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Squaw Valley

Every time I ski Squaw, I bump into the same people on the KT Express chair. I never have to wait long to find diehard ski buddies who begin, spend and end each winter day lapping this one lift and its expert terrain. But a good day at Squaw for CEO emeritus Nancy Wendt Cushing—who just passed the reins of this brawny and historic mountain to someone outside the Cushing clan—involves covering a lot more ground on skis. It’s an easy thing to do: While this California classic may be best known for its signature steeps, Squaw’s six summits offer abundant options for literally all levels of skiers.

“Follow the sun,” Cushing advises with a knowing smile. She likes to start by zooming up the Funitel (a key component in a lift network capable of moving more bodies uphill per hour than any other ski area in the U.S.), then warming up on the easy, open meadow at the summit. From there she heads to the broad, rolling boulevards of forested Shirley Lake—a sunny day favorite with intermediates and families.

Back at the top, breeze down the sinuous folds of Silverado, a favorite hidden stash for Squaw skiers in the know. Each run gets more challenging. Next, angle down Headwall’s steeps then swing through the bumps of Sun Bowl. Nancy does it all wearing a ball cap, sunglasses and a happy look. With Squaw’s new efforts to improve the on- and off-hill customer experience, you and your family will have the same happy grin—even if you don’t meet your buddies at the KT chair. —S.R.

What’s New: Finally: Olympic House gets a renovation; new family features include a kids’ fun zone and trail map, and upgrades at the Children’s Center; new lighting will keep the terrain park open at night.

Mandatory Run: Did we mention KT Express? Easy way down: The Saddle.

Don’t Miss: High Camp, and its grab bag of non-ski diversions with lake views.

How to Ski: Use Different Turn Shapes to Find Overlooked Snow

SKI’s Director of Instruction, Mike Rogan, shows you how to make big turns in tight spaces and tight turns in big spaces.

No matter the snow conditions–crud, powder, bumps, ice–it's important to think about turn shapes to better pick the pockets of the hidden nooks and stashes of the mountain. Here's how.

Tasting the Season: Oktoberfest 2012

Usher forth the coming ski season with four wunderbar festivals.

Summer in Tahoe

An off-season adventure around the lake in three days.

Come for the snow, stay for the sun. As many locals will agree, summers in Tahoe are just as beautiful and full of adventure as the winters inspiring many a seasonal resort worker to stay long after last chair. Just two hours east of Sacramento on Interstate 80, Tahoe's sunny days on the beach, adrenaline pumping bike rides and wild night life of the South Shore are just a few reasons why a trip to the lake should be on your vacation agenda this summer.

Ski Moguls Like Moseley

Ski Moguls Like Moseley
Jonny Moseley on Jonny Moseley's run
Olympic champ Jonny Moseley helps you (finally) conquer the bumps.

Last fall, Jonny Moseley strode into my office with a bone to pick. “Moguls don’t need to be as hard as everyone makes them,” he insisted. As the magazine’s instruction editor and a mediocre-at-best bump skier, I was all ears if a little skeptical. I constantly hear from readers who want to improve their mogul technique, but can any of us really hope to shred like Moseley? What’s more, can an Olympic champ who pinballs zipper lines in his sleep break it down in terms we mortals can understand?

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