20 Amazing Airbnbs in America's Best Ski Towns
Here's where to stay when you want to hit the slopes.
Many people choose to run for the hills come winter, trading the cold for a tropical beach somewhere. But serious snow bunnies know the chilly season is actually the best time to run for the mountains—ski mountains, to be specific—in search of the perfect powder, most stunning views, fresh air, and après drinks with friends.
Whether you're known to shred or have never once been strapped into skis or snowboards, America's best ski towns are ideal places to enjoy a cozy, wintery atmosphere. And that gets even better once you've secured a vacation rental that's pleasant to spend time in. Curl up by the fireplace with hot cocoa or a hot toddy, play some board games with friends, and even brave an outdoor hot tub if you dare. If you're lucky, you'll even find an Airbnb that's walking (or skiing) distance from the lifts, so you don't even have to pack up the car to enjoy a day on the mountain.
We hunted down 20 incredible Airbnbs in some of the top ski towns in the country, from Lake Tahoe to Telluride. If you’re looking to hit the slopes this winter, these are the places to stay.
6 guests/$357 per night
This unique home near Stratton, Vermont is the perfect modern departure from the typical log cabin or rustic lodge. The stunning contemporary house sits in the Green Mountain National Forest and is completely secluded without giving off any scary “alone in the woods” vibes. It is just a short drive to Stratton Mountain and a local cross-country ski track, and has everything you need to enjoy yourself after a long day of skiing, including radiant floor heating, a jacuzzi tub, indoor wood stove, sauna, and a deck with a firepit. Best of all, the home's contemporary design features lots of windows, so you can enjoy picturesque views of snowy Vermont.
What guests say: “This was our third time staying at the Green Mountain Modern House, and we love it more every time we go! It was so magical being there during a huge snow storm. My kids had hours of fun playing in the yard and roasting marshmallows, looking for meteor showers. The house was as pristine as ever. Every detail is wonderful, and we couldn't ask for a more comfortable place to spend a few days. Going to make our next reservation now!"
Nearby resort: Stratton Mountain Resort
6 guests/$375 per night
Perched high up on a mountain, about 15 minutes from Attitash Mountain Resort, this solar-powered house is the ultimate place to stay for a New Hampshire ski trip. The design is cozy yet modern, with a comfortable leather sectional and fireplace for post-slopes chilling in the main space, plus a lofted game room above with a pool table and bar. A second living room has another leather couch and board games for days when you want to take a break from skiing. However, the best part of the house is the deck, where the house's incredible view of the mountains is at its most breathtaking.
What guests say: "You should just stop looking now if you have six people coming to Jackson NH. The view here is amazing and the house is convenient to Conway & shopping, Mt. Washington, The Cog, Bretton Woods, Wildcat & Attitash. Even the bathrooms have heated floors! The beds are all comfortable and my son mentioned it was one of the best nights sleep he’s had. Great kitchen setup and plenty of board games supplied to keep you busy."
Nearby resorts: Cranmore Mountain Resort, King Pine Ski Area, Attitash Mountain Resort, Shawnee Peak, Black Mountain Ski Area
8 guests/$825 per night
Over the river and through the woods (literally) is this enormous log home that looks like a castle straight out of a fairytale—if fairytales were about relaxing around a fire after a Colorado ski day. Grand details include a 70-foot bridge, giant arched doors, a spiral staircase, soaring ceilings, iron and wood accents everywhere, and wall-mounted animal heads throughout. There’s also a gourmet kitchen, hot tub, ping pong table, and tracks to be made just a few minutes away at Breckenridge (if you can motivate yourself to leave your temporary palace).
What guests say: “This place is as amazing as it looks, and I definitely recommend it to groups or families looking to get away in the mountains for a trip. It’s a short drive away from downtown Breckinridge / ski lifts, and literally minutes away from some amazing hikes. However, the cabin itself can be your only destination and you’d still have a great time taking in the views from the deck.”
Nearby resorts: Breckenridge Ski Resorts, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
13 guests/$4,495 per night
Complete with free shuttle service and ski-in/ski-out access to the Northside Express lift at Deer Valley Resort, this incredible five-bedroom lodge has everything you could ever want in a ski vacation rental. After a day on the slopes, come home to enjoy the large home cinema with arcade games, bedrooms with fireplaces, living room with vaulted ceilings and cathedral windows, grand dining room, and backyard patio with hot tub. This is also an Airbnb Luxe property, which means you have the option of adding on extra perks like spa services and a private chef.
What guests say: “The house lived up to expectations and the photos. The accommodations all worked well. The host of the house was there on our arrival and available during our stay for questions. Extremely comfortable and outstanding location for skiing and getting around Park City on the shuttle. Minutes from the Montage which was an added bonus.”
