The Idaho Statesman (Sunday) - - EXPLORE -

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.

Trapp Fam­ily Lodge

The Trapp Fam­ily Lodge, near Stowe, Vt., opened in 1968. It has car­riage rides and its own brew­ery for Aus­trian-style beer.

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