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968 Park Hotel

968 Park Hotel
968 Park
The boutique 968 Park Hotel is one of Tahoe’s greenest.

The boutique 968 Park Hotel is one of Tahoe’s greenest: It’s LEED certified and was built using sustainable and recycled materials (even the mattresses are EPA-approved). Access the slopes at Heavenly via the downtown gondola or drive an hour to Kirkwood or Sierra-at-Tahoe. Afterward, book a deep tissue massage in the on-site spa or enjoy the outdoor pool with cabanas. [from $89;]

Red Wolf Lodge

Red Wolf Lodge
Red Wolf Lodge
With two locations: On the north shore of Lake Tahoe or at the base of Squaw Valley.

The Red Wolf Lodge is a timeshare-style condo hotel that offers studios and two-bedroom condos that sleep up to six. There are two locations: One at the base of Squaw Valley (stay here if you’re skiing Squaw or Alpine Meadows) and one lakeside in Kings Beach (stay here if you’re skiing Northstar, Diamond Peak, or Homewood). Every room comes with a small kitchen and there’s a gym and hot tub on site. [from $169;]

Encantado Resort

This New Mexico hotel will indulge your senses in earth-toned luxury.

Set on 57 acres in Tesuque (10 minutes from Santa Fe; 40 minutes from Ski Santa Fe via complimentary hotel shuttle), Encantado’s 65 low-slung casitas are scattered around the property. Each is decorated in soft earth tones and has a wood-burning kiva fireplace, wood-beamed ceilings and an ample terrace. Beds are luxurious, heated concrete floors keep bare feet warm, and bathtubs are roomy enough for two.

From $475;

Resort at Squaw Creek

Resort at Squaw Creek
Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Hike It: Granite Chief Trail. Wending uphill through Shirley Canyon in Tahoe National Forest, Granite Chief treats hikers to waterfalls, creeks, wildflower fields and mountain lakes en route to 9,0006-foot Granite Chief Peak.
Stats: Moderate; 10.2 miles, but it can be shortened
Après-hike: The Spa at Squaw Creek's Tahoe Hot Stone Massage uses heated basalt and cold marble stones in a rhythmic massage to get deep into the muscle and improve circulation; $115-$170.
Info: $25 per hike; 800-327-3353;
PHOTO: Resort at Squaw Creek
Thanks to a recent renovation, the Resort at Squaw Creek is one of Tahoe's nicest hotels.

A recent $53 million renovation now makes the Resort at Squaw Creek one of the nicest luxury hotels in the Tahoe area. You can book anything from a suite with a fireplace to a two-level penthouse, all of which come with bathtubs, kitchens, dining rooms, flat-screen televisions, and comfy pillow-top beds. You’ll pick the Resort at Squaw Creek for its private chairlift access to the terrain at Squaw. But you’ll love it even more for the sprawling outdoor hot tubs, the heated swimming pools, the spa treatments, steam rooms, and state-of-the-art fitness center.

The Dobson House

Visitors to Taos, N.M., often speak of feeling "at one" with Mother Earth. Stay at the Dobson House and you'll definitely experience that sensation.

 This 6,000-square-foot adobe bed & breakfast on the Rio Grande Gorge is environmentally friendly and solar-powered. Over three years, the Dobsons shaped 20,000 recycled aluminum cans, 2,000 old tires, 34 tons of Colorado sandstone and 28,000 pounds of dry cement into a striking, low-slung structure that blends seamlessly with its surroundings. At the inn's heart is the "round room," a 1,600-square-foot common area with sandstone floors, ponderosa pine columns and walls of glass that provide 270-degree views of the mountains.

The El Monte Casitas

A few days in Taos is all it takes to understand its license-plate billing as "The Land of Enchantment."

The El Monte Casitas are the quintessential examples. Scattered around the town of Taos and just a short drive from Taos Ski Valley, they're a collection of historical landmark homes that have been meticulously restored and reopened as elegant accommodations.

Hotel St. Bernard

Hotel St. Bernard
If the salt-rimmed margaritas and barbequed-chicken sandwiches at Hotel St. Bernard’s sun-baked patio, in Taos, New Mexico, aren’t enough to satisfy you, the people-watching will be. Take in the melting pot of crusty Norwegian ski instructors, hippie chicks on telemark skis, and Spanish-speaking lift operators on snow bikes. Better keep drinking.

Honorable Mentions:
La Cantina (Vail, Colorado)
Tram Deck (Snowbird, Utah)
Garibaldi Lift Company (Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia)
Le Chamois (Squaw Valley, California)
Fun for the whole family awaits at this slopeside resort.

With its slopeside deck and ski murals covering the facade, Hotel St. Bernard is the epitome of Taos, New Mexico. Kids enjoy their time at the Kid's Club while parents eat in the dining room, and meet afterwards. The hotel offers apres-ski activities, ski tuning clinics, and ski and snowboard instruction. Packages include six lift tickets, six morning lessons and all meals ($1,865-$2,265 per week); 505-776-2251

Sunnyside Lodge

Sunnyside Lodge
Sunnyside Lodge’s cozy cabin ambience befits its lakeside location.
Feels more like summer camp than a winter palace.

Although it feels more like summer camp than a winter palace, The Sunnyside Lodge is comfortable and charming. The lobby’s wood-paneled walls and timber rafters are adorned with elkhorn chandeliers, antique canoes and wooden snowshoes to set the mood, but the 23 rooms and suites, each with a private balcony, are modern and understated. Ski and stay packages are available ($155–$270;

The Bavarian Lodge

Settle in slopeside at this Taos lodge.

 If you must make first chair, the Bavarian, fashioned after the lodges of its namesake region, is your best bet. With only five suites, each named after Bavarian kings and castles and decorated with European antiques, it's hard to believe this lodge is midmountain at Taos Ski Valley—until you step outside and hop the Kachina chair for first tracks. Authentic sauerbraten and kalbsbratwurst in the lodge's restaurant amp up the Old World appeal. $275—$600 per night; 888-205-8020;

Casa de las Chimeneas

Kick off a romantic ski vacation at this Bed and Breakfast.

There's a fireplace in every room, but that's not what gives this B&B its warmth. Two blocks off Taos Plaza, the eight-room inn was once a private home, and it's still run that way. Three-course breakfasts and evening buffets are feasts, and the Wellness Spa offers couples massage and yoga classes. All rooms have TVs, private baths and mini-fridges stocked with free juice and soda. Ask for the Sala de Patron room for its massive, hand-carved bed, private sitting room and two-person jetted tub.

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