Perfect Winter Vacations
Whether your winter vacation involves mountains or beaches, our guide will prepare you for the season.
Hundreds of acres of trails are opening around the country, thanks to a flurry of off-season acquisition. More than $100 million of capital improvement has been poured into Lake Tahoe. New routes—into the gnarly Huckleberry Canyon, with ski resort Sierra-at-Tahoe (rooms, from $79 per person; 1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Rd.; 530-659-7453 sierraattahoe.com), and the challenging course the Cirque, with the nearby resort Kirkwood (rooms, from $255; 1501 Kirkwood Meadows Dr.; 209-258-6000; kirkwood.com)—are augmented by the first full season of operation by Pacific Crest Heli-Guides (pacificcrestheliguides.com), the first heli-skiing operation in Tahoe in 40 years. In Park City, Utah, 300 new acres of trails have opened at the Canyons Resort (rooms, from $190; 4000 The Canyons Resort Dr.; 435-649-5400; thecanyons.com), along with America’s first heated chairlift, while a century-old schoolhouse finds new life as the charming seven-room, five-suite Washington School House (rooms, from $700; 543 Park Ave.; 435-649-3800; washingtonschoolhouse.com), opening in December. Back East: Last year, Vermont’s Sugarloaf (rooms, from $100 per person; 5092 Access Rd.; 800-849-5623; sugarloaf.com) added 270 acres on its neighboring peak, Burnt Mountain. This year, it brings an additional 135 acres of new terrain.