Now that winter’s well underway, maybe your thoughts have turned to a Haunt Jaunt where you can also hit the slopes.
I grew up in Colorado, so I grew up hearing about a couple of haunted ski resorts. (The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park popped in my mind first and foremost I have to admit.) But I got to thinking that it’d be fun to see just how many haunted ski resorts I could come across.
So I did some research. Starting in the East and working my way West, here’s what I found:
- Mount Washington Hotel – Bretton Woods, NH. The wife of the man who built the hotel in the early 1900s supposedly haunts the tower suites.
- Green Mountain Inn – Stowe, VT. During winter storms a ghost tap dances on the third floor. (“Boots” Berry in room 302 to be exact. I thought a tap dancing ghost sounded familiar for some reason. It was because I remember writing about this inn in “Take a Leaf-Peeping Haunt Jaunt to New England.”)
- Equinox Resort & Spa – Manchester Village, VT. Mary Todd Lincoln used to stay here with her children. Some say she’s still a visitor.
- White House Inn – Wilmington, VT. This is another one where the wife of the man who built the mansion didn’t leave when she died.
- Timberline Lodge – Timberline Lodge, OR. I’m not sure this hotel actually has any valid paranormal activity, but it does have a creepy connection. It was where a lot of the outside shots for “The Shining” (1980) was filmed.
- The Stanley Hotel – Estes Park, CO. Which segues nicely into one I already mentioned, and one that also has a “The Shining” connection. Purportedly a huge hub of various paranormal activity here.
- Rochester Hotel – Durango, CO. The John Wayne Room seems to be this hotel’s hot spot. But it’s not the Duke people report seeing, but a lady dressed in Victorian-era clothing. Or sometimes partially dressed as the case may be. (She’s apparently not shy and doesn’t mind being seen in her lingerie from time to time.)
- Fairmont Banff Springs – Banff, Alberta, Canada. There seem to be multiple ghosts roaming about the place, but the two most well known are the bride that died there (after tripping on her own wedding gown!) and the Vanishing Bellman. (He disappeared in the 1960s, but some say he’s still there opening doors and turning on lights for guests.)