Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cold brings out ski buffs

With dropping temperatures around the globe, even weather forecasters in Miami are warning listeners about frosty conditions, windchill, and frostbite. It's not a time to be frolicking outdoors. . . or so they say!

If you live somewhere like Miami, the “cold” temperatures are actually a nice break from the norm. The air gets clear and crisp, the sun seems brighter, and one can finally bring out the winter fashions for a night out on the town.

There's also the ski vacations when it gets colder. If you're a ski buff this is now prime time for all the resorts that have been on your list. Some of our top locations for ski resorts follow!

Colorado: Hotel Jerome, Aspen
Aspen is one of the quintessential skiing stops for snow bunnies, and what's great about bringing your skis or snowboard out here is that the accommodations are spectacular. With Exclusive Complimentary Perks and a bevy of outdoor activities to enjoy, you'll get your fill of winter fun. Thanks to the drop in temperature, your mountain of choice will be powderiffic, too!

Vermont: Stowe Mountain Lodge
This century-old ski lodge isn't a log cabin in the woods by any means: it's an impressive resort built in the “Alpine style,” with 139 rooms and six stories. Vermont's ski industry dates back to the early '30s, when Vermont CCC director Montpelier’s Perry Merrill cut the first ski trails on Mount Mansfield. If you're from the east coast, this ski town is easily accessible.

Wyoming: Four Seasons Resort at Jackson Hole
Isn't it welcoming that in lower-than-low temperatures, this luxury hotel offers you warm cider upon check-in? Wyoming's stunning natural beauty isn't just to be enjoyed in the summer, especially since the Four Seasons has everything ready to fight cold weather and keep you skiing all day: heated ski boot storage, private ski lockers, s'more snacks for apres-ski, and ski-in, ski-out concierge. Take some pictures of the Teton Range, which encircles the resort, before you leave.

Utah: St. Regis Deer Crest Resort
There's something about being by a crackling fire when the winds blow that thrills those of us who grew up in slightly warmer climes. By booking a luxury stay at the St. Regis Deer Crest Resort, you get to do just that and gaze at the nearby Wasatch Mountains. There's ski-in, ski-out access at this resort, plus a private “ski beach” and hot tubs. 67 luxe suites are waiting for your winter vacation.

Some people might dread colder weather, but to others, it just means more fun! With snow piling high on the mountains and the hotels stocking up on holiday cheer, it's a perfect time to look into a wintertime escape.

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