It's never too early to start planning a winter ski vacation. Sure, you could head out West or to the cold Northeast. But why resist the chance to visit a true European storybook village where you can hear the jingle of sleigh bells on a horse-drawn carriage...schuss down the world's most challenging mountains...dine on gourmet food and wine...and then dance the night away?
Choose from among these extraordinary European ski destinations:
Kitzbühel, AustriaA quaint Alpine town with a gloss of glamour and superb skiing, Kitzbühel offers chalets with roaring fires, miles of top-notch cross-country trails, spectacular intermediate downhill slopes, and evening revelry.
Skiers stop on their way home from the slopes at mountain huts for a Jagertee, a potent mix of tea, spices, and 180-proof Austrian rum. After dinner, the most energetic head for the dance floor.
Hotel Tennerhof, an old-world lodge run by aristocrats, is one place to get some rest . Another favorite, in the heart of the old village, is Goldener Greif. On the outskirts of town, Schloss Lebenberg is a castle that's been converted into a luxury hotel.
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