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.
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.
Where: Incline Village, NV
Why it's perfect for skiiers and non-skiiers: Sure, you can take a free ski shuttle and hit the slopes...or you could hit the casino, head to the Stillwater Spa, rent a snowmobile and explore the Tahoe National Forest, then make it back for s'mores and some relaxing in the hot tub. Book it.
Where: Manchester, VT
Why it's perfect for skiiers and non-skiiers: In the heart of the Green Mountains, the Kimpton Taconic is located near two award-winning ski resorts—Bromley and Stratton. But if that's not your jam, you can hit up the nearby outlets, enjoy a cozy cocktail by the fireplace, go snowshoeing, or even sleigh riding. Grab some delish food at The Copper Grouse and unwind with a glass of wine. Then do it all again the next day. Book it.
Where: Gallatin Gateway, MT
Why it's perfect for skiiers and non-skiiers: A favorite getaway for celebs like Kourtney Kardashian and Shay Mitchell, this dude ranch is in the heart of Big Sky, Montana—just 18 miles away from Yellowstone. The ranch boasts 85 kms of the best Nordic trails in the country for cross-country skiing, plus it's close to Big Sky Resort, where skiers can really let loose. You? You can unwind in your amazing cabin (next to the fireplace, preferably), before heading out on a horse-drawn sleigh ride to dinner. No joke. Book it.
Where: Bretton Woods, NH
Why it's perfect for skiiers and non-skiiers: Located in the largest ski area in New Hampshire, skiers are guaranteed a great time—especially with complimentary lift tickets. If you're not into skiing, you can keep active by taking a mountain bike through the snow with Omni Mount Washington's new Fat Bikes and biking trails. You can also go winter zip-lining via the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour—one of the largest zip lines in New England—or go ice climbing on frozen waterfalls, enjoy a snow shoeing excursion, and more. Finish the day by sipping on Omni Mount Washington's exclusive bourbon blend, the Mount Washington Woodford Reserve II, an exclusive bourbon created for the resort featuring subtle tones of brown sugar, maple, and vanilla. Book it.
Where: Jackson, WY
Why it's perfect for skiiers and non-skiiers: While the skiers in your group (should you have any) head to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (JHMR), continually ranked as one of the best ski resorts in the world, you can bask in luxury at the ranch amidst spectacular Teton Mountain views. On the agenda? Bespoke dawn and dusk wildlife safaris (truly), sleigh rides to the National Elk Refuge, dog sledding, snow coach tours, and snowmobiling. After a day of action, unwind at The Wilderness Adventure Spa at Spring Creek Ranch with a Teton Forest Massage. (Yes. All the yeses.) Book it.
Where: Aspen, CO
Why it's perfect for skiiers and non-skiiers: Located at the base of the Aspen Mountains, you're perfectly set up for skiing, snowboarding, and more. Skipping the slopes? Try winter fly-fishing, snowmobiling, or other winter activities before planting yourself in front of the fireplace with live music and a cocktail. You can also join their afternoon tea service or book a stay at the spa. Soon, the resort will feature access to the Snow Polo Championship, where you can take in the game (and grab a drink). Book it.