queens or one bedroom suite with one queen bed and a sofa bedOff-peak: 30,000 Marriott points ($240)

Standard: 35,000 points ($280)

Peak: 40,000 points ($320)

$138 to $352Complimentary breakfast buffet, fitness center, outdoor pool, outdoor spa, fire pit, coin laundry
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Mont Tremblant12-minute driveOne queen bed or two queen beds15,000 Wyndham points ($165)$95 to $292Complimentary breakfast buffet, indoor pool with slide, hot tub, fitness center, game room

Blue Mountain (Canada)

The Westin is just a couple minutes away from the gondola. (Photo courtesy of Marriott.)
The Westin is just a couple of minutes away from the gondola. (Photo courtesy of Marriott.)

Blue Mountain is 86 miles from Toronto (YYZ). There's a Westin near the gondola, as well as some other properties from the seven brands covered in this guide just a short drive away:

HotelTime from Ikon PropertyRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
The Westin Trillium House, Blue MountainA few minutes walk from the gondolaDeluxe guest room with one queen bed and sofa bed or one bedroom suite with one queen bed and a sofa bedOff-peak: 40,000 Marriott points ($320)

Standard: 50,000 points ($400)

Peak: 60,000 points ($480)

$101 to $541Private beach, fitness center, heated pool, hot tub, dry sauna
Georgian Bay Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham9-minute driveOne queen bed standard, one king bed standard, two queen beds standard, one king bed deluxe or two queen beds deluxe15,000 Wyndham points ($165)$76 to $19118-hole putting course, fitness center, tennis court, heated indoor pool, seasonal outdoor pool, bike rentals, children’s playground, barbecue grills, coin laundry, spa
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Collingwood11-minute driveOne king bed or two queen beds15,000 Wyndham points ($165)$86 to $109Complimentary breakfast, fitness center, indoor pool, hot tub, coin laundry
Comfort Inn & Suites Collingwood12-minute driveAny room on property, including suites16,000 Choice points ($96) Sunday–Thursday and 20,000 Choice points ($120) Friday–Saturday until Nov. 30, 2019.

Then, 20,000 Choice points ($120) until Jan. 31, 2020.

Rates TBA starting Feb. 1.

$92 to $200Complimentary hot breakfast, fitness center, indoor heated pool, coin laundry

Niseko United (Japan)

Stay slope-side using your Hyatt points. (Photo courtesy of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.)
Stay slope-side using your Hyatt points at Kasara Niseko Village. (Photo courtesy of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.)

Niseko United is 69 miles from Sapporo Chitose (CTS), and is comprised of four resorts on one mountain (Niseko Annupuri). You can access the resorts by bus, train or car from Sapporo. Here are some properties from the seven brands that are near the four resorts:

HotelTime from Ikon PropertyRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Winter Cash Prices Per Night Before Taxes and FeesAmenities
Hilton Niseko VillageAdjacent to Niseko Village gondolaTwo twin beds or one king bedStandard rates generally aren't available; premium rates are 57,000 to 325,000 Hilton points per night ($342 to $1,950)$122 to $785Large indoor bath, wide outdoor bath, fitness center, 21% service charge per room per night between December until early April
Hyatt House Niseko (opening for winter season on Nov. 20, 2019)5 minutes from Hirafu Gondola and the Family LiftOne-bedroom suite with one super king bed or two single beds30,000 Hyatt points ($510)$488 to $1,427Complimentary  breakfast for World of Hyatt members, fitness center, ski rentals, complimentary washing and drying machines, complimentary round trip shuttle to the Gondola and Family Lift, complimentary ski storage lockers
Kasara Niseko Village (Hyatt Small Luxury Hotels of the World)Slope-side at Niseko VillageTownhouse that can sleep up to six guests and includes a dining area, kitchen and laundry facilities40,000 Hyatt points ($680)$1,422Outdoor thermal pool, normal World of Hyatt benefits aren't honored, seems to require at least two night stay
Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono (accepting booking for March 1, 2020, and beyond)Slope-side at Niseko HanazonoOne king bed or two twin beds30,000 Hyatt points ($510)$653 to $99111 on-site restaurants, health club, swimming pool, onsen, spa, ski rentals

Thredbo (Australia)

Thredbo is 52 miles from Cooma (OOM) and 131 miles from Canberra (CBR). Thredbo's ski season is from early June to early October. There are various options at Thredbo for lodging -- from traditional ski lodges to vacation rentals to a hostel -- but none are from the seven brands covered in this article. The nearest properties from these seven brands are in Canberra, which is too far of a drive if you plan to ski for more than one day.

Mount Buller (Australia)

Mount Buller is 151 miles from Melbourne (MEL). Mount Buller's ski season is from early June to early October. There are many options at Mount Buller for lodging, but none are from the seven brands covered by this article. The nearest property from these seven brands is the Comfort Inn Benalla, which is still an hour-and-a-half drive from the resort. So, you'll likely want to stay at a local hotel or vacation rental in Mount Buller Alpine Village.

Valle Nevado (Chile)

Valle Nevado is 50 miles from Santiago (SCL), and the ski season at Valle Nevado is June through September. There are a few hotels at the resort, but none of the seven brands have properties nearby. So, you'll likely want to either stay in Santiago or its suburbs where most of the seven brands have properties, or stay on-site at one of the properties outside these seven brands.

