It's not often that a hotel can claim its own ski hill. True, 700 vertical feet is no Killington (30 minutes away), but Twin Farms, on a 300-acre country estate, calls this six-trail slope its own, and you need not be part of any private club to ski it. You do have to be a guest, lodging in one of a dozen charming cottages. Two favorites are Orchard, with two hand-carved fireplaces, white ash floors and tree-studded mountain views; and Woods, with vaulted ceilings, arched picture windows and a Rococo-style décor that imparts a Tuscan feel.
Europe has atmosphere and scale that North American resorts will never be able to match. If you're passionate about skiing and its roots, then it's time to make the trek across the pond to the sport's birthplace.