Best New Lift

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole shakedown

Jackson Hole shakedown    Photo: Price Chambers/AP

Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole

Skiing Jackson's upper mountain—home to its famous steeps and stashes—has always required descending all 4,139 vertical feet to the village tram dock. Now the new Marmot lift, which starts one-third of the way up, allows skiers quick laps on Casper Bowl, a series of 40-degree open shots and powder pillows that generally ski best in January. Of course, less lift time means less rest, which is why we recommend you treat yourself to a night at the fashionably green Hotel Terra (doubles from $319; Refuel with the fiery yellow beef curry at Teton Thai. Smart Idea: Enroll your kids in the TGR Fall Line Camp, where pro freeskiers like Dash Long teach groms how to install a helmet cam and go big. (December 29-31; $645, including lift tickets and lunch).

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