The Home Stretch
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The Four Seasons Jackson Hole, which opened last year and is the chain's first hotel in snow country, does everything for its guests except ski: Attendants bring complimentary heated robes and towels, hot chocolate, and s'mores to the outdoor, geothermal-style Jacuzzis and heated swimming pools. The ski concierge provides custom boot fittings, outfits guests with the latest Atomic or Salomon gear, arranges lift tickets and guiding services, and tunes and stores your equipment. Meanwhile, you're going to want to permanently relocate to one of the 550-square-foot rooms, which come with a fireplace, broadband, and twice-daily maid service. One minor glitch: The morning hike to Jackson's fastest lift, the Bridger Gondola, requires about 20 steps. What are wemountain goats? Doubles, $350 to $450; 800-295-5281, www.fourseasons.com/jacksonhole
When you're sore, there's nothing like TEN THOUSAND WAVES JAPANESE HEALTH SPA's Thai Massage: This 85-minute mix of tough-love stretching and chiropractic tweaking will twist, fold, and manipulate every last mogul from your weary legs. Ten Thousand Waves' 12-room, 21-acre complex is also the closest lodging to Ski Santa Fe, just northeast of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Thai massage, $139; doubles, $190$260; 505-982-9304, www.tenthousandwaves.com John Bradley
"Idaho's time has come," says Jean-Pierre Boespflug, the developer behind TAMARACK RESORT, the first U.S. ski destination under construction in more than 20 years. Investors are lining up: 104 of the resort's 2,043 properties went for a total of $46 million last January, and 64 more sold out in June, netting $33 million in one day. Ninety miles north of Boise, the $1.5 billion, 3,600-acre "mountain, meadow, and lake" resortslated for completion by 2019will officially open in December and will eventually offer 2,800 vertical feet of alpine skiing. Up next, a January sale of 93 lots, homes, condominiums, and chalets. "How often do you have a chance to buy a ski-in/ski-out lot in the West?" asks Tamarack property owner Joe Gregory. "Never." Andrea Vogt