Nearby resorts: Park City Mountain, Deer Valley Resort
8 guests/$795 per night
Enjoy a traditional log cabin experience paired with modern amenities in this two-bedroom vacation home just over the hillside from Teton Village and a 5-minute drive from Grand Teton National Park. Sip drinks in front of the stone fireplace, soak in the hot tub on the upper deck, and, best of all, ski in and out of Jackson Hole's famed Mountain Resort. Despite the proximity to everything you could possibly need, aspens throughout the property make it feel like you're alone in the snowy woods.
What guests say: “Beautiful property with amazing views. Location couldn’t be better for skiing. All around incredible.”
Nearby resorts: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain Resort
6 guests/$297 per night
Looking to minimize your vacation carbon footprint? This contemporary bungalow is completely off-grid and runs entirely on solar power and rain water. The house has an open layout, stylish furnishings (including a dining room table doubles as a ping pong table), and the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in the “backyard.” Taos Ski Valley is just a short drive away, as is Taos Plaza, which has art galleries, shopping, bars, and restaurants. The house is also in a Dark Sky area, meaning the views of the night sky are absolutely unreal.
What guests say: “This house was a true escape with amazing views. We loved sitting outside in the evenings under the vast sky and bright stars. There were so many different things to do within driving distance... Excellent communication and a great house.”
Nearby resorts: Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire Resort
6 guests/$627 per night
If you took a rustic log cabin and gave it a 21st-century makeover, it might look something like this two-bedroom top-floor condo. The wood beams and paneling are completely traditional, while the built-in fireplace, custom-made furniture, and Italian kitchen with top of the line appliances give the property a dose of modern luxury. Sit out on the balcony and marvel at the mountain views, then take a quick walk to reach Vail Village, Lionshead Village, and multiple ski lifts and gondolas.
What guests say: “The location really couldn’t be better! We were able to walk to everything in Vail Village which really made the trip. The kitchen setup was perfect and had everything we needed. And the view was so amazing to wake up to! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice place to stay in Vail”
Nearby resorts: Vail Ski Resort, Beaver Creek Resort, Ski Cooper
16 guests/$2,144 per night
This huge mansion is close to Heavenly Ski Resort, Kirkwood Mountain, and the state line, which means both the slopes and the casinos are just minutes away. That means you can ski during the day and gamble at night—if you’re able to pull yourself away from this rental. It will be hard, considering all the fun recreation the space has to offer. Warm up in the hot tub, sauna, or around the two outdoor fireplaces. Take a dip in the large indoor pool, watch a flick in the comfy 18-seat movie theater, or get competitive in the game room, which offers ping pong, pool, and foosball.
What guests say: “What a house! I would live there if I could with all the amenities. We had a group of 16 and had an absolute blast. Ping pong, pool table, indoor pool, sauna, theater room…how can you not have fun with all that?! Furniture was all in fantastic shape and beds were very comfortable. Kitchen got used a lot and had everything we needed. I’m missing the place already while writing this.”
Nearby resorts: Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain
10 guests/$1,021 per night
This six-sided four-bedroom house is located on Killington Mountain and is just a short walk to the some of the best skiing in New England, so you can skip loading up the car altogether. When you’re not skiing, sit in front of the gas fireplace, soak in the hot tub, or relax your sore muscles in the sauna. There are also breathtaking views (if you’re into leaf peeping, you might want to also visit in the fall), a ping pong table, and an air hockey table. And if you get antsy, many bars and restaurants are just 10 minutes away by car.
What guests say: “Location location location! The pictures of this property do not do it any justice - it is even more beautiful in person. We stayed at the haus with a large group (my family) and there was space for all of us. Everything was so clean and perfectly laid out for our arrival. You can tell the hosts truly love this home and there were so many thoughtful updates done. Speaking of the host, she is very helpful and responsive. The haus is grand yet cozy & the views are unmatched. Not to mention the convenience of ski in ski out on the mountain! It was so nice to just hit an easy trail all the way home. Hopping on the mountain in our backyard has spoiled us now! We truly loved staying here. Be sure to catch the sunrise because it is breathtaking.”
Nearby resorts: Killington Ski Area, Pico Mountain, Okemo Mountain Resort
8 guests/$209 per night
This A-frame cabin in Tahoe City is the perfect spot to call home for a weekend ski trip. The house itself is unique even for an A-frame, since it has windows on the sloped sides, allowing for more light and more chances to enjoy the mountain and lake views. It also has a wood-burning stove and a balcony with hot tub and gas grill, and it is within 10 to 20 minutes of several ski resorts, as well as plenty of restaurants and nightlife.
