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snow quality

Attitash Announces $2.5 Million in Snowmaking Enhancements


Attitash incorporates some of the latest technology, fan guns, into their powerful snowmaking system.

Kirkwood Calif.


Learn the ways of the backcountry at an off-the-beaten-track Lake Tahoe resort.

Gore Mountain, New York: Rank 9 East, 1997


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.

Snowbird, Utah: Rank 4 West, 1997


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

Deer Valley, Utah: Rank 5 West, 1997


Deer Valley is a feast for the senses¿and you're the guest of honor. Start the day by enjoying 1,100 acres of primarily cruising terrain, perfectly groomed by a fleet of snowcats that smooth, buff and roll all night.

Smugglers' Notch, Vermont: Rank 15 East, 1997


The chairs are ancient and slow and its location is remote, but nobody does a better job of taking care of families than Smugglers'.

Copper Mountain, Colorado: Rank 14 West, 1997


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.

Jay Peak, Vermont: Rank 16 East, 1997


Jay is perhaps New England's most intriguing resort. It gets big dumps and attracts a bilingual crowd because it's just 90 miles from Montreal.

Breckenridge, Colorado: Rank 22 West, 1997


One person's bane is another's nirvana. So be it with Breckenridge's four peaks. While getting from Peak Seven to Peak Ten drives some of our readers crazy, others laud Breckenridge for its exceptional variety of terrain.

Alta, Utah: Rank 8 West, 1997


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.

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