FROM THE TOP | BECOMING ‘THE BEST’, p. 11
What does it mean to be ‘the best?’ in skiing?
NEWS | WHY IS EVERYONE SO ANGRY AT VAIL RESORTS? p. 12
Traffic. Crowds. Long lift lines. Those are some of the allegations. Are they
fair and what will Vail Resorts do next?
ART | THE ART OF THE GRAPHIC , p. 25
There are some amazing stories behind the graphics on some skis and
boards. This new exhibit tells some of them.
SKI SCHOOL | THE LESSON THAT CHANGED A LIFE, p. 29
Here’s a story that will make anyone who has ever taught skiing cry.
CHALET (RE) STYLE, p. 32
Chalets are in demand these days and in Vermont, there’s no shortage. See how one couple revamped a Stratton classic.
THE BEST OF VERMONT: BLACK DIAMOND SURVEY WINNERS, p. 38
We asked our readers to name the best ski areas overall, the toughest trails, the best après-ski spots, and more. Here are the results.
RETRO: 100 YEARS OF FLYING, p. 54
A century ago, Fred Harris built a huge ski jump in Brattleboro. The jump has a fascinating history—and it’s still going strong
COACH | BEAR MOUNTAIN TO BEIJING, p. 50
Here’s how Olympic mogul skier Hannah Soar got so good. And how you
can too at these clinics.
CALENDAR | GREEN MOUNTAIN EVENTS , p. 60
CHAIRLIFT Q/A | ONE FAMILY, 23 SKI AREAS , p. 64
This family set out to ski all of of Vermont’s cross-country ski areas. With their three-year-old.
COVER: Marc Angelillo showing why Sugarbush ranked so high in our survey. Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur.