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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 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.

2001 Number 16 Resort in North America: Aspen Highlands, Colo.

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Some of Aspen Highlands' biggest assets come literally out of the sky. The famously cooperative Western Slope weather produces an endless supply of bluebird days while conveniently piling up powder by night.

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