What guests say: “Loved this A-frame house. Enjoyed the view of the lake, hot tub, and wood stove. Check-in was easy. Only 5 minutes from the center of Tahoe City.”
Nearby resorts: Palisades Tahoe, Northstar California Resort, Homewood Mountain Resort, Diamond Peak Ski Resort, Mt. Rose Ski Resort
16 guests/$5,900 per night
Exposed brick and wood finishes give this modern cabin an authentic ski-lodge feel—appropriate, given that Aspen Mountain is a 10-minute walk (or brief free shuttle ride) away. Design touches like funky wallpaper, custom lighting, and decorative throw pillows give the feel of a boutique hotel, while the full kitchen, outdoor terrace with hot tub and firepit, and two living rooms with ample seating and smart TVs are exactly what you hope to find in a vacation home.
What guests say: “Such a beautiful home! It was a great location, close to town. We were even able to walk to the Jerome for drinks. The house was very clean and new. It was one of the only larger houses we could find in the area to accommodate our large group of 15. We would definitely rebook this house for future trips to Aspen. It was as luxurious as any 5 star hotels in the area.”
Nearby resorts: Aspen Mountain Ski Resort, Aspen Highlands Ski Resort, Buttermilk Ski Resort, Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort
12 guests/$527 per night
Spend your ski vacation in a quintessential log cabin with three levels so guests can spread out. The home features two dens, stellar views of Mount Superior, and a wood-burning fireplace—not to mention a sauna, hot tub, and a deck with a gas grill. Best of all, you can mix up the terrain and try to hit as much of Alta's famous fresh pow as possible, since you’ll be close to both Alta and Snowbird.
What guests say: “This rental was absolutely amazing. The house comfortably fit 11 people. The hot tub and sauna were great, and the kitchen was well appointed. The Alta Chalet team (Lauralee, Dan, and Adrienne) were so helpful and responsive. We had the best ski conditions of the year and that caused road closures and interlodge conditions. The AC team was giving us instructions and arranging transport options with us minute by minute - I could not ask for a better host company. During the crazy snowfall, Dan even came by twice to shovel and snowblow the path. This is a different level of service. Be prepared to be wowed.”
Nearby resorts: Alta Ski Area, Snowbird
10 guests/$590 per night
Telluride is one of the best ski towns in the U.S., especially since there is terrain for all abilities and tons of chic restaurants and bars for those who prefer après as much as action. Those particular people will be thrilled with this cabin, which features a free “dial-a-ride” service that will pick guests up and take them anywhere around the city and resort, while those who prefer to clock in hours on the mountain will be stoked that they can ski to and from the house. Everyone will appreciate the house’s hot tub, fully stocked kitchen, and steam shower with a heated bench.
What guests say: “Great stay! Would definitely return—space is perfect for 2-3 couples. Can't beat the location (the ski on/off the property was fantastic). And super close to everything you need in Telluride (Mtn Village, Gondola station, etc.).”
Nearby resort: Telluride Ski Resort
11 guests, $990 per night
Skip the cramped slopeside condo, because this home is perched up above the Olypmic Valley, overlooking the ski runs of Palasades Tahoe (a stunning view). And while you can't ski in or out, you can get to the ski resort in about 5 minutes. The living and dining room are spacious and cozy, as are the four bedrooms. Chill out by the large stone fireplace at night, and have your coffee on the deck in the morning—the view is seriously unreal.
What guests say: “My family and I decided to go to [Palisades Tahoe] for a snowboarding trip. We were looking for a cozy house, close to the mountain, and that could accommodate 5 of us. We could not be happier with our decision to stay at Chris and Christina's house! The location was perfect with a beautiful mountain view. The house was spotless and the decor was very peaceful and warm.”
Nearby resorts: Palisades Tahoe, Northstar California Resort, Sugar Bowl Resort, Homewood Mountain Resort, Boreal
4 guests/$401 per night
Stevens Pass Ski Resort isn’t necessarily the first destination that comes to mind for skiers and snowboarders, but it has diverse terrain, great snow, good backcountry, is located near a Bavarian-inspired town, and is just a short drive from Seattle—all of which makes it an excellent place to get in some turns. The ski area becomes even more appealing if you can snag a few nights at this A-frame cabin, which is located close to the resort, has a wood stove inside and hot tub right off the deck. When you're enjoying the cozy interior after a long day on the slopes, you'll be glad it also comes equipped with board games and a smart TV.
What guests say: “Of course the cabin is adorable... It's also comfortable, convenient to Stevens Pass, and stocked with games and movies (and a hot tub!) if you'd rather just stay inside and relax. Our group of four people had an excellent stay, and we hope to come back in the future!”
