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Ski Resort Life

Mountains of Money

Jay Peak Resort | Jay Peak Vermont
Jay Peak Resort | Jay Peak Vermont
Jay Peak has long been loved for its above-average snowfall. Now a blizzard of foreign capital has transformed it into a four-season wonderland. And the bottom line? Jobs where they’re needed most.

Dribs and drabs. Some snow guns here, a new groomer there, fresh carpet for the base-lodge bar...

Tip Sheet: Highland Bowl, Colo.

This Aspen Highlands extreme terrain is a rite of passage for any serious skier. Here’s how to do it well.

Life in an Orange Bubble

Okemo Mountain Bubble Chair
Life in an Orange Bubble
Okemo's new Sunburst enclosed sixpack has heated seats. Sign of the Apocalypse? Or just a sensible way to beat the Vermont winter cold?

Is this really how pampered we’ve become? Eastern skiers, after all, always prided themselves on being a little hardier than the rest. Rain, wind, frigid temps, and brutally cold lift rides—always just part of the experience.

Now Okemo and Leitner-Poma have teamed up to bring us…what…the ultimate high-speed sixpack for wussies, with heated seats to warm our buns and an orange-tinted bubble enclosure to keep out the wind, rain, and good old New England sleet.

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2015 Resort Survey Comments Exposed

We asked you for your honest feedback about resorts. Here are some off-the-wall comments.

When readers fill out the resort survey to rank the best resorts in North America, most have great things to say. However, not everyone likes a given resort. We get thousands and thousands of comments, and, after sorting through all of them, here are some of the funny/odd/interesting ones. But because we don’t like to hurt feelings, we kept the resort names out of it.

“Not for urban types.”

Scene: Something Blue

Beetle kill is showing up in ski country's tap and tasting rooms, including at T
Beetle kill is showing up in ski country's tap and tasting rooms, including at The Little Nell, Aspen. | Photo: CHRIS COUNCIL/C2 PHOTOGRAPHY
These Colorado resorts turned millions of acres of diseased pines into something uniquely beautiful.

Who knew a quarter-inch-long beetle could cause so much destruction? The nefarious mountain pine beetle, responsible for infesting roughly 3.4 million acres of lodgepole pines in the Colorado Rockies, has left behind diseased mountainsides nationwide that would collectively cover the state of Connecticut.

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.

A Rebirth for Burke

After transforming Jay Peak, the resort’s owners turn their sights on its sister-mountain. And again, foreign investors will pick up the tab.

Lovers of Burke Mountain, now Q Burke, can’t be blamed for being a little nervous about the transformation beginning to take place at their home hill.

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