All-inclusive vacations can be a great way to save money and relieve stress when planning a trip. The resort handles the logistics of buying lift tickets, renting ski gear, booking lessons, cooking meals, and even supplying drinks. All you have to do is show up and enjoy yourself. If you’re the type of person (or family) who enjoys the ease of taking cruises in the warmer months, an all-inclusive ski vacation might be just the thing for you.
Plenty of resorts offer bundles that can save you money, though not every offer is actually all-inclusive. Be sure to spend a little time reading through the offer to make sure you’re getting what you want out of the deal. Even resort packages that bundle some of the offerings together, such as food, drink, and ski rentals, can be a nice place to start and check off a few boxes in one go.
If you’re new to skiing or snowboarding, you might be interested in our list of the 10 best ski resorts around the U.S. to give you a feel for which areas are popular and where you might want to travel. Not sure if you want to rent or buy gear? Take a look at these best skis for every type of skier to see if any appeal to you.
Do note, the downside of all-inclusive resort packages is that you get charged for everything whether or not you use it. Already have skis and don’t need rentals or instruction? They won’t necessarily charge you less for your vacation package. Not a big drinker? Most all-inclusive packages include free beer and wine. Those unlimited drinks are factored into the price whether you enjoy them or not. Are you a foodie who wants to try all the local restaurants? Well, you may not make the most of the included dining hall package built into the cost of your trip. You get the idea. For this reason, all-inclusive trips aren’t for everyone. But if everything the resort is offering sounds like something you’d be into, then an all-inclusive package could be just right for you.
Triple Creek Ranch
Triple Creek is an award-winning luxury ranch resort on the Idaho-Montana border. Located in the Bitterroot Valley, its all-inclusive vacation experience is truly all-inclusive! It includes meals, drinks, outdoor dining, meal delivery to your cabin! You’ll also get snacks, a packed breakfast or lunch if you’re off skiing, ranch activities, and access to amenities like a pool, fitness center, and cross-country skis and snowshoes. And Triple Creek includes your lift passes and gear rentals (plus a shuttle ride to and from) the nearby Lost Trail Powder Mountain. When they say all-inclusive, they really mean it.
Our next few options come from Club Med. Some of their packages include airfare, lodging, lift tickets, ski lessons, activities for the kids, food, and drink (including alcohol), after-ski activities, and gratuities. This first package is for the French Alps. A world-renowned skiing destination, this trip is for you if you’re ready to travel and ski some prime terrain. Note that different packages come with different features. For this trip, you get board (meals), drinks and snacks, activities, and a ski package including lessons. Other packages include airfare as well. Club Med has a number of properties, so if you want an all-inclusive trip but don’t want to travel to France, browse their site and see what other locations they have.
Another Club Med property, with the same offering as above, is located in Canada. Their offer includes board, drinks, snacks, lift tickets, and ski lessons. Airfare and room are not included, though this one is closer if you’re traveling from the U.S. This package includes airfare and your room.
The Ranch at Rock Creek
The Ranch at Rock Creek has many different lodging options, from cabins to a lodge to a rustic barn. One downside of this option is that it is not a ski-in/ski-out resort. The skiing is actually at Discovery Ski Area, located 35 miles from the ranch. All-inclusive at Rock Creek means accommodations, meals and happy hour, unlimited beverages, daily activities, fitness center, pool, hot tub, access to the Silver Dollar Saloon with billiards, poker, a movie theater, and more. And you get a mountain bike for your stay, though this would be more helpful for summer visits than winter. This could also be a great destination for a summer fly fishing trip.
Grand Hyatt Vail
Though not completely all-inclusive, Vail is a ski-in/ski-out resort. Their Grand Ski Package includes your room and daily ski or snowboard rentals for two. No lessons or lift tickets included here, sorry. If you book the bed and breakfast option, some of your meals are included, though.
Vista Verde Guest Ranch
Vista Verde includes lodging, meals, photography workshops, cooking classes, beer, wine, rides to Steamboat for skiing or the airport, and ski instruction. Read the excellent reviews of Vista Verde on Trip Advisor.
If skiing in South America sounds like fun to you, check out Valle Nevado, located in the Andes. This huge resort offers great snow, breathtaking views, and all-inclusive packages. Valle Nevado offers 7-night or 4-night packages. Included in this is full board, lift tickets, and transportation from the airport.
Another South American option is Portillo. At an elevation of 9,350, Portillo, also located in the Andes, offers similar packages of 4 and 7 nights, with meals included and rides to and from the airport.
If you’re traveling with the family and want to have most of your trip covered, consider booking a family package with Deer Valley Resort. Though not quite “all-inclusive,” Deer Valley bundles much of your vacation needs in one convenient package.
Last but not least, we journey to Italy to another Club Med destination. Pragelato Sestriere is located in the Piedmont region of Italy, where you can stay in one of their charming chalets. Relax in the Finnish sauna, sip grappa by the fire, and of course, get in some skiing as you live your best Italian life. Or at least live your best Italian ski vacation.