Travel: Crowds on the slopes? Ski Hawaii or Morocco in­stead

For­get Park City. Hit the slopes this win­ter at th­ese six emerg­ing ski des­ti­na­tions. By Maridel Reyes

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Lyn­gen, Nor­way

In­side the Arc­tic Cir­cle on Nor­way’s Lyn­gen fjord, skiers and split­board­ers can hike up moun­tains and ski down to the beach. (Snow­board­ers, alas are not al­lowed.) The peaks rise di­rectly from the fjord, and you’re pretty much guar­an­teed first tracks on un­touched pow­der. Après-ski: Re­fuel with af­ter­noon tea, soup, cakes, and waf­fles at Lyn­gen Lodge, then al­ter­nate be­tween the sauna and out­door hot tub like a sea­soned Scan­di­na­vian. Where to stay: Book a six- day, seven-night Sum­mit to Sea pack­age at the lodge. From Novem­ber to March, de­pend­ing on weather con­di­tions, you might see the North­ern Lights from your room. $4,345 per per­son, meals and trans­fers in­cluded; lyn­gen­lodge.com

Mauna Kea, Hawaii

This is for se­ri­ous skiers only. There are no re­sorts, lifts, or ski pa­trol, and at 13,796 feet, the cour­ses are ex­treme. Hire a driver from Mauna Kea Ski Corp., or rent a four-wheel- drive ve­hi­cle to haul your­self to the sum­mit and ski down the “pineap­ple pow­der,” with its par­tic­u­lar crumbly tex­ture. Après-ski: The al­ti­tude, dry air, and iso­lated lo­ca­tion make the area ideal for stargaz­ing. The Mau­nakea Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Sta­tion hosts free nightly view­ing ses­sions from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Where to stay: In­dulge in a tra­di­tional Hawai­ian lomilomi mas­sage at the Fair­mont Or­chid. Take a beach­side stroll in the af­ter­noon, when sea tur­tles come on­shore to

Yong­py­ong, South Korea

The big­gest ski and snow­board re­sort in Korea, Yong­py­ong will host the 2018 Win­ter Olympics. Nes­tled in the Baekdu-dae­gan Moun­tains a two-hour drive east of Seoul, the re­sort of­fers a glimpse of the Sea of Ja­pan on a clear day. Après-ski: Car­ni­vores should check out Han­woo Town, a Korean bar­be­cue restau­rant, to sam­ple the coun­try’s spe­cialty: ten­der, fat-mar­bled beef from cat­tle raised on beer- en­riched feed three times a day. Where to stay: Yong­py­ong’s Dragon Val­ley Ho­tel is just steps from the slope. Re­quest an odd-num­bered

Oukaïme­den, Morocco

See the dunes of the Sa­hara shim­mer­ing in the dis­tance from the Moroc­can ski re­sort of Oukaïme­den, 45 miles south of Mar­rakech in the At­las Moun­tains. The re­sort has all the ameni­ties you’d ex­pect—rentals, ski school, and restau­rants—at dra­mat­i­cally lower prices than in the U. S. or Europe. Trails aren’t well­marked, so hire a guide. Après-ski: Sun your­self on the ter­race and or­der French fare and cock­tails at the fire­side bar at Ho­tel Le Courchevel, which over­looks Mt. Jebel At­tar. Where to stay: Oukaïme­den’s ho­tels are fine, but those in Mar­rakech, only an hour away by car, are much nicer. The new all- suite Man­darin Ori­en­tal Mar­rakech is spread across 50 acres of gar­dens and olive groves only 10 min­utes from the mar­kets of the me­d­ina. From $707 per night; man­dari­nori­en­tal .com/mar­rakech

Dubai, United Arab Emi­rates

This 242,188- square-foot in­door ski area is lo­cated in­side the mas­sive Mall of the Emi­rates. A 25- story “moun­tain” has five slopes, in­clud­ing a freestyle area for snow­board­ers and sled­ders and the world’s first in­door black di­a­mond run. Après-ski: Visit the pen­guin habi­tat, where, once a week, two lucky adult guests can swim with the crea­tures for 10 to 15 min­utes for $35 each. Where to stay: An over-the-top ski trip in the desert calls for a stay at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the op­u­lent, all- suite ho­tel famed for its fleet of Rolls-royces, full- size Her­mès bath ameni­ties, and celebrity guests. From $2,103 per night; jumeirah.com/en/ ho­tels-re­sorts/dubai/burj- al- arab

Brasov, Ro­ma­nia

The town’s re­sort is called Poiana Soare­lui, mean­ing “sunny glade,” and you’ll see a lot of them as you whoosh around through the sun­lit conifer forests of the Carpathian Moun­tains. French, Ger­man, Ital­ian, and Swiss fam­i­lies have been com­ing for years to this bud­get ski desti­na­tion, a three-hour drive from Bucharest. The runs are well- groomed; plus, the re­sort has two 262-foot ski jumps and a skat­ing rink. Après-ski: You’re in Tran­syl­va­nia, so plan a visit to nearby Bran Cas­tle, which in­spired Drac­ula’s haunt in Bram Stoker’s clas­sic novel. Where to stay: Ana Ho­tel Sport & Spa at the foot of the slopes is a sleek, Alpine- style prop­erty backed by forests with moun­tain views—and a four-minute walk to the chair­lift. From $160; ana­ho­tels.ro/sportho­tel/ de­fault-en.html

bask in the sun. From $ 321 per night; fair­mont.com/ or­chid-hawaii

room in the ren­o­vated wing to face the moun­tains. From $270 per night; yong­py­ong.co.kr

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