Vacation ideas

Why you should spend your tax refund on a ski trip 

Jackson Hole

According to the IRS, the average tax refund for 2016 is $2,860*, which is a nice chunk of change to put towards an unforgettable ski trip in 2017-18 or even this summer in South America. We know you have many choices when it comes to deciding what you’ll do with your tax return, but as […]

Winter Park ski train service may expand next season 

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The Denver Business Journal reported that about 18,000 people rode the Denver to Winter Park ski train this year, which exceeded expectations. Now, officials are in talks to expand that service. “Amtrak and Winter Park executives are meeting in Denver this week to talk about possibly expanding the service, which currently runs Saturdays and Sundays […]

How to harness 70s style on the slopes this spring 

70s ski gear

With the advent of modern technology like rockered skis, heated gondolas with wi-fi and technical outerwear customized for a variety of weather conditions, it’s hard to say that any time other now was the best time to be a skier. But, there’s something really awesome about having lived and skied through the “early days.” In […]

How to conquer closing day 

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That bittersweet time of year is upon us once again. Closing day marks the end of another awesome winter, which is cause to mourn the passing season and celebrate it. Most resorts host friendly competitions and/or base-area concerts and dance parties—often beer-enhanced. From costumes to throw-back-style skiing, participants in end-of-season revelry also have a range […]

2 days in Vancouver, B.C.: the ultimate Whistler tack-on trip 

Vancouver Skyline. Vancouver, BC, Vancouver BC, Vancouver British Columbia

Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Albert Normandin Travel + Leisure rated Vancouver, British Columbia one of the “Best Cities in North America,” and for good reason. It’s an incredible melting pot of Asian, European and Native (First Nation) cultures, all of which are evident in the city’s modern and historic building, shops and restaurants. Moreover, this coastal […]

Top 2017 spring events at North American ski resorts 

Aspen Snowmass spring jam top spring events

Winter isn’t over, yet, but our second-favorite season is just around the corner. Soon, it will be time to slather on the Zinka, break out the retro ski gear and celebrate spring! From your hometown hill to top-ten destinations, all ski resorts host spring-skiing celebrations. We know you’re a discerning bunch, so we compiled a list […]

5 reasons why March is the best time to learn to ski 

Buttermilk's Cliff House is a sun-basker's paradise. | Photo: Aspen Snowmass

Photo: Aspen Snowmass As skiers and riders, we know the first time on the snow is a monumental, defining moment. There’s a lot that goes into making your preliminary experience a good one, but the main assurances are having comfortable equipment rentals, an awesome instructor and ideal weather. You can have a good deal of […]

Whistler Blackcomb relationship goals 

Julia Murray and James McSkimming overlook Burnt Stew Basin and the Symphony Chair on Whistler Mountain

Featuring scenic skylines and world-class restaurants perfect for canoodling, a Whistler Blackcomb ski trip is one of the most romantic you can take. But, a couple’s ski vacation is obviously much more than snowy evening walks and blissful hot tub sessions—they’re all about skiing! Many of us have learned over the years that the actual […]

Top women’s ski and snowboard camps 

Telluride Women's Ski & Wellness Week 2017

Almost all major ski resorts offer women’s-specific ski camps and clinics and for good reason. They’re popular! These programs foster camaraderie and provide a positive, supportive environment for women to tackle technique or terrain that is entirely new or brush up on old skills. Here’s a roundup of the best women’s ski and snowboard clinics […]

5 ski resorts with reliable early season snow 

Mammoth early season, Mammoth El Nino, Mammoth opening dates

If you can’t wait for North America’s ski season to start, you’ll want to read about this! Not all snowy regions are created equal. Some ski resorts open earlier and have better early season conditions thanks to strong October and November storm tracks, higher elevations and superior snow-making systems. Of course there’s no way to […]

Colorado ski resorts extend closing day 

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Thanks to an extra 1.5-plus-feet snow in the last week at many Colorado resorts, extended-season announcements are starting to trickle in. Aspen Snowmass, Copper Mountain and Vail are among the first to report the good news, but we anticipate more announcements to come. Here are some more details on extended and closing-day dates. Aspen Highlands | […]

The best ski towns for dining in North America 

Ajax Tavern

For many travelers, enjoying good food in a new place is a hallmark of vacationing. Skiers and snowboarders who appreciate high-quality nosh don’t have to sacrifice their love of the mountains to their love of dining at these North American resorts: Aspen, CO Home to 100-plus restaurants and the Food & Wine classic for more […]