Instant Adventures: Seattle, WA

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Stretch your cubicle-cramped legs on Cypress Mountain's Olympic freestyle and snowboarding runs. Overlooking Vancouver's harbor, they're lit until 10:30 p.m.


High-tail it to Squamish and hop on an A-Star bird with Black Tusk Helicopter. As the sun rises, you're zooming from 200 to 9,000 feet: In short order, you'll be making your mark on 30-degree untracked powderfields the size of Luxembourg. Check in at the Howe Sound Inn and Brewing Company, a 20-room hotel attached to a brewery in Squamish, and finish the day with a Mettleman Hemp and Honey Ale.


Drop your sweaty long johns with the Pan Pacific hotel in the center of Whistler Village and boot-pack 30 steps up Spanky's Ladder at Blackcomb, which accesses four cliff-studded bowls, or West Cirque in Whistler Bowl, a heavily corniced 50-degree couloir. Just be sure to get off the hill early and sign up for a nighttime outing with Ziptrek Ecotours. They'll have you flying at a butterfly-inducing 40 miles per hour on zip-line cables that cross the hairy ravine between Whistler and Blackcomb.


Need a day to hang out? Fine. Take a private ice-climbing lesson with Squamish Rock Guides and learn the ins and outs of hazard assessment, ice ax usage, and hanging balance. Finish the weekend with a rubdown at Skoah, Vancouver's unspa-like spa (no Enya CDs-the massagers talk sports). From Skoah, walk a block south, and settle into swanky velvet at the Opus Hotel lounge for a martini du jour. Too content to drive home? Get a room upstairs.

Sick Day

Go backcountry with Whistler Alpine Guides Bureau. Depending on how many donuts you've wolfed from Tim Hortons in Vancouver (pick up a dozen for the weekend), you could rack up 6,000 vertical feet in the craggy Garibaldi Park area.

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