The Outside Yenta Says…

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Travel Guide, Winter 1995-1996

The Outside Yenta Says…

1. If you migrated toward (a), you’re a PURIST.
Crowds and glitz, say you, are the source of all evil. Take your Birkenstock-wearing, muesli-munching, powder-lusting self to

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
Life revolves around minivans and runny noses. Pack the Pampers and tote the tots to

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.
It’s not how you ski, but how you look that counts. Strike your poses at

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
You are in-bounds, out-of-bounds, upside down–all at the same time. Seek out cliffs and moguls at

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.

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