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Northstar-at-Tahoe
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Northstar-at-Tahoe, California: Long one of the most accessible Lake Tahoe-area resorts, Northstar-at-Tahoe now offers a lot more than convenience with the completion of an entire pedestrian resort village — four years and $55 million in the making. There are more than 35 shops and restaurants laid out around a large ice-skating rink that is the centerpiece of the area, plus a ski-in/ski-out Ritz-Carlton luxury hotel that opened last season. The resort also boasts an elaborate cross-country, telemark, and snowshoe center and for the first time will host the nation’s premier cross-country race series, the Nordic SuperTour. northstarattahoe.com, ritzcarlton.com

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Jackson Hole
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming: Once the fantasy vacation for experts, Jackson Hole has softened lately, without losing any of its extreme terrain. This means more people than ever can enjoy “The Big One.” Updates this season include a whopping 25 percent increase in snowmaking, mainly so that they can open earlier; with nearly 40 feet of dry powder annually, snow has never been a problem. Substantial additions to the grooming fleet are squarely aimed at beginner and intermediate skiers looking for perfect corduroy amongst the chutes and steeps, a continuation of the hefty infrastructure investment that saw a new high-speed, 100-passenger tram two winters ago. Snowboarders will find new terrain in the form of organic Burton Stash Parks, “stashed” in several locations mountainwide. jacksonhole.com