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.
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."
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.