10 December, 2023, 21:24

Incredible Ski Retreats

From powder days in Park City to shredding sessions in Colorado, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels has some of the country’s most desirable mountain retreats in its portfolio. And, with fun for all ages, like snow tubing, snowman building and s’mores by the firepit, it’s time to grab the skis, skates or board, and hit the slopes for an unforgettable family getaway this winter. Here are eight great ski destinations:

Forest Suites Resort (Lake Tahoe, California)

From skiing and snowboarding to snowshoeing and snowmobiling, Lake Tahoe is perfect for winter adventure enthusiasts – and Forest Suites Resort is the ideal home base. Located just steps from the Heavenly Ski Resort Gondola, with access to 34 miles of wide-open cruisers, the region is perfect for young and novice skiers, with 1,600-foot plunges for thrill seekers. A few steps further brings travelers across state lines to the casinos of Nevada for gaming fun. Families will also find plenty to keep busy at the resort, from tubing and sledding to Forest Suites Resort’s ice-skating rink and cinema.

Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa (Lake Arrowhead, California)

A powder lover’s paradise, Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa has plenty of winter activities for families to enjoy this winter including ice skating, skiing, snowboarding, snow play and snow tubing. From the steeps of Slide Peak and long cruising intermediate trails to the region’s best beginner terrain and Southern California’s only chairlift-serviced sledding area, Snow Valley has it all. After a thrilling day on the slopes, guests can unwind at Bin 189’s Après Ski and savor signature cocktails or enjoy a nourishing meal by the warm fire.

The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa (Manchester, Vermont)

Surrounded by Vermont’s snow-capped Green Mountains—with 914 acres of trails in its backyard—The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa offers a variety of winter activities including skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, snowmobiling and sleigh rides that are sure to delight the whole family. The Equinox’s Land Rover Driving Experience is a must-try for any travelers still seeking adventure. For the young or the young at heart, the resort sleds, outdoor skating rink and snowman garden await. To wind down, families can enjoy s’mores around the firepit—a sweet ending to an epic day of wintertime activities.

Snow King Resort (Jackson Hole, Wyoming)

Located at the base of Snow King Mountain, with access to some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the area, Snow King Resort is the perfect Jackson Hole ski resort for winter sport enthusiasts. Beyond alpine skiing, thrill-seekers can get their adrenaline fix at King’s Tube Park while little ones have fun searching for hidden items back at the hotel in a scavenger hunt complete with prizes. Sleigh rides through the National Elk Refuge, ice skating and cozy hot cocoa nights in the resort lobby round out an unforgettable family adventure.

Tivoli Lodge (Vail, Colorado)

Nestled in the heart of Vail Village, Tivoli Lodge is a winter wonderland for any winter enthusiast. After a day on the slopes, head back to the lodge for complimentary fresh-baked cookies, hot chocolate, hot cider and tea—an afternoon tradition. Guests will also find a wide array of other winter fun nearby including snowshoeing, tubing and ice skating.

YotelPAD Park City (Park City, Utah)

Close to the powdery slopes of Park City Mountain Resort, in the largest ski area in the U.S., travelers will find YOTELPAD Park City. Here, world-class skiing and snowboarding are just the tip of the iceberg. From dog sledding and snowmobiling to tubing and snowshoeing, there’s something for every member of the family in Park City. YOTELPAD has mastered the art of making sure thrill-seekers have the perfect place to staycation, and the resort’s steam sauna and hot tub are an ideal way to warm up after a day of winter play.

Riverhouse on the Deschutes (Bend, Oregon)

Located in the heart of Bend, Riverhouse on the Deschutes offers guests easy access to great skiing, snowboarding and other snow-related activities. The hotel is just 30 minutes from the second largest single-mountain ski resort in the U.S., Mt. Bachelor, which is known for its dry snow and extended ski season. Guests can fuel before a day on the mountain with breakfast at CURRENTS restaurant and unwind with a soak in the hotel’s heated pool upon their return. As a dog-friendly hotel, guests can even bring the whole family along on their winter adventure.

Manor Vail Lodge (Vail, Colorado)

Nestled in the heart of the stunning Colorado Rockies, Vail is a dream destination for winter enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers. Whether you’re a seasoned skier, a snowboarding enthusiast, or simply seeking cozy moments by the fireplace, Vail’s world-class ski slopes, charming alpine village and breathtaking natural beauty promise an enchanting winter escape like no other. Located just steps from Vail Village and Golden Peak’s slopes (an often-overlooked jumping point into the Blue-Sky Basin), Manor Vail Lodge is the region’s best condominium hotel. Here, adventurers can enjoy a plethora of exciting activities and experiences including skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding, ice skating, sleigh rides, outdoor heated pools and more.

Pine Mountain Resort (Michigan)

Iron Mountain’s Pine Mountain Resort is the only ski-in, ski-out resort in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. With 25 wide open runs over 220 skiable acres, 118 miles of snowmobiling trails and access to an array of cross-county skiing trails, Pine Mountain is the number one-rated ski resort in Michigan and Wisconsin. Complimentary homemade cookies, a sauna and hot tub, and the onsite Farmers restaurant complete the perfect winter getaway for the whole family.

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