Perfect Winter Vacations

Whether your winter vacation involves mountains or beaches, our guide will prepare you for the season.

Hank de Vre / Squaw Valley USA
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Happy Trails

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.