Steamboat remains in the elite ranks of North American resorts despite a cash-strapped ownership that hasn't spent much in recent years. Why? Good bones: 2,939 acres, 20 lifts and a saucy 3,668-foot vertical drop.
After eight hours of spooling code for a Web e-tailer, the spent cyber lackey steers his Palm VII to the Internet. Downloading the hourly report confirms it: The clouds drooling outside have pasted the mountains with a foot of fresh since morning.
In the next decade, New Hampshire's Cannon Mountain will absorb and reopen its defunct, brush-covered neighbor, the Mittersill ski area. The $20 million expansion will ultimately include an interconnecting lift, an additional quad, a new base lodge, and another peak's worth of terrain. Until the red tape clears, though, you'll still have to shoulder your skis to track out this White Mountain stash.