NEW YORK (MONEY Magazine) -
If you go skiing in Vail this winter, you'll find more than 100 trails of deep white powder and cozy mountainside lodges. If you go skiing in Big Sky, Mont., you'll also find more than 100 trails of deep white powder and cozy mountainside lodges.
The difference? Vail gets roughly 1.5 million visitors a year. Big Sky? Around a fifth of that.
For every popular locale that attracts tourists in droves, there's another location that has much of the same, minus the maddening crowds (and the higher prices that popular destinations charge during their peak season).
To find some below-the-radar winter getaways, we spoke with scores of travel agents to get their best secret picks. We also learned what you may have to do without (nonstop flights, endless dining options) and when's the ideal time to go.
After all, the trick here is not only to get away from it all but also to get away from everyone else.
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