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The Ahwahnee Hotel and Fairmont Banff Springs

The Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National ParkThis national historic site, built in 1927, is famed for its ideal winter-sport setting, with cross-country skiing and snowshoeing just outside the front door, a downhill skiing slope accessible via a free shuttle, and a skating rink nearby. The dining room stretches 135 feet, and the great hall’s ceilings are 35 feet high.Contact: Yosemitepark.comFairmont Banff Springs, CanadaAdvertised as the “Finest Hotel on the North American Continent” when it opened in 1888, the opulent Fairmont was modeled on a Scottish castle and rises dream-like above the confluence of the Bow and Spray rivers. Winter activities include ice fishing, sleigh rides with barbecues, tobogganing, heli-skiing, and cross-country skiing.Contact: Fairmont.com

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