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Colorado's Biggest Secret: Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain Resort
Copper Mountain Resort
Colorado's Copper Mountain Resort is poised to win the hearts of a new generation of skiers by giving them what they really want: a kick-ass mountain.

It's a clear, blue day in early March. A few thready clouds stretch out thin on the horizon. We’ve hiked a quarter mile from where the snowcat dropped us and are catching our breath at the top of Tucker Mountain. The patrol “dumpster” is the only structure—an ugly rectangular box marring an otherwise lovely view of the pyramid peaks of the Ten Mile and Mosquito ranges. The steeps of Copper Bowl, Fremont Glades, and the gastronomically named Taco and Nacho splay out below—50-plus-degree pitches packed with cold, chalky snow.

A Year of Magical Skiing

From Blah to Badass: Jo Piazza
From Blah to Badass: Jo Piazza
This skier's going from "blah" to "badass." Jo Piazza talks about learning to ski better.

I’m cold and I’m tired. Through puffs of a cigarette, my very French ski instructor is rattling off commands, but I can’t hear him through my hat and helmet. I nod anyway, and chunks of snow fall from my hair, matted there after a particularly rough spill on the last run.

I remember my first ski trip vividly: being bundled up like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, the sting of snow in my face the first time I fell doing a snowplow, the warmth of my dad’s arm wrapped protectively around me on my very first chairlift ride.

How to Ski Alpine Meadows

In Alpine Meadows' Pacific Crest North Bowls, a little bit of effort leads to unlimited—and untracked—rewards.

Explore Lake Placid, NY

With the highest vert in the East, Whiteface rocks. But in and around the home of two Winter Olympics, there’s a lot more than skiing to keep you entertained.

Serious G’s » Lake Placid Bobsled Experience

WHY GO » And you thought skiing was an adrenaline rush. Try flying through banked turns at freeway speeds. A professional driver and brakeman are provided. All you have to do is strap on your helmet and hold tight for a thrilling half-mile. whiteface.com/activities/bobsled-experience

San Juan Sojourn

Where to ski: Colorado, Highway 550 | Photo: Liam Doran
Where to ski: Colorado, Highway 550 | Photo: Liam Doran
Where to ski, find ghost bears, and relish funky mountain culture along Colorado’s U.S. Highway 550.

“Do you speak English?”

It’s not every day you get asked such a question in your home country. This Forest Service ranger is clearly flummoxed by the camera-toting tourist shooting frozen roadside waterfalls: me.

“Uh, ya,” I manage, though still thoroughly absorbed by the row of 30-foot icicles dangling over the road. Apparently, I hadn’t responded fast enough to his stern warnings of avalanche danger.

“Well, you should probably get moving,” he warns and speeds off, burying me in diesel fumes from his four-wheel-drive truck.

It's On in the East: Deep Snow, and More Predicted

We caught up with Mad River Glen's Eric Friedman, one of the industry’s least bullshitty public relations guys, for his take on how good the skiing is. For fans of natural snow, now's the time.

Eric Friedman, publicist for Mad River Glen, a place that doesn’t really need more publicity, has the luxury of being able to say pretty much what he thinks—which is good, because he would anyway. So you’re tempted to actually believe him when he says this: “I think we have the best skiing North America right now.”

Yes, this is it, Eastern skiers: the snow conditions of which you dream, coming at a time when Western and Canadian resorts are mostly snow-starved.

A sampling of reports on Wednesday morning, Feb. 4:

The Two Faces of Sugarbush

Whether you fancy old-school skiing or sleek, modern resort life, this New England classic's got you covered.

The defining characteristic of Sugarbush is that it’s two mountains: Lincoln Peak—the original ’Bush—and Mt. Ellen, formerly Glen Ellen ski area. The two-mile Slidebrook Express high-speed quad connects the two, and there’s plenty to love about both, but their vibes and personalities are distinctly different. Lincoln Peak is sleek and polished, with full resort amenities; Mt. Ellen is a shut-up-and-ski, throwback kind of place.

Rent The Runway, For Ski Gear

GetOutfitted.com will send ski gear to your hotel. | Photo: GetOutfitted.com
GetOutfitted.com will send ski gear to your hotel. | Photo: GetOutfitted.com
For when you don’t want to haul or buy ski gear on your next trip.

Back in 2012, Julian Flores’ wife rented a designer dress from the website Rent the Runway, a fashion company that allows customers to rent designer dresses for a few days at a fraction of what they cost at retail. Flores was just blown away at how easy the process was for her. "She was sent the garment through the mail and used it for a huge party and looked like a million bucks,” he said.

Mountains of Money

Jay Peak Resort | Jay Peak Vermont
Jay Peak Resort | Jay Peak Vermont
Jay Peak has long been loved for its above-average snowfall. Now a blizzard of foreign capital has transformed it into a four-season wonderland. And the bottom line? Jobs where they’re needed most.

Dribs and drabs. Some snow guns here, a new groomer there, fresh carpet for the base-lodge bar...

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