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Ski Resort Life

Worst Winter Ever? Don't Despair. East Forecast Calls for Snow.

Vermont's pre-eminent weather guy expects cold temperatures and above-average snowfall from here on out. Get ready to ski.

Just as denial, anger, bargaining, and depression are giving way to acceptance among Eastern skiers that this season is going to be hugest stinker ever, there’s reason for hope, possibly even joy, in the weather forecast.

“I would be optimistic heading into the end of this month and early February and March,” says Mark Breen, the senior meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, Vt.

That’s right, Eastern skiers: Step away from the ledge.

Deer Valley Ski Lessons With Ole

Learn how to ski from the certified instructors at Deer Valley Resort.

Ready, Set, Race

Enrolled in ski school since potty training, your kiddo now shreds expert runs. Is it time for a race program?

There once was a seven-year-old boy whose parents enrolled him in ski school at their local Utah hill. When the boy was nine, he tried out for the Park City Ski Team and didn’t make it. Disappointed because most of his friends were on the race-focused team, he continued with ski school. “The next year, he qualified for the ski team’s Devo program and became a strong, all-mountain skier,” says the boy’s mother, Cyndi Sharp. That boy is two-time Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety, currently one of the best giant-slalom skiers in the world.

2015 Top Ski Towns: Jackson, Wyoming

The town of Jackson is known for its dismally poor male-to-female ratio during the winter. Guys, if you don’t like your 7:1 odds, well, too bad.
(Photo: Bob Woodall/Focus Productions)

Jackson Hole is a pretty serious place. It starts with the ski area’s terrain, which
is gnarly enough that the management posts huge signs at the top and bottom of the Tram warning people to take it easy or they might get killed.

The Parent Whisperer

You can’t force a kid into being the next great thing, but you can do a lot of damage trying.

As an Olympic skier who now occupies the sidelines watching my own kids compete in the sport, I’m often assumed to have special insights about at least two things:

1. Who will be “the next Mikaela Shiffrin,” and

2. How, as a parent, to create “the next Mikaela Shiffrin.”

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