One of the worst things you could do when planning a vacation is wait until the last minute to book your lodging. I’ve been burned more times than I can count, simply because I didn’t keep track of what was and wasn’t booked. I still remember one particularly haunting memory where I had booked snowboarding lessons, bought tickets for ski lifts, and even paid in advance for the snowboarding equipment to ride down the mountain at this awesome resort. Despite my thorough planning, I managed to forget the most important booking – a place to sleep! By some miracle, we were able to find a hotel within 2 miles of the resort that had a room available for four grown men – myself included – to bunk until the morning. When we arrived to the hotel, we quickly understood why the hotel remained open! It was in the single digits outside, but the main lobby of the hotel felt the same! We asked the front desk attendant if the heating system was broken, but she said it was just slow to work, and insisted our room would be warm by the time we got to it. Our slow walk to the room was less reassuring, as each step seemed to be further into the cold. Once we got to the room, it was evident that there was no functional heating system in the hotel at all. As soon as I walked into the room, I felt my heart sink. Thankfully, my friends noticed that our hotel room had a fireplace! Not only was it functional, but it was a ventless gas-powered fireplace that didn’t need wood logs. We were thrilled to use it, and we promptly ignored the warnings beside the fireplace about not sleeping with the fire going. We knew we’d freeze to death if we didn’t have the fire going through the night, so we just took turns watching the fire.