Trip tracker

Thinking of heading Outside for a winter adventure? For a change of scenery, try these top destinations. But with great ski package locally, sometimes there's no place like home. Check out Alyeska Ski Resort's Web specials at www.alyeskaresort.com; Arctic Valley at www.skiarctic.net and Hilltop Ski Area at www.hilltopskiarea.org.

www.snowbird.com

Named the No. 1 ski resort in the United States by Skiing Magazine, this Utah resort offers tram rides, snowmachine tours, snowshoeing, ice skating and more. Kids stay and ski free when you book through Snowbird.

www.whistler blackcomb.com

At 8,171 acres, Whistler and Blackcomb, located in British Columbia, form the largest single ski area in North America, with more than 200 trails, three glaciers, 38 lifts and 12 alpine bowls.

www.breckenridge.snow.com

The town of Breckenridge is the largest historic district in Colorado. The resort boasts 155 trails served by 29 lifts and has the highest chairlift in North America.

www.skitaos.org

This New Mexico ski resort blends its Swiss, French and Austrian roots with the customs of the local Hispanic and Pueblo Indian cultures. With lots of beginner and intermediate runs, it's an excellent family lodge.

www.squaw.com

Just 42 miles from Reno, Nev., Squaw Valley was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. It has North America's only funitel, an aerial ski lift that can hold 28 skiers and can operate in extreme wind conditions.

Trip Tracker is compiled by Joy Guest. Is there a vacation or excursion that interests you? E-mail jguest@adn.com or comment online at adn.com/life/travel.

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