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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.
Known as the local's hill for Anchorage's dedicated rippers and off-season fishermen, Alyeska was rarely visited by Lower 48ers before the Chugach heli scene went off
Jackson's open-boundary policy, now three years old, has been the most significant story in North American ski resorts in recent memory.
Little Cottonwood Canyon, home of Alta and Snowbird, is the motherland of American powder skiing. The upper reaches of this Wasatch box canyon regularly get 500 or so inches of the finest fluff in the country.
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