Ski and Be Seen


Aug 16, 2006
Outside Magazine
Jay Peak

While other east coast resorts are winding down for the year, Vermont's Jay Peak is usually buried with snow come March.    Photo: Skye Chalmers/Jay Peak Resort

Telluride, Colorado
More than a century ago, Butch Cassidy stormed the San Miguel Valley Bank, in Telluride, Colorado, and snatched more than $20,000. In an unusual celebration of that heist, Telluride Ski Resort can relieve you of your own 20 grand. After flying in to Montrose or Telluride, you and three guests are picked up by helicopter and flown to town, then driven by snowmobile up to Tempter House, a sumptuous ski-in/ski-out rental perched on a 12,200-foot ridge. For the rest of the weekend, the ski patrol is your chauffeur. There's also an on-call massage therapist, a personal butler who waxes skis, and a breakfast delivery each morning. $20K (really!); 970-728-6900,

Jay Peak, Vermont
A beautiful thing called orographic uplift, coupled with 3,861 feet of Jay PeakĀ—the biggest summit that storms pass over after barreling across Canada for hundreds of milesĀ—guarantees that this small but storied ski area gets walloped with 355 inches of natural snowfall each winter. Some of the best stuff falls in mid-March, when the days are blessedly warmer. Track the Doppler, then drop in for a midweek powderfest at this 2,153-vertical-foot Wolf Creek of the East, starting with a tram run up to Tuckermans Chute. Lift ticket, $58; 800-451-4449,

Moonlight Basin, Montana
Feeling strong after almost five months on skis? Test your quads against the hale Montanans' on March 18 at Moonlight Basin's mini-triathlon, the Headwaters Spring Runoff. Competitors boot it up a timed hike of nearly 1,000 vertical feet to the top of the resort's Headwaters, a crashing fist of a mountain face. Competitors choose a run down lines like Hellroaring for the race's freeskiing segment. This trifecta ends with a 1.5-mile Super G race to the resort's midmountain Madison Lodge. Last year's men's champ, a ski patroller, smashed the other 50 racers' times by more than two minutes and took home $1,700. Still feeling a little soft for hiking? This year, Moonlight installed a double chairlift to access the Headwaters, increasing the resort's lift-served vertical terrain to 2,720 feet. Entry fee, $75; 866-212-0612,

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