You might expect a winter getaway to Sun Valley, one of the top ski destinations in North America, to include hotel-provided shuttle service to the slopes—and you'd be right. But it's much less likely that you'd anticipate the dozen other tricks, specials and packages those same hotels have up their sleeves to keep winter recreators happy. Here's a look at a few hotspots and the perks they offer:
Sun Valley Resort: SVR is the resort in Sun Valley, and encompases multiple hotels, including its flagship the Sun Valley Lodge. If you get too sore or tired after hitting the slopes, the resort offers a Lift Ticket Exchange Program that allows guests with multi-day lift tickets to trade a day on the slopes for another activity—like bowling, spa treatments or a sleigh ride—retail credit or a gear tuneup. Plus, season pass holders from other resorts get a 20 percent discount on lodging and 40 percent off lift tickets (a deal that holds no matter where you stay).
Hotel Ketchum: Located in the heart of downtown Ketchum, this hotel is newly remodeled with a quirky character reminiscent of Boise's The Modern. Among other perks, through Monday, Feb. 14, and from Friday, Feb. 25, to the end of the 2019 season, kids aged 12 and under can ski for free with the purchase of an adult lift ticket if you stay there for three or more nights.
Knob Hill Inn: Knob Hill is a boutique hotel on the outskirts of Ketchum, with some of the best mountain views in the city. If you book two consecutive nights there before Feb. 15, you get the third free, and all-inclusive packages like the Snowshoe & Stay can take away the stress of planning excursions. Plus, if you're heading up the mountain in the morning, let the staff know and they'll warm up your boots by the fire and set your skis out on the ski rack. You can even call Knob Hill's shuttle from the top of the mountain to have it waiting when you finish your last run.
The Limelight Hotel: At The Limelight, you can rent your ski and snowboard gear, have it professionally fitted and even pick out new outerwear right in the lobby at Four Mountain Sports. The downtown Ketchum hotel also offers free snowshoeing through a partnership with the Environmental Resource Center, and a free "First Tracks" program that lets select skiers and boarders tackle Bald Mountain before it opens on Friday mornings.