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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.

Driving Force

Driving Force
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Living the ski lifestyle isn’t exactly easy for most busy parents. But where there’s a will, there’s a way.

It’s 9:30 on a midwinter Friday night, and a river of red taillights winds its way east along I-80 up and over the High Sierra. Many of the cars are heading to old family cabins and rental properties around Lake Tahoe—places that are dark and empty most weekdays. But late on Fridays they come to life with the warmth of wood stoves and soft lights and the comforting smells of home-cooked lasagna and chili and hot chocolate.

Ski Trips 101: Cheap Tickets

Jackson Hole, Wyoming | Photo: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Jackson Hole, Wyoming | Photo: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
A few strategies for finding the best airfare to your next ski destination.

Getting to ski resorts has never been easier. This year, for example, Steamboat’s airport added connections to San Francisco and Washington-Dulles, Mammoth added Denver and Las Vegas, and Jackson Hole added Washington D.C. (DCA, BWI, and IAD). Adding Denver and Las Vegas is an especially big move for Mammoth: it opens massive doors to the Midwest and East.

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