Whether you’re looking to ski, snowboard or simply enjoy the après-ski lifestyle with tipple in hand, you can hit the slopes without taking a hit to your bank account if you book your stay with points. A handful of hotel programs make planning your ski trip with points and miles simple — not to mention your stay may include extra perks like early-morning shuttles to the mountain runs.
Here are some great ski hotels you can book with points around the country, sorted by loyalty program, to help you finally take that ski trip you’ve been dreaming of.
Waldorf Astoria, Park City, Utah
This luxury resort is located amid the shopping, dining and entertainment options at the Canyons Village base of Park City. Waldorf Astoria Park City also offers a shuttle to Deer Valley Resort and the shops of downtown. Guest rooms have been recently renovated and feature fireplaces so you can get cozy while relaxing in bed.
The points rate for a redemption night here varies by date since Hilton Honors doesn't publish an award chart; check your dates to find how many points you need.
DoubleTree by Hilton, Breckenridge, Colorado
Close to the Quicksilver Ski Lift, the DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge offers easy access to the ski slopes as well as a free shuttle to downtown Breckenridge. There’s an indoor swimming pool, a fireplace in the lobby and a grab-and-go marketplace for guests who want to relax with refreshments on their balcony.
The number of Hilton Honors points you’ll need to book an award night varies by date. So search your travel dates as well as alternate dates if your plans are flexible. You’ll not only get to ski Breckenridge, you’ll also be greeted with DoubleTree’s famous warm cookie when you check in.
» Learn more: Hilton Honors: The complete guide
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, California
Luxurious yet family-friendly, the Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe offers ski-in, ski-out accommodations at Northstar Resort, and an inviting après-ski setting. While parents are skiing or enjoying the slopeside spa, kids can participate in the resort’s children’s program. Guest rooms and suites come with gas fireplaces, creating a cozy retreat where you can snuggle up in bed and enjoy the view outside each room's full-length windows.
Guests in premium rooms can access the club level to enjoy food and drinks throughout the day. The resort is a Category 8 property in Marriott Bonvoy, with a redemption night costing from 62,000 to 100,000 points.
The St. Regis, Deer Valley, Utah
Guests at the St. Regis Deer Valley enjoy ski-in, ski-out facilities with private ski valet service, a multitiered heated swimming pool and the chic Remede Spa. Surrounded by the beautiful Wasatch Range, this St. Regis is a Category 8 property in Marriott Bonvoy and offers a redemption night from 62,000 to 100,000 points.
Don’t miss out on the many signature perks of staying at a St. Regis, including butler service for complimentary in-room coffee or tea or champagne sabering in the bar each evening.
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Colorado
The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch has a free shuttle that takes guests into the nearby village of Beaver Creek, and a club level that offers those staying in premium rooms a selection of bites and drinks. Visitors can enjoy scenic views in any direction, taking in the Eagle River Valley or the ski runs of Beaver Creek Mountain.
The resort is a Category 8 property in Marriott Bonvoy, offering a redemption night between 62,000 and 100,000 points.
The W, Aspen, Colorado
If you’re looking for more cutting-edge stays near ski resorts that you can book with points, this design-forward hotel delivers on W’s brand promise of modernity. Expect DJs, al fresco heated pools, fire pits and bold murals and artwork throughout the W Aspen. The resort is designed like a Swiss chalet in the Alps, which gives it a Euro-chic vibe.
As a Category 7 Marriott Bonvoy property, a redemption night retails for 44,000 to 70,000 points.
» Learn more: Marriott Bonvoy Program: The complete guide
World of Hyatt
Park Hyatt, Beaver Creek, Colorado
A family favorite with a ski-in, ski-out location at the center of Beaver Creek Village, the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek offers panoramic views, a beautiful heated outdoor swimming pool and an impressive spa and fitness center.
As a Category 7 property, a redemption night starts at 30,000 points. There’s a free shuttle to take guests around Beaver Creek and the activities in and around the resort are plentiful, with fire pits facing the slopes and a popular lobby lounge.
The Resort, Squaw Creek, California
Near Lake Tahoe and amid the Sierra Nevada Mountains, The Resort at Squaw Creek offers ski-in, ski-out accessibility, plus an ice skating rink and heated outdoor pools. Families love the waterslide, while sports fanatics appreciate the cross-country ski center and area hiking trails.
As A Destination Hotel property, this Category 6 hotel offers a redemption night starting at 25,000 points — one of the cheapest ski hotels you can book with points.
The Lodge, Stowe, Vermont
The Lodge at Spruce Peak in Stowe, Vermont, is A Destination Hotel member as well as a Category 7 property within World of Hyatt. A redemption night starts at 30,000 points per night. The resort is located at the base of Mount Mansfield, with beautiful views and a popular seasonal program for kids.
In addition to an outdoor pool and whirlpools, there is a spa and wellness center offering a host of massage and treatments. It is also the first hotel spa in Vermont to offer cryotherapy.
» Learn more: World of Hyatt: The complete guide
Credit card points
Big Sky Resort, near Bozeman, Montana
Programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards® and American Express Membership Rewards let you redeem points for hotel stays based on the cash price of the room. Unlike loyalty programs specific to one hotel group, these programs open up a world of hotels and ski resorts.
Big Sky Resort in Montana, near Bozeman, offers several accommodation options including Huntley Lodge, with lodge-style rooms and modern hotel suites in Village Center, both of which are on the slopes. Also part of the resort, Summit Hotel at Big Sky offers upscale rooms, while the Shoshone Condominium Hotel provides guests with kitchen and living room amenities.
» Learn more: Chase Ultimate Rewards®: How to earn and use them
The bottom line
Outdoor activities are especially popular this year, and ski resorts that you can book with points can help get your travel fix. You can find eligible ski resorts from coast to coast, not to mention more than a fair share of options in the Rockies.
Figuring out how to use hotel points for ski trips means your next powder day might put less of a ding in your bank account.
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