Skiing on ice gives you a technical foundation for life.
By Chan Morgan
Cold weather rants from my very Western wife generally begin with something like, "It's so awful in the East. No wonder Eastern ski academies are POW camps and you guys don't know how to enjoy yourselves." Perhaps, but I remember the beating Westerners took at my first Junior Nationals at Stratton in Vermont, especially the ones from the Far West, where the weather is extra warm and the snow extra soft.
Stratton made the biggest leap of any resort this year-moving up from No. 17 to No. 4-by catering to a well-heeled clientele who prefer gliding down corduroy to launching off bumps. Since becoming part of the Intrawest family in 1994, Stratton has invested millions into updating and renovating the faux-Bavarian resort to meet the demands of the metro-New York families who frequent it.
SKI readers have spoken: For the first time in 14 years of our Resort Survey, neither Vail nor Whistler sits atop the standings. Hail Deer Valley, the new No. 1. Check out where your favorite resort finished.