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Tourists waiting at sunset in the middle of the Salar de Uyuni, southwest Bolivia, the largest salt lake in the world. In an illusion caused by refracted light, mountains rise from a mirage as if from water in the background.

Best For: Croissant-loving skiers and snowboarders looking for European ambiance without the overseas flight Tremblant offers some of the best skiing in eastern Canada, with a master-planned village that feels cut from Europe—or at least the old quarter of Quebec City. With the first lift opening here in 1939, Tremblant was one of the first ski areas in North America, though the 18th-century French Alps-styled village at the base of its lifts wasn’t built until the 1990s. Fortunately, Tremblant did it right, with hotels, patisseries, and bistros packed into colorful multistory buildings that overlook narrow cobbled streets and squares. Underground parking means the entire village is car-free, making for an inviting, old-world environment. The original hamlet of Mont-Tremblant, only three miles from the mountain, makes for a mellower experience. Its smattering of hotels, hostels, and restaurants are a good option for people looking to get away from the bustling, slightly Disney-fied ambience of the resort. The mountain itself offers a respectable 2,116 feet of skiable vertical, with 95 runs unfurling down four separate faces, providing the ability to follow the sunshine across different aspects throughout the day. Which is good, because mid-winter temps this far north can be savagely cold. The mountain’s two enclosed gondolas also help. Powder skiing may not be a regular occurrence, but assiduous grooming ensures there are no terrifying sheets of eastern ice. Ask a Local: Tremblant local Donald Lacasse has been a ski instructor for decade and the director of Tremblant’s snow school since 2007. Best Digs: Those on a budget can book a room at HI-Mont-Tremblant Youth Hostel in the old village. Stay at the Fairmount Hotel for a ski-in, ski-out room. Best Eats: Skiers looking for cheap eats should try Chez Lorraine in the old village. Best After-Ski Party Spot: Le P’tit Caribou Best Rest-Day Activity: Relax at the Scandinave Spa Mont-Tremblant and shop in the village. Tremblant’s Classic Ski Run: The Expo is 1,148 vertical feet of pure pleasure.

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