North & Central America

Best New Trails

The best new skiing trails for the 2011-2012 season are at Sugarloaf, Maine, which received 22 inches last year during a Christmas blizzard.

Best Dawn Patrol

The best early-morning skiing is at Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia: early morning gondola trip and bacon & egg breakfast, all for only $18.

Best Hike-To Terrain

Crested Butte, the ski resort with the best hike-to terrain, often has thin snow cover until February. Find out about their best ski packages.

Biggest Party

Vail, Colorado, not only has some of the best skiing in North America, but the Winter Teva Mountain Games will be fun for everyone.

Best New Lift

Read about the best new ski lift in North America, Jackson Hole's Marmot lift, and get the inside scoop on Jackson Hole's best skiing deals.

Best New Glades

Plan a skiing trip to Big Sky, Montana, anytime in January for up to 100 inches of fresh powder. We'll tell you were to find the best skiing deals.

Best Powder

Best power in California? Squaw Valley was hammered with 811 inches of snow last year. We tell you how to make the most of California skiing.

Best Spring Skiing

Taos, New Mexico, has the best spring skiing in the country. Get the inside scoop.

Best Terrain

Snowbird and Alta in Utah have some of the best ski terrain in the country. We give you the inside scoop on skiing these two resorts.

My Favorite 5: Mike Hattrup

Former U.S. Ski Team moguls skier and director of K2's Backcountry Ski division Mike Hattrup picks his favorite mountains

Rise to the Top

Avalanche air bags are gaining in popularity. And for good ­reason—they can increase survival rates by 98 percent. Here's how they work.