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Schuss Mountain, Mich.: Rank 3 East of Lake Michigan, 1998

Features

Schuss Mountain was the Rodney Dangerfield of Michigan skiing until it became part of Shanty Creek Resorts. Now the Shanty/Schuss combo¿located on separate peaks about three miles apart¿encompasses 41 runs and 600 lodging options.

Loon, New Hampshire: Rank 7 East, 1997

Features

Jack of all trades, master of none, Loon makes no boasts about having the longest, widest or steepest anything in New England.

Indianhead, Mich.: Rank 2 West of Lake Michigan, 1998

Features

Indianhead is the big chief of Michigan's Upper Peninsula ski tribe. It's an upside-down resort, with the lodging and main facilities located on top of the 638-vertical-foot ski hill, highest in the U.P.

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.

Three More Colorado Resorts Open

Features

Beaver Creek, Monarch and Steamboat are the next Colorado ski resorts to open this week offering skiers some of the best opening day conditions in recent years.

Many Happy Returns

Travel East

Massachusetts' Jiminy Peak snags New York City weekenders by proving it's all about the family. (Good directions help, too.)

First Turns: Mt. Baker, WA

Travel Pacific

In the early season, the mountain-1,000 acres and 1,500 vertical feet-can go from bare to buried in a matter of days, and the snow is thick enough to slather the steepest, rockiest pitches.

2002 Number 17 Resort In North America: Aspen Highlands, Colo.

Travel

For anyone unclear on Aspen Highland's best attributes, let a reader enumerate them: "Terrain, terrain, terrain." Some terrain you ski from lifts, some you hike to, some you view.

2002 Number 18 Resort In North America: Snowbird, Utah

Travel

Terrain and snow are what define a mountain's character, and Snowbird draws aces on both accounts. Readers rate the 'Bird second on the continent for Challenge, and they aren't kidding.

Granite Peak Essentials

Travel Midwest

Everything you need to know about Granite Peak.

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