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Midwest No. 2: Chestnut Mountain, Galena, Ill.
Midwest No. 1: Crystal Mountain, Michigan
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.
No pressure, but everyone's life depends on you.
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