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Skis For Me, Skis For You

A growing number of boutique ski manufacturers are giving skiers exactly what they want: individuality.

National Safety Week at Squaw Valley USA (Jan 19-25)

News

'Steep N Deep': Free Avalanche Awareness Clinic Friday, Jan 18

Heavenly, Calif.: Rank 13 West, 1998

Features

Heavenly is an upside-down mountain¿steepest at the bottom, more moderate up top. Visitors approaching its California side may be intimidated looking straight up at Gunbarrel, a gnarly, precipitous run.

Summer Skiing 2003: Chic-Chocs Mountains

Features

Mont Albert alone-a massif with a four-mile-long plateau top-serves up a dozen Tuckermans, with ample helpings of hair-raising 1,000-vertical-foot drops and a smorgasbord of mellow above-treeline terrain.

2003 Number 12 Resort in North America: Telluride, Colo.

Travel

Telluride visitors can pick from the best of both worlds. Stay in town and enjoy living in a National Historic District with colorful Victorian homes and clapboard storefronts. Or stay a short gondola ride away in Mountain Village and get a taste of luxury hotels and condos, stylish boutiques and spas, and five-star dining.

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.

Almanac: Val d'Isère

Features

Everything you need to know about Val d'Isère.

2002 Number 10 resort in the Pacific: Sierra-at-Tahoe, Calif.

Travel

Sierra-at-Tahoe is marketed as a family area, and, as a result, many hardcore skiers have come to assume that it isn't worth their time. The loss is theirs.

Sharing Paradise

Travel

When your private playground goes public, it can be like the death of a close friend. But it also might be the start of a deeper relationship.

Helmets 2003

Gear

What's new with helmets for 2003.

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