Bode Miller: Greatest Living Writer!
Skiers, from beginners to pros, often put too much weight on the tails of their skis. The fix? In his just-published memoir Bode: Go Fast, Be Good, Have Fun ($25; Villard Books), Bode Miller, reigning overall World Cup champion, suggests sliding PowerBars behind your calf to push you forward: "I'd put them in my boots...and let them mold to my shape; by the time I got up the mountain they'd have firmed up again, nice and high in the back. Worked like high-test gas." Gordy Megroz
Want to vacation like a billionaire? Welcome to the world of fractional ownership, where scores of property-owning options at the nation's top resorts are on the table for literally a fraction of the costjust take one multi-million-dollar luxury home and divide the deed with a dozen other folks. For at least four weeks a year the pad is yours, along with all the priority trimmings a Fortune 500 income can buy.
Front Four at Stowe Mountain Lodge Stowe, Vermont
The 2,000-to-3,500-square-foot Front Four condos, slated for a June 2007 premiere, have plush accoutrements like granite countertops and flat-screen TVsplus free access to the resort's day spa. From $289,000 for 1/8 share; 877-977-7823, www.frontfouratstowe.com
Storied Places Mammoth Mammoth Mountain, California
Snag one of these 2,800-square-foot, ski-in, ski-out townhouses, to be completed by 2007, and you'll have 33 reasons for taking on that second mortgageone for each foot of snow. $500,000 for 1/7 share; 888-955-7155, www.storiedplaces.com
The Ritz-Carlton Club, Bachelor Gulch Beaver Creek, Colorado
Ownership in one of 54 condosup to 2,500 square feet worthin Beaver Creek's Bachelor Gulch gets you door-to-chair access to lifts, plus a valet who warms your boots and schleps your skis to the slopes. $200,000$530,000 for 1/12 share; 866-485-2400, www.ritzcarltonclub.com
The Residences at the Chateaux Deer Valley, Utah
You'll have views of 10,000-foot Jupiter Peak, sandstone fireplaces, and a private deck in a 2,200-to-3,000-square-foot space. What else is there? E-mail a grocery list to the office and they'll stock the cupboards before you arrive. $306,500$475,000 for 1/6 share; 866-658-8555, www.chateauxresidences.com
At Nature's Door Whistler, British Columbia
Can you really put a price on a hot-tub view of the 2010 Winter Games downhill events? These 22 wood-and-slate, 2,300-to-2,700-square-foot abodes come with media rooms and wood-burning fireplaces. Plus, at Christmas, you'll get preferential seating at restaurants like the Bearfoot Bistro. $208,000$275,000 for 1/10 share; 866-877-4545, www.storiedplaces-whistler.com