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Snowbird, Holladay Cottonwood, UT 84092, USA
Experience Utah’s famous powder in its natural, untamed state. The Snowcat Skiing for Nature program at Snowbird is a guided opportunity for expert skiers to explore avalanche terrain in the Mary Ellen, lower Mineral Basin and Miller Hill areas...
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Avenida Vitacura 5250 of. 304, Vitacura, Región Metropolitana, Chile
While sitting at dinner one night in Santiago with my brother, it occurred to us that we should try to ski and snowboard the Andes while we were there for a few days. A quick ask at our hostel, and we were set up for the ultimate day trip,...
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108 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 3Z2, Canada
When my wife and I tied the knot, we had neither time nor budget for a trip south. To be fair—true Canadians we—we didn’t mind a bit of winter fun and we’d already spent countless hours on the slopes here at Blue Mountain. Long story short, we...
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Jackson, WY, USA
I am fortunate enough to have spent the past week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming...an experience I will not soon forget! In addition to the stellar skiing (especially by my East Coast standards), I spent an entire day with a scientist who spotted the...
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99 Ardmore St, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
This is the greatest place I've ever been, shared with the greatest people I could ever share it with, my brothers. Heli-skiing in New Zealand was a childhood dream come true. We were raised on the white stuff, to love the outdoors, the joy of the...
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Balkans
If you are in Macedona during the winter months, and want to experience something different from ordinary ski holidays, You should try out Ljuboten - 2,498 m (8,196 ft) is one of Macedonia's most attractive peaks, located in Shar Planina. Located...
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Gangwon-do, South Korea
Just a short train ride from Seoul is the High 1 Ski Resort. You may not think of Korea as a place for world-class slopes, but the mountains near Seoul are just that: They didn’t choose Korea as the location of the 2018 winter Olympic games for...
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Gornergrat, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
A trip up to the Gornergrat provides the best view of the Matterhorn without ripping a huge hole in your wallet. For less than 10 Francs, we were able to ride the lift up to Gornergrat and see one of the most spectacular views. At the top there is...
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40 Village Rd, Avon, CO 81620, USA
A little secret about Beaver Creek and Vail is that the last few days of the ski season can be the best. Late snows and almost no tourists mean you'll have fresh powder to yourselves. We'll definitely be doing this trip again.
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1988 Olympic Way, Canmore, AB T0L, Canada
Regardless of how well you ski, you can get a sense of what it's like to be an Olympian at the Canmore Nordic Centre, about an hour west of Calgary. The vast facility—with nearly 45 miles of trails to suit all levels—was created to host...
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4 Rue du Téton de Venus, 15300 Laveissière, France
Anytime the words "ski" and "France" are found together in a sentence, it's generally followed by "The Alps" and "awesome". Skiing on the summit of Europe is certainly a bucket-list worthy item and a memorable experience, but such prestige comes...
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Mont-Tremblant, QC, Canada
Mont Tremblant is a fantastic resort area know for its hiking, biking, and skiing activities. I spent an incredible day walking around the beautiful village, stopping for hot chocolate and fresh croissants while doing a little shopping. I ended...
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3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
Just as Rome has the Colosseum and Paris the Eiffel Tower, so Switzerland has the Matterhorn. Located above Zermatt, this 48,195-foot wonder attracts hordes of visitors, eager to see the morning sunlight beam off its four faces, ski its...
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Mürren, 3825 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
More so than most places, Switzerland offers serious skiers the chance to fly down unblemished mountainsides—especially in Mürren. The town is blessed with powder-packed bowls that maintain fresh snow for days after a big fall, drawing...
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1854 Leysin, Switzerland
Looking for a great little ski town in the Swiss Alps? Head to Leysin, located in the Bernese Alps. Take a cogwheel train 1600 meters up from Aigle, and you are there. You can walk everywhere in the town, from the hotel to the chair lift to the...
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Viking Heliskiing specializes in heli-skiing trips in the north of Iceland. We are headquartered in Siglufjörður and Tröllaskagi (Troll peninsula) is our main heli-skiing area, a world class skiing area with thousands of slopes waiting for their...
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Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand is a snowboarder’s paradise; dedicated terrain parks and wild natural features can be found all over the country. A frequent winner of best terrain park, the Remarkables ski are outside Queenstown is well known for the Stash, a terrain...
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Mount Hutt, New Zealand
New Zealand is a great place for beginners to learn to ski or snowboard. Every major resort has green (easy) runs and professionally certified ski instructors. Ski and snowboarding lessons are available for groups and individuals, and you can book...
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Queenstown, New Zealand
Once considered a novelty, night skiing is now ever popular at such resorts as Coronet Peak near Queenstown in the South Island. Lit by floodlights, you can board or ski on Friday and Saturday nights from sunset until 9 p.m. and watch the lights...
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3 Sitzmark St, Falls Creek VIC 3699, Australia
From your base camp in one of Huski’s airy apartments, ski the slopes at Falls Creek resort at night or take a snow kite lesson (think kiteboarding on snow) with Kite Republic. From $1,310 for two nights, July through August. 61/(0) 1-300-652-260....
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Stahovica, 1242 Stahovica, Slovenia
Ride the cable car at Velika Planina ski resort to the Zeleni Rob mountain hut, where you can savor a bowl of jota (bean and pickled turnip stew) with a glass of Lasko beer. 386/(0) 5-134-1406. This appeared in the November/December 2012 issue.
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Mendoza, Capital Department, Mendoza Province, Argentina
Winemaker Santiago Achával of Achával-Ferrer winery has helped Argentine malbecs earn international recognition. He loves skiing at Valle de Las Leñas resort because of the pure air and views of Mendoza from the top of the slopes. "There’s nothing...
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1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood, AK 99587, USA
This 304-room hotel at Alaska’s biggest ski resort partners with Chugach Powder Guides to offer helicopter and snowcat excursions deep in the Chugach backcountry. Snowcat packages from $1,236. (800) 880-3880. This appeared in the November/December...
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Riedweg 156, 3920 Zermatt, Switzerland
This family-run micro-village in Valais offers 36 rooms across six separate chalets. Huddled together on a hill above the popular ski resort of Zermatt, the buildings reference the area’s traditional architecture, from the timber frames to...
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E6 80, 9146 Olderdalen, Norway
Situated on the Lyngen Fjord, this timber lodge is well suited for boat skiing. From March through May, a skipper ferries guests to nearby islands, where they hike up peaks and ski back to the beach. From $4,500 per week. 47/ 4762-7853. This...
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Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA
Despite being northern Colorado, Steamboat Springs offers belly-filling home-style southern cooking at the Low Country Kitchen right on Lincoln Avenue. Dig into the classics (without the greasy coating), like fried okra and buttermilk fried...
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1315 Whitshed Rd, Cordova, AK 99574, USA
Points North is the only heli-skiing outfitter with access to the southeastern side of the Chugach Mountains. The lodge, a former cannery just outside the town of Cordova, sits on the edge of Prince William Sound. From $5,475 for seven days. (877)...
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Machalí, O'Higgins Region, Chile
The heli-ski headquarters of the Southern Cone, Puma Lodge is nestled in the Andes and offers 1,800 square miles of dramatic valleys to heli-ski from July through September. Heli-ski packages from $1,469. 56/(0) 2-432-6800. This appeared in the...
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Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Aspen and Snowmass have some great cross country trails. But for a real experience, head 11 miles outside of Aspen to the base of the Elk Mountain range to the Ashcroft Ski area. Groomed and un-groomed trails are endless. After a full morning of...
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Horní Bečva, 756 57 Prostřední Bečva, Czechia
We could not have imagined a winter wonderland as picturesque as the one in Pustevny. Tucked away in Northeastern Czech Republic’s Beskedy Mountains, we arrived at night by car to this mini ski village of gingerbread houses. We stayed in the cozy...
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987 Dogwood Drive, South Slocan, BC V0G 2G0, Canada
It’s the Norse word for a warrior’s paradise: Valhalla. Ski warriors will love riding the light powder in British Columbia’s Valhalla Mountain range. Two snowcats each carry 12 skiers and two guides to play on 21,500 acres of terrain. From $340....
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Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Wonderful family fun at Alpensia, an integrated ski resort about 3.5 hours from Seoul. Good place to learn to ski with a water theme park for alternative fun. Run by Intercontinental Hotels Group, our family of 4 spent 5 nights at the Holiday Inn...
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Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
Mammoth Mountain is California’s highest ski resort, but the 11,053-foot summit isn’t just about bragging rights. The high elevation means colder temperatures, which usually means more snow. The California ski resort was not developed...
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4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
Whistler Blackcomb receives lots of press about its big-mountain features, but the resort offers plenty of terrain for every family member and skill level. The Whistler Blackcomb Snow School, among the best in North America, is...
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138 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA
Hiking in the Desolation Wilderness backcountry area around Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite things to do and has been since I was a kid. In September, I took my husband hiking in Desolation Wilderness to show him some of the best places I went...
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Lone Mountain, Big Sky, MT 59720, USA
Big Sky ski resort in Montana has 3,600 acres to play on. One of my favorite spots to snowboard on a good powder day is the bowl that sits 1,366 feet below Lone Mountain's summit. Take the Lone Peak triple chair up and traverse as far over as...
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1 Sunshine access Rd, Banff, AB T1L 1J5, Canada
Most people travel to Canada in the winter to ski the famous big resorts like Whistler and Lake Louise. But 20 minutes from downtown Banff is a little "hill"—as the Canadians like to call their mountains—called Sunshine Village. The resort,...
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Wyoming, USA
This is the top of "25 Short" named because its 25 ft short of 10,000 ft. It's a lot of work to skin up, but the views are amazing.
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Avenida Vitacura 5250 of. 304, Vitacura, Región Metropolitana, Chile
July in Santiago is a great time to ski, but if you want to try something different, try snowshoeing! While in Santiago, one of my daughters didn't want to ski, while the other did. We compromised; we went snowshoeing. For those of you adventure...
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Wosnesenski Glacier, Alaska 99603, USA
First, we flew into the heart of the Kenai Mountains in a float plane and landed on a glacial lake. We hiked up the moraine of the Wosnesenski with crampons on our feet and skis on our packs. We camped on the glacier for three nights and skied...
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Aspen Mountain, Colorado 81611, USA
In both the summer and winter, if you only have a day you must take a ride up the Silver Queen Gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain. The gondola cabs are all windows allowing for fantastic views as you travel 3,627 feet to the top. Once you get up...
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111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0, Canada
One of Canada’s most iconic hotels, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is cradled by the Rocky Mountains, its grand, castle-like structure surrounded by towering peaks and the pristine, protected wilderness of Banff National Park. The...
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Hızırbey Mahallesi, 3264 Sok. No:2, 32100 Isparta Merkez/Isparta, Turkey
Buy a bottle of whiskey at Migros in Isparta, stop in Çobanisa for ski and snowboard rental (ask for Fatih), then continue up the mountain for a day of sun and snow. Check weather reports for wind as it can make for a difficult ride up the lift.
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Mt. Taranaki, Taranaki 4391, New Zealand
Lesser-known ski fields are often run by clubs and have the benefit of thinner crowds and the opportunity for skiers and boarders to glide and carve where others haven’t. Rainbow Ski Area near Nelson on the South Island is great for boarders and...
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675 Lionshead Pl, Vail, CO 81657, USA
We all have a mental image of upscale European alpine villages from countless spy movies and Vogue fashion shoots. There’s the little café with etched glass and women sipping Alsace with perfect hair and puffy parkas. The men are capable sorts,...
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ニセコ-480-1 ニセコ町 Niseko-chō, Abuta-gun, Hokkaidō 048-1511, Japan
We were brought into the the back bowl by our guide and had fresh lines cruising through knee deep powder. The sun came out, which is rare around here in winter and I stopped to take a picture of what we had just skied. As a lover of the snow,...
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88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary, AB T3B 5R5, Canada
One of the best things about Calgary is the winter playground in the center of town. Canada Olympic Park, on the western edge of the city, features a ski hill, snowboard park, cross-country trails, an Olympic luge track, Canada's Sports Hall of...
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Improvement District No. 9, AB T0L, Canada
Mountains are awesome, in every sense of the word. There’s no better way to experience the full glory of the Canadian Rockies than by taking an eight-minute ride up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. Just a short drive from the center of...
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Cromwell, New Zealand
Want bragging rights at the bar? Nothing trumps heli-skiing. It’s not only an exhilarating way to reach the tops of mountains, it also opens the door to endless backcountry runs. Share the cost with four or five friends, and you’ll be set for a...
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Aiguille du Midi, 74400 Chamonix, France
France's Chamonix Valley is one of the most scenic places on the European continent. It's a narrow river valley which houses everything from rock-climbing centers to pulsing bars and pubs, and on both sides of the river the peaks of the French...