When choosing the best lodging option for your ski vacation for you and your friends or family, you will probably start by browsing through a few choices on the internet before picking. Some will be hotels and some will be condos. But what are the main differences and which one is best for a ski vacation? In this blog post we will looking at some of the pros and cons of condos and hotels when it comes to ski vacations and hopefully help you decide.
One great thing about staying at a mountain resort is the ability to stay in a ski in/ski out hotel. That means your lodging is right at the base of the mountain, only a short walk away from the lift. Of course you can also stay at hotels that are not at a resort and these would not have this perk. Ski in/ski out hotels are perfect for those hoping to hit the slopes every available minute, people who aren’t traveling with a car and don’t want to bother with shuttles or rides shares, and who want to take advantage of hotel amenities. Hotels offer room service where you can have your space cleaned each day, fresh towels, and food delivered right to your door. Hotels also often have more availability due to more rooms.
The biggest con with most hotels is probably the lack of space. It is possible to find a hotel with a kitchenette, and even some with full kitchens. But they are still not going to be as roomy as condos are, and won’t have all of comforts of staying in a home like a condo has. Hotels are not the best choice if you are traveling with a group or larger family.
Condos allow you to spread out, sleep a lot of people, and make many of your own meals from home. If you plan on throwing something in the crock pot before a day on the slopes to have ready when you get done, you will probably want a full kitchen, more commonly found in a condo than a hotel. Condos also tend to have more personality because they are often owned by individuals that rent them out. They might be stocked with more of the comforts of home that the owners leave there year-round for guests to enjoy. Condos offer more comforts for those who don’t plan on skiing as well.
You won’t have access to room service and they may have fewer amenities than at a hotel. For example, if making sure access to a pool and hot tub is important to you, a hotel is probably a better choice. And while there may be some ski in/ski out condos, they won’t have all the amenities of a hotel right on site.
Overall, there is no best lodging choice for a ski vacation. It totally depends on your wants and needs and the make up of the group you are traveling with. One thing you can do is save money by choosing one of our curated lodging choices you can book direct with! That savings just could mean you get to take another ski trip this year!