The Perfect Ski Getaway

The Ultimate Wheels
Getting there is half the battle.  

The slopes are at their best when the roads are at their worst, so you’ll need a car that will keep you from sliding around on icy blacktop on your trek north. The Audi A6 Avant Wagon ($53,310) is Old Reliable. Audi’s proprietary Quattro all-wheel-drive system has long been the pick of discerning snow-sport enthusiasts, delivering catlike agility over snow-strewn roads. Better yet: The A6 Avant got an overhaul for ’09 and now churns out a whopping 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, giving you the best shot you’ve had at first tracks since that night you got locked in the base-lodge bathroom.-Ben Hewitt

Audi of Brookline, 308 Boylston St., Brookline, 888-242-0315;