Less than an hour from cosmopolitan Innsbruck, in a rustic section of the Tirol, sits one of Europe's rising ski regions. Little known by Americans, the Zillertal Alps are popular with young Europeans for their epic skiing...
For the past five seasons, Mt. Sunapee has been bustling. The owners of Okemo, Vt., who were selected as caretakers of the state-owned day area, have invested $13 million, cutting new trails, adding lifts, building a new lodge and terrain park and increasing snowmaking.
When Fred Pabst Jr. started Bromley in 1936, he wanted to make skiing fun for everyone. He manicured the wide-open slopes, installed comfortable lifts and instituted on-mountain baby-sitting, all on a south-facing mountain.
Resorts from Maine to California are abuzz with stories of fantastic early season conditions and more skier visits than the last few years. Should the trend continue, who knows what's in store for the ski industry and its patrons.