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Life is short - and there's a big world beyond your local ski hill. No matter your skill set or mindset, we've got a great winter adventure for you. Now go. Explore.

Planes, Trains, and Motorboats

Daron Rahlves Returns from Dubai

Rahlves helped with ski clinics for the U.S. Ski Team and Spyder, skiing indoors

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA), the reigning X Games ski cross champion, has won the fabled Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuehel, Austria, as well as the World Championship super G. But, while doing ski clinics for U.S. Ski Team and personal sponsor Spyder at an indoor ski facility in Dubai recently, he had to answer a question he had never thought about before: "Hey, Daron, what's it like to ski outdoors?"

Rahlves, the 2001 World Champion, spent a few days in Dubai doing clinics with kids and adults in the world's largest indoor ski facility.

Inn of the Month: December 2007

Twin Farms, Barnard, VT

It's not often that a hotel can claim its own ski hill. True, 700 vertical feet is no Killington (30 minutes away), but Twin Farms, on a 300-acre country estate, calls this six-trail slope its own, and you need not be part of any private club to ski it. You do have to be a guest, lodging in one of a dozen charming cottages. Two favorites are Orchard, with two hand-carved fireplaces, white ash floors and tree-studded mountain views; and Woods, with vaulted ceilings, arched picture windows and a Rococo-style décor that imparts a Tuscan feel.

Park and Ride


The surf's up this winter at Michigan's Boyne Mounain

Inside Line: The Chutes at Mt. Rose

Inside Line: The Chutes at Mt. Rose

Pickup trucks and family vans. Skiers and boarders of all—and we do mean all—styles and sizes. Picnic tables on steel-grate sundecks holding trays of
cafeteria food. But also heart-pounding 55-degree steeps? Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe—located an easy 22 minutes from the Reno airport—delivers unpretentious day skiing with a surprising hardcore twist. Rose has been Reno’s winter playground since the 1930s. Its run-striped face reflects off downtown’s gaudy casino towers. Its hulking mass is the ever-present backdrop to Reno’s street scene.

Residents need little persuading to stop and smell the Rose. They breeze through laps on the mountain’s open slopes as a lunch break, run the kids up to the hill after school, and meet friends for a few runs the way folks in other cities might meet for coffee or cocktails. A third of Rose’s appeal is its snow. With a base elevation of 7,400 feet (Tahoe’s highest), and predominantly north- and east-facing aspects, Rose consistently boasts great conditions. Another third is its vibe. Friendly and easygoing, Rose is the kind of place where you ski right onto the lifts, where the regulars in the Timbers bar strike up conversations with the people next to them and where the beginner lift (adorned with a fake palm tree, of course) seems always to be staffed by a guy who looks and sounds like Santa Claus. But the final third of Rose’s appeal is terrain. Always great for intermediates and advanced skiers wanting to log loads of mileage in a few short hours, Rose is now also on Tahoe’s short list for experts. The vertiginous fingers of The Chutes—opened in 2004—attract even the steeps devotees who used to stick exclusively to Squaw. And in the Tahoe Basin, that’s high praise indeed.

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◗ MUST DO Ski Rose on the day you fly into Reno or the day you depart. At 22 minutes from baggage claim, it couldn’t be easier—or more of a lark.

MUST SKI Double-diamond El Cap for a fright. Lakeview for big Tahoe vistas and a more relaxed taste of Rose.

APRÈS Timbers for an Icky IPA or a shot of Liquid Rose with the garrulous local crowd. Or the new Sky Bar in the Slide Lodge.

DINING The new Slide Lodge, an all glass-and-big-views day lodge overlooking the arid scenery of Carson Valley, opens this year. Try the sundeck’s View Bar-B-Que.

LODGING Peppermill for Reno’s nicest casino hotel experience and great ski packages; Or stay in nearby Incline Village.


A pocket guide to Mt. Rose in Nevada.

A pocket guide to Mt. Rose in Nevada.Until Tahoe's Mt. Rose formally opened its chutes last year to the renegades who've been poaching them since the '60s, the sleepy ski hill was a family favorite. Now that this collection of in-bounds, 1,500-vertical-foot, 45-degree shots is fair game and avy-controlled, you can rip them without fear of getting buried—or having your ticket yanked.

Pottery to Go


An Airstream trailer puts contemporary ceramics on the road.

Slay Ride


Skiers bite off more than they can chew-on the slopes and off-at Transylvania's Poiana Brasov.

Reader Resort Survey 2005: Midwest No. 5 - Boyne Highlands


Midwest No. 5: Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs, Mich.

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


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.

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