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Attitash Announces $2.5 Million in Snowmaking Enhancements

News

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

Kirkwood Calif.

Travel

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

Lake Louise, Alberta: Rank 7 West, 1997

Features

This is one ski area where the over-used hook of "undiscovered gem" holds true. The handful of SKI readers who have ventured into Banff National Park rave over this northern treasure.

Killington, Vermont: Rank 2 East, 1997

Features

Killington is nothing if not persistent. For the 36th consecutive year, the Vermont giant (212 trails, 33 lifts and 3,150 vertical feet) boasted the longest season in the East.

Keystone, Colorado: Rank 15 West, 1997

Features

Keystone offers something few other resorts do: extensive night skiing. Want to take a morning (or afternoon) off? Lift tickets start at 8:30 am, noon, 2, 4 and 6 pm, and are good until Keystone closes at 9.

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.

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.

Deer Valley, Utah: Rank 5 West, 1997

Features

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.

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.

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