The DEPARTURES Guide to Snow + Ice

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The best winter escapes near and far, plus everything you need for a day on the mountain.

As temperatures drop, it’s tempting make a mad dash for a warm-weather destination. But there is a host of luxe, wintery fun to be had this season, and we've rounded up the best of it: from backcountry skiing adventures to top women’s training camps, necessary après-ski pampering to cold-weather fashion finds. Explore it all, below.

Travel + Outdoor Adventure

A Skiing Adventure in the Italian Dolomites
For powder lovers who are tired of crowds, the 24-mile Sella Ronda circuit is ideal. Read the article »

Ski Season Update: What’s New In the American West
From a new hotel in Vail to the relaunch of Amtrak's Winter Park Express train, these are the things to know before you go. See the slideshow »

Travel Update: How to Do the Hamptons in Winter
This coastal New York escape isn’t just for summertime. From ice-skating on the waterfront to snagging designer deals, there’s plenty to do during the colder months. See the slideshow »

Piste Perfect: The St. Regis Deer Valley Ski Ambassador Program
Hitting the slopes is more fun than ever thanks to private ski experiences alongside Olympic and World Champion skiers. Read the article »

Snow Daze: Skiing Japan's Volcanic Peaks
On the country’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, these peaks get more snowfall than most of the world’s famous ski destinations. Read the article »

11 Top-Tier Women's Ski Camps
These retreats from Canada to Chile, Vail to Verbier offer skiers the ideal combination of expert training and luxe amenities. See the slideshow »

Extreme Skiing In France
With no ski patrol, no avalanche control, and no marked runs, La Grave is a last bastion of lift-accessed backcountry skiing. But its days may be numbered. Read the article »

Into the Arctic: Exploring Norway’s Snowbound Tundra
Rife with beauty and wildlife, this may be the last untrammeled frontier in modern travel. It may also be the most endangered environment in the modern world. Read the article »

An Adventure in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
This hip, rugged, and real destination boasts some of the most beautiful—and challenging—terrain in all of America. Read the article »

Winter Fashion + Gear + Gadgets

Winter Gear Guide: Ski and Snowboard Essentials
From boards to boots, these are the season's most necessary high-tech and ultra-chic gear—for both men and women. See the slideshow »

Men’s Winter Fashion: The New Wardrobe Essentials
This season’s cold weather–ready looks are upping the men’s style game. See the slideshow »

Women’s Winter Fashion: The New Wardrobe Essentials
As temperatures fall, keep warm (and chic) with these fresh fashion finds. See the slideshow »

12 High-End Face Oils for Winter
These all-natural, botanical-based elixirs keep skin supple and hydrated, no matter the temperature. See the slideshow »

11 Winter Grooming Must-Haves for the Natural Man
Winter does a number on the skin. Protect yourself from the elements with these all-natural products for men. See the slideshow »

How to Transform Your ATV for Winter
This kit turns your dirt bike into a sleek and stylish snowmobile. Read the article »

Tackling New Terrain: Driving Porsches on Snow and Ice
Camp4 Canada, the brand’s winter driving school located an hour outside Montreal, offers a unique learning opportunity. Read the article »

Making the Climb: Scaling Everest in Virtual Reality
New technology brings the top of the world into your own home. Read the article »

Après–Ski 

The World’s Best Après-Ski Destinations
The top places to treat yourself after a day on the mountain. See the slideshow »

The Best Comfort Food Restaurants In the Swiss Alps
After a day on the slopes, the most rewarding meals are shared at these 10 Swiss spots that serve delicious, stick-to-your ribs dishes. See the slideshow »

3 Top-Notch Après–Ski Facials
These luxe treatments are the perfect way to refresh and rejuvenate your dry, chapped skin. Read the article »

Home Tour: Architect Tom Kundig’s Whistler Ski House
Drawing from his signature rustic modernism, Kundig builds the ultimate mountain lodge in Canada. Here, a peek inside. Read the article»