Where do the experts vacation? Our ski-travel gurus fess up.
President, Lindenmeyr Travel, New York; 800-248-2807,lindenmeyrtravel.com
Austria, France, Switzerland
"Take a helicopter ride from Chamonix over the Argentière Glacier. You can see people on the Haute Route and climbers on the ice as you circle the peak of Aiguille du Midi and look down into the valleys."
Managing Director, Ski Vacation Planners, Jackson Hole, Wyo.; 800-822-6754, skivacationplanners.com
Western U.S., Alaska, Canada, South America
Kicking Horse, B.C.
"Book one of the two suites at the top of the gondola. You get incredible views and you own the place for the night, since it comes with a caretaker and a chef. As soon as ski patrol opens the mountain, you're skiing powder before the first customer is halfway up the gondola."
President, Moguls Mountain Travel, Boulder, Colo.; 800-666-4857, moguls.com
Western U.S., Canada, South America, Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland
"I like the new Sundial Hotel in Whistler. It's located across from the lifts and it's in the heart of everything. It has beautiful one- and two-bedroom condos, some with private hot tubs. There's a rooftop hot tub that was installed this summer."
Marketing Manager, Ski Europe, Houston; 800-333-5533, ski-europe.com
Andorra, Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy
"Ski down to Cervinia, Italy, and stop for lunch at the Rifugio Teodulo for great Italian dishes. For a view of the Matterhorn, ski on the Rothorn side down to Chez Vrony in Findeln for lunch. On a sunny day you'll enjoy a spectacular view while tasting some true Swiss specialties."