After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, plan a cool getaway—mountain cool, that is. Whether you’re skiing, snowboarding or just absorbing the views of alpine splendor while sipping a spiked hot chocolate, here are the latest winter resort updates.
Australia and More: Vail Resorts’ Epic Season Pass
The season pass goes international by including Australia’s Perisher Ski Resort, giving pass-holders the freedom to enjoy skiing year-round. In addition to Australia, the pass includes skiing in Colorado’s Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin resorts; Utah’s Park City and Canyons resorts; Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood resorts; Minnesota’s Afton Alps resort and Michigan’s Mt. Brighton resort; snow.com/epic-pass.aspx or 866.486.3417.
Salt Lake City: Ski City Super Pass
Salt Lake City is famously called Ski City because of its close proximity to four of America’s top winter resorts—Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude. The Ski City Super Pass provides access to one of the four. Alternatively, opt for the “Have A Day On Us” package that offers a free day of skiing when booking three or more nights. The slopes are just a 30-minute drive from Utah’s capital city, a vibrant downtown and an ideal base camp with more than 1,700 restaurants, 140 bars and 19 unique neighborhoods; visitsaltlake.com or 800.541.4955.
Keystone, Colorado: Keystone’s Kids Ski Free Program
This program is the best deal for families. A true rarity, ages 12 and younger ski for free, every day, all season long. In addition, the resort offers “Camp Keystone Kidtopia,” which includes the giant snowball launch, a Bigfoot adventure walk, cupcakes and canvases and more; keystoneresort.com or 866.736.8548.
Breckenridge, Colorado: Women’s Ski Week
As a new initiative to get more women on the mountain, Breckenridge is launching Women’s Ski Week from Feb. 12-21. In addition, the resort features “Women and Wine,” a ski lesson followed by a complimentary glass of wine, and “Women’s Ultimate 4,” ski lessons that allows up to four women per class; womensskiweek.com or 888.200.9081.
St. Moritz, Switzerland: Glacier Express
Always the “in” hot spot of the chic mountain world, the new Glacier Express takes guests from The Carlton Hotel in St. Moritz to The Chedi Hotel in Andermatt. The legendary train journey, which traverses through the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Europe’s spectacular alpine scenery, offers a panoramic trip through hundreds of bridges and tunnels along pristine mountain landscapes; carlton-stmoritz.ch/en, lhw.com or 800.745.8883.