North & Central America

Eastern Rising

Jay Peak claims the most snow of any eastern mountain, famously hairy terrain, and a liberal off-piste policy. The only problem: there hasn’t been...

Art of Flight

As a general rule, the farther you get from civilization, the better the heli-skiing is. By that calculus, it’s tough to beat Bearpaw Heli-Skiing...

Sundance Splurge

What recession? The 220 rooms in this absurdly luxurious hotel, which opened last winter, are outfitted with gas fireplaces and balconies that offer views stretching 35 miles to the Wyoming...

Berkshire Beauty

Bostonians flock to the Berkshires in summer, but in winter the region is overlooked. Which is fine by the locals, who cross-country-ski and snowshoe over rolling hills and hit the mellow slopes...

Ski-to Paradise

One advantage of the approach to this backcountry lodge—a five-mile, 2,000-vertical-foot ski route—is that it weeds out the riffraff. Not that there’s much competition for...

Teton Sidecountry

The only thing more challenging than skiing Jackson Hole’s gnarly terrain can be finding a good deal on lodging. One solution is the Rock Springs Yurt,...

Out of Bounds

This one’s not for weekend warriors. Located 140 miles southeast of Fairbanks, in the middle of the Alaska Range, the three-year-old Lodge at Black...

All-Ages Show

A 5,100-acre playground outside Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, Snow Mountain Ranch is best described as a year-round camp where grown-ups are...

High Road

When Larry Dolecki started guiding the Icefall Traverse last season, he billed it as the Canadian Haute Route, with one striking difference: it’s utterly...

The 9 Best Adventure Lodges of 2012

From Jay Peak in Vermont to the Alaska Range, we round up nine cozy winter lodges that put you slopeside for La Niña's best powder dumps....

Best Backcountry School

Ski mountaineer Chris Davenport's Real Aspen Extreme camp teaches advanced skiers backcountry skills in a three-day progression: (1) ski the steeps at Aspen Highlands; (2) hike into the...

Best Family Resorts

Best Terrain for Young Jibbers: Smugglers’ Notch, VermontThis season, the mountain teamed up with Burton Snowboards to develop Riglet Park. Specifically designed for...

Best Deals on the Mountain

Alyeska, AlaskaThe Ski Alaska package includes four nights of lodging, three days of lift tickets, and breakfast. $399 per person;

Best Heli-Skiing

"It's like skiing something in Alaska—big terrain, long and steep, and the guides are really good."—Ingrid Backstrom, who appears in this year's Attack of La Niñ...

Best Rest-Day Activities

"I hook up with Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures, a small, rowdy outfitter. You're still skiing pow, but it's springtime in the valley. During down days I go fishing and crabbing."...

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