As a skiing mom there are a few things I think are must on a ski vacation:
1) A full kitchen. It’s so much easier feed them breakfast WHILE dressing them to ski. If you’ve ever tried to get four kids and yourself suited up to ski, fed and on the mountain by 9 am (ski school drop off time), you know that going to a restaurant is a pain.
2) A living room with space for everyone to relax after skiing. After a long day of skiing sometimes you just want to hang out for the rest of the night. When you finish at 3:30pm that’s a long time to be spending in a hotel room, a villa or home are a necessary luxury.
3) Housekeeping. Do I need to explain this one?
4) Washer and dryer. Ski gear already takes up a ton of room in your luggage. We travel with two pairs of long johns; you wear one and wash one. Repeat. No need to pack gobs of clothing.
5) Spa. Again, no explanation necessary. Skiing is hard work and a massage for sore legs after a powder day is practically a medical necessity.
Stoweflake has an indoor and an outdoor pool (open all year) to entertain the kids after skiing. My boys’ favorite amenity is the game room, of course. But it’s the spa that keeps me (I mean us) coming back.
The spa has won an insane amount of awards, including Conde’ Nast Gold List, for good reason. It’s a little slice of heaven. The lounging area where you wait between treatments, or sometimes all day if you can get away with it, has chaise lounges snugged up to a fireplace.
The services are world class, but the real stunner is the Aqua Solarium. It features a 12-foot massaging waterfall. You can’t hear any children crying or husbands yelling while you’re tucked under the cascading water. The solarium also has a Hungarian mineral soaking pool. I have no idea what it’s designed to do, but it feels great.
If you’re going to ski Vermont, ski Stowe. If you’re looking for a great place to stay, Stoweflake is one of my favorites.