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Best Heli-Skiing

"It's like skiing something in Alaska—big terrain, long and steep, and the guides are really good."—Ingrid Backstrom, who appears in this year's Attack of La Niñ...

Best Rest-Day Activities

"I hook up with Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures, a small, rowdy outfitter. You're still skiing pow, but it's springtime in the valley. During down days I go fishing and crabbing."...

Best Ski-Racing Camp

Former U.S. Olympians Erik Schlopy and Jake Zamansky, along with former U.S. Ski Team head coach Phil McNichol, teamed up to start PointZero1, a fantasy ski camp that re-creates the experience...

Best Comedy Festival

Telluride saves its best parties—Mountainfilm, the bluegrass festival, Blues and Brews—for the warmer months. The exception to this rule: the comedy festival, which takes place every...

Best Apr├Ęs-Ski Waterpark

When packing for Jay this season, bring your powder skis and a surfboard. The mountain received 96 inches of snow last March, and it's also got a new 50,000-square-foot indoor water park to keep...

Best New Trails

Last season, Sugarloaf, like many New England resorts, received 22 inches during a Christmas blizzard. That's no guarantee, but if it gets anything close to that this year, you'll have an...

Best Hike-To Terrain

No resort gets a bigger La Niña bang for the dump than Crested Butte, which often has thin cover until February. But last year, 62 inches fell between December 16 and 23, allowing early...

Biggest Party

Last season, Vail got 56 inches of snow between January 17 and 23. With anything close to that, the inaugural Winter Teva Mountain Games (February 9–12) should be a powder paradise. An...

Best New Lift

Skiing Jackson's upper mountain—home to its famous steeps and stashes—has always required descending all 4,139 vertical feet to the village tram dock. Now the new Marmot lift, which...

Best New Glades

The resort’s recent expansion is small but impressive. These five new trails on ­Andesite Mountain include Shady Chute, a 2,000-foot tree shot through 40-degree steeps, and Wolf Den, a...

Best Powder

After getting hammered with a record 811 inches of snow last season—241 in March alone—Squaw becomes even more powder-friendly this year: digital information boards will report when...

Best Spring Skiing

Typically dry during a La Niña year, Taos always skis well in March. This summer, to make the most of whatever winter brings, the family-owned resort thinned trees on the north-facing...

Best Terrain

Last year was insane: close to 800 inches of fluff fell, and Snowbird stayed open until the Fourth of July. Here's your game plan to beat the crowds: spring for the $92 AltaBird ticket, which...

My Favorite 5: Mike Hattrup

As Told to Gordy Megroz1. Jackson Hole, Wyoming  I’m not interested in making 15 turns and then traversing—I want my legs to be...

My Favorite 5: Billy Kidd

As Told to Gordy Megroz 1. Steamboat, ColoradoSkiing is a family sport, and in Steamboat, off any lift, you have a variety of trails that can...

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