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Some ski resorts merely win magazine accolades. Others inspire thousands to give up their jobs, their families, their nationalities to become ski bums. Of these,

Verbier, Switzerland

, is the archetype. “Immense” is understatement here: When conditions are perfect, you can ski 8,000 vertical feet in one run. The off-piste is so huge and uncontrolled that the resort calls its black runs “itineraries” to avoid lawsuits. And at night, the bars crackle with the hormonal energy of countless international partiers. Go there.