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2003 Number 3 Resort in the East: Stowe, Vt.

Features

Stowe's considerable charm is about to become more charming. A $220 million expansion plan is moving ahead. Among other things, it includes additional lifts, snowmaking and terrain, along with a "hamlet" at the base of Spruce Peak.

2003 Number 2 Resort in the Midwest: Boyne Highlands, Mich.

Features

Boyne Highlands, near Harbor Springs in lower Michigan, has been a mainstay in Midwest skiing since 1964. "For this region, Boyne Highlands is about as good as it gets," says a reader.

2003 Number 27 Resort in North America: Alta, Utah

Features

Alta's unassailable charms are snow (abundant and as dry as the perfect martini), terrain (wide-open flanks punctuated with butt-clenching steeps) and value ($40 a day), categories it is accustomed to dominating in the annual rankings.

2003 Number 4 Resort in North America: Snowmass, Colo.

Features

At more than 3,000 acres and 4,400 vertical feet, Snowmass proves huge is better by providing just about everything you could want in a ski vacation. "Terrain variety is exceptional, and it never seems crowded," a reader says.

2003 Number 11 Resort in the East: Holiday Valley, N.Y

Features

When the Weather Channel makes its annual stakeout of western New York to tell the country lake-effect tales of woe, skiers at the east end of Lake Erie grin in anticipation. They know one of those prodigious snow bands is likely to lash Holiday Valley, perhaps the best ski area between the Adirondacks and the Rockies.

2003 Number 10 Resort in the East: Sunday River, Maine

Features

Thanks to some management changes at the top, Sunday River is now sporting a newer, happier attitude, causing one reader to call it "a civilized version of Killington." But its biggest success is still the Les Otten formula of snowmaking, grooming and lots of fast lifts.

2003 Number 6 Resort in the East: Loon Mountain, N.H.

Features

What do you do when you almost have it all? Loon Mountain, with its velvety smooth grooming, popular family programs and ideal location (two hours from Boston yet at a high enough elevation to get real snow) has asked itself just that. The answer this year is finesse.

2003 Number 25 Resort in North America: Crested Butte, Colo.

Travel

Crested Butte is not your average resort; it's a real mountain community with locals as loyal as they come. It's a bear to get to, but locals say that keeps the pretenders out.

East Update: December 2001

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What's going on in the east.

2002 Number 9 Resort in the East: Loon Mountain, N.H.

Travel

If you groom it, they will come. That mantra has served Loon Mountain well over the past decade, with more skiers discovering its well-groomed, well-made snow minutes off Route 93.

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