If Richard Branson were to build an igloo, it might look something like Montreal’s Snow Village, which is constructed entirely of 10-foot-thick snow walls and located in Jean-Drapeau Park, an island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. Temperatures hover around 20 degrees in the 25-room hotel, pub, and restaurant, where you can sip wine in a fur-draped ice chair while dining on elk stew and caviar. By day, drive an hour to Mont Saint-Sauveur for downhill laps through the trees and natural jumps on Sous-Bois, one of the mountain’s most challenging runs (lift ticket, $53). Back at your frosty digs, order up a nightcap at the ice bar before getting some rest in your private room (think Superman’s boudoir in the Fortress of Solitude). And be grateful for the toasty, minus-22-degree-rated Mountain Hardwear sleeping bag and Literie Laurier mattress (from $159 per person).
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