Mountain resorts offer great summer values when you rent a furnished condo at a major ski resort, plus you’ll have the security of a home away from home. And given such a long school break for the kids — and the possible need to quarantine upon arrival in a new region — families should look for a summer rental in a region with enough activities to occupy all ages for a few weeks.
In a surprise move, this year, a few resorts like Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin, are reopening until July to pack in more ski time. After the snow is mostly gone, however, expect to find a top value, fun-packed, eco-conscious, and enlightening discounted vacation.
Time in Nature Is Healing and Rejuvenating
If your family doesn’t have relatives living out in nature, or a country house of its own, consider checking into one of the well-stocked condos, townhouses or apartment units available at the major North American mountain resorts — and let the hills come alive with the sound of fun.
Between the yuck of mud season (as the snowmelt weeks are fondly known) and the glories of fall foliage (when rates rise again for leaf-peeking packages), many resort areas offer an entertaining line-up of free concerts, themed festivals, town celebrations and activities.
Active families with school-age kids will find that intermediate ski slopes become great biking and hiking trails; ice skating rinks turn into town fishing ponds; and ski gondolas provide mountain bike transport and a magnificent view from the top.
Mountain Towns are More than Cheaper by the Dozen
Thanks to our colleagues at Destination Hotels, a Hyatt brand comprised of a distinct group of properties that provide a four-season retreat for leisure and business travelers in Aspen, Lake Tahoe, Snowmass, Stowe, Sunriver and Vail, for giving families a dozen reasons for passing on the beach and escaping to the mountains this summer:
Affordability: Off-season, mountain resort rental rates are 40%-60% less than for comparable units in the winter primetime season.
Comfortable Weather: Warm days and cool nights. Need we say more?
Privacy and Independence: Multi-bedroom units provide space for every family member. Self-contained resort villages offer safe, car-free play areas for children.
Mother Nature: Mountain vistas and roaring rivers frame nature’s rugged beauty, instilling an appreciation of nature and environmental awareness.
Green Travel: Spend the summer relying on pedal or foot power. There’s no need for a car because everything is within walking or biking distance.
Outdoors Adventures: Choose from a variety of family activities including hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding or golfing — to highlight a few.
Weatherproof Fun: Rainy days or any day, visit area museums, art galleries, and elegant concert halls for a taste of world-class culture and learning.
Dining Pleasures: Treat your family to a diverse culinary feast by trying new recipes in your condo, eating or getting takeout from myriad local restaurants, and making all-natural mountain picnics from the bounty at farmers markets.
Personal Wellness: Check out the town’s health spas, yoga classes, and local gyms for drop-in programs or virtual classes. Make over the whole family with unique styles available at area boutiques and local shops.
Engaging All Ages: Themed festivals and free concerts, area marathons, bike races, golf tournaments, fishing hallenges, photo contests and more allow everyone to be a participant or spectator.
Renewal: Escape from everyday chores and ordinary activities and experience life with altitude.
Be Different: Expand your family’s traditions by choosing mountain bliss over the same old beach vacation.
Trip Planning Details for a Mountain Getaway
To learn more about an area’s activities, childcare options, recreation programs, restaurants, and other establishments, check out that region’s local tourist office website. You’ll find many helpful pages on local activities and recommended outfitters for river trips, mountain bike rentals and more at the tourism websites for Califoria, Colorado, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming.
Alternatively, contact the Destination Hotels, where you can learn more about individual properties. They have a large inventory of rental units and seasonal incentives for families to make sure that everything stays rented.
Also, make sure to check out home/condo rentals this summer. Deals are frequently offered in the summer months. Check out Wyndham’s Vacation Rentals for availabilities in Colorado, Utah, and Idaho.
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