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On Skiing: Long-Range Forecast

Snow, then sunny skies in Tahoe, followed by periods of high frustration and scattered melancholy.

It’s snowing in Tahoe as I write this. Which is great if you live in Tahoe. Unfortunately, I no longer do. I’m about as far from the crown jewel of the Sierras as possible while still living within the borders of the continental United States.

I know it’s snowing there because from November through April, I check the weather at Lake Tahoe at least once a week. I go to my favorite weather website and punch in the zip code for California’s Olympic Valley. It has been nearly a decade since I lived there, but I haven’t forgotten it: 96146.

Colorado Gems

Travel

No liftlines. Near-empty slopes. Zero fuss. In this gilded era of monster mountains and megaresorts, a batch of small ski areas in Colorado might surprise you by serving up just what you're looking for.

Face Shot: Paul Roderick

People

Pual Roderick: fixed-wing pilot.

Inside Line: Vail, Colorado

Travel

An inside look at Vail, Colorado

Cathedral of the Gods

Warren Miller

When you've spent your whole life sharing skiing with the world, once in a while you're allowed to keep a secret.

Skiing's Biggest Secrets: The Motherlode

Features

Named for its mining roots, Silver Mountain, Idaho, could just as easily have been dubbed Snoworld: 430 annual inches bless the resort's rapidly expanding terrain.

Both Sides of the Rope

Features

Take advantage of resorts' backcountry-access gates with gear that is handy inbounds and critical out-of-bounds.

Ski It Your Way

Features

Make the mountian your private symphony.

Early Bird Special

Warren Miller

If you're given the chance to make first tracks, ask yourself: If not now, when?

Backcountry Basics

Travel

If resorts are becoming too tame for your taste, it's time to venture into the backcountry. Here's a guide to getting started-plus six novice routes.

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