15 of our favorite ski-friendly resort hotels you can book on points
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Ski season in the Northern Hemisphere is about to begin in earnest.
Though ski trips may still look a little different this year, resorts are already gearing up for expected crowds. With people clamoring to get away, and closer-to-home destinations being all the rage this year, it stands to reason that ski resorts will be an even hotter commodity than usual.
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Half the fun of a ski trip is staying at a top-notch ski resort — a place to relax after a day on the mountains, have an après-ski cocktail next to a fire pit and soak in a heated pool or an even-hotter whirlpool. They are a place to wind down with snow falling around you and mountains full of majestic evergreens in clear view.
Even better, many resorts in the country’s (and world’s) top ski destinations are points hotels, meaning you can skip laying down cold hard cash for your stay and spend that money where it really counts — on gear rentals, ski passes or those end-of-the-day drinks. So, with winter on the way, let’s take a look at some of our favorite ski resorts that you can book with points – both within the U.S. and farther afield.
United States resorts
Just minutes from North Lake Tahoe, California, the Resort at Squaw Creek offers direct lift access to Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Valley), which is where the 1960 Winter Olympics were held.
This 405-room resort has a beautiful location at the base of Palisades Tahoe with views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains and ski-in, ski-out access. Guests can also enjoy heated pools (kids will love the 150-foot water slide if you happen to visit during warmer months), hot tubs and the full gym and spa. There’s also a complimentary ski valet for storing ski gear.
The Resort at Squaw Creek is part of Hyatt’s Destination Hotels brand, meaning you can use World of Hyatt points for your stay. As a Category 6 property, you can book stays for 25,000 points per night, pending availability. Remember that World of Hyatt points transfer from Chase Ultimate Rewards at a 1 to 1 ratio, making it incredibly easy to use points earned from cards such as the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card at Hyatt properties.
Elegantly nestled mid-mountain in northern California‘s Northstar Resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is a luxurious home base that provides ski-in, ski-out access and proximity to the charming Northstar Village, the town of Truckee and, of course, Lake Tahoe. Many of the warmly and elegantly designed guest rooms feature fireplaces and Juliet balconies from which you can take in the gorgeous scenery. After a long day at the slopes, treat yourself to a massage at the spa or enjoy a cocktail at any one of the resort’s multiple bars and restaurants.
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is a Category 8 property in Marriott’s Bonvoy award chart, meaning a free night will cost you 70,000, 85,000 or 100,000 Marriott points per night, depending on the dates of your stay.
Conveniently located adjacent to Heavenly Mountain Resort’s gondola, Marriott’s Timber Lodge is the perfect base for those who want to spend more time skiing and less time traveling to the mountain — and with its proximity to Lake Tahoe, a night on the town is never far away.
The hotel itself features both standard rooms and one, two- and three-bedroom villas complete with a fireplace, jetted tub and full kitchen. After a long day on the slopes, enjoy a Mongolian-style meal at the hotel’s Fire and Ice Grill and Bar or hit the outdoor pool and sauna. The Timber Lodge is a Category 6 property, which means a night will cost you upwards of 50,000 points per night on standard dates.
If you’re short on Marriott points, the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card is offering a welcome bonus of 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points and a bonus free night award (redemption level worth up to 85,000 Marriott points) after you use your new card to make $5,000 in eligible purchases within the first three months of card membership. Resort fees may apply. Offer expires Nov. 3, 2021.
Additionally, the Marriott Bonvoy Business™ American Express® Card is currently offering a welcome bonus of 125,000 Marriott points and two bonus free night awards after you use your new card to make $5,000 in eligible purchases within the first three months of card membership. Each bonus free night award has a redemption level up to $50,000 points. Certain hotels have resort fees. Offer ends Nov. 3, 2021.
The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek lies at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain, near the iconic Colorado ski town of Vail. This hotel offers discerning skiers a high-end spot to enjoy after frolicking in all the natural splendor that this part of Colorado offers.
In addition to all the trappings of a high-end ski resort — including true ski-in, ski-out access and two bars and restaurants –the property offers an Exhale spa, a heated outdoor pool and a whopping five hot tubs for you to enjoy when you want to wind down after a day of skiing and snowboarding.
This property is a Category 7 hotel in the World of Hyatt award chart, meaning a free night will cost you 30,000 points.
About a 20-minute drive from the town of Aspen is The Westin Snowmass, a ski-in, ski-out resort with a great spot right on Snowmass Mountain. This isn’t the most luxurious ski resort in existence, but you’ll find it’s a great value, thanks to its location and family-friendly amenities, including a ski valet, a heated pool, multiple hot tubs, a kids club, spa and even laundry facilities. The hotel has an anticipated reopening of December 2021 after undergoing $40 million in renovations.
This is a Category 6 Marriott Bonvoy property, meaning a free night will set you back 50,000 or more on standard nights.
For a classically high-end ski stay, look no further than the St. Regis Aspen, arguably the finest address in one of the most exclusive ski towns anywhere on Earth.
Situated at the base of Aspen Mountain, the St. Regis provides guests not only a great location for skiing but also for taking advantage of everything else there is to do in Aspen like high-end shopping, fantastic restaurants and lively nightlife. Back in your room, you’ll sink into the luxurious Frette linens and pamper yourself in the large, marble-clad bathrooms. After skiing, go for a dip in the heated outdoor pool with breathtaking views of the mountain and enjoy an après-ski cocktail from the hotel bar.
This St. Regis is a Category 8 property in Marriott’s Bonvoy award chart, meaning a free night will cost you 70,000, 85,000 or 100,000 Marriott points per night, depending on the dates of your stay.
