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You can blame the usual suspects: the crazy cost of mountain-town housing, the corporatization of the ski industry, the Man. Or dare to believe that our hero lives on.

From Lake Placid to Cordova and some select places in between, here’s our (highly subjective) list of the nation’s best mountain towns. Before telling us where we went wrong, please take a moment to acknowledge the courage and gall it takes to attempt such an impossible feat.

Cerra is giving back to Whitefish, Montana, through the Last Best Ride, an event that encourages community members to participate, no matter their skill level

The climate crisis has affected every corner of the country, including many of the places we once fantasized about moving to for a better quality of life

Ski-town restaurants are in dire need of workers, but ongoing housing crises are making it impossible for staff to live where they work