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The Ski Poll

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

John Orcutt - SBH Sunrise

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Best Place in America to Feel Like a European

“One of the great things about Europe is the huts you can ski or snowshoe to. The Huts & Trails system in western Maine is probably the closest thing you’ll find to that type of experience in the U.S. It’s a 50-mile-long trail with four gorgeous cabins scattered along the way. Once you arrive you get a warm bed, a shower and these wonderful homemade meals. It’s near Sugarloaf ski resort, so you can do some downhill skiing, too.”

Nina Silitch, U.S. Ski Mountaineering champion, recently moved to New Hampshire after 12 years in France

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Best excuse for heading to the bar early

“Tahoe has amazing skiing at places like Heavenly, Squaw Valley and Kirkwood. It’s also a region with a lot of excellent craft breweries. You can try some of them at Booyah’s, a bar located mid-mountain at Heavenly that has 97 beers, one for each run. tahoe mountain brewing co. opened last year and has a brew pub in Tahoe City. Their Hop Song IPA is aromatic and refreshing, the perfect end to a long day on the slopes.”

Christian DeBenedetti, author of The Great American Ale Trail

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© Gabe Rogel


Best way to beat the preseason fidgets

“If you want to start the season early, head to South America, where August is the dead of winter. My favorite ski resort down there is Chile’s Valle Nevado, a 90-minute drive east of Santiago. It has 2,000 acres of lift-accessible skiing surrounded by glaciated Andean peaks. Whiteout snow storms will dump powder in the morning, then blow away and leave you with a bluebird afternoon. There’s enough backcountry to ski untracked powder for days after the most recent powder dump, too. You also have lots of walk-to-the-lift lodging options: everything from a bunk-style room at the Hotel Tres Puntas to a high-end suite at the Valle Nevado hotel.”

Billy Brown, trektechblog.com founder, self-confessed gearhead

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