Take this women-only trip to snowboard camp at Park City Mountain Resort. Classes are kept small as you learn skills like how to carve tighter turns and taking smarter lines down the mountain. Because you’re burning upward of 514 calories an hour, feel free to inhale the whiskey cheese fondue at the High West Distillery & Saloon in downtown Park City. Bar rules: If a man loses his bread in the pot, he has to buy drinks. If a woman does, she has to kiss her neighbor. Sit accordingly!
Top tip from the trip: You want a Cinderella-style boot fit to avoid blisters. Your big toe should just touch the front; when you stand on tiptoes, your heel shouldn’t rise off the sole; and the boot should feel snug, not tight, resort guides advise.
The details: $495 per person. Includes lift pass and lessons (no lodging); February 1–3, 2013
In the islands, opt for a stay at The Reef Resort in Grand Cayman’s East End. Here, you can hop on a boat to Stingray City and snorkel up close with them. If you want to kayak or paddleboard, The Reef provides gear—along with all the booze and eats you can put away. Runners, book your trip around the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon and half marathon in December. You can PR on the flat, stunning course.
Top tip from the trip: Despite their name, these stingrays are pretty friendly; guides will even teach you how to pick them up. Legend has it kissing one is worth seven years of good luck.
The details: From $248 a night. Includes gear rental and unlimited food and drink.
Book the Total Travaasa package at the new resort Travaasa Hana, Maui, where you’ll also do alfresco strength classes; try your hand at archery; and take a hula lesson from a kumu (teacher), who’ll help you shimmy off just under 300 calories per hour. Want more? Go on a four-hour horseback ride near 400-foot waterfalls; it costs extra, but we promise it’s so worth it.
Top tip from the trip: Besides workouts, you can also do DIY classes, such as learning how to make an awesome Hawaiian fruit face mask that softens skin. The recipe: Blend 1 mango, 2 tbsp Greek yogurt, 1 tsp honey and 1 banana until smooth. Apply mask; remove with warm water after 10 minutes.
The details: From $425 per night. Includes meals, most on-property activities and a daily $125 resort credit. Available year round.
This sport melts more calories per hour than skiing downhill—511 versus 387! And with more than 65 miles of groomed trails at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, you’ll never do the same trek twice. Picture it: At night, you sink into an outdoor hot tub heated by underground springs, then catch a flick at the lodge’s private theater. In the A.M., there’s yoga in a studio overlooking your veritable 6,000-acre playground.
Top tip from the trip: Working it at high altitudes can dehydrate. Drink two glasses of water for every one you’d guzzle at sea level, the resort staff advises.
The details: $375 per room per night. Includes breakfast, a group lesson and a daily $50 resort credit. Rates exclusive to SELF readers until January 30, 2013, with blackout dates; 970-726-5632.
Bring fab abs back from your vacation when you book the stand-up paddleboarding package at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, just about 25 minutes away from the glittering lights of the Strip. You’ll get lessons on the super calm waters of Lake Las Vegas, a yoga session to limber up your muscles for the board, and neck and shoulder massages—well earned, of course. At dinner, order from the Westin’s SuperFoodsRx menu items; doctors and nutritionists helped design the deceptively delicious meals, and they won’t undo your belly’s new SUP-slim look.
Top tip from the trip: To get a taut tummy on dry land, apply the core tenets of SUP, say Paddle to the Core instructors, the trip’s experts. Stand on a BOSU, holding a Body Bar; squat and “paddle” three strokes. Repeat on opposite side for one rep. Do 50 reps.
The details: From $234 per night. Includes meals, SUP session, a yoga class and a massage. Available until December 30, 2012.
Warning: You may crash your Facebook page after uploading all the epic pictures from this trip of a lifetime. Country Walkers’ six-day adventure takes you rafting on the Kenai River, kayaking in a bay (dolphin alert!) and hiking on the historic Iditarod Trail and through a coastal rain forest; you’ll cover 4 to 10 miles daily. Along the way, you’ll stay at a posh mountain hotel, a wilderness lodge and a seaside resort. Expect to eat a ton of incredible and fresh king crab, scallops, halibut and wild salmon in restaurants with jaw-dropping views. Plus, you’re almost guaranteed to spot a brown bear or a moose during your stay.
Top tip from the trip: Guides keep hikers happy with this not-strictly-for-the-trail mix: Combine 1/8 cup each dried cherries, raisins, sunflower seeds and coconut flakes with 1/4 cup each almonds and dark chocolate chips. Serves 4, but we wouldn’t fault you for not wanting to share.
The details: From $3,898 for six days. Includes most meals, local wine and beer. Dates: June 24, July 15 and August 12, 2013.
Don’t get freaked by the heli part: You’re simply taking a chopper to areas with virtually untouched powder—nor snowboarders to dodge. If you’re at an intermediate level, grab the girls and book the Girl Pow(d)er 101 trip with Canadian Mountain Holidays Heli-Skiing. This women’s-only, four-day package includes the close guidance of top instructors and daily videotaping of your progress, which you are able to review later.
Top tip from the trip: Reboot your energy with this signature CMH Power Smoothie: Blend 2 cups frozen fruit, 2 2/3 cups apple juice, 1 tbsp skim-milk powder and 1 tbsp cocoa nibs. Serves 2.
The details: From $4,465, January 1 to 5, 2013, at Bugaboo Lodge; $4,264 March 14 to 18, 2013, at Revelstoke; includes meals.
Get ready to work hard at the killer bikini boot camp, dubbed the Lose It, Tone It program, at The BodyHoliday resort on this super scenic island. Here, you’ll get a personalized food plan and training sessions, both of which provide you with skills to keep dropping pounds post-vacay. Add in body-stats analysis, gratis spa treatments, group fitness classes and help to find the best waves, and you’ve got one incredible trip. Plus, there are cool events like a booty shake-off on the beach with Dean Hodgkin, an international Zumba fitness expert (classes available November 18 to December 3). So yeah, you’re pretty much coming home in the best shape ever.
Top tip from the trip: By the time you leave The BodyHoliday, you’ll also be a plank pro. “Holding the pose for one minute will do more for your belly than 30 sit-ups,” says Guto Williams, health leader at the resort, who uses the move in classes to help define abs.
The details: From $4,449 for seven days. Includes meals, a daily spa treatment, group classes and lessons. Available year round.
Le Blanc Spa Resort puts you in a swank suite (a butler unpacks and irons your clothes and preps your Jacuzzi while you play—so fancy!) and enlists pros and top techies to help you ace a swing and run some serious short game. Set a five-night trip for the last week of December (peak rates apply) and the resort will give you tickets to see Usher perform nearby.
Top tip from the trip: Golf director and PGA pro Philip Krick Jr. says, “Closing your eyes, lift the club an inch off the ground before you swing” to feel and adjust your grip, helping you hit the ball far—and fast.
The details: From $296 per night (three-night minimum). Includes meals and access to two golf courses. Available to book through December 15, 2012.