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When winter hits, many people look to the tropics for a break from the snow and the ice. But if you’re willing to embrace winter, it’s one of the most breathtaking times of year to enjoy the great outdoors (and cuddle up by the fireplace afterwards). Here are seven reasons why a mountain is a wonderful destination for your winter vacation.
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1. Learn a New Skill
When you’re hitting a tropical resort, you’ll basically be lying on the sand. But when you visit a mountain resort, you’ve got a world of possibilities for new activities to learn. The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa offers skiing and snowboard lessons at what’s been called the ‘Ivy League of Ski Schools’, ensuring you’ll get a Grade A education. Plus, kids as young as three can start learning how to carve their way down the hill.
2. Plenty of Pampering
After a day on the slopes, it’s time to treat yourself to some serious rest and relaxation. The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort’s Stillwater Spa is located 6,000 feet above the ground and features an elemental theme – with roaring fireplaces, soothing massages with stones from Lake Tahoe, and beautiful treatment rooms with views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. A spa treatment will never feel as rejuvenating as it does after spending a few hours outdoors in the winter!
3. Awesome All-Inclusive Features
A ski resort is just as much an ‘all-inclusive’ as any tropical beach resort. Take the Hyatt Centric Park City, which offers ski-in, ski-out access for guests. That means no hauling your equipment onto a bus, and no long trips that make the little ones antsy. Plus you have access to an exclusive ski lounge and ski valet, ensuring a less crowded ski hill experience.
4. Every Day is a New Adventure
While many people associate ski hills with mountain vacations, there are plenty of other activities to keep every member of the family occupied. The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa has a huge range of family-friendly activities, including dog sledding, tubing, ski biking, Snowcat tours, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, ice climbing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. You may have to book a second trip just to tackle all of the activities available!
5. Thrilling Nightlife
When the sun goes down on the beach, there simply isn’t as much to do. But nighttime in the mountains is when the party gets started. Check out The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort’s Grand Lodge Casino for an exhilarating night of bets and big wins. With 250 slots, video poker, 22 table games, a live poker room and sports betting, there’s a game for everyone to try their luck at. While you’re off enjoying the casino, your kids can check out Camp Hyatt, which runs till 11 p.m. and teaches kids about the region’s natural wonders and legendary tales.
6. You Can Still Swim!
One of the big appeals of a tropical vacation are the luxurious beaches and sprawling pools. But mountain resorts are just as equipped for swimmers. The Hyatt Centric Park City has a year-round heated pool warmed to a toasty 81 degrees, as well as two outdoor whirlpools. Enjoy the rare treat of swimming in the great outdoors while gazing at snow-capped mountains!
7. Home Away From Home Rooms
If you want to feel comfortable while on vacation, then you’ll definitely want to check out mountain resorts. Loaded with cozy features like stone fireplaces, kitchenettes, and alpine décor, Hyatt mountain resorts each offer a range of room options – from roomy cottages to luxurious suites.