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2003 Number 26 Resort in North America: Big Sky, Mont.

Features

From the perch of the posh slopeside suites at The Summit to the wild heights of 11,166-foot Lone Peak, Big Sky goes big all the way. Its 4,350 vertical feet features some of the rowdiest terrain on the continent.

2003 Number 14 Resort in the East: Bretton Woods, N.H.

Features

What's not to like about Bretton Woods? Begin with the lodging: That includes a historic grand hotel, a charming country inn, a modern motel with budget-friendly prices or the requisite condominiums.

Mount Bohemia: Midwest Extreme

Travel Midwest

The Midwest's tallest ski mountain is more daunting than its 900-foot vertical might suggest. As the sign at the entrance states, Mount Bohemia is not for beginners.

Fact File: Kicking Horse, B.C.

Features

When British Columbia's Kicking Horse Mountain Resort opened last year, it was hailed as the next Whistler. In truth, its remote location makes Whistler-style vitality unlikely-but it also raises the odds that this must-ski mountain's wild, untamed flav

Kicking Horse: Mountain Tour

Features

A tour around Kicking Horse, B.C.

2002 Number 17 Resort in the East: Stratton, Vt.

Travel

Stratton is the kind of mountain fussy skiers love to hate. They complain about the "uneven weather" and the "need for more expert terrain" and they whine that it's "way too pricey." Consider theirs the whines of envy.

2002 Number 20 Resort in the East: Ski Windham, N.Y.

Travel

What better way to round out the list than with this compact but elegant Northern Catskills resort, where the families of New York City, Long Island and New Jersey's bedroom communities can make the scene in under three hours.

Start Making Cents, Deer Valley

Travel

For five nights at Alta, Utah, you'll pay $1,500. At nearby Deer Valley, you'll shell out double that. Both are great values. Find out why.

2001 Number 3 Resort in the East: Killington, Vt.

Travel

"T-t-t-terrain!" stammers one reader. "Seven mountains' worth!" That is perhaps all that needs to be said about Killington. Like a Vail of the East, the Big K simply goes on and on-so big you could never ski it in a day, maybe not even in a week.

2001 Number 16 Resort in the East: Mt. Sunapee, N.H.

Travel

What happens when a neglected, state-run ski area is leased to the husband-wife team already credited with turning around Okemo Mountain in Vermont? Another turnaround.

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