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After being the first ski area inNorth America to open for the 2002-2003 ski and snowboard season, LovelandSki Area experiences one of the snowiest openings in the area's 66 yearhistory.
Drop-dead scenery, dead-if-you-fall drops, cold-smoke snow, and a smokin'-hot party scene are reason enough to land Sunshine on this list.
Labyrinthine is the word that best describes the constellation of valleys and ridges that make up The Canyons; lost is the word that best describes the plight of first-time visitors who don't take the size and diversity of this place seriously.
Although it packs a whopping 3,300 acres, Park City doesn't scream "big mountain" from the base.
Big, now bigger. Steady expansion over the past six seasons has grown this Montana resort to 3,000 acres, an amazing amount of terrain given the small local population.
Before 1995, Snowbasin was Utah's redheaded stepchild, with limited terrain and slow lifts.
A vast clamshell of jagged volcanic rock, Kirkwood's front side has steeps, cliffs, and cirques all within an easy traverse off the Cornice Express quad.
The town is eight blocks wide, 12 blocks long, and 45 miles from the nearest stoplight-and it has been that way for a century.
Steamboat's cowboy image remains a reality in this Western town, but it's the snow, not the Stetsons, that will keep you coming back.
Fernie is no longer a hidden little playground for in-the-know powder hounds-not with a new owner and an expansion that doubled terrain to 2,500 acres just four years ago.
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