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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.

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.

Mammoth Mountain, Calif.: Rank 17 West, 1998

Features

In the early Eighties, Mammoth Mountain was the nation's No. 1 area for skier visits. On slope, the reasons for its huge appeal haven't changed: Mammoth is a big, brawny mountain with abundant snowfall and a stunning natural setting.

Boyne Highlands, Mich.: Rank 4 East of Lake Michigan, 1998

Features

Boyne Highlands, about 20 miles north of Boyne Mountain, is the larger of the two Boyne resorts in Michigan. With 42 ski runs and the capacity for 1,200 guests, it's a sprawling complex.

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