BE ALERT TO ALTERNATE LOCATIONS
Surely, Yosemite National Park would always be a winter wonderland – that was my expectation. But when I finally arranged a trip there, in late January 2016, hiking boots – not skis – were the best way to get around. So I drove on to Lake Tahoe. I arrived in a blizzard (a good sign), but by the next morning, snowy promise had turned into icy rain.
Only in Utah’s Soldier Hollow, an hour’s drive from Salt Lake City, did I find serious snow. Created for the 2002 Winter Olympics, the site not only welcomes solitary skiers but also offers tubing runs and training facilities for biathlon athletes.
The Trapp Family Lodge, near Stowe, Vt., opened in 1968. It has carriage rides and its own brewery for Austrian-style beer.