It's time for Winter Park to lie down on an analyst's couch. The largest city-owned ski resort in North America, Denver's "winter park" has been embraced for more than 60 years by day skiers who drive 67 miles from the city.
At some point during your Tremblant vacation, you'll see a small knot of serious people strolling the village taking notes. These are rival ski executives making a pilgrimage (and shaking their heads about their own pitiful villages back home).
If you find yourself asking "The Where?" you're hardly alone. Since 1997, The Canyons has expanded so aggressively that it is now the largest ski area in Utah -- and among the five largest in the U.S. -- but for many skiers, the resort is still off the radar screen.
Lutsen is huge, triple the size of most other Midwest resorts. With 390 acres of skiable terrain, it's probably the best "pure" ski resort in the Great Lakes region. Boasting the finest fall-line skiing between Denver and Albany, it's charming, distinctive and unique for the Midwest.
When one of his charges performs beyond his abilities, a football coach says the kid "plays big." Solitude, tucked in at the end of beautiful Big Cottonwood Canyon, plays big for its 1,200 acres. Seven lifts, including a high-speed quad, serve its surprisingly satisfying 2,047 vertical feet.