The Top 10 Green Ski Resorts Hotel Report is a look at where to stay if you visit one of the top 10 green ski resorts selected by the non-profit group Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition.
Halfway through our exciting series, today we’re in California again, checking out the Alpine Meadows Ski Area and nearby hotels.
Like neighboring resort Squaw Valley, the Alpine Meadows ski area has a long snow season, and tons of runs and services. The difference is that it’s less intense and competitive. You’ll find more beginners and families here.
Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
It’s also a very proactive green resort, using biodiesel and supporting local environmental conservation. You can even buy a $2 SkiGreen Tag, a carbon offset program for your skiing! Each tag equates to 150 miles of not driving a car, and takes 140 pounds of CO2 and other greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. So cool, right?
Again, we’re in the North Lake Tahoe area, which has a gazillion options for hotels. In keeping with the resort’s personality, here are three hotel options: casino, family, and nifty thifty.
If you’re a beginning skier, you’re probably as more interested in the night life as the lift lines. If you want to be able to try your luck with slots, or catch a comedy show after a long (or short) day on the slopes, check out the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe.
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Room
The rooms have lake and mountain views, cushy mattresses, robes, tvs, coffee makers — all the comforts of home, plus a maid to clean up after you. Dreamy!
And then there’s the all important fancy spa and 24 hour casino, for pampering and debauchery. If you are in the Regency Club, you get to have breakfast in a private lounge (oooh, fancy like the airport!) which also serves evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
The so-fancy Regency Club
All of this luxury comes at a price — rooms start in the range of $200+/night and go up from there.
If you’re doing a family ski trip, you want a little more space for your kids and all of their messy gear. The Hampton Inn Suites in Truckee isn’t the most elegant place you’ll ever stay, but it’s clean and comfortable.
Expect to see mullets in the lobby and parking lot
You can get a suite with two queens and a pull out sofa (ha! the youngest always gets stuck here!), or a king and sofabed. Robes, 25″ tvs, coffee maker in the room — it’s a rec room away from home. They also provide cribs if you’re crazy/desperate enough to bring a baby on your ski trip.
Big enough for your kids' junk
There’s a pool and an exercise room, if anyone has any energy left after a day skiing. You get a complimentary breakfast, there’s an onsite convenience store (you’ll never run out of beer!), and laundry facilities. A suite will run you $175/night and up.
Cold beer? Yes, please!
If you just want a clean place with a lock on the door and no blood stains on the walls, check out the Carson City Plaza Hotel. It’s a bit of drive, but the price is right: $39/night for a room with a queen bed.
That gloomy sky = snow
Last decorated at the height of “80′s Cabbage Rose Fever”, the rooms are simple, cozy in a heavily floral way, and oh yeah, inexpensive.
So. Much. Lavender. But clean!
Check out the whole Top 10:
Aspen Mountain Ski Resort – Colorado
Buttermilk Mountain Ski Resort – Colorado
Sundance Resort – Utah
Park City Mountain Resort – Utah
Squaw Valley USA – California
Alpine Meadows Ski Area – California
Aspen Highlands Ski Resort – Colorado
Bogus Basin Mountain Resort – Idaho
Mount Bachelor Ski Area – Oregon
Telluride Ski Resort – Colorado
- Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
- Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe
- Hampton Inn and Suites
- Carson City Plaza Hotel