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The Ski Poll

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

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Best old-school resort

“Most big-time resorts have been ditching their old single chairlifts and replacing them with four- and six-seaters. A couple of years ago, the cooperatively owned Mad River Glen in Vermont voted to replace its old single chair—with a new single chair. It now has one of only two single chairs left in the country. The resort has phenomenal woods skiing. Don’t be afraid to show up with duct tape repairs on the cuffs or seat of your pants—you’ll fit right in.”

Berne Broudy, Vermont-based writer, photographer and adventurer

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Best place to sleep beneath the stars

“The Observatoire du Pic du Midi de Bigorre is an imposingly fortified astronomical observatory high above La Mongie in the French Pyrenees, best reached by cable car. You have to book a room here well in advance—it can host only 19 guests. Once in, you can observe the stars and then ski down to La Mongie the next morning. There’s a choice of three routes—and even the easiest makes you feel like James Bond. Not being 007, however, you may need a guide.”

Arnie Wilson, former Financial Times ski correspondent, editor of Ski+board magazine

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Best place to experience the high life

“Try the Eagle’s Eye Restaurant at Kicking Horse, B.C. From the top of the resort’s only gondola, at 7,700 feet, you’ll enjoy ‘Canada’s most elevated dining experience,’ with floor-to-ceiling windows offering a panorama of the Selkirk and Purcell mountains. The view may, in fact, eclipse the food. Try the salmon po’ boy, oysters, Alberta lamb or, if very hungry, the bison hash. Be very afraid of the Ice Wine Martini.”

Neil English, ski correspondent for The Mail on Sunday

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