Skiing in the West

Our favorite places to go skiing, from Tahoe to Telluride--plus some secret tips to take with you to the slopes

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An easy way to beat the crowds
Photo by Hank de Vré; written by Rachel Levin

An easy way to beat the crowds

The excuse: “Too crowded.”

Solution: Hop the first chair of the day.

We’re talking before the mountain opens. At resorts like Lake Tahoe’s Squaw Valley USA in California, you can pay extra to have the slopes to yourself. Squaw’s new Dawn Patrol lets you on the tram at 7:40. Admire the rising sun as you schuss down just-groomed runs, then head to High Camp for breakfast. By the time the masses arrive, you’ll almost be ready to call it a day. Select dates; $39 plus lift ticket; squaw.com/dawn-patrol

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