Travel Guide, Winter 1995-1996
1. If you migrated toward (a), you're a PURIST.
Mount Baker, Washington--Mecca for laid-back thirtysomething free-riders. Please, flannel shirts only.
Taos, New Mexico--Deep powder, steep terrain, and few TVs.
Alta, Utah--Monster 500-inch annual snowfalls and retro lifts that keep skiers in line rather than crowding the slopes.
Mad River Glen, Vermont--Minimal grooming, no high-speed quads. Just you, a 46-year-old single chair, and gnarly trails through pristine forest.
Grand Targhee, Wyoming--Legendary powder and sartorially challenged spud farmers from Idaho.
2. If you consistently chose (b), you are a PARENT
Northstar, California--Staffed with wholesome midwestern types for that heartland ambience.
Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho--With the kids safely stashed at the Enchanted Forest's nifty terrain garden, regain your sanity on the slopes.
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire--Kids tired of skiing? There's ice skating, swimming, and plenty of racket sports.
Sunday River, Maine--A one-two punch: Bethel's Mayberry-esque downtown for that family-values feel and Sunday River's great ski school.
Steamboat, Colorado--With 60 child-friendly instructors and their own Magic Carpet lift, your kids may never want to go home.
3. If you answered mostly (c), you are clearly a POSEUR.
Sun Valley, Idaho--Bring your tux and join the jewel-bedecked throwbacks to Hollywood's glamour days.
Vail, Colorado--Fur coats, big hair, and runs so groomed everyone feels like a hero.
Stratton, Vermont--Blond Connecticut housewives in BMWs roaring up to their condos.
Park City, Utah--Show up in January and hang with bicoastal industry moguls at the Sundance Film Festival.
Mammoth, California--The resort itself is low-key, but it's still mobbed by Los Angelenos. Enough said.
4. A steady selection of (d) marks you as PATHOLOGICAL
Jackson Hole, Wyoming--400 inches of annual snowfall and the baddest elevator shaft in North America. Few are worthy.
Mount Hood Meadows, Oregon--You, a Sno-Cat, and Heather Canyon, a gigantic chasm sliced open by volcanic mud flows.
Squaw Valley, California--Largest concentration of double-black-diamonds in the state.
Snowbird, Utah-- Continuous top-to-bottom tram runs give you a shot at 30,000-plus feet of hairy vertical daily.
Crested Butte, Colorado--Chutes, avalanches, and more chutes.