Mountain/Lake

If you plan to hit the slopes this winter, Solaris Residences —a new, 79-home ski community in Vail, Colo.—is offering guests a pair of Folsom custom-made skis with one night’s stay. Each guest who...
Attention, thrill-seekers and advanced skiers. The Little Nell ski resort in Aspen, Colo., is offering two new heli-skiing adventures through March 25. Starting at about $19,000, up to four guests...
Located in the Sierra Madre mountains along the border between Colorado and Wyoming, the 200,000-acre Three Forks Ranch ( www.threeforksranch.com ) launched its first full season of snowcat skiing in...
Heli-skiers are a hardy breed. Often traveling without their significant others, they require little more than a single room, a comfortable bed, hot meals, and endless expanses of untracked powder—...
Staring down a snow-choked chute that has never been skied, I take a shallow breath and shift my eyes to the horizon. All around me, craggy Canadian Rocky peaks pierce the cloudless sky; in the...
The great room at southern Wyoming’s Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch overlooks granite-dotted pastures populated with grazing horses. Chandeliers and armchairs made from elk antlers bring the...
The line between destination clubs and fractional-ownership programs has become increasingly blurred in recent years. The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club is a prime example, combining elements of both...
From the air of permanence in its great room, and the ease with which guests settle into the space’s couches and chairs, Park City’s newest resort seems to have always been the best place in town...
Soaring snowcapped mountains, pristine lakes, and quaint Alpine villages provide a remarkable backdrop for the Sensai Select Spa at Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa (+41.33.?828.2828, www...
Tasmania has long attracted tourists who come to explore the island’s great outdoors. With the opening last June of Saffire Freycinet (+61.3.6256.7888, www.saffire-freycinet.com.au ) , travelers to...
The crash of bowling pins is at first inaudible as you enter Daly’s Pub & Rec at Montage Deer Valley. The resort’s four bowling lanes—which guests can book as they would a tee time—can be seen...
Not since 1645 has the Tibetan capital of Lhasa welcomed such a palatial retreat. In that year, the 5th Dalai Lama commenced construction of the 1,000-plus-room Potala Palace on Mar-po-ri, or Red...
Named for a silver prospector who struck it rich in this high-alpine gulch some 130 years ago, the town of Irwin, Colo., sits in a fortuitous weather pocket for skiers. Storms en route from Utah...
At Yellowstone Club—the roughly 13,600-acre private resort community in Big Sky, Mont., managed by the Discovery Land Company—the deer, elk, moose, and bears often outnumber the golfers and skiers...
American hedge fund billionaire Julian Robertson Jr. searched for years for a property on New Zealand’s South Island to complement the pair of resorts he owns on the country’s North Island. Last year...
As we hovered over Paradise Peak—a 9,800-foot summit 25 miles west of Sun Valley, Idaho—my guide, Lel Tone, assured me that I would have no problem skiing the waist-deep powder below us. I have skied...
The Resort: Eichardt’s Private Hotel dates to 1859, when William Gilbert Rees, cofounder of the city of Queenstown, New Zealand, renovated the woolshed on his lakefront homestead and opened it as an...
The Resort: Twin Farms’ ostensibly endless list of activities (skiing, tobogganing, ice skating, snowshoeing, swimming, fishing, canoeing, hiking) has prompted many a guest to describe the 300-acre...
With nine children, 56 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, Jon and Karen Huntsman know all about family. They also have a good sense of what today’s families need: a place devoid of crowds,...
In 1911, Crans-Montana distinguished itself as a ski destination by hosting the first major downhill racing event in the sport’s history. But it was sun, rather than snow, that first attracted...
The Little Nell’s ski concierge assists with tickets, lessons, overnight storage, equipment recommendations, and anything else you need to summit and descend the surrounding terrain. Guests who rise...
Parking valets at the new Ritz-Carlton Highlands, Lake Tahoe, abscond with your ski equipment the moment you arrive at the resort. To retrieve your gear, simply stroll down from your room to the...
Set high in the Swiss Alps, 800 feet from the main Médran lift station, the Lodge at Verbier is one of the few ski-in locations in town. The property’s indoor pool area connects to a steam room, gym...
Guests arriving at The St. Regis Deer Valley make their way to a welcome center on the perimeter that's just inside Park City, Utah. While valets and bellhops lighten their worldly burdens by taking...
While Deer Valley promises to solidify its status as one of the top destinations for skiers—the resort does not allow snowboarding—another local ski area is making Park City increasingly attractive...
Capella Telluride does things a little differently—as you discover shortly after checking in. The reception desk sits in an attractive, light-filled lobby with stone floors, high beamed ceilings, and...
After opening on a hillside overlooking Zurich, Switzerland, in 1899, the Dolder Grand resort and kurhaus, or health retreat, soon became a gathering place for the European elite. But the towered and...
The Lodge and Spa at Three Forks Ranch, which doubles as an upscale fishing-and-hunting retreat, divides its stretch of the Little Snake River into 15 "beats" and limits the total number of anglers...
Feeling at home is the theme at the Point, an Adirondack Great Camp resort on New York’s Upper Saranac Lake. Mention your desire to paddle on the lake, and a picnic basket might be waiting for you in...
Set on a forested hill above the city, Uma Paro’s tiered roofs and intricate window treatments and woodwork mimic the ancient monastery Drukgyel Dzong. The resort appears to have been part of the...

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