Coronet Peak and The Remarkables (New Zealand)

View over Queenstown from the Gondola, with Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables, Queenstown, Otago, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania. (Photo by Matteo Colombo/Getty Images)
Stay in Queenstown and alternate between The Remarkables and Coronet Peak with your Ikon Pass. (Photo by Matteo Colombo/Getty Images)

Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are both located within 15 miles of Queenstown (ZQN), so you may choose to stay in Queenstown and take the complimentary ski shuttle to the resorts. The ski season for these resorts generally runs from mid-June to early October. Here are some of the best lodging options in Queenstown across the seven brands:

HotelTime from Coronet PeakTime from The RemarkablesRoom Types on PointsPoints Per Night (TPG's valuation)Cash Prices Per Night Before taxes and Fees During Ski SeasonAmenities
Hulbert House (Hyatt Small Luxury Hotels of the World)21-minute drive or near bus route35-minute drive or near bus routePremium suite with one king bed30,000 Hyatt points ($510)$482 to $655Complimentary town transfers, complimentary use of E-bikes, complimentary refreshments (including pre-dinner drinks and canapes), normal World of Hyatt benefits aren't honored
Crowne Plaza Queenstown22-minute drive or on bus route36-minute drive or on bus routeTwo double beds or standard room50,000 IHG points ($250)$110 to $183Fitness center
Holiday Inn: Queenstown Frankton Road25-minute drive or on bus route30-minute drive or on bus routeOne queen bed or two single beds25,000 IHG points ($125)$82 to $112Complimentary city shuttle, indoor tennis courts, barbecue grills, coin laundry
Ramada Suites by Wyndham Queenstown Remarkables Park28-minute drive27-minute driveOne king bed studio apartment15,000 Wyndham points ($165)$192Fitness center
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa31-minute drive or on bus route27-minute drive or on bus routeTwo twin beds or one king bed, both room types have a fireplace34,000 to 60,000 Hilton points ($204 to $360)$126 to $190Fitness center, indoor heated pool, spa
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Queenstown32-minute drive or on bus route27-minute drive or on bus routeTwo twin beds24,000 to 49,000 Hilton points ($144 to $294)$89 to $158Fitness center, 10-seat executive cinema

Mount Hutt (New Zealand)

Mount Hutt is 63 miles from Christchurch (CHC) and the ski season for Mount Hutt is early June to mid-October. The closest major town with lodging to Mount Hutt is Methven, and multiple operators offer bus service during ski season from Methven to Mount Hutt. However, none of the seven brands have properties in Methven; instead, the closest properties are in Christchurch. So, you'll either have an over 80-minute drive each way if you stay at a property in Christchurch, or you'll need to consider local hotels or vacation rentals in Methven.

Zermatt Matterhorn (Switzerland)

(Photo courtesy of Best Western.)

Zermatt Matterhorn is 48 miles from Sion (SIR), 118 miles from Milan (MXP), 142 miles from Geneva (GVA) and 157 miles from Zurich (ZRH). Out of the seven brands considered in this guide, only Best Western has a property in Zermatt. This property, the Best Western Hotel Butterfly, is only a two minute walk from the central railway and Gornergrat station. The property costs 32,000 to 36,000 Best Western points per night — which TPG values at $224 to $252 — but cash rates during the winter season range from $143 to $252 before taxes and fees. A seven-night stay is required for some dates. The property has a steam room, sauna, guest laundry and a restaurant.

How to Get Hotel Points

There are generally three ways to stock up on hotel points if your balance is low: transfer points from a transferable currency, buy points or sign-up for a cobranded hotel credit card. Here's a table showing how you can obtain additional points for each of the seven hotel brands discussed in this guide.

Transfer PartnersBuy PointsCobranded Hotel Credit Cards
HiltonAmerican Express Membership Rewards (1:2 ratio)Up to 80,000 points per calendar year (latest offer)How to Choose the Best Hilton Credit Card for You
HyattChase Ultimate Rewards (1:1 ratio)Up to 55,000 points per calendar year (latest offer)Credit Card Review: World of Hyatt Credit Card
MarriottAmerican Express Membership Rewards (1:1 ratio), Chase Ultimate Rewards (1:1 ratio)Up to 50,000 points per year (latest offer)Which Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card Is Right for You?
IHGChase Ultimate Rewards (1:1 ratio)Up to 100,000 points per year (latest offer)Credit Card Review: IHG Rewards Premier Card
ChoiceAmerican Express Membership Rewards (1:1 ratio)Up to 120,000 points per year (latest offer)Choice Privileges Visa Signature Card
Wyndhamn/aUp to 10,000 points per yearWyndham Rewards Visa Card and Wyndham Rewards Visa Card
Best Westernn/aUp to 10,000 points per transactionBest Western Rewards Premium Mastercard and Best Western Rewards Mastercard

Bottom Line

Regardless of what hotel brands you have points with, there are ample options. And, there are certainly some great redemptions to be found whether you prefer multiple bedrooms to spread out with family or whether you value being slope-side. But, especially if you're traveling during the week or shoulder season, be sure to check cash rates to ensure you're getting a solid value from your points.

Here are a few related articles you may find useful while planning your winter ski trips:

Featured image by The Westin is just a couple minutes away from the gondola. (Photo courtesy of Marriott.)
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