Powder has already started falling in the Northern Hemisphere, which means its time to wax up those snowboards, strap on your skis, and break out the bobsleds. There are a variety of fresh charms waiting on the slopes this season, from brand-new and newly renovated hotels to just-opened lifts, and virgin trails. From Park City's 50th anniversary to the new W Resort in Verbier, Switzerland, these are the year's must-visit ski destinations.
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Verbier has long been known for its sunny slopes and stylish skiers. The area becomes even more fashionable on December 1, when W Hotels opens its first alpine ski resort, W Verbier. It's also the brand's first foray into Switzerland, and with 123 rooms conveniently adjacent to the mountain's main gondola, it is sure to draw a crowd. Foodies will flock to Michelin-starred chef Sergei Arola's Pica Pica restaurant on site.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Verbier Guide
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BRETTON WOODS, NH
Nordic skiers have a new, high-country option this season at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire when it adds to its 60-mile network of trails. Forty new snow guns and 20 upgraded snow guns will keep the new Nordic trails on Mount Stickney well-packed for early and late season terrain.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Bretton Woods Guide
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Zoom up to the peak this season on a new high-speed six-person chairlift, courtesy of the resort's new Peak 6 project. High speed means less waiting and more time in the powder on 543 acres of new terrain. Get your snowshoes out too-the new area includes 143 acres of hike-to territory.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Breckenridge Guide
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