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.
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.
When Fred Pabst Jr. started Bromley in 1936, he wanted to make skiing fun for everyone. He manicured the wide-open slopes, installed comfortable lifts and instituted on-mountain baby-sitting, all on a south-facing mountain.