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Spa and Ski the Swiss Alps at Grand Hotel Bellevue, Gstaad

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Gstaadt, SwitzerlandAs far as Swiss villages go, Gstaadt-- surrounded by some of the finest Alpine scenery in the southwest of the country-- fits the bill for picturesque perfection. A mecca for the international jetset, Gstaadt offers a plethora of wintertime activities and spectacular skiing with some 60 lifts. The place to stay is the Grand Hotel Bellevue, a world-class luxury hotel beloved for its spa, restaurant, and Porsche Club. The 52-room hotel has been delighting guests since 1912 because the dedicated staff "lives and breathes hospitality." Book the Spring Special and you can round off your day's skiing with a pampering treatment at the spa followed by an indulgent meal. Priced from CHF 890 per person and valid from March 8- May 31, 2009, the 3-night Spa and Ski Break includes accommodations, daily breakfast buffet, one gourmet dinner at the Prado Restaurant, two dinners at the Brasserie Coelho, unlimited access to the Bellevue Spa, daily work-out lessons, one Décleor Beauty Face treatment for her, one Bellevue Gold Massage for him, sauna ceremonies with culinary surprises, and roundtrip transfers to the train station.

Let the Games Begin: Free Night at Fairmont Chateau Whistler

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Chateau WhistlerIt's little wonder why Whistler is hosting the ski events for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The resort boasts North America's best snow (33 feet expected this year!) and biggest vertical drop, plus the world's highest gondola (the Peak to Peak Gondola connecting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains). Embrace winter and get yourself to Whistler to brave the coastal mountains of British Columbia. Treat yourself to a stay at the lavish mountain resort nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler will throw in a fourth night free. You'll dig the ski-in/ski-out convenience and good eats at the resort known for its elegant mountain luxury and extensive facilities (including a golf course).

Third Night Free in Aspen at Hotel Jerome

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Jerome, AspenA destination as classy as Aspen deserves a hotel to match. Bed down at the Hotel Jerome, and you'll be following in the footsteps of countless celebs who have appreciated the hotel's understated elegance since its debut in 1889. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hotel Jerome was built by Jerome B. Wheeler, the co-owner of New York's Macy's Department Store, to emulate fabled European greats like London's Claridge's. And thus began the transformation of a rough mining town into a cosmopolitan social center. At the time, Hotel Jerome was one of the first buildings west of the Mississippi to be outfitted with electricity throughout the property (including the elevator). The facilities are no less marvelous today: an outdoor heated pool, two jacuzzis, fitness center, and lavishly-appointed guest rooms with wireless Internet. Guests enjoy downtown and ski slope transfers via chauffer-driven luxury SUV, and there's also bath butler service. Take advantage of the "Three for Free" offer and you'll be rewarded with a host of gifts. One night on the house, a $50 RockResorts gift card to use during your stay, and a complimentary bottle of Bonterra wine, made with organic grapes. Must book by February 28, 2009.

Ski the Tetons: The Powerful, New Jackson Hole Tram

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Amangani, Jackson, WyomingThe snow-capped peaks around Grand Teton National Park offer some of the best skiing anywhere. Indeed, Jackson Hole averages 400 inches of snow a year, and the ski season lasts through early April. At the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, you'll find 1,000 hectares of terrain and a vertical drop of more than 4,100 feet. When the original tram opened in 1966, it became legendary for its 4,000-foot ascent. It closed for repairs in 2006, and now the new Jackson Hole Tram, which debuted in December, boasts the longest continual vertical rise of any ski-lift in North America. 4,139 feet in nine minutes.

Stay at the ultra-luxurious Amangani (pictured at right) and you'll enjoy the services of the private Ski Lounge, located just below Teton village's Bridger Gondola (where warming boots, concierge service, and complimentary snacks and hot drinks await). During your stay, enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride into the National Elk Refuge on a moonlit night to take in the staggering panoramic views from the top of East Gros Ventre Butte, followed by dinner at The Granary.

