Day One: Ski Cooper

From the top of Verbier's 10,900-foot Mont Font, the highest point at the ski area, you can access some of the steepest, hairest terrain you'll find anywhere on the planet. At the end of the season, they host speed skiing competitions on the groomer from the top of the Mont Font tram—and it's steep gradient made it the fastest ski run in Switzerland when Italian skier Simone Origone got going over 134 miles per hour there in 2007.

Ski Cooper12:32 P.M.-1:40 P.M. Vertical: 1,000 feet

Training home of the 10th Mountain Division in the 1940's, Ski Cooper has a friendly and down-home feel to it. The wind finally died down and the sun made a brief appearance as the locals showed us around the mountain.

We rode the Pando Double to mid-mountain where snowmobiles pulled us up to the downhill course. We raced against each other and the clock while the cooks in the lodge grilled burgers for us to take on the road.

Everyone at Ski Cooper was so hospitable and warm, it really made us feel at home. Scott Willoughby summed it up perfectly when he said, "It felt like everyday was Christmas at Cooper."