Lodging that pairs kid-friendliness with grown-up panache.
Finding lodgings that pair kid-friendliness with grown-up panache isn’t child’s play. The Marriott, a fractional-ownership property that functions like a hotel, pulls it off. It pleases all comers with its location next to the gondola and its Old Tahoe design (timber accented by native stone). Accommodations range from studios to three-bedroom penthouses, all with full kitchens and most with gas fireplaces. The cushiest quarters offer whirlpool tubs and window seats. Outside, a heated pool and hot tubs satisfy after a day on the slopes.
These four bedroom townhouses raise the standard for luxury at Copper. Ski-in/ski-out to the Lumberjack chair at the Union Creek base, the Swiss Craftsman-style units have gourmet kitchens with soap-stone counters and Viking appliances (plus a picture window that peers out over Copper’s Soliloquy run), sealed-combustion fireplaces in the living areas, wide-plank walnut floors and an elevator form the garage to the master suite on the fourth floor. After all, how else would you get to the rooftop hot tub? Copper, Colorado | 800.458.8386 | coppercolorado.com
This hotel is right on the slopes of Sunday River. They have onsite childcare, a health club, a heated outdoor pool and dining options. It is located on the resort’s far periphery—perfect for starting or ending the day without crowds. Sunday River, Maine | 800.430.0767 | sundayriver.com
Originally opened in 1911 as a hostelry for nervous souls seeking mental rest and recuperation, the Bethel Inn still soothes mind and body.
Originally opened in 1911 as a hostelry for nervous souls seeking mental rest and recuperation, the Bethel Inn still soothes mind and body. Out the front door is Bethel Common and the village historic district; out the back, a sprawling Nordic center (or golf course in the summer). Inside, antiques and Shaker and Colonial-style furnishings blend comfortably in a classic country inn that invites plunking down with a good book and a fine wine. Bethel, Maine | 800.654.0125 | bethelinn.com
The Hotel Telluride exudes a decidedly New West feel, beginning with the giant exposed log beams and massive antler chandelier in the sunny lobby. Each of its 59 rooms has an oversized marble bathroom, thick monogrammed bathrobes, and a bed piled high with feather comforters and down pillows. After your ski day, visit the spa for a massage, or park yourself at an antique pub table at the Bistro for an aperitif before strolling a couple blocks to Main Street for dinner. Telluride, Colorado | 866.468.3501 | thehotelteulluride.com
The closest thing you’ll find at Alta to the mega-ski resort hotel.
The Rustler Lodge is Alta’s nicest, most up-to-date lodge in the canyon, but it can come off as bit beige and stuffy to some. It is the closest thing you’ll find at Alta to the mega-ski resort hotel. The staff is a little more professional and serious and everything is just a little more polished than at the other lodges in the canyon. If you’re looking to treat yourself to a massage or aromatherapy session at the spa rather than catch first chair, the Rustler is your place.
Alta’s oldest lodge is quiet and secluded and the perfect place for somebody who wants to vanish and ski for a while.
There’s a funny little building that’s usually halfway buried in snow between the Alta Lodge and the Rustler that most people pass buy. It has the East Coast, no-frills, old money style that is most akin to the Alta Lodge in terms of staff, guests, and decor. It is small—only 18 rooms—and this is the defining factor for the place. Alta’s oldest lodge is quiet and secluded and the perfect place for somebody who wants to vanish and ski for a while.
Perhaps the most friendly and party-oriented lodge in Little Cottonwood Canyon
The Goldminer’s Daughter, simply known as the GMD, is perhaps the most friendly and party-oriented lodge in Little Cottonwood Canyon. The blocky building gives the overall feeling that has been likened to a postwar Midwest Lutheran women’s college, with a Denny’s attached to it. The rooms are the kind where the headboards are bolted to the wall, and the bathrooms have those orangey heat lamps in the ceilings. It’s a place where every year a group of Brits in their 60s invades for three weeks each winter and throws gin parties that are legendary.
After slaying High Rustler, head to this Little Cottonwood classic for $1.50 P-Dubs (cans of Pacific Western) and free baskets of buttery popcorn. Here, among leather couches, a fireplace, and Wendy's-style stained-glass windows, Alta's grizzled vets fraternize with bathrobe-clad lodge guests from 4:30 P.M. to 11 P.M. Poach the hot tub downstairs, but wait 45 minutes after the nightly arrival of chafing dishes full of free wings, jalapeño poppers, and taquitos. (Little Cottonwood Canyon; 801-742-3000) Photo Courtesy of Alta Peruvian Lodge
The Peruvian is decidedly lowbrow, but it is this warmth and homeyness that brings families back year after year.
Among locals it is known as the P-Dog. It’s a fitting name for the slightly scruffy, stoically Alpine, and handsomely utilitarian, yet family-friendly atmosphere the Peruvian exudes. In the lobby you’ll find families playing scrabble, munching on fresh-baked cookies, and reading The New Yorker. There are ping-pong tournaments at night and one of the best après hot tub scenes in the canyon. The Peruvian is decidedly lowbrow, but it is this warmth and hominess that brings families back year after year.
Kids ages 18 and under stay free April 12-19, 2009 at the Alta Lodge. With a reservation for a minimum of four nights, two kids stay in their parents’ room at no additional charge. Full breakfast and four-course dinner are also included daily at no charge. With two kids, this is a savings of over $200 per night. In addition to this value for families, Alta Lodge offers a free supervised Kids’ Program with activities after skiing, a special kids’ dinner, after dinner activities and shuttle service to and from the Alta Ski Area Children’s Ski School, which also has a full-time day care service for non-skiing children. For more information, visit altalodge.com, or call 800-707-2582 for reservations.
The Alta Lodge sits directly across from Alta’s marquee run, Alf’s High Rustler, and it’s within this context that the lodge operates. It’s about the skiing.
The entrance to the Alta Lodge is down three dark and icy flights of stairs that resemble a mineshaft. The décor is knotty pine and cinder blocks. Some would call it antiquated and out of date, others call it their winter home for generations. The Alta Lodge has a decidedly East Cost, upscale vibe along the lines of a lodge in the Berkshires or Adirondacks with no-frills, old money, overtones. The clientele is high-class, but they’re not there for the luxury. Guests at the Alta Lodge return year after year for the focus on the skiing and the community.