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Next Best Places: Durango, Colo.

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Cowboys and haute cuisine thrive side by side in a Four Corners town that doesn't like to be typecast.

Go Deep: Four Steps to Sweet Powder Skiing

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Whether you're a first-timer or a face-shot veteran, try these tips to master the fluff.

Go Deep: Suiting Up

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Snow has a sneaky way of entering any open area in your clothing; therefore powder skiing requires particular attention to how you dress.

Go Deep

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Call in sick, unplug the phone, start making excuses: It's a powder day. Here's the next best thing to a February storm: Instruction tips, gear advice, weather wisdom and profiles of three special places-all near major U.S. Resorts-where you won't have to share. The excuses, we're afraid, are up to you.

Copper Mountain, Colo.: Rank 23 West, 1998

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Copper may have fallen in the rankings (last year it was No. 14), but the resort's management doesn't seem worried, viewing this as a time of transition.

Are You Good Enough...to Call Yourself an Expert?

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So you made it down the hill. That alone doesn't make you an expert.

Why We Ski: Powder

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"Uh, yeah, Susan? This is Pete (cough, cough). Listen (cough), could you tell Bob I won't be in today?

Skiing's Biggest Secrets: The Motherlode

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Named for its mining roots, Silver Mountain, Idaho, could just as easily have been dubbed Snoworld: 430 annual inches bless the resort's rapidly expanding terrain.

25 Top Spots: # 5 Mammoth, CA

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Treeless up top, with huge expanses of steep, ungroomed snow begging for high-speed turns, Mammoth is as close as you can get to European skiing in the U.S.

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