The World's Sexiest Winter Lodges

by Jason H. Harper

The lodge: Annupuri Lodge, Hokkaido, Japan

Perfect for you and: Your novelty-loving wingmen

Isolation index: 5 out of 10. Distance is a matter of perspective: While the northern island of Hokkaido, 500 miles from Tokyo, is awfully far from America, it's the closest prime ski spot to Australia, which ensures a steady stream of sexy Aussies.

Cold comfort: So, you and the boys have poached powder from Portillo to Park City and run out of bragging rights? You'll be an original in Hokkaido, where the snow blows in from Siberia, the Japanese have perfected night skiing, and Aussies fly in by the planeload. Niseko Mountain gets more snow than Aspen, and the powder is light and dry. Stay at Annupuri Lodge, with nine minimalist Asian-style rooms in black and natural woods, its own bar (the fortuitously named Lucky Fingers), and a hot spring bathhouse. It's also less than a minute's walk to the main gondola.

The aphrodisiac: The steaming open-air volcanic pools, called onsen, set among high snowbanks. Local shredders and surf-toned Australians invariably end up here after the perfect snowy days, drinking beer and making new friends. Added bonus: Your accent will be different than everybody else's.

Annupuri Lodge
Tel: 81 90 1851 6663
Doubles from $176

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