New Year's Destinations: Ski to Live

No one said your New Year’s resolutions had to feel like punishment. Jump-start 2013 with one of these seven spirit-recharging escapes.

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Kristen Ulmer, founder of Ski to Live.     Photo: Re Wikstrom

ALTA, UTAH
In the 1990s, professional skier Kristen Ulmer got plenty of attention crushing moguls, stomping 70-foot cliffs, and, in one memorable off-snow antic, riding a mechanical insect at Burning Man in thigh-high boots. Now the 46-year-old Utahan runs ski camps as colorful as her outfits. Held on the powder-piled steeps of snowboard-free Alta, the three-day Ski to Live clinic is deeply mental—a combination of role playing and slope time that improves your skills by making you aware of your mindset. Always ski in the backseat? “That’s probably the voice of fear,” Ulmer says. During full days on double blacks off Alta’s High Traverse (and working greens like Dipsy Doodle) and in daily two-hour sessions off the hill, Ulmer’s skiers explore what’s holding them back by adopting the “voice” of the more confident skier they hope to become. Sounds hokey—until you try it. Then any doubt turns into face shots and euphoria. Stay slopeside at Alta’s Rustler Lodge and try your voice of gluttony on a goat cheese torte (from $150 for dorm accommodations). January 11–13, February 8–10, or March 29–31; $550, hotel, lift tickets, and meals not included.

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