Between the Lines, December 2012

1212_130CONTRIBUTORS: DEAN KUIPERS
Dean Kuipers, who wrote "Honey Stinger," about an FBI ecoactivism informant, isn't new to environmental reporting. His first article for Outside, in 1993, was about monkeywrench-style sabotage, and his book Operation Bite Back tells the story of radical activist Ron Coronado. In this issue, Kuipers focuses on "Anna," an informant who infiltrated a group of seemingly innocuous radicals, spying on them but also egging them on. "This guy Eric McDavid was arrested simply for talking, which has become a pattern post-9/11," says Kuipers, who lives in Los Angeles. "The FBI is using informants to generate a lot of radical chatter and then nailing people for it. Getting 20 years for that is just wrong."

TRAVEL PLANNING: EXCUSES, EXCUSES
To help you prepare for ski season, we assembled a list of North America's 18 best resorts ("Powder to the People") and put it all online with an additional 40. So what's standing between you and your next ski vacation?

1. BUDGET
There's skiing almost everywhere. Forty states have ski areas, many reasonably priced—like Missouri's Hidden Valley ("Elevation: 860"), where a lift ticket is just $45.

2. FAMILY
Ski schools (read: babysitters) are ubiquitour. And at resorts like Stratton, Vermont, and California's Squaw Valley, the schools, restaurants, and hotels are all walking distance from world-class corduroy.

3. LOCATION
Steamboat Springs, Colorado, has flights from 230 U.S. airports, and Alta and Snowbird are just a 45-minute drive from Salt Lake City. Which is to say, there's no excuse for not skiing great snow every weekend.

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