Steamboat Springs, CO -Why you should go: More laid-back than chichi Vail and Aspen. While you're here, go snow tubing at Howelsen Hill, or try snowbiking (picture a mountain bike with skis instead of wheels). Then hightail it to the Old Town Hot Springs for some mineral-pool therapy. What you'll pay: For $189 a night, you can snag a three-bedroom vacation rental; look for one with a hot tub
What to pack for a ski trip. Whether you're a snow bunny or a boarder chick, I've listed everything you need to bring for your next vacation in the mountains. Whether you are traveling to Vail in Colorado or Lake Tahoe in California, you'll be set with this list of ideas.