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The Great Winter Debate

By: Jes Ware

When some bemoan the slushy streets, others bounce down them on the balls of their feet. Frozen toes mean just one thing to this crowd—the powder days are coming. We've said it before, but this season's snowfall is record-breaking—and spring is coming, so get it while you can. Here are our favorite places to stay on the slopes—and where to head if the snow makes you shudder.


The Carlton Hotel, St. Moritz is the centerpiece of this Swiss winter wonderland. The all-suite hotel makes it easy to explore the valley—book an outdoor butler or a pro skier to show you the trails (or take a lesson at the on-property ski school)


The Utah ski resort has had 315 inches (!) of snow so far this season. Ski-in/ski-out Montage Deer Valley sits mid-mountain, with direct access to three chairlifts—meaning first tracks are yours for the taking.


Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is just 10 minutes from the slopes of Lake Louise Ski Resort. Let their ski valet whisk you to the world-class ski resort—from the friendly beginner hills to remote alpine bowls, every level skier in the family will find ideal terrain.


One&Only Palmilla, on the tip of the Baja Peninsula, basks in the Mexican sunshine year-round. The secluded has one of the only swimmable beaches in the entire region—a perfect place to beat the winter blues.


MAUI: Just a 5.5-hour flight from LAX and you can be soaking in lava rock pools, getting aloe and coconut milk massages, and watching those magical Hawaiian sunsets spangling the Pacific Ocean. The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort has 15 acres of blissful beachfront property and more palm trees than you can count.


Grace Bay Club, simply, is the epitome of barefoot luxury. It's near impossible to remember the windswept North when you're lounging on 1,100 feet of one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches.