If scenery were the measure by which all ski vacations are judged, then Telluride would be tops every time. Stashed in a dramatic box canyon at the end of a winding mountain road in the San Juan Mountains, this former silver-mining town emits that "last best place vibe that's increasingly rare in ski villages today. With a 1,700-acre mountain that cascades down to its doorstep, Telluride offers a holy trinity of terrific skiing, good restaurants and a lodging scene that won't disappoint. Here are Telluride's best beds.
How to improve a mountain view? Paint a wind-tossed lake into the foreground. Vermont and New York are lucky to have just that in Lake Champlain, a needle of blue stretching 100 miles south from the Canadian border.