Suit up for another day of French fries/pizza-style skiing on the bunny slopes while the rest of the over-6 crowd shreds the black diamond trails? Not a snowball’s chance. Which is not to say you can’t have fun in the snow. Just pack your mittens — it gets mighty cold in the sleigh.
Fork It Over
Sure, expertly guided no-lift-ticket/no-lines concierge alpine skiing in Steamboat Springs is tempting, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg at The Lodge and Spa at Three Forks Ranch. Already a spring- and summertime destination for world-class fly-fishing, the luxe-appointed, fifteen-room lodge on the Wyoming/Colorado border organizes an activity-packed winter season. In between massages at the serene spa and drinks in the handsome Middle Fork Lounge, mush your dogsled team along the Little Snake River or speed things up snowmobiling. After all, 200,000 majestic acres can’t be wrong.
In the Haus
It’s easy to let the days go whooshing by at newish Tram Haus Lodge at Jay Peak Resort in Vermont. Chow down at Aroma cafe, Tower Bar, and Alice’s Table restaurant. Take it slow: Rent an ice fishing shanty on Lake Memphremagog. Get help from Captain Randy and Captain Gil; the Bronzeback Guide “guarantees fish.” Lament the ones who got away over beers at Long Trail Brewing Co.
Rock and Roll
Before The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana makes its big debut in May, use its soft opening to get acquainted with The Granite Lodge (where a third of the Western-themed guest rooms are located) and its Great Room (where you’ll relax fireside after a cocoa-making class), Silver Dollar Saloon (where you’ll bowl strikes at the four-lane alley), and the spa (where you know what happens). If you must head outdoors, a sleigh ride through Big Sky Country with hot toddy in hand will more than suffice.
Winter adventures can be a Mammoth undertaking. Historic Tamarack Lodge and Resort on the shores of Twin Lakes opened its first LEED-certified cabin. Get the group settled into the three-bedroom digs (complete with stocked kitchen), then strap on snowshoes for naturalist tours through the Eastern Sierras, free on Fridays and Saturdays through April and at night, full moon permitting.
Cruise past Park City in Utah to the new St. Regis Deer Crest Resort in Deer Valley. You’ll know you’re there when you hit Ski Beach (with snacks from Jean-Georges Vongerichten) and warm your toes by the 40-foot wall of fire, the perfect place to retire after a long (or short) day of snow tubing. Yep, even more perfect than the 14,000-square-foot (damn!) Remede Spa.
Hearthy Har Har
Weatherman predicting a blizzard? You’re not going anywhere. Warm up Tcho drinking chocolate while the fireplace gets roaring. If your mantle is just for looks, Space NK’s Smoldering Embers candle should do the olfactory trick. Curl up with an Ashley Thayer quilt and a good book (like Andrew Porter’s The Theory of Light and Matter).
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
Book your winter getaway with DailyCandy’s Travel Desk at blacktomato.co.uk.
Photos: Courtesy of The Lodge and Spa at Three Forks Ranch (2); The Ranch at Rock Creek; Tamarack Lodge and Resort; St. Regis Deer Crest Resort; Tcho.