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Top 5: Bumps


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Some days you feel like a bump, but some days you don’t.

1. WINTER PARK, Colorado
If you’re in for full-on, pain-inducing, thigh-pounding moguls, Winter Park’s Mary Jane area is your place. Whether it’s Derailer, Railbender, or Drunken Frenchman, the lines at the Jane are arrow straight, made by and for good bumpers. Flailers need not apply.

2. KILLINGTON, Vermont
You ain’t skied nothin’ till you’ve skied Outer Limits. This wide swatch of horrendously mean moguls will not only humble you, it’ll do it in front of a huge audience on the Bear Mountain Quad. Winter Park may have the best bumps, but Killington has the toughest.

3. TELLURIDE, Colorado
If you never seem to run out of compression in your pistons, this is your place. Runs like Kant-Mak-M, Spiral Stairs, and Zulu Queen have the kind of double fall lines, snaky ruts, and huge bumps that demand every fast-turning, ski-shuffling, hole-hopping trick in your bag.

The Face of Bell is where mogul stars are born. Drop straight off the nose for a bump workout that would crush Kurt Russell’s personal trainer. Or take center stage and rip the perfectly spaced moguls of Sunset or the gladed bumps on the Shoulder of Bell.

5. SQUAW VALLEY, California
Everyone thinks of Squaw as the birthplace of “extreme,” but just down the hill from the hucksters on the Palisades, off the Headwall, Newport, and Mainline lifts, bumpers have been happily ripping line after line for years. Well, the message has finally gotten out, and today “extreme” is just another combo at the nearby Taco Bell.

Top 5 For Avoiding Bumps

1. DEER VALLEY, Utah: Can corduroy be made of silk? It can at Deer Valley. The groomers here don’t mow the slopes, they tailor them.

2. VAIL, Colorado: Sure, there’s Prima/Pronto for the mogul crowd, but so much at Vail is a basin, bowl, or cruiser that you can ski all day without a rude encounter with a bump.

3. SNOWBASIN, Utah: It’s big and steep, and gets tons of great snow, yet there just aren’t enough people skiing here — yet — to make even one mogul. No exaggeration.

4. MT. BACHELOR, Oregon: The Northwest Territory offers some of the best gladed skiing in North America — with nary a bump in sight.

5. STRATTON, Vermont: Stratton’s army of snowcats keeps runs like the rolling Kidderbrook and North American — a helluva rippin’ run now that there are no longer lift towers on it — safe from moguls.