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Cold, Snowy (North) American Winter

Dec 01, 2015 02:48PM ● Published by Dia

Choosing a ski resort for this year’s obligatory winter vacation can be a daunting task. With so many to sort through, it’s hard to decide where to book. You can narrow your list by myriad of attributes and amenities, or you can add another box to check off: festivities. The following three resorts in North America have more to offer than just fresh snow and hot cocoa moments.

Ski Like a Champion

Home to the only men’s World Cup stop in the United States, Beaver Creek Ski Resort hosts the 

 Birds of Prey competition each year. For serious ski enthusiasts looking for an adventure to observe from afar, this event, which takes place December 4-6 this year, is sure to meet your vicarious needs. Want to dig your own skis into the powder at Beaver Creek? With 1,832 acres, the resort offers a few surprises. In addition to the 150 different trails, skiers can find fresh-powdered ski “stashes” throughout the terrain. But if you’d like to take the path most traveled, you won’t have to worry about sloppy snow. Groomers work all night to ensure groomed trails stay fresh. BeaverCreek.com

Looking for luxury lodging at Beaver Creek? The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain has a long amenity list offered on site, and ski activity assistance to boot. Let the onsite ski shop provide overnight tune-ups and waxing for your equipment. Left the house in a hurried rush for the airport? You have the ability to rent skis, snowboards and other necessary accessories such as helmets at the ski shop as well. Pair these resources with classes for ages three and up, and your family is ready to hit the slopes.

Two things can motivate guests when it comes to taking advantage of the onsite spa, Anjali. Number one: Skiers can attest to worn-out arms and legs—the sport can be rough on the body. Number two: Maybe you’ve discovered skiing isn’t your forte. Retreating to Spa Anjali for the Rocky Mountain, Alpen or Himalayan experience, those wishing to relax and rejuvenate have a world of pampering possibilities at their fingertips. WestinRiverfrontBeaverCreek.com 

Santa Meet and Greet

Imagine hitting the slopes with none other than the big man in the red suit himself. That’s right. Santa is leaving his sled and reindeer behind to visit the Park City Ski Resort in Utah mid December through early January. The new, 16-day festival DecemberFest will include morning and après musical acts, village entertainers, a resort tree-lighting ceremony and more. Not impressed with theatrics? These numbers might appeal to your conventional side. With more than 7,300 acres, more than 300 trails, 38 lifts, seven terrain parks, 14 bowls, six natural half pipes, one super pipe and one mini pipe, Park City is considered the largest ski area in the United States. ParkCityMountain.com 

  Why rent a cabin when you can reserve a suite at the Waldorf Astoria Park City? With accommodations ranging in size from a small city apartment (350 square feet) to a quaint suburban home (2,100 square feet), leave roughing it to the less traveled and enjoy amenities such as your own personal fireplace and kitchenettes. The resort suites are made to accommodate skiers, snowboarders and snow-shoers alike. Because the one thing all three guests have in common? After a long day on the slopes or the backcountry trails of the Wasatch Mountains, their bodies are in need of rest. WaldorfAstoria3.Hilton.com 

Celebrity Sightings

One of Canada’s leading film festivals, the 15th Annual Whistler Film Festival at Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort in Canada takes place in early December. The event will feature more than 80 innovative and original films from around the world. You’ll also have opportunities to meet the people behind the scenes of each film. Think of it as Cannes, only much colder, and your free time will be filled with action-packed skiing rather than toasting cocktails.

But you didn’t just come for the dinner and a movie experience, right? There has to be a ski-worthy redeeming quality about Whistler Blackcomb. How about this? Whistler Blackcomb features two side-by-side mountains, each one a mile high. Connected by the Guinness World Record-holding PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, the two mountains offer enough terrain—8,171 acres to be exact—for all types of winter activities. There are chutes, steeps, cliffs and bowls for skiers and snowboarders of all ages. WhistlerBlackcomb.com

“Specialty rubs—made for steaks not the spa—can make all your carnivorous dreams come true at the Four Seasons Whistler Sidecut Modern Steak + Bar. While choosing the best lodging for your winter resort vacation, it’s just as important to consider cuisine as it is to weigh your fitness center and spa options. Executive Chef Eren Guryel serves up a variety of regional meats, including Canadian prime beef from Alberta. Prefer surf to turf? Chef Eren uses using locally sourced Queen Charlotte Sound halibut or wild Chinook salmon. FourSeasons.com   

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