A couple Ridge laps might make you feel like you can sleep anywhere—but why sleep just anywhere when you can pick from Victorian B&Bs, budget motels, luxury lodges and modern boutique inns just a half-hour from the hill?
Situated downtown, the Lark Hotel looks like something out of an Ikea catalog: clean designs, locally-minded infographic art and an outdoor fireplace. It’s hip, and makes hoofing it downtown for food and drinks easy, even when your feet are tired from a full day in ski boots.
One reason to hit up a luxury fly-fishing lodge in ski season: Room prices slashed almost in half for the “off-season.” Unwind from a day on the slopes with rustic stylings and either a Jacuzzi tub or spa-style walk-in shower. Note that the Lodge is located in the Bozeman countryside, so allow an extra 15 or 20 minutes to drive to and from Bridger.
Budget-conscious skiers have a true find in the Western Heritage Inn, a comfortably dated hotel featuring a stuffed grizzly in the lodge and liberal pet policies. While it lacks the snappy décor of say, the Lark, the Western features a whirlpool hot tub, steam room and tanning salon to warm the bones of frozen skiers.
You can’t miss the Royal 7: Its ostentatious, Vegas-worthy sign (usually with a few pieces not lit up) heralds its location on North 7th Avenue. The budget inn is all about value…inexpensive and not frilly, but clean, safe and perfect for ski bums who’d rather spend their dinero on Bridger’s slopes and Bozeman’s food and microbrews.
If you’d like to shred like an animal by day and then come home to dainty Victorian comforts by night, look no further than the Voss Inn, where bedtime sherry is served in Downton-Abbey-esque décor. Built in 1883, the mansion’s six guest rooms display period-perfect wallpaper and porcelain soaking tubs. Reservations come complete with tea tastings with owner Frankee, who doubles as a tea master.
Tucked one street off downtown, the Element’s stylish elegance appeals to skiers with an appreciation for noveau-midcentury fashion, eco-friendly practices and close proximity to downtown’s restaurants, brewery, distillery, ciderhouse, whiskey bar and regular bars.
Letting your legs take a powder pounding is always a good recipe for deep-sleep, but the Voss Inn’s bedtime sherry or the Lark’s chatty outdoor fireplace might just help you sleep all the better on your ski vacation.