North & Central America

Adventure Never Felt So Good

5. Mountain Trek Retreat and Health Spa Ainsworth Hot Springs, British Columbia THE VIBE: With a staff-to-guest ratio of more than two to one (only 14 guests are allowed at a...

Adventure Never Felt So Good

6. Double Eagle Resort June Lake, California THE VIBE: Hero worshipers, take note: During last winter's American Snowboard Tour at June Mountain, you were more likely to spot...

Adventure Never Felt So Good

7. The Hills Health Ranch 100 Mile House, British Columbia THE VIBE: The Hills Health Ranch, in south-central B.C.'s Cariboo district, is a self-contained adventure nation: 1...

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....

Go Like a Pro

PRICE: $694 4. Spring-Ski Whistler, BRITISH COLUMBIA THE DEAL: Crash for five nights in a cushy queen-size bed next to a glowing fireplace at the three-star...

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 ...

The Trip Fantastic

RENT YOUR OWN TROPICAL ISLAND The Impossible Dream: Necker Island, British Virgin Islands Cost: $22,500-$36,000 per day, all-inclusive. You Get: a staff-to-guest...

The Best Little Backcountry Hut in Canada

The call came on Tuesday. A friend had to bail from a trip to the Bill Putnam Hut, a helicopter-accessed ski cabin of near-mythic fame in eastern British Columbia. The catch? I had to leave on...

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