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Tip Sheet: Pali Face, Arapahoe Basin

Test yourself on Summit County, Colorado’s steepest slope.

»LocationArapahoe Basin, Colo.

»Getting There: The Pali double chair, looker’s right in the base area.

Where to Ski Next: Crystal Mountain, Wash.

One of the Northwest’s biggest ski mountains is determined to become a destination resort. Here’s how.

My timing couldn’t be better. Seven feet of light, dry snow fell on Crystal Mountain earlier in the week. The February storm’s ferocity shut down power to the resort, forcing a midweek closure. Which means the powder is still there, untouched and waiting, when I arrive on a cloud-covered Thursday.

Resort Guide 2014-15

Skiers know what they want in a resort, and that's why we asked more than 12,000 readers to rank their favorites. This is what they said.

Top 30 Ski Resorts in the West

 

Top 20 Ski Resorts in the East

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