You know they're out there. You've heard the rumors—tales of huge, blissfully empty mountains with bountiful terrain and even more bountiful snow. Like the legends of El Dorado or Shangri-La or Atlantis, they loom large in the imagination of every skier who's ever suffered through a half-hour liftline for a 10-minute shot at tracked-out snow. We're here to tell you the good news: The stories are true. There are still places—not all that far away—where top-shelf powder covers acres and acres of excellent terrain, where other skiers are welcome company rather than a hazard, and where the local soul runs as deep as the snow. Profiles of three such mountains follow. Think of them as sleeping giants—and get there before they wake up.
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