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We admit it: Sometimes the best part of skiing begins when you unbuckle your boots, recover the feeling in your toes, and begin the serious business of après. But there's a big difference between the bunny version—hanging with the wannabes at some dive bar off the main lift—and the realm of professional postpowder players. Their world is one of world-class wines, powdery-soft duvets, and fieldstone fireplaces (preferably lit by a personal butler). These small, private-feeling ski retreats have unique locations, access to the best snow, and first-class service. Throw off your parka, lift a hot toddy, and take a seat beside the fireplace.
Published February 2006
(Pictured: Skoki Lodge in Banff, Alberta)