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Travel Question: Flying the Friendly Skies

Advice

Can I still check my skis, boots, poles and other luggage without getting hit with an excess-baggage fee? It seems airlines are always changing their policies.

Gear of the Year: 2002

Features

When manufacturers conceive new ways to make skiing more fun, credit is due. Here's the best of 2002.

On Skiing—Generation Y(ered)

Features

MP3 players, text messages, iPods: My friends are all hot-wired to the world when they ski. But they may be missing the connection.

All-Mountain Ski Test

Gear

Ski testing is hard work. Long hours, little sleep, daily meetings, stacks of paperwork. That's our story, and we're sticking to it.

Inside the Test

Features

Testing ski equipment is hard work-and a lot of hard play.

The Golden Age of Gear?

Gear

What used to be good is increasingly great, from easy-turning beginner boards to race-ready rockets.

Copper Mountain, Colo.: Rank 23 West, 1998

Features

Copper may have fallen in the rankings (last year it was No. 14), but the resort's management doesn't seem worried, viewing this as a time of transition.

Sleeping In: November 2001

Travel East

The Bretton Arms Country Inn Bretton Woods, N.H.
(Near Bretton Woods, Cannon Mountain, Attitash)

The monstrous and formal Mt. Washington Hotel can be intimidating. It's nice to wander through its showy and historic public rooms and admire its beauty and the natural beauty that surrounds it, but nearby on the same grounds is a more intimate, less-expensive alternative. The 34-room Bretton Arms, a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1896 and first opened to guests in 1907, a few years after the 200-room Mt. Washington was constructed.

Summer Drives 2003: Portland-Bend Loop

Features

Oregon is typecast as a land of conifer-smothered mountains dripping with rain. To really understand just how schizophrenic Oregon is, jump in your car and devote two days to the Portland-Bend Loop.

Honey, I Forgot the Kids

Features

As with any mass overland invasion, planning and executing a trip to the slopes requires a sound strategy.

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