There comes a time in the cold, dark days when everyone wants to talk about/plan/enjoy a ski vacation. But I don't ski, you might think as you side-eye the weirdos who are willing to pile on approximately 134 lbs. of clothing to go to the top of a mountain and hurl themselves down it using sticks and some plastic 2x4s. But—book the ticket. We'll show you where and why.More
Where: Grand Domain, France
Why it's perfect for skiiers and non-skiiers: Club Med is pretty much the pioneer of the "all-inclusive" concept, so essentially everything is taken care of through them—airfare, transportation, dining, lift tickets (ha!), and more, making it actually more affordable than you think. Skiing enthusiasts will love the amazing runs and instructors ready to help take their skills to the next level. You'll love the beautiful views of the Alps, quaint French village excursions, Turkish baths, spas, saunas...you get the gist. You can also tack on a city stop in Paris, so, yeah. Book it.
Where: Vail, CO
Why it's perfect for skiiers and non-skiiers: First, it's the Four Seasons. Second, it's Vail. All the usual ski amenities are top-notch, while the 5-star spa can't be missed. Feeling adventurous? You can head up to one of the region's legendary "fourteeners" (mountain peaks that exceed 14,000 feet) during an exclusive two-day adventure led by the local outdoor experts of Paragon Guides. Accompanied by llamas that carry gear and food, you'll journey to 11,000 feet to set up camp and enjoy a gourmet meal prepared by the resort's chefs. (Casual.) After spending the night in characteristic Four Seasons comfort, you'll embark for the summit of Mount of the Holy Cross. Or take it easy and grab a complimentary Mercedes to tour the city, or sip mulled cider at the pool bar as you chill (warm?) in the heated water. Book it.