There’s something uniquely special about an alpine lake mirroring the mountains that tower above crystal clear water. From Lake Louise to the shores of Lake Tahoe, ski country features a plethora of these jaw dropping vistas that serve as the perfect backdrop for your ski vacation. So if having an Instagram worthy backdrop for the duration of your stay is high on your list of priorities, we’ve compiled some of out most beautiful mountain lakes in ski country.
Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
The breathtaking glacial Lake Louise shares its name with neighboring Lake Louise ski resort, which is famous for its incredible views and for annually hosting the World Cup alpine races in late November to early December. Spending time next to one of the world’s most beautiful mountain lakes is especially easy for guests of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, as the historic hotel sits on the banks of the lake. Lake Louise is at its best in the late spring months, when the turquoise-hued waters are melted and snow-capped peaks make for a perfect backdrop. In the winter months, ice hockey tournaments and other outdoor activities abound on frozen Lake Louise.
Where to stay: There is no better lakeside option in ski country than the 5-star, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. This larger than life hotel includes shops, multiple dining options, a world-class spa, and of course, ice skating on Lake Louise in the winter months.
Interlaken, which translates to “between lakes,” is a gorgeous municipality high in the Swiss Alps. The town of Interlaken sits between Thunersee and Brienzersee mountain lakes and is the starting point for the Jungfraujoch (train), which provides year-round outdoor enthusiasts with access to the Jungfrau Top of Europe ski area. The top of the Jungfraujoch transports skiers, hikers, climbers, mountain bikers, and site-seers to the many trails and routes, which provide opportunities to explore the famed Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau peaks.
Where to stay: The Hey Hotel offers a modern lodging option serviced by top notch hospitality experts. The namesake in-house bar and restaurant are two of the best in Interlaken and the Hey is the ultimate home base for you Interlaken ski vacation.
Maroon Lake, Aspen, Colorado
The Maroon Bells—the famed peaks pictured below—are among the American West’s most iconic images. In fact, the Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake, are some of the U.S.’s most photographed scenes. Located 10 miles from downtown Aspen, Maroon Lake is easy to get to via car or bus during the warmer months. In the winter many people cross-country ski or snowmobile to access this incredible view.
Where to Stay: If you’re looking to stay in town and close access to skiing on the centrally located Aspen Mountain, we recommend staying downtown at the Limelight Hotel Aspen, which is less than a ten-minute drive from the Maroon Bells trailhead.
Lake Tahoe, California
Straddling Nevada and California, Lake Tahoe is the U.S. largest alpine lake, and the sixth-largest by volume in the U.S. The lake is host to year-round outdoor activities including skiing, hiking, SUPing, kayaking, and boating. Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and Squaw are among some of the ski resorts that enjoy incredible views of this pristine lake.
Where to stay: There’s no better luxury, lakeside accommodation in the Tahoe region than the Edgewood Tahoe. This 5-star, boutique resort offers guests private access to the emerald, west shoreline of Lake Tahoe.
Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho
The largest lake in Idaho’s Panhandle, Lake Pend Oreille is 43 miles in length. The city of Sandpoint sits on the bank of the lake and provides the perfect basecamp for year-round activities. The views of Lake Pend Oreille from Schweitzer Mountain Resort, which is located just 12 miles from Sandpoint, are truly stunning. On a sunny day, the lake glitters from afar.
Where to stay: Stay close to the slopes at the White Pine Lodge, which is a modern hotel that is surprisingly affordable considering its amazing access.
Mammoth Lakes, California
Located on the edge of the Long Valley Caldera, Mammoth Lakes is not only dotted with many gorgeous mountain lakes, but hot springs and rhyolite domes. The eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park is just 32 miles from Mammoth Lakes. Many small lakes are close to Mammoth Ski Resort and are frequented by hikers in the summer months or snowmobilers in the winter months.
Where to stay: Located just steps from the gondola, stay at the Westin Mammoth and ski or ride this Eastern Sierra classic in style.