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Top 5 Classic Ski Lodges

Dec 11, 2020

Historic Sun Valley Lodge

There's nothing like taking a step back in time and enjoying those traditional ski lodge vibes on a ski vacation. We're talking the all-inclusive communal dining, the sharing of powder ski stories around the fireplace, and the après-ski that lasts for days. It's the sense of community, the decades-long return guests, and the bonding over our mutual love of skiing that makes these ski lodges richer than any five-star hotel. Check out Scout's Top 5 Classic Ski Lodges to add to your next ski vacation...

5. Hotel PortilloPhoto: Hotel Portillo room with a view
Looking for old-world sophistication and Chilean charm? You can’t go past Hotel Portillo. Literally. It’s hard to miss the iconic yellow building at the base of Portillo. Upholding the traditions and value of the ski vacation of yesteryear, the hotel still runs via all-inclusive ‘ski weeks’. Four meals a day are included in the classic hotel dining room, with mealtimes offering a fun and uniquely different experience. The warm and welcoming community vibes and sense of inclusion echo throughout the lodge, especially in the rooms, where a lack of TVs encourages guests to participate in lodge activities and mingle with other guests.

4. Ski Lodge Engelberg
Not just because it's called Ski Lodge, this hip, cool hotel in the heart of the Swiss Alps is owned and run by a bunch of hard-core Sweedish skiers and the result is a lodge teaming with testosterone and fun times (and plenty of awesome female skiers as well!). It's friendly and the food served at the restaurant is upscale Sweeidsh style mountain food. The bar is a happening place to be with in-house DJs spinning tunes until late at night.

Photo: Alta Peruvian Lodge


3. Alta Peruvian
Here’s one for the hard-core skier in all of us. Alta Peruvian is a cosy, happy little place, with a strong nostalgic feeling in the air that reminds us of what ski lodges were really like back in the days when it was all about sleeping, eating and skiing. Formerly old World War Two barracks, the lodge was repurposed and placed at the base of Alta Ski Resort back in 1948, and has maintained the classic ski lodge vibes ever since. Still offering all-inclusive meal packages, the lodge experience is intimate and very personal, where mingling with other skiers is not optional.

2. Sun Valley Lodge
Classic and stylish, Sun Valley Lodge was THE place to be seen on a skiing holiday in the 40's and 50's. Filled with Hollywood celebrities (like Clark Gable, Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman) and artists (Hemingway wrote For Whom The Bell Tolls in the hotel) it was bursting at the seems. While it's not filled with such high-profile celebrities these days, it oozes charm and the martinis at the Duchin room still taste fantastic. With five star amenities like a huge spa, and plenty for the kids to do (there's an ice skating rink right outside) it is a perfect ski lodge for a magical winter holiday. 

Alta Lodge Sitzmark Bar

1. Alta Lodge
The most classic of all ldoges is definitely Alta Lodge in Alta Ski Area, Utah. Over 80 years old you can only imagine the stories the walls could tell. The style of living here is very communal with everyone mingling in the lounge and eating breakfast and dinner together. There are even dorm rooms for those on a tight budget, though most guests prefer the regular lodge rooms for their comforts and privacy. Guests come back year after year for the all-inclusive half-board pakcage. Scout's favourite part is definitely the Sitzmark bar where the day's ski stories are discussed until well into the evening by locals and guests.

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