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To Ski or Après Ski?

The answer is yes, duh. To both.

Good powder is only one of the factors determining where you should take your skis this winter. Book a hot hotel, and you’ll be tempted to hole up — even when the snow is perfect.

Whistler, British Columbia
First Glance: Home to North America’s most impressive slopes, its largest drop (5,280 feet), and 8,171 skiable acres. You’ll never feel crowded, not even in peak season.
Double Take: Adara, Whistler’s first boutique hotel, caters to the young and hip with spa-like bathrooms and sleek floating fireplaces.

alp-oh! Courchevel, French Alps
First Glance:
Go for some of the best — and most exclusive — snow in the world. (Cue Euro royals.) The famed Three Valleys will leave you breathless.
Double Take: Luxury feels a lot more luxurious at the newly renovated Hotel de Charme Les Airelles, where the massive spa is a whole other winter wonderland, with a snow cave, waterfalls, and soundproof shower booths.

jackson rocks!Jackson Hole, Wyoming
First Glance:
The Tetons are calling with an average of 459 inches of snow a year and three ski areas (Jackson Hole, Snow King, and Targhee). The Wild West has never looked better.
Double Take: Yeah, Amangani is amangorgeous, but we like to kick up our tired feet at Rusty Parrot Lodge & Spa, which has cozy rooms and the best free breakfast ever.

heidi lives here! Alta Badia, Italy
First Glance:
Snow and sun go hand in hand, making this the perfect place for intermediate skiers. They say the Dolomites are Europe’s most underrated mountains. Go, and be glad that also means underpopulated.
Double Take: A night at family-run Rosa Alpina hotel will make you want to rip up your return ticket. Every newly appointed room has a different decor, and each is too pretty to leave.

you could ski here!Telluride, Colorado
First Glance: Colorado’s finest ski resort is nestled amid the largest concentration of 14,000-foot peaks in North America, delivering 300 inches of snow and 300 days of sunshine per year. Uncrowded slopes and lifts make for excellently private skiing. Even more exclusive is nearby Silverton, where the best skiers go for backcountry magic.
Double Take: Unpretentious and amazing, Inn at Lost Creek sits at the base of the main lift, for immediate access to the fresh powder. Revive with a buffalo sirloin at its 9545 Restaurant.

so pretty!McCall, Idaho
First Glance:
A lakeside winter wonderland near Tamarack (America’s newest ski resort) and Brundage Moutain, it’s got amazing Nordic and Alpine skiing and enviable snowmobiling and snowshoeing for nonshushers.
Double Take: Whitetail Club & Resort, on Payette Lake, combines the exclusivity of a private club with the service of a five-star hotel. Hello, 900-thread-count sheets; hello, 45-seat private movie theater.