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Go: Jackson Hole

Jackson updates the hill with two new lifts and—gasp—grooming.

 

The Horn Dog. Like I’m not gonna order that. I’m standing in line at Headwall Pizza and Dog House at the top of the Bridger gondola, watching the guy behind the counter load up a Kobe-beef hot dog, wrapped in a homemade pretzel bun, with green chile and sour cream. Leave it to Jackson Hole to elevate a lowbrow ski-bum staple into…awesomeness. 

Go: Keystone

Proof that a family resort is more than cruisers, cocoa, and kids' meals.

I thought kids cry when you drop them off at ski school, not when you pick them up. But here we are at Camp Keystone, collecting mittens, fleeces, and snow boots on the final afternoon of our sons’ three-day class, wiping hot-cocoa-lined mouths and reassuring a bawling five-year-old that yes, we’ll definitely come back sometime soon. “Tomorrow?” he pleads.

Up in Smoke

Up in Smoke
Cuban Sandwich
Barbecue joints are making a run at the iconic skier’s lunch. Move over, burger—there’s a new meat in town.

When Chris Rybak decided to add barbecue to the menu of Arapahoe Basin’s midmountain Black Mountain Lodge, he envisioned a sunny patio with live music, house-cooked meats in the smoker, beer flowing from the taps at the bar, and…a whole pig roasting on a spit on spring weekends? “It’s quite a sight,” Rybak laughs. “Definitely not what people are expecting when they unload from the chairlift.

Go Now: Canyons Resort, Utah

Shred and snack your way across 4,000 acres at this tasty Wasatch Behemoth.

My delicately paper-wrapped muffin and vanilla latte look so good I’m tempted to snap a photo and post it to Bragbook. Instead I train my phone’s camera on the stuff that will really make my friends back home drool: the seven inches of new snow piling up outside the funky oval windows at Cloud Dine. Then I not-so-delicately unwrap my cinnamon swirl muffin and snarf it. Attempting to ski 4,000 acres in a single day causes one to lose her manners.

Go Intel: Travel Apps for Skiers

Go Intel: Travel Apps for Skiers
C'Mon Get Appy
Some apps make travel easier; others make it more fun. These do both.

App: Packing Pro
For: iPhone, iPad
Why: The only thing worse than spending  $200 on a pair of ugly snowpants because you left yours at home is arriving at the airport without your passport. Snuff these possibilities by creating a packing list with the Packing Pro app. Customizable lists based on destination, activity, travel buddies, and any other specifics you add will keep track of what’s in your bag and what’s not.

Go Eat: Grind, Glenwood Springs

Grass-fed beef and locally sourced ingredients? Vacation dining goes healthy (well, healthier).

When Chris Heinz and Mike Mercatoris opened Grind in 2011, their mission was simple: “We wanted to get a little healthier and be a little more sustainable in a way that was still accessible,” says Heinz, a South Dakota native. At their restaurant (named for in-house meat grinding, not for filing edges or riding rails), Heinz brings a chef’s eye to the kitchen and an appreciation of quality to the table.

Go: Silver Star, B.C.

Go: Silver Star, B.C.
Silver Star main
Welcome to the best family ski vacation you've never had.

Skiable Acres: 3,065

Vertical Feet: 2,500

Base Elevation: 3,780 feet

Summit Elevation: 6,280 feet

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