Arguably the best location in Snowmass. If your first priority when visiting a ski resort is to ski, and you care more about great access to the mountain than about superfluous luxuries and cloying overservice, then this is the hotel for you.
This is true ski-in, ski-out at a mountain that has something for everyone, from endless miles of cruisy groomers to real alpine adventure, whether lift serviced in the Cirque or a short hike to Hanging Valley. And there's a lot more of all of the above in the other Aspen mountains and the backcountry nearby. But Snowmass is the place to stay if you're here to ski. It's really easy to hop a free bus into Aspen at night to eat and drink.
We stayed here for 12 nights in Feb, skied Snowmass more than half of those days and Aspen Mountain and Highlands the others. Went into Aspen for dinner about five or six times. So easy to get around. We would love to have stayed another 12 nights. To paraphrase Dr Johnson, anybody who tires of Aspen Snowmass is tired of [the good] life, or simply doesn't enjoy skiing and dining as much as our family.
The Mountain Chalet is not exactly the prettiest building on the mountain, but when you're staying there you hardly care, you're not looking at the hotel, you're looking out over the slopeside pool to the rest of the beautiful village. And although nothing about this place is pretentious or upscale, it has all the amenities you could ask for: from the pool to the exercise room to wireless internet to cheap laundry, all really well maintained in the right kind of no-nonsense spirit.
It seems to attract a friendly, unpretentious crowd from all over the country and beyond. There are plenty of kids and families and conversations in the pool at the end of each day. Share tables at breakfast also keep it convivial. The breakfast, like the hotel, is more functional than fancy, but it's good pre-ski fuel nonetheless. We never came back down the mountain for the soup lunch, but the option is there for the less adventurous or to save a few bucks.
The room decor is motel-esque, but very comfortable and perfectly adequate for people who don't plan to spend a lot of time looking around their rooms. And I've stayed in plenty of far more expensive hotels in Snowmass and other ski resorts that didn't have such a great outlook from the rooms. The common room near the entrance is better furnished and very cozy and 'lodge-y', with a big fireplace and great views over the home hill. The Snowmass Mall (lots of relatively cheap and cheerful food options, and ski shops and services) is right next door to the hotel, and the station for the little skittle gondolas down to the new base village (kids ski school and other bars and restaurants) runs from early to late outside the hotel as well.
I wish every great ski resort had a no frills yet no compromise accommodation option like the Snowmass Mountain Chalet. Rumour is the Chalet won't survive the continued yuppification of Snowmass over the next few years, but they're still taking bookings up to mid 2010, so hurry to have an affordable Snowmass vacation while you still can.
We are definitely booking a return trip.
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- Also Known As:
- Snowmass Mountain Chalet Hotel Snowmass Village
- Snowmass Village Mountain Chalet
- Hotel Snowmass Village