Aspen, Vail + The Mountains

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Spike is 11 years old and spends winter weekends training and racing as a member of the Aspen Valley Ski Club's J5 team. He's learning to play electric guitar and has a pet ribbon snake, a hamster, a Catahoula hound dog, and a seven-year-old sis...
Traveling bibliophiles tend to lug a year's worth of reading material for a weeklong trip. We suggest an alternative: grab a paperback for the plane, and regain your literary bearings on arrival by visiting a great bookstore. But where to go?Here,...
What makes a great ski resort?Hard to say. In nearly 30 years on the slopes, I've had spectacularly memorable times fighting my way down Stowe's bulletproof hardpack, cruising the scored white boulevards of Utah's Deer Valley, flailing through a r...
happening bars Idle Spur, Crested Butte, Colo. Mangy Moose, Jackson Hole, Wyo. The Matterhorn, Stowe, Vt. Red Parka Pub, Glen, N.H. Wobbly Barn, Killington, Vt. for a quiet drink Chez Henri, Sugarbush, Vt. Christiania Inn, Heavenly, Calif. Duchin...
Every autumn, leaf peepers fall all over themselves trying to get to the most vivid patches. Now, enthusiasts willing to hear out a few plugs for motor-coach tours can get the scoop on action across the United States and Canada through the Tauck F...
See our slideshow of the World’s Craziest Party Towns. “Goths in black leather sit next to new-century punks with dyed Mohawks, who are talking to a group of ‘80s revival, thrift-shop girls on their way to a party that’ll be DJ’d by a transvestit...
Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park 800/241-3333 or 212/308-9100; www.ritzcarlton.com; doubles from $425. The good people at Ritz-Carlton spent four years swaddling the 33-story former St. Moritz in Frette and brocade, outfitting the 277 rooms wit...
Inside: Aspen—For Less Aspen's top three luxury hotels are engaged in the extreme (and extremely amusing) sport of trying to outdo one another. The Little Nell offers the sceniest scene in town, plus ski-in, ski-out convenience. And while the S...
Northstar-at-Tahoe, California; 800/466-6784 or 530/562-1010; www.skinorthstar.com. This compact resort has a special snow-sports learning area and a mid-mountain headquarters for all children's services. Children 6 to 12 enroll in Starkids for sk...
OCCUPATION Actor HOME BASE Los Angeles YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN "My wife, Felicity Huffman, grew up in Woody Creek, near Aspen; her mother and a whole slew of her sisters still live there. We recently bought some land down in Castle Creek Valley, not...
The Colorado Rockies are home to some of the world's most glamorous ski resorts, iconic places like Aspen and Vail. Perhaps not surprisingly, it's these name-brand destinations that leap to mind when skiers sit down to plan a winter trip. But Colo...
CALIFORNIA Spa at Squaw Creek Picture windows frame the adjacent Sierra Nevadas, but in the darkened corners of the 10 treatment rooms, the goal is to escape the dry mountain air. Therapeutic rubs and skin-hydrating therapies dominate the spa menu...
BEACH WHERE Grand Cayman WHY The Ritz-Carlton drafted the equivalent of the NBA Dream Team for its new Grand Cayman resort, scheduled to debut this month. The starting lineup: celebrity chef Eric Ripert, opening two restaurants (one forma...
Beach Bahamas These vibrant island-appropriate finds will make a splash. Rattan clutch with leather detailing by Hollywould, $695. Charm necklace with gardenia-, violet-, and jasmine-infused Daisy solid perfume by Marc Jacobs, $35. Hand-pain...
No region gets into spring skiing with more uninhibited zeal than Colorado's Summit County. As temperatures soar into the forties, tans deepen, moguls soften, and snow lovers take to the slopes in beachwear and boots. Arapahoe Basin often keeps i...