Still a relatively new property, the W Aspen leans into the more lively side of this ski town with its funky decor and trendy rooftop bar. Rooms are modern and loud, with some featuring up to four queen-size bunk beds — in a single room! But this hotel still takes its role as a ski resort seriously. It provides slope-side access to Aspen Mountain and is located in close proximity to all the town of Aspen has to offer.
The W Aspen is a Category 8 Marriott Bonvoy property. Free nights will cost you 70,000, 85,000 or 100,000 points per night, depending on the dates of your stay.
Just about 45 minutes away from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), the St. Regis Deer Valley is a high-end ski-in, ski-out resort in one of America’s best-known ski destinations. Treat yourself to gorgeous mountain views and take advantage of the hotel’s multilevel pool complex with heated pools and a couple of hot tubs, located right next to the ski run that takes you into the hotel. For serious skiers, there’s an on-site ski valet and adjacent rental shop. Don’t skip a treatment at the 14,000-square-foot spa, either.
This St. Regis is a Category 8 property in Marriott’s Bonvoy award chart. A free night will cost you 70,000, 85,000 or 100,000 Marriott points per night, depending on the dates of your stay.
Equidistant to Deer Valley Ski Resort and downtown Park City, The Waldorf Astoria Park City is perfect for anyone who wants to see and do it all in Park City.
The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle to both areas, and for those who plan to ski, there’s a ski valet and a gondola that takes you to the base of Canyons Mountain is just across the street. Each guest room has a gas fireplace for warming up after a day in the snow, and you can enjoy the heated outdoor pool, multiple hot tubs and a full spa with 15 treatment rooms.
Hilton doesn’t maintain an award chart, but rooms can be had for as few as 90,000 Honors points per night during the low season. If your Honors account needs a boost, consider signing up for the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card, which is currently offering a welcome bonus of 150,000 points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first three months of card membership.
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At the base of Mount Mansfield (Vermont’s tallest peak), in the popular ski town of Stowe, sits the Lodge at Spruce Peak, a luxurious ski-in, ski-out resort convenient for East Coasters looking for a ski getaway. Besides some of the East Coast’s best skiing, you’ll have access to a full spa, a heated outdoor pool, plus multiple onsite restaurants and bars. There’s also convenient access to great shops and Spruce Peak Village, where you can partake in activities like ice skating, ziplining and gondola rides.
The Lodge is part of Hyatt’s Destination Hotels brand. It’s a Category 7 property in the World of Hyatt award chart. A free night will cost you 30,000 points.
Located just minutes from the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the recently-opened Cloudveil will be making its ski season debut this year. The 96-room hotel, which is the first of its kind in Jackson Hole’s historic town center, is intended to seamlessly blend with its surroundings. The lobby decór consists of birch, hand-stitched leather, granite and pictures of mountain landscapes. After a day of skiing some of the best terrain in North America, guests can relax and enjoy cocktails at The Bistro, or enjoy lounging around the outdoor pool, garden and rooftop terrace.
This Category 7 hotel is a Marriott Autograph Collection property, and a night will cost you 50,000, 60,000 or 70,000 points per night on off-peak, standard and peak dates, respectively.
Located right in the middle of Whistler Village, the Hilton Whistler is a great option for anyone looking to enjoy some of Canada’s finest skiing. The hotel is near the gondolas of both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, all but ensuring you won’t be bored at this hotel. The property, with guest rooms that were recently refreshed, offers everything you’d expect from a full-service ski resort, including free storage for your ski and snowboarding gear, a spa and a heated outdoor pool and hot tub.
Hilton doesn’t maintain an award chart, but rooms can be had for as few as 42,000 Honors points per night during the low season, making the resort an excellent option for those who want to stretch their Hilton points to the maximum.
At the base of Quebec’s Mont-Tremblant is the Le Westin Resort and Spa, Tremblant, Quebec, a 123-room property offering proximity to both the slopes and all the attractions of the charming village of Mont-Tremblant. Many rooms at this property offer fireplaces and even kitchenettes, which can help keep costs down once you’ve arrived. There’s also a heated outdoor saltwater pool and hot tub for post-ski dips and a spa for the ultimate relaxation.
This hotel is a Category 7 Marriott Bonvoy property, meaning free nights will cost you 50,000, 60,000 or 70,000 points per night, depending on the dates of your stay.
Europe and Asia
Situated high up (almost 5,100 feet in elevation, to be exact) in the Swiss Alps, the W Verbier offers a very W take on alpine luxury. The bright, airy rooms are cutting edge, but you won’t forget you’re in the Alps thanks to touches like thick throws and fireplaces, plus the magnificent views.
With six onsite restaurants and bars, this resort is a destination unto itself. The modern chalet vibes continue in the hotel’s public spaces, with light woods and rich, bold colors used abundantly. Take advantage of the ski-in, ski-out access to “Les 4 Vallées” for some of the best skiing you’ll ever experience.
The W Verbier is a Category 8 property in Marriott’s Bonvoy award chart, meaning a free night will cost you upwards of 70,000 points per night on off-peak dates.
The Park Hyatt Niseko Hanazono brings the Park Hyatt brand’s renowned minimalist luxury to the slopes of Hokkaido in Japan. The hotel is set in Niseko United, roughly 70 miles from Sapporo in the Annupuri Mountains. In addition to ski-in, ski-out access, the property has 11 onsite restaurants, a health club, a swimming pool, an onsen (hot spring) and offers ski rentals.
This property is a Category 7 hotel in the World of Hyatt award chart, meaning a free night will cost you 30,000 points. Even if a trip to Japan doesn’t make sense this ski season, travelers who want to pan further into the future should keep this world-class ski destination in mind.
Additional reporting by Josh Laskin.
Featured photo courtesy of the W Verbier.
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