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Crested Butte

Crested Butt e rubs off on you. The same way you pick up a drawl after spending time with Southerners, you can’t help but take on a CB affect, with endless gratitude and perhaps a dash of smug satisfaction for having been lucky and/or smart enough to land here. Carving morning GS turns on the midmountain’s cascading double-blues as the rising sun chases shadows off perfect corduroy feels almost divinely inspired. An afternoon jump-turning the “holy extreme terrain, Batman!” on the back side and the steeper-than-steep gullies streaming from the peak—without the mercy of a single liftline to rest your legs—reminds you you’re alive. And mortal. But quite blessed. Maybe that’s why the locals—who outnumber the tourists in this “small, quaint and unpretentious town”— are so humble “and make you feel so welcome.” —D.W.

What’s New» Unclick at the top of the Peachtree lift and take Colorado’s only zipline canopy tour, which soars right over the ski trails year-round.

On-Hill Lunch » Lest you think CB’s laid-back vibe means it eschews gourmet, try a white-linen lunch at Uley’s Cabin; there’s also a prix-fixe sleigh-ride dinner.

Bragging Rights » At 55 degrees, Rambo is one of the steepest cut trails in the States. Huge bumps. Straight fall line. Full throttle.

Stuff We Like: 2-for-1 Plane Tix to Crested Butte, and Jay Peak Thule Tuesdays

Deals you won't want to miss.

Got rack? If it's a Thule, Jay Peak Resort on the snowy northern border of Vermont will give you and anyone else in your vehicle a $40 lift ticket for the day. 

Stuff We Like: Ski Areas for Rent

Fly solo at a ski area that's yours for the day.

How to Ski: Powder Bumps

Power skiing is easy—unless it’s just a thin cover on bumps. Here's how to deal.

What's the downside of deep powder? None that we can find. But hitting the bumps two days after a storm can be jolting. "Feel" the terrain with your skis. SKI’s Director of Instruction, Mike Rogan, shows you how to master what lies beneath.

 

Published: January 2012

How to Ski: Spines and Ridges

This type of terrain is ready-made to help you sharpen your technique—and have some fun on the hill.

With the terrain falling away on both sides of you, a spine line or ridge is a great way to improve or practice your technique during your ski day. Seek out, don't avoid, spine lines and ridges. Start with more moderate ridges to become comfortable with this type of terrain. SKI Mag Director of Instruction and PSIA team member Michael Rogan, demonstrates how to use this terrain to sharpen your skills—and have more fun on the hill.

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