Five under-the-radar ski resorts for the truly intrepid.
No one figures more prominently in the history and development of Whistler Blackcomb than Hugh Smythe, having played a role in almost all of the key moments of its development.
You’ve heard it said many times: “No two snowflakes are alike.” It’s the same with ski resorts. Some are large, some are small, some are friendly, others impersonal. Some push the limits of the best skiers while others make them yawn. But like the humble snowflakes on which they depend, each resort has its own personality.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: Founded in the 1950s, Paris-based Club Méditerranée—better known as Club Med—was the first all-inclusive resort company. In the decades since, the French brand has evolved.
With more than 762 centimeters of snow and 300 days of sunshine per year, Telluride is one of the most dependable destinations for powder hounds.
Skiing means lots of gear. The good news is you no longer have to lug it with you. Enter Get Outfitted, a web service that rents clothing, equipment, and accessories—whether a warmer parka or a package of everything you need to get out on the slopes.
These days, rye whisky is hot. And the coolest place to drink it is at High West Distillery & Saloon in Park City, Utah.
There is skiing. There is après-ski. If skiing tops your list because, well, it is a ski vacation, then Vail’s your venue. Skiing is the undisputed attention hog here. Mother Nature’s generosity in snow affords Vail the opportunity to credibly lay claim to being a resort, as their tagline states, “Like nothing on earth.”
A castle is often the icon for the mountain atop which it sits. In other cases, the mountain is the iconic setting for the castle. In the case of the White Spirit Lodge and British Columbia’s mountaintop Big White Ski Resort, there is a clear symbiosis between the imposing but cozy log post-and-beam alpine palace and the setting of the family-oriented yet discerning ski resort in which it is situated.