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TAKE A SNOW DAY If snow is falling, that can mean only one thing: It's time to slip on a parka, strap on some ski boots, and hit the slopes! Lucky for you, lots of fun new things are opening - from spas to restaurants to ski runs - at many of the alpine resorts.


Terrain and Trails
 
Beaver Creek (www.beavercreek.com), in Colorado, known for its top-notch children's programs, now offers the eight-passenger Buckaroo Express Gondola, which serves a newly created area where tykes can learn downhill basics.

Farther south, in Telluride (www.tellurideskiresort.com), experts can test their skills on eight new runs in the Black Iron Bowl, a challenging backcountry-style terrain that was previously inaccessible without the services of a guide.

And at Utah's Park City Mountain Resort (www.parkcitymountain.com), Motherlode Meadows, a newly landscaped space between the Single Jack and Sunnyside trails, offers exciting gladed-runs for intermediate and advanced skiers.


Nature and Adventure Activities
 
At Heavenly (www.skiheavenly.com), in California, you can pretend you're an alpine Tarzan while you zoom down Adventure Peak's new Heavenly Flyer, an elevated zip-line cable ride that can reach up to 50 mph and has a vertical drop of 525 feet.

Or try your hand at a wildlife safari at Spring Creek Ranch (www.springcreekranch.com) in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Naturalist Kurt Johnson leads groups into Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks to see elk, bison, and more.

Advanced skiers and boarders should head to California's Squaw Valley (www.squaw.com), which now offers a number of backcountry tours in formerly restricted areas.


Restaurants
 
All that fun in the snow works up a mighty appetite. Fortunately, the popular Sacramento-area sushi restaurant Mikuni (www.mikunisushi.com) has opened its doors in the village at California's Northstar-at-Tahoe, where you can try specialty items like the Northstar and Burton rolls.

For a different dining experience, ride the gondola in Jackson Hole (www.jacksonhole.com) to an elevation of 9,095 feet and eat at the on-mountain restaurant Couloir. And in Colorado, west of Beaver Creek, the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch welcomes a branch of Spago (www.ritzcarlton.com). Expect classic Wolfgang Puck dishes like smoked-salmon pizza topped with caviar, and roasted organic chicken with potato puree.


Spas

Keystone Lodge & Spa's (www.keystonelodge.rockresorts.com) newly expanded eco-minded spa now makes Keystone the largest spa facility in Colorado's Summit County. The Mountain Glow scrub and Sun & Snow facial are perfect, pampering après-ski treatments.

Or, after a day schussing down the slopes, treat your aching muscles to a little time in the caldarium (a mineral-rich soaking pool in a heated room) at Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek (www.parkhyattbeavercreek.com). It's just one of the many features of the spa's Roman-style hydrotherapy center.

Farther north, at Jackson Hole's Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa (www.tetonlodge.com), the hree-story Solitude Spa pampers guests with treatments like the Skin Indulgence Glacier Body Wrap and a huge outdoor hot tub that affords jaw-dropping views of the Rockies.