5 Places To Travel To If You're Looking For A True Winter Wonderland
You’ve survived the holiday season. Now, plan a magnificent mountain getaway.
French and Swiss Alps Excursion
Nestled between Lake Geneva and the French Alps, Hotel Royal’s prime location is minutes from Thollon-les-Mémises, Bernex and Les Portes du Soleil, the largest ski area in Europe. Its three-night package includes a lake-view room, meals and a ski day in Avoriaz for two, including equipment rental, mud spa treatments, a half-day of snow-shoeing, Comfort Zone face and body treatments and access to Spa Evian Source amenities; hotel-royal-evian.com.
Experience The Ultimate
Beaver Creek, Colorado’s “White Glove Winter Vacation” lavishes guests with every possible detail: first-class airfare to Vail/Beaver Creek’s Eagle Airport, followed by a private helicopter ride to Beaver Creek Mountain. You’ll stay at the exclusive Trappers Cabin while a private chef prepares gourmet meals, with skiing/snowboarding access just outside the door and a private “Ski School Ambassador;” beavercreek.com.
Can you say “Flexenbahn?”
St. Anton am Arlberg’s three new ski cable car systems will create the largest contiguous ski area in Austria. Tyrol’s “Run of Fame” will connect St. Anton to Lech and Zürs, as well as Warth and Schröcken in Vorarlberg, creating almost 200 miles of downhill skiing, 87 lifts and cable car systems, as well as 124 miles of back country terrain; stantonamarlberg.com.
Adventure Meets Sophistication
“Like Nothing on Earth”—Vail, Colorado’s slogan is no exaggeration. Outdoor adventure meets village sophistication and more than 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain, including seven legendary back bowls. Upcoming events include: CarniVail—a tribute to traditional Mardi Gras events with a Rocky Mountain twist—from Feb. 25 to 26. The Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships is held from Feb. 27 to March 5. Catch Olympic-level snowboarding competitions in Golden Peak by day and free live concerts by night; vail.com.
Breckenridge ski resort in Colorado offers the quintessential winter mountain experience with more than 300 inches of annual snowfall, along with a calendar filled with vibrant events. For more than 50 years, the Breckenridge community has paid tribute to Ullr, the Norse god of snow, with Ullr Fest Rocks held Jan. 11 to 14. Grab a Viking helmet and join the town-wide snow dance, which includes the iconic Main Street parade, Ullr Ice Plunge and the world’s longest shot ski. Spring Fever—held in April—brings a month-long lineup of activities for families, beer drinkers, music lovers and mountaineers; gobreck.com.