Nearby resort: Stevens Pass Ski Resort
12 guests, $1,176 per night
Sure, you could stay at one of those expensive hotels with ski-in, ski-out access. Or you could stay at this gigantic estate with views of Whitefish Lake, top-of-the-line everything, a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace on the main floor, and a private chairlift for the community that takes you right to Whitefish Mountain. Need to hit the slopes right away? You can do that via a groomed ski trail outside of the back door. There’s also a hot tub with lake views, a gym, a ping pong table, a pool table, and private balconies throughout (did we mention the incredible views?). The estate's six bedrooms include one that features six cozy bunks for any kids (or additional friends), while the rest of the sleeping arrangements are pure luxury—perfect for a massive group trip.
What guests say: “We had an amazing time. The facilities were impeccable and the view breathtaking. The house is far enough from the town to be peaceful and quiet yet close enough to get back to town in a few minutes if you need to. Would highly recommend!"
Nearby resorts: Whitefish Mountain Resort
9 guests/$501 per night
Sun Valley is a popular destination for anyone who loves to lap groomers (in a good way!) because of the wide runs and impeccable corduroy just begging to be carved into. Don’t worry—it’s also an excellent spot for powder when the weather cooperates. The town is also known for its chill vibe. It’s all about the actual skiing, not the flashy gear, and though there are plenty of celebrities who frequent the area, you’d hardly know it. That vibe carries through this three-bedroom condo at the base of Dollar Mountain, which comes with access to a shared clubhouse with a pool, hot tub, and ping-pong table. The truly spacious condo has a fireplace and board game collection for cozy nights in, but the real appeal is proximity to the slopes. If you want to ski beyond Dollar Mountain, there's even a convenient shuttle system.
What guests say: “Beautiful setting and just steps from the lift and lodge at Dollar Mountain. Sun Valley offers a free shuttle to the bigger mountain - Bald Mountain. Access to the Sun Valley Lodge/Hotel just down the road was nice to relax and enjoy cocktails after a day of skiing. Very comfortable and convenient, and we will stay here again next year for sure.”
Nearby resort: Sun Valley Resort (“Baldy” and Dollar Mountain)
9 guests/$399 per night
This four-bedroom house overlooking the Ammonoosuc River is located directly within the Bretton Woods Ski Area at the base of West Mountain, making it incredibly convenient for skiers and incredibly lovely for all. Admire snowscapes from the window seat in the living room, or park yourself by the fireplace to warm chilly fingers and toes. When the weather allows, take advantage of the deck, too. And when you're ready to leave the house, simply ski to the lifts to start your day's adventures on the slopes.
What guests say: "We had a great time in Bretton Woods, and loved Michael's place. My most cherished time of day was first thing in the morning, sitting on the window seat with my coffee, looking out over the river right outside the huge windows. And watching the snow fall (several days) was just breathtaking. The location is amazing - not only because of the view, but because of how close it is to the slopes. My kids had a blast snowboarding, and we had a great time exploring some of the fabulous waterfalls and trails in the area. We will definitely be back!"
Nearby resort: Bretton Woods Ski Area
10 guests/$488 per night
South Lake Tahoe is the ideal ski destination for a big group that loves skiing and partying in equal measure. This home, which is within walking distance to the lake, is also close to Heavenly Ski Resort, which has nearly 100 runs and 30 lifts in both California and Nevada—and it's near plenty of bars and casinos, too. The house itself has everything one could want in a ski vacation rental, including a chef’s kitchen, hot tub, ensuite bathrooms in almost every bedroom, pool table, fireplaces, and more. One thing to note: The owner lives in an apartment on the first floor, but you’ll have full run of the second and third. One guest who was initially concerned about the setup explained why it was a nonissue, saying, "the house was big enough to where we did not mind it at all."
What guests say: “You will not regret booking this place for your trip! The pool table, hot tub, and fire place was the perfect combination to end each day. The house was extremely clean and Ally was fast to respond whenever we had any questions. We look forward to being able to stay there again!”
Nearby resorts: Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain
12 guests/$1,979 per night
This spacious home is right along Mammoth Mountain’s Eagle Run, which means you can ski out the door in the morning and ski right back home in the afternoon. You’re also close to the village in case you want to head out to the restaurants or bars at night—but you’ll likely just want to stay in, considering the home offers a large chef’s kitchen, pool table, fireplace, huge outdoor decks, hot tub, Ms. Pac-Man arcade machine, and outdoor firepit.
What guests say: “This is by FAR the best house in Mammoth. I have been having family vacations here for years and Brad's house beats everything I've stayed in. Beautiful open home with an amazing amenities. Not to mention it is only a few steps from the Eagle lodge. You can easily walk to the slopes and ride down to the lift, prime location. Thanks Brad for everything and I will definitely be back!”
Nearby resort: Mammoth Mountain