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Sun Valley Mountain Tour

Features

A mountain tour of Sun Valley, ID. You can head straight to Sun Valley Central by taking the River Run quad to Lookout Express. Combined, the two high-speed quads get you to the summit¿at 9,150 feet¿in 15 minutes.

Step 7: Flexibility

Fitness

Do you have range of motion? We won't take time for a stretching sermon here. You know that incorporating even a few stretches into your slope-day prep will ward off injury and boost your performance.

Step 2: Strength

Fitness

Can you handle the force of a ski turn? You don't need tree-trunk thighs to enjoy skiing, but pencil-thin legs won't cut it either.

Step 4: Balance

Fitness

Can you stay upright? Good balance can help you keep your form when you encounter changing terrain and snow conditions. The result? Better skiing and fewer spills.

Step 5: Anaerobic

Fitness

Can you handle a black-diamond trail? Skiing requires short bursts of intense effort. This test uses a common skiing motion to see how well you can sustain those bursts.

2001 Number 15 Resort in the East: Stratton, Vt.

Travel

Again, Stratton gets what it asks for. The southern Vermont resort caters to a high-end New York/Connecticut clientele. It's a tony crowd-and a tough one.

2001 Number 12 Resort in the East: Bromley, Vt.

Travel

When Fred Pabst Jr. started Bromley in 1936, he wanted to make skiing fun for everyone. He manicured the wide-open slopes, installed comfortable lifts and instituted on-mountain baby-sitting, all on a south-facing mountain.

Explore Locke's Resorts: Kimberley Resort, B.C.

Features

Location is the key to Locke's regional empire. Each one of his Western resorts offers a different ski experience and urban hubs are within a 4-hour drive.

12th Annual SAAB U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships March 25-29

Advice

To be held on March 25-29, 2003 at Crested Butte Mountain.

How to Buy Skis

Gear

For many skiers, the huge number of choices on the average retail sales rack can be both exciting and daunting. Here are a few tips to finding your perfect mate.Sept. 28, 2001 (SKI)--One of the most chilling scenes in George Orwell's 1984 comes when hapless citizens are forced to enter a room that contains their greatest fear. For protagonist Winston Smith, it's rats. If Winston had been a skier, though, his room would have been a ski shop emptied of its sales staff.

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