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Seasonal Travel: Ski Vacations

From hybrid lifts to hillside DJs, there’s a whole new world at these easy-to-access ski resorts


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Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort

California

Heavenly Resort

The Scene: Picturesque lake views, slots between runs, chutes, and terrain parks
What’s New: Aaron Hagar (son of Sammy) tricked out a snowcat into a mobile DJ station with 52 speakers
Good Eats: Jimmy’s at The Landing Resort for wood-fired Greek and Cali cuisine
Sleep: Hard Rock & Casino Lake Tahoe opens this month

Northstar California Resort

Northstar California Resort

The Scene: Meticulous grooming, farm fresh cuisine, and ski valets
What’s New: Tōst, a daily pop-up bar on East Ridge run, for views of the lake, bubbly, and sparkling cider for the groms
Good Eats: Mountain Table—a bi-monthly, five-course, farm to-fork feast up top at the stylin’ Zephyr Lodge
Sleep: The ski-in, ski-out Constellation Residences for supreme luxury, butler service, and privileges at Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe, only a skybridge away

Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort

The Scene: Big mountain riding, 300 days of sunshine, longest season
What’s New: Mammoth bought Big Bear Resort and Snow Summit for $38 mil. Ski all four resorts with the Cali4nia Pass ($999).
Good Eats: Mammoth Tavern for gastropub fare, craft brews
Sleep: Village Lodge for its location near the gondola

Colorado

Game Creek

Vail

The Scene: Epic back bowls, a charming Euro-style village, and international crowd
What’s New: Décimo, a nightclub at 10,250 feet on Vail Mountain, with bottle service
Good Eats: Snowcat over to the chalet known as Game Creek Restaurant for lobster bisque, elk, and pear sticky toffee pudding
Sleep: The iconic Lodge at Vail just underwent a reno

Beaver Creek

The Scene: Family-friendly, luxury skiing, and World Cup Ski Racing events
What’s New: A rad, first-of-its-kind, high-speed lift that alternates 10-person gondola cabins and six-seater chairs
Good Eats: The Beaver Creek Food & Wine Weekend (January 22–25) with A-list guest chefs
Sleep: The Osprey at Beaver Creek, the closest hotel to a chairlift in North America  

Utah

Park City

The Scene: Champagne powder, Old West saloons, and friendly folk
What’s New: Ski Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort on the same day, as Vail Resorts now owns both
Good Eats: Handle reigns as the culinary hotpot for New American small plates and zinger craft cocktails  
Sleep: Canyons lodges (Grand Summit, Silverado, and Sundial) are part of the California Canyons Getaway, offering noon check-in, free skiing on arrival day, and three nights for the price of two.

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