Equipped with one of the region's most comprehensive snowmaking systems, Snowshoe Mountain Resort lures snow saplings and mountain mavens alike with 60 snow-covered slopes and trails and more than a dozen summit-scaling lifts. Bring a guest for a mountain excursion and enjoy the eye-enthralling views and varying difficulties of the Northern Tract, Snowshoe Basin, Silver Creek, and Western Territory. Beginners flock to the Northern Tract for its gentle grade and wide swathes of slopes, which hone skills, refine turns, and perfect pizza-points. The Western Territory challenges mountain maneuverability via a 1,500-foot difficult drop embodied in the Cupp Run designed by Olympian Jean-Claude Killy, and double-black-diamond-rated Shay's Revenge, known for its 52% gradient, malicious moguls, and oppugnant partnership with gravity. Snowshoe Basin, on the other plank-bound foot boasts 35 trails, characterized by an 800-foot vertical drop. Shirking tradition, 12 of Silver Creek's runs break the confines of daytime, transforming into night runs for moonlight-influenced skiing.
When they craft their seasonal menu, the cooks at AVA Restaurant and Wine Bar aren't looking to impress diners with unfamiliar dishes. Instead, they wow taste buds with rich, robust flavors, roasted duck breast to meatloaf kicked up a notch by chipotle cream sauce. For vegan and vegetarian visitors, AVA's culinary team draws on organic and local fruits, veggies, and grains to create meals such as vegan chicken and waffles. Meatless or not, each feast can be accompanied by pours from an award-winning wine list curated by the eatery's onsite sommelier. Bartenders also serve plenty of beer, as well as custom, exotic tea blends.
Ranked 12th in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Family Hotels and Cruises, The Homestead has been pampering guests—including 22 U.S. presidents—with an assortment of leisurely activities since its pre-Revolutionary War construction in 1766. This Groupon includes one night of well-appointed slumber for up to two guests in one of the historic resort's luxurious classic rooms, featuring down pillows, featherbeds, and midnight golf tips from the ghosts of former boarders. The sun porches and authentic fireplaces in some rooms reflect influences of quieter times, whereas WiFi and flat-screen TVs keep guests technologically apprised of happenings in the outside world. Honk your golf cart's horn in triumph after launching a dimply ball off the nation's oldest first tee in continuous use at the Old Course (an extra round of golf may be purchased for $35). The hilly, par 72 course was originally completed in 1892 but has received fairway contouring and silicone calf implants to keep golfers on their toes. Patrons allergic to grass or 9 irons can partake in a slew of indoor excursions, such as complimentary afternoon tea in the Great Hall, free film showings in the historic theater, and spirited rounds of sphere hurling at the on-site bowling center.