The lone Ski Week in the western hemisphere (for now) is held at Aspen/Snowmass, and every day kicks off with a MORNING après-ski party. So, really an avant-ski party? There are over 550 guests, ski-in/ski-out lodging, and exclusive lifts so you don’t have to wait in super-long lift lines. Well, at least you're waiting with people from your own group.There's also mountaintop breakfast, daily yoga, and a long weekend option if you can't sign up for the full week.
Second/third week of January
This year’s Ski Week in Chamonix already went down, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning for next year. Aimed at more serious skiers, this trip to the French Alps includes a smaller group -- only about 200 people -- and a ski pass that allows access to Vallée Blanche, the longest off-piste run in the world, nearby Verbier, and Courmayeur (Italy).
The lodging is in an upscale hotel in the middle of Chamonix, and while the parties and dinners are all up to the same stringent standards, this is the trip for folks who want to spend as much time on the mountain as possible.
January 31st-February 7th
This trip is the only one that combines hard-core powder with a glimpse into the host country's culture. It begins with a welcome dinner and a night on the town in Tokyo, before making its way the world-renowned soft powder of Hakuba. This year marks the first venture to Japan, so the 50 spots sold out quickly. That said, keep an eye on the blog to see how things go and start thinking about next year.