Answering the call of the slopes

From the American West to Japan, these resorts are calling to you
Answering the call of the slopes

THAT SOUND YOU HEAR as you sit at your desk counting the days until the weekend? That’s the sound of the ski slopes calling your name — and there’s no time like the present to try a new venue. These three destinations offer lots to do on and off the mountains, and a reason to answer when winter fun calls.

> WHERE: Brooks Lake Lodge & Spa, Dubois, Wyoming The Draw: This winter hideaway (pictured above) is set in the Rocky Mountains and surrounded by nearly two million acres of snow. The Stay: You know you’re in a secluded spot when the final five miles to your door require a dog sled, snowmobile or track vehicle. Rustic cabins and five-star service combine for a fantastic experience. The Perks: When you’re not skiing, try snowmobiling, ice fishing or snowshoeing, or sign up for a wildlife excursion. And don’t miss the chance to spend time in the spacious on-site Rocky Mountain Spa.

> WHERE: Lone Mountain Ranch, Big Sky, Montana The Draw: Nordic skiing and celebrity-spotting. Voted as one of USA Today’s top 10 best Nordic skiing destinations, it’s the perfect alternative for those looking to try a new resort. The Stay: The historic, 101-year-old ranch offers a choice of cabins or private home rentals depending on the size of your group. The gorgeous log cabins and excellent service mean you’ll quickly see why it earned a National Geographic “Unique Lodges of the World” designation. The Perks: Prefer a downhill experience? You’re 10 minutes from Big Sky Resort. You’re also close to Yellowstone National Park.

> WHERE: Niseko Village, Hokkaido, Japan The Draw: Some of the world’s best skiing on champagne powder snow, and a taste of authentic Japanese culture. The Stay: A selection of townhouses and a brand new Ritz-Carlton Reserve (the first in Japan) offer a wide choice of luxury accommodation options. The Perks: Hokkaido is close to destinations that offer guests a glimpse into the traditional Japanese culture. Pop over to the port city of Otaru for sake distilleries and antiques, or to Nikka’s Yoichi Distillery for a sip of their rare malt whisky.

Heather Greenwood Davis is a lawyer and travel writer based in Toronto. Reach her via