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Killington, Vt.: Rank 2 East, 1998

Features

Killington is so big it makes your head hurt. Wait a minute¿maybe your head hurts because of Killington's nightlife. Either way, readers agree that Killington deserves a No. 2 ranking for the second year in a row.

Copper Mountain, Colorado: Rank 14 West, 1997

Features

Copper Mountain Resort has battled neighborhoodbullies in Summit County and the Vail Valley for years. With Vail buying Breckenridge and Keystone, andIntrawest acquiring Copper, it finally looks like a fair fight.

Attitash, New Hampshire: Rank 17 East, 1997

Features

If Wildcat is the bruiser of the Mount Washington Valley, Attitash is the soother.

First Turns: Brighton, UT

Travel Rockies

Brighton gets some of its biggest dumps early in the season due to a weather pattern that it shares with its southerly neighbors, Alta and Snowbird.

First Turns: Mammoth, CA

Travel Pacific

On opening day, the lifties hand out colored beads, skiers scavenge the woods for a stuffed woolly mammoth (and a season pass), and at noon, owner Dave McCoy makes a champagne toast on the sundeck.

Loveland Ski Area to Open Oct. 17

Features

Loveland Ski Area in Colorado officially kicks-off the nation's 2002-03 ski and snowboard season Thurs., Oct. 17. The combination of snowmaking, over 12 inches of natural snow and winter temperatures helped Loveland become the first ski area in North America to open for the season.

Crotched Redux

Travel East

It's been a rough few decades for small and midsize New England resorts. Most have closed (and are already well on their way to returning to their natural state).

Mad River Mountain

Travel Midwest

In the otherwise snowless Buckeye State, this skier factory specializes in turning novices into skiers.

Marquette, Mich.

Travel Midwest

Location, vertical drop and family-friendly prices push this area to the top of many Midwest skiers' "favorites" list.

First Turns: Killington, VT

Travel East

Until last season, Killington held a 41-year streak for earliest opening day in the East. Record-breaking aside, Killington remains place for right coasters to get their fall turns.

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