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Val d'Isère, France

Do you want a village that feels intimate and embracing at the foot of expansive yet seamlessly interconnected slopes? Is convenience king for you? If you answered yes, then go here.

Giant ski areas - the largest in the world - are a hallmark of French skiing. These sprawling arenas of interconnected lifts, runs and resort centers are so vast that even the brawniest North American resorts look Lilliputian in comparison. (Imagine six Whistler Blackcombs tethered together.) With the comparatively modest 24,000 contiguous skiable acres of Espace Killy out its back door, Val d'Isère is hardly the largest of the French megaresorts (a mere three Whistler Blackcombs).

2003 Number 6 Resort in North America: Steamboat, Colo.

Features

Steamboat remains in the elite ranks of North American resorts despite a cash-strapped ownership that hasn't spent much in recent years. Why? Good bones: 2,939 acres, 20 lifts and a saucy 3,668-foot vertical drop.

2002 Number 27 Resort In North America: Taos Ski Valley, N.M.

Travel

One of the quintessential skier's mountains, Taos holds firmly to founder Ernie Blake's philosophy of preserving the sport's adventurous spirit rather than just providing a posh winter getaway.

2002 Number 7 Resort In North America: Snowmass, Colo.

Travel

From the beginning in 1967, Snowmass has set the bar for American resorts in several categories: "fall-out-of-bed skiing," meticulous grooming, great family programs and "Let-me-die-here-please!" levels of service.

Gold Pass: The Ultimate Ticket

Advice

Ski and snowboard fans can have their own gold medal while also supporting the dreams of Olympic hopefuls with the 2001/2002 Gold Pass, the ultimate lift ticket good at over 260 American resorts.

Ski Resort Business Rebounds

News

Reservations at the nation's premier ski resorts are rebounding after dropping as much as 50 percent immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Skiers, Resorts Rebound from Early Season Sales Slump

News

Ski resorts and the travel industry have started to rebound from the lul caused by the Sept. 11 attacks as skiers and riders keep plans to travel for ski vacations.

Resort Reservations Rebound

News

Reservations at Ski Resorts are up 50% since Sept. 11 attacks. With some Resorts already open, skiers are making more reservations daily than they did in the entire month of September.

Snowmass, Colorado: Rank 3 West, 1997

Features

Calling Snowmass a cruiser's paradise is like calling Bill Gates a computer geek. It's true, but there's a whole lot more going on.

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