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I Was a Spa Virgin

FROM A CERTAIN ANGLE, Red Mountain Spa, on the outskirts of St. George, Utah, looks like a desert village from the original Star Wars—a 55-acre cluster of adobe buildings and geodesic domes...

Metro Essential

Exhale Mindbody Spa, New York Tone your mind and muscles with a Core-Fusion class—60 invigorating minutes of stretching, Pilates, and yoga. PRICE: $30. CONTACT: 212-249...

Hawaii 911

Neophyte surfers cowed by the Pacific's powerful crush will find comfort in the collective résumé of the 25 teachers at Oahu's Hawaiian Fire Surf School: They're Honolulu firefighters...

Steals & New Trips

STEEP AND CHEAP From December 6 to April 4, Teton Mountain Lodge is offering the appropriately named Skier's Dream package. Starting at $550 per person (based on double occupancy), two...

Where to Ski Right Now

Q: Can you tell me which ski areas open the earliest? Would it be worth making a trip to snag some early turns or am I better off waiting? — Heidi Hagemeier,

Go Like a Pro

PRICE: $572 1. Cross-Country Ski Snow Mountain Ranch, COLORADO THE DEAL: Kick and glide for a week along 60 miles of groomed nordic trails near Fraser, Colorado....

Say When

11/03 NOV=HAWAII In the quiet weeks before the holidays, save 10 percent or more on airfare and lodging. Example: A one-bedroom oceanfront condo at Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation ...

Snow Much Fun

Alta Ski Area and Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Utah 801-742-3333, www.alta.com 800-232-9542,

Snow Much Fun

Jay Peak, Vermont 800-451-4449, www.jaypeakresort.com If you’re looking for powder east of the Mississippi, Jay...

Snow Much Fun

Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico 505-776-2291, www.skitaos.org Taos is a four-letter word for steep: More than half of the...

Snowshoeing: Stepping out in the Sawtooths

We stopped at a boulder below the saddle of 10,229-foot Heyburn Mountain as early-May sunshine broke past the ridge and washed over us: three backcountry skiers on a mission to schuss the wild...

Desert Hiking

Q: Now that fall is here we're thinking of taking a backpacking trip through the desert. Any hints on where we should go? What about day hikes? — Nicole Frisbee,...

Back in the Crosshairs

HANCE CLAYTON has his wolf traps ready. "Snares work best, but you can use spring traps, too," says Clayton, a 60-year-old fur trapper who has taken wolves in Alaska and catches bobcats, coyotes...

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