What’s Hot: The New Lumiere Hotel in Telluride

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

lumiere hotel, tellurideWe can't imagine a better place to thaw out (after an action-packed day on the slopes) than the brand spanking new lumière Hotel, situated at 9,500 feet at the base of the mountain in Telluride Village. There are only 30 suites at this swanky boutique, with ski-in/ski-out access just steps away from the gondola. Outside Magazine calls the service comforts a little "embarrassing." Think complimentary breakfast in bed, hybird SUV service to the airport and downtown Telluride, and ski valets for schlepping your gear. (Did we mention the wine and artisan cheese awaiting you by the cozy fire?) We'd call that a five-star level of service. There's a hotel sauna, spa services, and outdoor jacuzzis, to boot. Oh, and there are deals to be had at this new gem. Try $165 per person, per night.

Mid-Week Ski Savings at Whiteface Lodge Resort and Spa

By: K. Clare Johnson

Cure your mid-winter blues with some mid-week skiing. Lake Placid's Whiteface Lodge Resort and Spa. From January 19- April 2, 2009, enjoy a Special Midweek Ski Free Package. Whiteface Lodge Spend two nights in a luxury suite and you'll get one free lift ticket per day. $250.00 per night in a one bedroom suite scores you one free lift ticket per day. $490 per night in a two bedroom suite equals two free lift tickets per day and $635.00 per night in a three bedroom suite equals three free lift tickets per day. Valid Sunday through Wednesday only, during non-holiday periods, and breakfast is not included. Taxes additional. Subject to availability. May not be used in conjunction with any other package or discount.

Winter at The Point on Saranac Lake

By: K. Clare Johnson

Winter at The Point means more than curling up in one of the delightful Adirondack chairs in front of a roaring fire, and gazing out at Saranac Lake. The Point Albany Of course, you can do that too, but the rustically elegant property with its eleven distinctive guest quarters, offers a whole lot to do in the frigid months. Olympic level downhill and cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, and ice-skating are of course, available.

Additionally the hotel has its own ice-fishing shanty, and the chef will happily prepare your catch of the day for supper. The Point also fires up the grill for snow barbecues (guests are advised to dress warmly) and antiquing abounds in the nearby villages of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. Visit the property in February and you'll be in town for the nation's oldest winter carnival.

The Olympic facilities in nearby Lake Placid offer the only public bobsled and luge runs in the country, tobogganning, dog sledding, speed skating, ski jumping, alpine ski competitions, international hockey and figure skating, and aerial competitions. The Point provides cross-country skis, poles and boots; snowshoes; ice fishing equipment; ice skates, hockey sticks and pucks.

Walk on the Wild Side with Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

By: K. Clare Johnson

Nemacolin Woodlands ResortJust in case 3,000 snow-covered acres in Pennsylvania just ripe for skiing, snow tubing, and dog sledding weren't enough. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort has just opened The WildSide. This unique entertainment emporium boasts an eight lane bowling alley, over 65 arcade games, a sports bar and restaurant, exotic bird habitat, and an indoor climbing wall. If all of that isn't enough to hold your interest, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Spa offers over 100 treatments.

Room, Breakfast, Lift Tickets: Save 20 Percent on Ski Packages with Fairmont Hotels

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Fairmont Chateau Lake LouisePrime powder, first-rate runs, majestic peaks... Our northern neighbor entices serious skiers and snow-boarders to its world-class terrain. (Plus there's lots of excitement with Canada hosting the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.) Fairmont Hotels and Resorts points out that "our winter is 178 days long." So why not tear it up on the slopes? Fairmont has luxurious lodging in Canada's prime ski spots (often with direct ski-in/ski-out access), and you can get a real value with Fairmont's Ultimate Ski Package which combines accommodations, breakfast and two adult lift tickets per day, with rates starting around $230. (They fluctuate depending on the Canadian dollar.) Participating hotels include Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Jasper Park, Fairmont Tremblant, Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, and Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac.

Let It Snow: Sensational Skiing in the Swiss Alps at Badrutt’s Palace

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Badrutt's PalaceSkiers, rejoice. With prime conditions in the Swiss Alps after a fresh blanketing of snow, the pistes at St. Moritz have never looked better. Where to stay to experience the ultimate alpine experience? Winter at Badrutt's Palace Hotel is legendary, and you won't be disappointed by the swanky accommodations and apres-ski scene. After all, distinguished guests have been flocking here since 1856 for the spectacular views and service. Don't miss a meal at Nobu Restaurant, or a creative cocktail at the world-famous bar.