Ski Paradise Acapulco
Back when I was competing, there were many years owner Gordon Rathbun invited me to stay at Ski Paradise. I always passed, though, because I was afraid the skiing wouldn’t be very good down there and might mess up my training. I finally decided to go in 2002, and I felt like such an idiot for not going earlier because it was so incredible. I think it’s the most consistent place to ski in the world. The weather is so predictable that each day at the lake I could continue right were I left off the day before. Plus, the course and their Nautiques are always kept in top shape, and the Villa where they put you up is so luxurious it’ll make you feel guilty! Following a hard day of skiing, you get to kick back and enjoy a tranquil evening setup with all the amenities you could ever want. There are times when you’re there watching the sunset over the Pacific, and it just doesn’t seem real – a true paradise. How could you go somewhere like that and not leave a better skier? – Andy Mapple
Where: Acapulco, Mexico.
When to go: Open from November through May.
Accommodations: Guests stay in the seven-room, 16,100-square-foot Villa Aquina, which is situated on a 1,400-foot cliff overlooking the local coast. The villa is staffed by three cooks, three massage therapists, a houseman/bartender/waiter, two maids and a gardener.
Getting there: Guests are transported to and from Acalpuco International Airport, which is just 15 minutes away.
Contact: skiparadise.com and villaaquina.com