Winter Wonderlands

Which ski resorts really stand out for their powder and perks?

Ski season is here; where should you go? With the economy on the upswing and U.S. ski areas experiencing a 6% rise in visitors, high-end resorts are competing for your attention. Here are some North American ski vacation destinations that really stand out.

Out West? Lately, Utah resorts have been giving their Colorado brethren serious competition. Deer Valley finished first nationwide in a recent Conde Nast Traveler ranking of ski resorts, and Park City’s merger with Canyons

has created the largest ski resort in the nation, steps from town and its elite restaurants. Snowbird, where the stunning new Summit Lodge complements the fabulous Cliff Lodge, ranks near the top of many lists. Forbes ranks Wyoming’s Jackson Hole #1 in the nation for its snow, terrain, lodging options and local airport access. Whistler- Blackcomb, biggest in the West, and Vail, and intimate Alta still rank high.

Back East? Vermont’s Stowe beckons with its beautiful Old World-style village, its impressive spa and its especially challenging runs. Another Vermont resort, Sugarbush, presents comfortable condos and 4,000 acres, half of them deeply forested. Bretton Woods, in New Hampshire, wins points for the consistency of its snow and lodging such as the elegant Bretton Arms Inn. In upstate New York, Lake Placid’s perennially admired Whiteface resort offers its classic, relaxed lodge and an 8,000-square-foot spa.

Explore. Go somewhere you’ve never gone this ski season, and discover a new skiing destination to return to in the future.


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