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Ultimate 72-hour Escapes: Vail

Travel

Big and brawny, Vail, Colo., serves up three days of nonstop action on three nonstop mountains.

Go Deep: Four Steps to Sweet Powder Skiing-Stage 4

Features

The Double-Black-Diamond Powder Skier

Game On

Travel

Between 24-hour casinos and newly expanded Mt. Rose, Reno, Nev., skiers don't have to stray to play

Into the Woods

Travel

New trails at Bretton Woods mean only one thing to Boston skiers: Take Friday off. Stepping inside the Mount Washington Hotel's massive turn-of-the-century lobby, it's difficult to know where to look first: Tiffany-glass transoms, cast-plaster moldings, solid-brass fixtures, ornate Corinthian capitals. In front of the enormous fireplace, skiers relax after a day on the slopes of New Hampshire's Bretton Woods Mountain Resort, kicking back on timeworn antique furniture. A stately grandfather clock marks the time nearby.

Ultimate 72-hour Escapes: Deer Valley

Features

With 1,750 acres and rarely a crowd, Deer Valley, Utah, offers the swank along with the schuss.

Snowbird, Utah: Rank 4 West, 1997

Features

Snowbird is a purist's paradise striving to transform itself into a winter resort. So far, so good.

Schuss Mountain, Mich.: Rank 3 East of Lake Michigan, 1998

Features

Schuss Mountain was the Rodney Dangerfield of Michigan skiing until it became part of Shanty Creek Resorts. Now the Shanty/Schuss combo¿located on separate peaks about three miles apart¿encompasses 41 runs and 600 lodging options.

Nub's Nob, Mich.: Rank 2 East of Lake Michigan, 1998

Features

Nub's Nob wrestled El Niño to the mat last winter and pinned it. While other resorts were whining, Nub's had its best year ever, which may explain why readers ranked it as the top ski-only (no lodging) resort in the Midwest.

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