Ski resorts for families
By Mimi Slawoff
Jacuzzi at Snowshoe Mountain Resort (Courtesy Snowshoe Mountain)
Après ski, nothing feels better than relaxing in a Jacuzzi. Kicking back in hot bubbling water as you share the day’s ski adventures is right up there with a hot toddy by a fireplace. It becomes magical when a light snowfall kisses your face as your body is massaged by jets of hot water. There are health benefits, too. Soaking in a hot tub can help you sleep better and reduce stress.
For many ski families, a Jacuzzi is a must-have amenity. Fortunately, numerous ski resorts offer onsite or nearby family-friendly lodging options with Jacuzzis. Showcasing views and waterfalls, these 8 ski resorts have the best onsite or nearby Jacuzzis plus amenities for kids.
Note: Resorts require that parents accompany their minor children in a Jacuzzi.
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, Colorado
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa (Courtesy Park Hyatt Beaver Creek)
The luxury Colorado resort pampers families with ski in/ski out accommodations and five hot tubs, one situated under a blissfully warm, cascading waterfall. Two hot tubs are for adults only, but three are family-friendly. Enjoy mountain views as the kids play in the heated outdoor pool. More amenities: the resort’s Ski Valet will store your skis, boards, poles and boots each night, and ensure everything is dry and warm by morning.
Alta’s Rustler Lodge, Utah
Outdoor heated Jacuzzi at Alta’s Rustler Lodge (Courtesy Rustler Lodge)
After riding a lift back to the lodge, head straight for the outdoor heated pool (kept a toasty 100-degrees) and two mountain-view Jacuzzis — one indoors and one outdoors. It’s easy to feel at home at this 85-room classic ski in/ski out lodge situated at the Alta resort. A free, seasonal children’s program for ages 5 and older, and complimentary afternoon snacks are among the many family amenities. Daily rate includes breakfast buffet and gourmet dinner.
Amangani, Jackson, Wyoming
Pool and Jacuzzi at Amangani (Courtesy Aman)
It’s no wonder the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi are the centerpiece of this 40-suite family-friendly resort, located about 13 miles from the Jackson Hole Ski Resort. The 103-degree slate tub and quartzite-tiled swimming pool are perched at the edge of a butte with stunning views of the Teton Mountain Range. Hot beverage service while in the hot tub is available upon request.
Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, West Virginia
With a large Jacuzzi located right outside your suite, you’ll waste no time jumping in after shedding your ski gear. The resort’s Seneca building, one of several lodging facilities, has several family-friendly suites that connect to the outdoor garden patio. Dry off by the outdoor fireplace while enjoying amazing mountain views.
Inn at Keystone, Keystone, Colorado
Soak up incredible mountain views day or night from the Keystone hotel’s rooftop hot tub. When the sun goes down, the slopes light up for night skiing. Family amenities include free WiFi, breakfast, ski storage and shuttle service to the nearby Keystone Ski Resort.
The Springs, Keystone, Colorado
Keystone seems to be the jackpot of family-friendly Jacuzzis. Here at The Springs — a large condo property in River Run Village — families love the hot tubs and pool with waterslide overlooking the River Run ski trail. Numerous hot tubs, waterfalls, a gas grill, fire pit and children’s play area round out après- ski family fun and relaxation.
Mammoth Mountain Inn, California
If location matters, then this is the place to be. The main lodge’s only hotel, the iconic Mammoth Mountain Inn has a large outdoor, heated pool and four Jacuzzis — one outdoors and four indoors. Family-friendly dining and steps to the children’s ski school are among amenities for kids.
Mimi Slawoff of Planetfamilytravel contributed this to MiniTime. She is a Los Angeles-based journalist and a seasoned family travel expert who explores the world with her three children and writes about their journeys.