Instead of Utah, go to Val Thorens
By the time you factor in the slopeside hotel room, lift tickets, meals, and all those apres cocktails, a ski vacation stateside can easily cost you as much — if not more — as what it costs to cross the Atlantic and ski the Alps. And if you think an all-inclusive vacation is limited to the tropical locales and cruises, there's news. Club Med, which you probably haven't thought of since the 80s, has several all-inclusive ski resorts in Europe, including the just-opened Club Med Val Thorens Sensations. Located in the French Alps at the heart of the Trois Vallées, the resort accesses the world's largest connected ski terrain (with more than 370 miles of slopes). And lodging, lift tickets, group lessons, and all meals and cocktails, beer and wine are included in one flat fee. Scour Orbitz for a cheap flight to Geneva or Lyon, do the math and you just might be convinced the French are onto something here.