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The Ski Poll

Hitting the slopes this season? Take some tips from those in the know

Ted Ligety Jump

Best place to sharea chairlift with an Olympic skier

“The U.S. Ski Team will be training at Copper Mountain in Colorado this winter. It’s a huge advantage for us to have a full-length downhill training facility, especially for an Olympic year. It’s cool for fans, too. We’ll be riding the Super Bee lift during training, so chances are pretty good you can catch a ride back up with one of us.”

Ted Ligety, Olympic gold medalist and four-time World Cup champion with 37 World Cup medals in all

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Frost

Frost Bar

Best reward for a day well-skied

“A ski day isn’t complete until I finish at Vendetta’s, in Vail, with a slice of their Snow Pig pizza and a Colorado microbrew. But après doesn’t have to be beer and pizza; it can also be white tablecloth dining. For that, the small plate menu at La Tour, also in Vail, is one of the best. Do yourself a favor and get the pasta carbonara, then head to Frost Bar at the Sebastian-Vail for a hand-crafted martini.”

Kelly Liken, chef-owner of Restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail, Colorado

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Best alternative to taking the chairlift

“I’m fascinated with snowcats, which are basically $200,000 tanks that can drive through snow. It’s a special experience when you get to ride in them—whether to an on-mountain dinner or for a day of backcountry skiing. The Snowcat Driving Experience at Crested Butte in Colorado takes this to the next level by teaching people how to drive them. You even get to groom a run, which is something.”

Dan Sherman, spokesman for ski.com 

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