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The Steamboat Grand

The Steamboat Grand
steamboat grand
Right at the base of the mountain, the Steamboat Grand is convenient, comfortable and classy.

Steamboat’s big, flashy hotel right at the base of the mountain, the Steamboat Grand, is great simply because of its awesome location. It’s only a couple blocks from the gondola, so getting out early for one of Steamboat’s legendary champagne powder days is easy. Even though the hotel breakfast is boring after a few days of the same thing again and again, the rooms are incredibly comfortable. The beds have a ton of pillows to flop onto after dropping your skis and boots at the Grand’s storage locker on the mountain and grabbing complimentary hot chocolate and cookies in the lobby.

Mariposa Lodge

Mariposa Lodge
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A quaint B&B with a local feel. Don't skip breakfast.

For the ultimate local feel, stay at the Mariposa Lodge Bed and Breakfast. Owned by long-time Steamboat residents Cindy and Bob Maddox who live next door, the place is downright quaint. Cindy dabbles in fiber arts and decorated the cabin-style bed and breakfast with handmade quilts and wall hangings. The place is right next to a river and is incredibly quiet even though it is close to downtown. Spend a night in watching snow fall from the front porch or enclosed sunroom.

Rabbit Ears Motel

Rabbit Ears Motel
Rabbit Ears Motel
A centrally located, incredibly reasonable hotel in Ski Town, USA.

Don’t be put off by the name, or the seventies-style neon sign. Rabbit Ears Motel is not a dingy, out of the way pit stop, but is instead a centrally located, incredibly reasonable hotel to stay at considering it’s in Ski Town, USA. Named after nearby Rabbit Ear’s Pass, the motel is aimed at the budget-conscious traveler. Even though it’s no fancy resort, the rooms are clean, well-furnished, and conveniently located in town, close to lots or restaurants and shopping that anyone at the front desk can tell you about.

Thunder Spring

Thunder Spring
Thunder Springs
Spacious condos minutes from Ketchum.

When you need a little more space, these apartments minutes from Bald Mountain and Ketchum are a good option. Unlike most condos, Thunder Spring comes with a concierge who can book ski school and stock up on your favorite beer. But the best perk is full access to the adjoining Zenergy Spa, where you can soak in the huge outdoor whirlpool.

$600-–$2,000; http://thunderspring.com/

Knob Hill Inn

Knob Hill Inn
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The Arlberg meets Idaho at this hotel on Ketchum’s Main Street.

The Arlberg meets Idaho at this hotel on Ketchum’s Main Street. A kacheloven (wood-burning stove bedecked with colorful tiles) warms the lobby and kaiserschmarren (an Austrian pancake) is a staple on the breakfast menu. Although the architecture is alpine, room décor recalls the California coast with bleached woods and pastel fabrics. Windows face the Sawtooth Range or the trails on Baldy. For a good value, book one of the four fireplace rooms, each with a wood-burning hearth.

$250–$500; http://knobhillinn.com/

Sun Valley Lodge

Sun Valley Lodge
The lobby of the Sun Valley Lodge evokes fantasies of partying with Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and many other infamous celebs.
Rack your skis where Sonja Heine skated in Sun Valley Serenade and Ernest Hemingway wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Rack your skis where Sonja Heine skated in Sun Valley Serenade and Ernest Hemingway wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls. Set in the resort village, the Lodge (1936) and the Inn (1937), both recently remodeled, convey Golden Age graciousness with coffered ceilings, marble bathrooms and snowy snapshots of visitors such as Clark Gable and Lucille Ball adorning the corridors. Dine at The Ram, where pianist Larry Harshbarger has entertained for 30 years. Tip: Since the two properties offer 10 different room layouts, call to book your stay instead of using the Web.

$180–$640; http://sunvalley.com/

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