Great ski towns these days aren't just about great slopes. While that is of supreme importance when choosing a mountain to ride, it isn't all that matters when deciding on a ski getaway destination. A beautiful and quaint town, artisan boutiques, friendly locals and personalized lodging are just a few of our criteria.
Waiting for Peter at the diminutive Charlottesville airport (complete with crafty dioramas depicting the history of the region), I expected he would show up in a sleek, 1960's sports car. He pulled up in a beat-up black pick-up truck, explaining that he used to own such a car but it bottomed out on the dirt road up to his house. I was now thoroughly intrigued.