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Dispatches Special: 2006 Ski and Snowboard Report

Freestyle skier Kristi Leskinen and freeski stud Dana Flahr     Photo: Andrew Southam

The 2005-06 Ski Resort Guide

Introducing your winter passport: Detailed resort profiles, up-to-date snow condition reports, the best resorts for a cadre of special interests, how-to and gear-review articles, special lodging and package-deal rates, and loads more. CLICK HERE

» When the boys wouldn't let her play, KRISTI LESKINEN decided to start her own game: women's park-and-pipe skiing

» Skip the high-rise hotels for five of our favorite CLASSIC LODGES

» The best-decked SLOPESIDE BARS are perfect for revelers and hecklers

» Nordic novelty ANDREW NEWELL is a skinny-skiing freestyle badass

» With sprawling blues, 50-degree chutes, and a lift ticket also good at Big Sky, MOONLIGHT BASIN , Montana's newest resort, is a secret paradise

» REAL SKI PORN has nothing to do with face shots and meaty hucks. Or does it?

» Meet DANA FLAHR , Canada's next gravity-violating superstar

» Bean buzz: We suss the best ski-hill JAVA SHOPS

» The new, new thing in resort terrain parks: A TERRAIN-PARK RESORT

» Atypical SKI-TOWN JOBS , from chaplain to surgeon to brewmeister

» TIPS FROM BODE MILLER: The world's greatest alpine racer has an opinion on just about everything, including the best Rx for your turns

» Say it with us: "I've got a little place up in Aspen." We dish the TIME-SHARE 411 .

» Forget the tickets to Turin; the perfect place to WATCH THE OLYMPICS is a rough-edged Gem State watering hole

» STYLE: We hit the streets and peaks of Sun Valley, Idaho, mixing aprè;s and play in mountain-ready technical wear and town-tested casual threads

» REVIEW: The best new boards and skis, from Salomon, K2, Burton, Arbor, Ride, Atomic, and others

PLUS: Why are low-impact athletes like cyclists and swimmers ending up with bones as brittle as a 70-year-old's? Turns out YOUR SKELETON NEEDS A GOOD POUNDING to build mass. We lay out a sound plan for strong bones. PLUS: What makes a good skier? In our newest column, we reveal what it takes to CARVE LIKE A CHAMP .

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