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Midwest No. 9: Shanty Creek, Bellaire, Mich.
Midwest No. 6: Big Powderhorn, Ironwood, Mich.
Hermann Maier is flying through the air, upside down. This isn't supposed to be happening.
In the early Eighties, Mammoth Mountain was the nation's No. 1 area for skier visits. On slope, the reasons for its huge appeal haven't changed: Mammoth is a big, brawny mountain with abundant snowfall and a stunning natural setting.
Still rustic and rough-hewn, Cannon lets you experience skiing the way it used be.
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.
When it comes to ski photography, Western resorts almost always hog the camera. Give Eastern shooters a chance, however, and they might surprise you.
In the early season, the mountain-1,000 acres and 1,500 vertical feet-can go from bare to buried in a matter of days, and the snow is thick enough to slather the steepest, rockiest pitches.
The last run isn't for the weak of limb or the faint of heart. It demands we dig deep into ourdepleted reserves and find a skier in there who's willing to face yet another challenge.
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