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Best Powder: Alta/Snowbird

Best Powder 2009: Alta/Snowbird

Alta and Snowbird usually receive between 400 and 500 inches of snow, depending on the season and where it’s measured. In 2008, Alta got 702 inches. That's nuts.

Chairlift Piled with Snow

Recent Utah Snow

A few images from the recent storm that pummeled Utah ski resorts. Some resorts claimed as much as 48 inches from the weekend system, a necessary addition to the base before holiday skier traffic.

Pro freeskier and Utah-native Suzanne Graham, age 23, has been skiing Alta for the past 15 years. Next fall, she’s appearing in an all-female ski film called Say My Name, a project created by fellow pro skier Grete Eliassen. Yesterday, Alta opened the gates on the High Traverse terrain after a day of closure and a seven-foot dump over the past week. We rode the Collins Lift with Suzanne to ask her some tips on skiing Alta on a powder day.

Chairlift Interview: Suzanne Graham

We spoke to pro skier and BASE-jumper Suzanne Graham yesterday at Alta, Utah, about BASE jumping, med school, and how to fight the powder-hungry masses on Alta's famous High Traverse (hint: it's all in your elbows).

Go-go dancers, killer DJs, and a hopping late night scene make Tommy’s the choice for libations after you’ve gone home and cleaned up. Guaranteed to rock.

The Seven Best Bars in Ski Country

Every local has their favorite watering hole and every ski town has some great ones. While we can’t guarantee that a visit to one of these bars will give you that warm fuzzy, “I’m home, mom” feeling, we can say that if you’re looking for a warm place with cold beer to end up when your day is finished, these fine establishments should be at the top of your list. And if your favorite isn’t here, don’t be shy, let us know by posting your recommendations in the “comments” section below. —Tom Winter

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Where to Ski This Weekend: April 4-5

Thanks to extended operating hours, fresh snow, spring parties, and end-of-the-season savings, now is the time to go skiing. We've got tips on where to head this weekend, including Durango, Colorado, Taos, New Mexico, Okemo, Vermont, and Alta, Utah.