Fit-cations: Top 9 Active Getaways

Snowshoe Your Heart Out in Colorado

Crunch, crunch, crunch. That's the sound of your snowshoes gliding over a blanket of white stuff at the Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa. 'Shoeing melts more calories per hour than skiing downhill?511 versus 387! And with 65 miles of groomed trails (where you can also cross-country ski), you'll never do the same trek twice. Picture it: At night, you sink into an outdoor hot tub heated by underground springs (your Instagram pics of the Rockies will be amaaazing), then catch a flick at the lodge's private theater. In the a.m., there's yoga in a studio overlooking your 6,000-acre playground.

Tip from the trip: Working it at high altitudes can dehydrate. Drink two glasses of H2O for every one you'd guzzle at sea level, the resort staff advises.

Cost: $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

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Heli-Ski in British Columbia

Don't get freaked by the heli part. You're simply taking a chopper to sifted sugar where there are no lift lines or snowboarders to dodge. If you're at an intermediate level, grab the gals and head to these hills: Canadian Mountain Holidays Heli-Skiing offers Girl Powder 101, a four-day, estrogen-only total package. Top instructors hone your skills, videotape your progress and share the footage daily.

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 tablespoon skim milk powder and 1 tablespoon cocoa nibs. Serves 2.

Cost: From $4,465, January 1 to 5, 2013, at Bugaboo Lodge; $4,262; March 14 to 18, 2013, at Revelstoke; includes meals. CanadianMountainHolidays.com

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Shred It in Utah

Fresh powder is everywhere. And in this three-day, women-only snowboard camp at Park City Mountain Resort, experts will teach you how to bomb down it. Classes will be small and your confidence high as you learn skills, like carving tighter turns and taking smarter lines down the mountain. Because you're frying upwards of 514 cals an hour, feel free to inhale the Whiskey Cheese Fondue at the High West Distillery & Saloon downtown. 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!

Tip from the trip: You want a Cinderella 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, PCMR guides advise.

Cost: $495 per person. Includes lift pass and lessons (no lodging); dates February 1 to 3, 2013; ParkCityMountain.com

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Cozy Up to Stingrays in the Caymans

The crystalline Caribbean Sea is full of these creatures. Stay at The Reef resort in Grand Cayman's East End, where you can hop on a boat to Stingray City and snorkel 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 half and full marathon in December (CaymanIslandsMarathon.com). You can PR on the flat, stunning racecourse.

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, if you kiss one, it's worth seven years of good luck.

Cost: From $248 a night. Includes gear rental and unlimited food and drink. Available year-round; TheReef.com

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