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"Squallywood" Author to Host Clinics March 1, 6, and 7

Ski-the-book: Squallywood – A Guide to Squaw Valley’s Most Exposed Lines with Robb Gaffney M.D.

Photo By: Tom O'Neill


Jackson Hole, Wyoming: Rank 10 West, 1997

Features

Jackson breeds an odd loyalty from its admirers. "To hell with pleasant sunny weather," a reader begs. "Give me snow and cold¿Jackson Hole in January."

Gore Mountain, New York: Rank 9 East, 1997

Features

Owned by a state government notorious for bloated bureaucracies, Gore Mountain is one tax-supported operation that actually works. The hill is deceptive, with most of its respectable 2,100 vertical hidden behind a false summit.

Copper Mountain, Colorado: Rank 14 West, 1997

Features

Copper Mountain Resort has battled neighborhoodbullies in Summit County and the Vail Valley for years. With Vail buying Breckenridge and Keystone, andIntrawest acquiring Copper, it finally looks like a fair fight.

Big Sky, Montana: Rank 24 West, 1997

Features

With the second biggest vertical in the U.S. (4,180 feet) and jaw-dropping expert terrain off the Lone Peak Tram, Big Sky is starting to get noticed.

Snowbird, Utah: Rank 4 West, 1997

Features

Snowbird is a purist's paradise striving to transform itself into a winter resort. So far, so good.

Alta, Utah: Rank 8 West, 1997

Features

Alta is one of the last great shrines to serious skiing in America. It's routinely acknowledged as having the best snow on earth (rated No. 1 in the country), and blessed with challenging runs worthy of such natural bounty.

2002 Number 10 resort in the Pacific: Sierra-at-Tahoe, Calif.

Travel

Sierra-at-Tahoe is marketed as a family area, and, as a result, many hardcore skiers have come to assume that it isn't worth their time. The loss is theirs.

Crème de la Crème

Features

The success of a ski vacation depends first on quality terrain and conditions. But a memorable stay at a grand hotel can make five consecutive powder days at a 8,000 feet that much sweeter.

Winter Park, Colorado: Rank 18 West, 1997

Features

Many loyal Denver skiers think Winter Park, up from No. 26 last year, is the best resort in Colorado. It gets high marks for its wide cruisers, whack-me moguls and generous elbow room.

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