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Since I’m sitting out this ski season, I am really looking forward to next ski season. As we will be even more on a mostly school calendar with C in Kindergarten next year, I want to make the most of the two week winter break, and potentially head to the slopes after Christmas. I really, really want to do this with my whole extended family in a rental house, but so far that search has turned up options that range from very expensive and far from the mountain, to astronomically expensive and closer to the mountains. I haven’t given up on that dream, but a large house rental near a mountain on a holiday week may just not be realistic given our budget.
So, I’m looking for back-up plans using something within our budget, hotel points. Since I know many of you also operate on school calendars, I wanted to share the results of my search for ski hotels between Christmas and New Years for later this year. The specific dates I used are December 30 – January 3, 2016, so your results will vary if you work with different dates.
A very large number of hotels on or near ski resorts have no availability on points during those dates. It’s not that they are sold out necessarily, but many blocked those dates as soon as they went on the calendar. It’s not that they just aren’t available on points, but they aren’t currently for sale either. There are also lots of minimum stay restrictions you will hit on those super premium ski dates, so you have to be patient and dedicated to find something you like. Or, just skip the work and read this post instead…
I didn’t search every hotel, so please chime in if you find something else. I have a pretty comprehensive list of Western US Ski Hotels that are bookable with points in this post that you can use. If you are interested in a ski trip during the holidays this year, I recommend booking something ASAP if you find it since about 70% of the points options I looked at were unavailable for most of the holiday dates.
Here are hotels that had standard room points availability from December 30 – January 3rd.
Ski Hotels Using IHG Points:
Holiday Inn Summit County-Frisco 25,000 points per night
Holiday Inn Express Park City 20,000 points per night
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Ski Hotels Using Hyatt Gold Passport Points:
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek 30,000 points per night
PS, the selling price of this hotel is about $1500/night including taxes and fees for those dates. Insane!
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe 20,000 points per night
Ski Hotels Using SPG Points:
Westin Whistler average of 14,000 points per night
Sheraton Mountain Vista Villa Avon/Vail average of 14,000 points per night
Sheraton Steamboat Resort average of 14,000 points per night
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Ski Hotels Using Hilton HHonors Points:
DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge 60,000 points per night
Hampton Inn & Suites Steamboat 40,000 points per night
Ski Hotels Using Wyndham Points:
Super 8 Dillon/Breckenridge 14,000 points per night
What We Will Do for Holiday 2015 Break:
I don’t yet know what we will book for the holidays later this year, or if we will keep hoping a rental house will work out. I love the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek for its location literally on the mountain and great Diamond perks (free room service breakfast!), so that is a front runner for me. However, I don’t like the 30,000 point a night price, we’ve been there plenty of times before, and everything else in Beaver Creek can be pricey – especially lift tickets. The Sheraton Steamboat is interesting to me on points as is Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, both of which I have never visited before. My first choice was the Hyatt Escala Lodge in Utah at 15,000 points per night, but they are very good at blocking out holiday times, so there is currently no availability.
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