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Five Exemplary Slopes to Hit This Season

And the Best Places to Relax When You're Through

You know the saying: the early bird gets to beat everyone else to the fresh powder because everyone else is still in bed. Or something like that. Anyway, here's how to access this season's finest first tracks, along with the après-ski spots you'll require afterwards. And yes, a five-course feast in a luxe log hideaway is involved.

First You Ski. Then You Sushi.
ASPEN SNOWMASS

First You Ski. Then You Sushi.

The slope scene: This is simple. Call to reserve a spot with the staff's morning run. Then... go do that.
The après scene: Bet you didn't think you'd be experiencing top-notch sushi and classic dishes from renowned Japanese chef Nobu on this trip. Surprise.

Legendary Skiing, Followed By Cocktails
PARK CITY

Legendary Skiing, Followed By Cocktails

The slope scene: Is super solid, seeing as this is the largest ski area in the country. It's got over 7,300 skiable acres and eight different terrain parks. Seven simply wouldn't cut it.
The après scene: Head to The Cabin for hot toddies and a highly competive game of billiards or ping-pong. Hell, billiards and ping-pong.

Fireside Cocktails and Venison Carpaccio? But Of Course.
STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT

Fireside Cocktails and Venison Carpaccio? But Of Course.

The slope scene: Two-hour private lessons over the weekends start at 7:30am, which gets you up to the virgin runs a solid half hour before everyone else.
The après scene: Venison carpaccio, braised lamb stew, goat cheese lasagna and everything else you need to fuel up on before hitting the slopes again tomorrow at Edison Hill. Along with killer cocktails to sip by the fireplace.

Early Morning Powder and Five-Course Dinners
BEAVER CREEK RESORT

Early Morning Powder and Five-Course Dinners

The slope scene: Book your pass. Do your thing. Be rewarded for doing your thing with some exceptional food without even leaving the slopes.
The après scene: There's a luxe log hideaway in the meadow at the base of the mountain, where you can watch the chefs prepare your five-course meal in the open kitchen. Or you can enjoy conversation among family and/or friends. Either way.

How to Do Revelstoke Right
REVELSTOKE MOUNTAIN RESORT

How to Do Revelstoke Right

The slope scene: Early lift access. Freshly groomed terrain. A guide to show you the sweet spots. Check, check, check. You win.
The après scene: It's hard to beat a cold patio beer with a view of the mountain. So don't even try. Just do it here, by a firepit with Mongolian bbq-glazed ribs and blackened prawn tacos.

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