Jack Frost

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Although the two areas are separated by a few miles they have many similarities. Both boast 100% snowmaking, both feature night skiing, both have 400-foot half pipes, both have tubing, and both have plenty of uphill capacity with nine lifts each.

The similarities end there. Jack Frost has twice as many trails as Big Boulder and 125 feet more vertical, although Big Boulder's actual summit is higher. Jack Frost is arguably steeper and has more black diamond and intermediate terrain, trail counts aside. But don't discount Big Boulder. It's a wonderful place to learn and improve and features a delightful beginners' area separate from the main slopes but handy to the lodge. Big Boulder also overlooks a lake, which adds a distinctive feel to the place. But the Poconos look pretty from the top of either mountain.


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Behind the Shots with Jack Affleck

Vail Resorts' corporate photographer has a pretty sweet job- when it dumps, he's tasked with documenting all the snow. That means he spends his days surrounded by pro skiers, endless amounts of powder, and he always gets first chair. We asked him about what comes together to create his favorite shots.