Vacation ideas

Comparing Chile’s iconic ski resorts: Valle Nevado and Portillo 

50 lifts, 100 trails and 7,000 acres make up Valle Nevado's Three Valleys ski area | Photo: Morten, Valle Nevado

To a North America skier, a Chilean ski vacation is otherworldly. Ski resorts are set high in the Andes, above treeline and surrounded by dramatic ridge lines where condors hover and sunsets splash vibrant hues against snowfields. If you’re considering a Chilean ski vacation, read this guide comparing two of the most iconic ski resorts: Valle Nevado […]

Top 8 winter ailments and their spring-skiing remedies 

Part of Steamboat's Springalicious festival, the Cardboard Classic is a quirky competition that is as much fun to watch as it is to participate.  | 
Photo: Larry Pierce/Steamboat

In’s quest to cure the winter blues, we polled skiers and found that those who haven’t enjoyed enough turns this season suffer from a myriad of winter ailments. Ranging from dry skin to taxes, deprived skiers lodged thousands of seasonal complaints. Overall, skiers report they are working too much, skiing too little and not ready for the season to […]

Who will fest the best at Breck Spring Fever 2015? 

Spring Fever Park Jam

It’s no secret that Breckenridge offers spring skiers great late-season conditions and an abundance of soul-warming, smile-producing Colorado sunshine. It’s definitely a top destination if great weather and fresh snow are high on your spring-skiing must-haves, but what makes Breckenridge exceptional during the spring is its month-long event and concert festival, Spring Fever. From March 11 […]

Top spring events in 2015 

Aspen Snowmass spring jam top spring events

Winter isn’t over, yet. But our second-favorite season is just around the corner. It’s 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 this year we compiled a list of […]

Telluride superlatives | two sunny days in the San Juans 

Telluride ski resort

Most of us skiers and snowboarders have a favorite ski resort that ticks all the boxes. Whether it’s top-ten destination or just our hometown hill, we use these favorite ski resorts to compare all other experiences against. Telluride tops my list as “the best” ski resort in many categories. After spending a sunny weekend in the San […]

Perfect storm on Powder Highway: new snow, cheap gas + strong U.S. $ 

Powder Highway

For U.S. residents, the time is nigh to make that trip to interior British Columbia’s snow-magnet region, the Powder Highway. It seems the perfect combination of a lot of new snow, a beneficial exchange rate and low oil prices have aligned to make it a great time to go on a ski trip to Canada. Within […]

5 days in Breckenridge: A spring break guide 

Breckenridge Peak 6

If you are sick of shoveling snow and putting up with bitter cold temps and gray skies, it’s time you booked a ski trip to Breckenridge, Colorado, the spring break capitol of Ski Country. During the months of March and April, Breckenridge is the ultimate destination for skiers and snowboarders seeking warm sunshine, great late-season […]

5 days in Aspen Snowmass: A first-timer’s guide 

Beginner's Magic Snowmass, Elk Camp Meadows, beginner skiing

Few ski destinations deliver extraordinary experiences for every stripe of skier and snowboarder, but Aspen Snowmass, a single resort with four ski areas accessible via one lift ticket, does just that. While more experienced skiers and snowboarders tend to flock to Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass are the perfect areas for beginners […]

Top ski resorts for perfect corduroy 

Whistler corduroy

Each ski season shapes up differently with varying storm tracks and snowfall, and for those who don’t live in a ski resort, this unpredictability can cause a lot of pre-trip anxiety. The good news is ski resorts today have excellent grooming and snowmaking systems to ensure your skiing surface is predictably smooth and silky. While […]

5 reasons Aspen Snowmass is a great place to learn to ski 

Aspen Snowmass ski instructors provide mountain awareness.

First impressions are critical, which makes choosing the best ski resort when learning to ski that much more important. The whole experience, from finding the ski school meeting place and riding the chairlift for the first time to accomplishing your first turns, contributes to how much you will enjoy skiing or snowboarding in the long […]

7-day culinary ski trip in the Italian Alps 

Courmayeur, Mont Blanc, Monte Bianco, Courmayeur Italy

If you have been to all the major ski resorts time and time again and are looking for an out-of-the-box ski experience this winter, look no further than Danny Boome Gastronauts’ Italian Adventure, presented by This unique culinary ski trip to the Italian Alps combines skiing with wine tastings and cooking demonstrations with some […]

8 things we love about ski vacations 

Revelstoke Chris Rubens

With eight days left in 2014, we’re reflecting on all the things we love about ski vacations, from the giddy anticipation you feel prior to your trip to the powder-day payoffs. The act of packing up, traveling to your favorite ski resort and indulging in a few days of pure fun is why we do […]