We've always been big fans of Massachusetts' Jiminy Peak, but when we heard they'd installed an on-site, electricity-generating wind turbine, we were doubly impressed. Jiminy's Zephyr turbine provides almost a third of the resort's year-round needs, as well as feeding any excess back into the local grid, enabling nearby towns to utilize green power without having to pay for it.
A hallmark of great European resorts is that you see the same people vacationing there year after year. They stay in the same hotels, request their favorite instructors, eat at the finest restaurants and expect to be treated somewhere between royalty and family.
Grouse Mountain rises above the sandy beaches and gleaming skyscrapers of Vancouver as distinctively as the Hollywood sign beckons across L.A. The mountain's hulking presence is not merely visible from all over Vancouver, it is impossible to ignore.
Vail goes native in new Blue Sky Basin. For all the controversy surrounding it, Vail's Blue Sky Basin (better known as Category III) is about as benign as can be, consisting mostly of open terrain and glades.