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Mt. Baker Opens with a Hefty Base

Most resorts’ opening day consists of one run, maybe two. Wednesday, November 12, Washington’s Mt. Baker ski resort opened with 67 inches of snow at the base and eight lifts.

Mt. Bachelor, Oregon: #5 Best Park for 2008-09

Mt Bachelor

The Mt. Fuji-like summit offers 360 degrees of skiing, and some of the northwest’s most diverse terrain.

Bald Mountain’s shady north face is named after the hot springs-fed creek that runs through the base area. The signature run, Warm Springs, is one of the classic groomer descents in the country. If you can’t have fun on Warm Springs, you need a fresh tune and a ski lesson. This is not the place to slide a turn or suck at skiing. Few things compare to over 3,000 vertical feet of high-speed GS turns down this alley. Your legs will tremble and your lips will quiver with a strange mix of terror, excitement, and exhaustion. Warm Springs will make you remember that like powder, carving is pretty damn exhilarating. Plus, if you luck out with a fat storm with southwest flow, The Burn, the sidecountry zone created by the 2007 Castle Rock wildfire just off Warm Spring’s western boundary, is some of the best powder skiing in the country.

Secrets to Skiing Sun Valley

It’s a simple existence in Sun Valley, Idaho. Ski, party, repeat. But combine a demanding mountain with celebrity sightings and seemingly bottomless schooners of beer, and spending time at America’s most storied ski resort is anything but easy. Here’s a guide to doing it right.

Mt. Hood Meadows, OR

Mt Hood Meadows

You'll find high-speed cruisers over three miles long, and nearly a dozen wide-open bowls dropping into expansive, north-facing Heather Canyon.