FOUR MORE AU­THEN­TIC GEMS THAT RE­MIND US WHY WE SKI

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Ski Cooper, Colo.

No short­age of soul­ful ski history here. The 10th Moun­tain Di­vi­sion trained on th­ese slopes dur­ing World War II, and an­tique ski equip­ment and black-and­white pho­tos cover the walls of the base lodge. While lift-served acreage is only 400, an­other 1,500 ad­ven­tur­ous acres are ac­ces­si­ble via snow­cat.

Grand Targhee, Wyo.

Come for the blower pow, stay for the wel­com­ing lo­cal vibe, le­git ter­rain, and crowd-free slopes. Hit up The Trap— where ev­ery­one is treated like a lo­cal— at the end of the day for cold brews and live mu­sic.

Wild­cat, N.H.

Wild­cat’s 2,000-plus-foot sus­tained vert from the top has gar­nered it le­gions of devo­tees who don’t mind a base lodge that des­per­ately needs up­dat­ing and the cold and windy climes. No-frills Eastern ski­ing, just how Eastern skiers like it.

Mt. Rose, Nev.

The Chutes at Mt. Rose of­fer up some of the tough­est ski­ing in Ta­hoe, though this 1,200-ski­able-acre moun­tain also lures diehards with its desert and lake views, lo­cal vibe, and rel­a­tively (for Ta­hoe) short lift lines.

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