It's baa-ack. You can't blame other resorts for learning from-and occasionally surpassing-the master. But this year's survey reminds us that Vail unquestionably set, and continues to raise, the standard of the ski vacation.
You haven't experienced Vermont's bed-and-breakfasts until you've bedded - and breakfasted - in storied Manchester.
History-rich Manchester, VT., isn't too shabby a place to spend a ski weekend. Centrally located—10 minutes from Bromley and 20 from Stratton—Manchester's inns are truly luxurious, and each comes with its own story. (Case in point: The Equinox Hotel would have been Lincoln's summer White House but for that incident at Ford's Theatre.) Over the past few decades, the town's been besieged by an influx of outlet stores (including some high-end entries like Armani and Anichini), but the dining and cultural scene has never been better. Here's where to stay for a bit of Green Mountain lore.
On a 12-hour bus ski trip from Kansas to Colorado, you'll eat fast food and sit next to a guy who sleeps in the same jeans that he wears on the slopes¿which makes getting there half the fun. Take a look for yourself.