Coziest Winter Getaway
Just minutes from Lake Tahoe's best ski resorts, this 42-room eco-lodge--built from massive cedar logs and recycled steel beams--has modeled itself on the European sport hotel concept that you usually find only in the Alps. You don't stay there for spa treatments or fancy food (there is no spa or full-service restaurant); you go to completely immerse yourself in your favorite winter sports. In fact, the concierge will find you the best instruction and guides in the area and will even arrange for private instruction with the elite North American Ski Training Center.
Book it: Rooms from $180 per night; 530-582-5655; www.cedarhousesporthotel.com