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2003 Number 2 Resort in the Midwest: Boyne Highlands, Mich.

Features

Boyne Highlands, near Harbor Springs in lower Michigan, has been a mainstay in Midwest skiing since 1964. "For this region, Boyne Highlands is about as good as it gets," says a reader.

2003 Number 29 Resort in North America: Solitude, Utah

Features

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.

2003 Number 10 Resort in North America: Breckenridge, Colo.

Features

More than 90 percent of readers cite Breckenridge's "wonderful ski town" as one of the resort's major strengths. They're right: In the age of purpose-built Bavarian-style resorts, Breckenridge's authentic Victorian Main Street creates an ambience that is "refreshingly real."

2003 Number 4 Resort in the Midwest: Crystal Mountain, Mich.

Features

The Crystal Mountain brochure says the resort wants to "make memories etched in Crystal"-and it's a goal Crystal takes seriously. The cozy lower Michigan resort finished No. 1 in Service, Lodging, Family Programs and On-Mountain Food-a grand slam for a resort that prides itself on taking care of the details.

Volkl Carver XT

Gear

Unchanged from last year's gold medal ski, the Völkl Carver XT is once again the ski for discriminating Aspiring Carvers and lighter intermediates who have designs on becoming experts.

Olin Kinetic

Gear

The narrower the ski, the quicker it is. The wider it is, the more stable. Olin has gone the more stable route, putting a substantial 67.5 mm in the middle of its Kinetic.

Kastle C03

Gear

One of the biggest concerns of intermediate skiers is hard or uneven snow. The Kästle C03 handles it.

Dynastar Max 2

Gear

Lighter intermediates who have felt hamstrung by older technology will love the light, energetic feel and inviting shape of the Dynastar Max 2.

Junior Skis: All-Mountain Expert

Gear

Mid-performance skis to master the entire hill. Here are our picks for the best All-Mountain Expert skis for juniors.

Junior Skis: All-Mountain Cruiser

Gear

Affordable, easygoing skis for intermediates. Here's our list of the best All-Mountain Cruiser skis for juniors.

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