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

10 reasons to try skiing this season

Think skiing’s too cold, too crowded, too expensive? These solutions will have you itching to hit the slopes this season

Long lines be gone
Photo by Alex Fenlon; written by Rachel Levin

Long lines be gone

The excuse: “The lines are too long.”

Solution: Skip ’em––and cat-ski.

Long considered the poor man’s heli-trip, cat-skiing has come into its own. Few realize it’s not just for double-black-diamond rippers; blue-square skiers can do it too. (You could even say it’s safer than the congested beginner and inter­mediate runs at some resorts, which boast names like Times Square for a reason.) New outfitter CS Irwin in Crested Butte, Colorado, is a luxe version of the typically bare-bones cat-skiing expe­rience. You kick off with fresh pastries in town, then pile into plush snow buses with leather seats and flat-screens playing ski movies as you chug up the mountain. They’ll groom runs for anyone who prefers corduroy to waist-deep powder, and cook up lunch in their cozy backcountry log cabin. Dec 15–Apr 30; $500/person or $4,500/group of 10 including equipment; csirwin.com

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