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Alta

Alta, Utah: Rank 8 West, 1997

Features

Alta is one of the last great shrines to serious skiing in America. It's routinely acknowledged as having the best snow on earth (rated No. 1 in the country), and blessed with challenging runs worthy of such natural bounty.

Utah Resorts Pounded by Winter Storm

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Following an unusually dry January for most western ski areas, Utah resorts finally returned to the deep-powder conditions skiers and snowboards have come to expect from the area's legendary powder factories.

2003 Number 27 Resort in North America: Alta, Utah

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Alta's unassailable charms are snow (abundant and as dry as the perfect martini), terrain (wide-open flanks punctuated with butt-clenching steeps) and value ($40 a day), categories it is accustomed to dominating in the annual rankings.

2002 Number 28 Resort In North America: Alta, Utah

Travel

If you want to ski the lightest, deepest lift-serviced snow in America, perhaps in the world, Alta is the place. Readers frequently refer to Alta as "classic," praising its authentic, retro feel.

Get Better Now 2001: 10 More Clinics

Features

Ten more clinics to get you better now, special to skimag.com.

Readers Are Right, And Wrong

From the Top

Our annual Reader Resort Survey, now in its 13th season, may be the sport's greatest oxymoron. That's because these Top 60 resort rankings are unequivocally defensible¿yet utterly indefensible. Let me explain. n Year in and year out, we are awed by the insights and expertise of the thousands of geographically dispersed SKI subscribers who enthusiastically fill out our four-page survey. These people ski an average of 22 days a season, and they know their stuff.

Alf Engen Ski School

Turning Points

To break new ground you'll need to hone your skills, and motivation will only get you so far. What you need is inspired instruction. Here we present North America's Top 10 Ski Schools.

Get Better Now: Clinics

Instruction

Stuck in the intermediate rut? These clinics will take your chattery turns and wariness of steeps and reinvigorate your love of skiing with expert instruction.

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