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2002 Number 9 Resort in the Midwest: Indianhead, Mich.

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After a year's absence from the Midwest Top 10, Indianhead-the UP's Big Chief-is back with new owners and a new attitude.

Factors Affecting Early-Season Snow Conditions

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Top-Five Factors Affecting Early-Season Snow Conditions

2002 Number 15 Resort in the East: Wildcat, N.H.

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What's not to love about Wildcat? Classic trails like Polecat and Lynx that wind past million-dollar views of Tuckerman Ravine and Mt. Washington.

2002 Number 2 Resort In North America: Vail, Colo.

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No matter whether Vail's ranking is a straight number or curved, there's little doubt that it sets the agenda for North American skiing.

2001 Number 20 Resort in North America: Northstar-at-Tahoe, Calif.

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Originally built as a homeowners' perk in 1972 to draw buyers to a planned community, Northstar has blossomed into the Tahoe region's third most-visited resort. The resort's beauty is in the details: free lessons five times daily, and more.

The Survey Is Wrong

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Am I alone in finding the annual SKI Magazine Reader Resort Survey profoundly unsatisfying? Every year it's Whistler, Vail; Vail, Whistler. With Sun Valley and Deer Valley filling out the top four.

2001 Number 6 Resort in North America: Vail, Colo.

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It's baa-ack. You can't blame other resorts for learning from-and occasionally surpassing-the master. But this year's survey reminds us that Vail unquestionably set, and continues to raise, the standard of the ski vacation.

2001 Number 18 Resort in the East: Jay Peak, Vt.

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Tucked away hard by the Canadian border, Jay Peak reminds you a bit of Jackson Hole, Wyo. There's the tram, of course. And both resorts are a bit hard to get to, but well worth the trip.

2001 Number 23 Resort in North America: Solitude, Utah

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Like the eagles that fly above its runs, this ski area is soaring. Although the majority of its visitors are day-trippers from nearby Salt Lake City, destination skiers are discovering Solitude's plentiful snowfall, 1,200 acres of terrain and...

2001 Number 18 Resort in North America: Big Sky, Mont.

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Big Sky's spirit-cleansing wildness draws universal raves as one of the most scenic and least crowded resorts in America.

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