Some hereditary traits are OK to pass on to your kids.
Addiction has a nasty reputation. Understandably. Drugs, alcohol, tobacco, double-bacon cheeseburgers: You name it; people abuse it. And they often become hooked—frequently resulting in a lot of pain, misery and reduced life spans. But there are good addictions, too. Playing the guitar. Philanthropy. Skiing.
It's nice being King. Vail returns to the throne this year because it continues to raise the bar on the Great American Ski Vacation. Whether it's kid-heaven Adventure Ridge, feel-good Blue Sky Basin or the impending $500 million redevelopment of its base areas, Vail consistently spends money like a Dallas divorcée to keep 'em coming back.
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.