Ski Hotels You Can Book on Points for Winter Holidays 2015

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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.

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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!

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Availability

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe 20,000 points per night

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Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

 

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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Westin Whistler

Westin Whistler

 

Ski Hotels Using Hilton HHonors Points:

DoubleTree by Hilton Breckenridge 60,000 points per night

Hampton Inn & Suites Steamboat 40,000 points per night

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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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Comments

  1. Summer – Have you had any luck with the Hyatt Residences? A 3BR for 30k pts/night sounds like a steal, but every time I’ve checked there’s been no availability. I have to admit I haven’t searched systematically.

  2. Do you have any idea how the Hyatt Escala Lodge is during spring break? I’m hoping to book there next spring break but looking at this year isn’t giving me very much info since it is so close. I’d like to initially book 5 nights and then upgrade three to a suite a month later and hopefully the other two the next month. Is this a pipe dream? (pun intended)

  3. I feel your pain at getting a good points deal in ski areas, especially when you have to get multiple rooms for extended family. I have stopped even trying. I simply need more space.

    I am a veteran and this year my family and I used http://www.veteransholidays.com to get a 2 bedroom less than two miles from Mont Ste. Anne in Quebec for $299 for a week in February. Veterans Holidays is part of Whyndam Vacation Resorts and sells unused timeshare trades to veterans. It is open to all veterans. The availability is identical to Armed Forces Vacation Club (same thing but for Active Duty). If anyone in your family is a veteran you should check that out. They have places EVERYWHERE.

    Don’t forget about the Canadian Rockies. Banff has some awesome skiing and is a great family friendly town. With the weak Canadian Dollar you it is like getting 25% off all purchases.

    Also don’t forget us on the East Cost. There are some big resorts in VT, NH, and ME for skiing. QC also has some great skiing (Tremblant, Mont Ste. Anne, and Le Massif)if you want to head further north.

  4. I used points to stay at park hyatt beaver creek the weekend before Christmas this year. You’re right, it was an amazing value since the room was $1200 per night during that time. It was a special trip with just one son and his aunt too. It forces you to get all your ducks in a row well before Christmas since we flew home late on the 23rd after 3 days of skiing. While it was great, I missed a private living room, and eating out the whole time gets old. It’s probably easier to book on points before Christmas. I think I reserved it sometime in the summer. We are headed back there during spring break (on points) but after that I’m going back to condos or townhomes when we take the whole crew. But that location is fabulous….

  5. We will soon be using points to stay at the Hilton Residence at the Canyons. I’m not sure it’s the best use of points but since we don’t really accumulate Hilton points anymore we figured we should use them. We have used points at the Westin in Whistler in the past and had a very nice stay there.

    • Wendy, so nice of you to think of me when you saw that! My family is very Colorado centric, so I don’t think I could get them to Lake Placid, but you never know. I could maybe twist them to New Mexico, but not sure about New York. We also would need it to sleep probably at least 16, so you can see how we ended up being priced out of most markets. Ha! I’ll take a look though. 😉

      • Summer,

        Start working on them now…..maybe you can convince them to try another area out. Banff and Lake Louise are two of my favorite places. Try to find a house to rent at one of the ski resorts near Reno. I know there is are “cottages” that sleep 16 or more because I have stayed in one of them.

  6. I just booked a suite for family of 5 at Westin Mt. Tremblant for Dec 28-Jan 2 using SPG points. From east coast, we can drive which cuts down on costs. It was double normal points cost for suite, but otherwise we would have booked 2 rooms and this way we get a kitchenette.

    I second Wendy’s recommendation for Lake Placid! We went there 2 years ago and what an awesome little village. You can do the Olympic bobsled ride, snowmobile tours, ice skate right on the lake, go to the top of the ski jumping complex, the Olympic Museum, and ski! My kids loved it. There is a Crowne Plaza right in town with a great view of the lake. We chose to stay across the street at the Golden Arrow using Barclaycard points instead, because they have really great large suite options for families that are pretty inexpensive for a ski town, and you walk right outside your sliding glass door and skate on the lake. The dog sled rides take off right from there, too. My kids still ask when we can go back!

  7. We love love love Steamboat and the Sheraton is right there – it’s beautiful. The only risk is it doesn’t always have the same snow as other resorts(earlier this week friends were there with minimal snow till it came down yesterday). Steamboat is where we went every year from the 26th through the 1st or 2nd with 8 or so families. We started out at the hotel – love love love it – and ended up renting houses in town as most families drove. Very family friendly area. Great skiing!

  8. Hyatt Incline is our favorite place to stay in Tahoe and you can use your DSU to get a suite or cottage. Highly recommend.

    If you are looking for Hilton options there is also the Hampton Truckee which is even closer to Northstar than the Hyatt and often upgrades me to larger rooms with a pullout sofa.

    You left out Marriot which has properties in Vail, South Lake Tahoe, Park City and elsewhere. We used points at Marriott Vail Lionshead – well worth it to be walking distance from the chairlift.

    Great free breakfasts at both of these properties.

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