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Mark Elling

Northwest Update Blogger, Writer

Mark Elling is a long-suffering ski industry pro who specializes in weaseling into Ski and Skiing Magazine product tests annually in order to score free gloves and eat fat meals. Elling has a 20-year history of poor paying jobs in ski-dom, from teaching skiing in Montana to working as a snowcat skiing guide in southern Oregon. He currently keeps his creditors at bay working as a bootfitter at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon and as a freelance writer. Elling is the author of The All-Mountain Skier: The Way to Expert Skiing, 2nd ed. (McGraw-Hill).

The Inside Line: Baldface Lodge, B.C.

Travel

Bracketed by Valhalla and Kokanee Glacier provincial parks, Baldface Lodge boasts the largest snowcat-skiing venue in the world-36,000 acres-with some of the steepest cat-served lines on either side of the 49th parallel.

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.

Snowbird, Utah: Rank 16 West, 1998

Features

Charlie Parker said "If you don't live it, it won't come out your horn." With 500 annual inches of Utah snow, a diehard local attitude and an Alps-like smorgasbord of terrain, Snowbird lives it.

Leavenworth, WA

Travel Pacific

A profile of Leavenworth, WA, snowcat skiing.

2002 Number 30 Resort in North America: Durango Mountain Resort, Colorado, resort guide

Travel

What's in a name change? How about a whole new attitude? Durango Mountain Resort, née Purgatory, has returned to skiing's radar screen since new owners took the helm two years ago.

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