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Where to ski and sea on the same day

Check out these dual-purpose travel prizes where both snowsuits and swimsuits are the packing order of the day.


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Located in the San Bernardino Mountains, the two peaks in California’s Big Bear Mountain resort – Bear Mountain and Snow Summit – are just under two hours from the beaches of Orange County. Descend the slopes and then soak the SoCal lifestyle at the likes of Laguna or Huntington beaches.


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The beaches of Renaca, near Valparaiso, are 125 mies from Valle Nevado, Chile’s largest ski resort, which makes up part of the Tres Vallees’ 7000 acres of skiable domain. The ski season runs from June to October, so you could hit the beach during the arm days of the southern hemisphere’s late spring/early autumn.


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Turkey’s Saklikent resort is still developing as a ski resort and the season is relatively short, but it would make an excellent snowy day trip from Antalya (an hour’s drive away) with its yacht-filled old harbor, not to mention the area’s 400-mile sweep of sandy beaches and secluded coves.