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The Ski Poll

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


Best Way to Find a Ski That’s So You

“Having the right ski can make the difference between the best ski day of your life and heading to the bar early. For me, the best all-around ski is the one designed with you in mind. Custom designers like Wagner take into account your weight, height and style of skiing and then make the best ski for you. Imagine a sports car designed from top to bottom for the way you drive. You even get a custom paint job. I have Milton Glaser’s Bob Dylan poster on my skis, so please pick something else for yours.”

Alan Bernholtz, former mayor of Crested Butte, Colorado, current global operations director at the adventure travel firm Eleven Experience

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Duchess of York in Verbier

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Best place for rock and royals

“If you’re a singer in search of uphill transport, Verbier in Switzerland is the place to go. Like Diana Ross before him, James Blunt bought a chalet here, got his name tag on a chairlift and license to ride it in perpetuity. The resort’s La Vache  restaurant (part-owned by Blunt) is prime celebrity-spotting territory, as is après hour at the nearby Farinet bar. Over a single Corona on the terrace recently, I watched Prince Harry and on-off girlfriend Cressida Bonas, Prince Andrew and daughters Beatrice and Eugenie, and Blunty himself stroll by. Later, Holly Branson, daughter of Sir Richard, danced on the bar with the same snake-hipped bravado she displays on the slopes.”

Minty Clinch, freelance ski and travel journalist

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Best place to meet a ski god/goddess

“It’s not always easy being involved with someone who’ll change plans every weekend because they’ve heard there’s powder in a faraway place. But if you really must worship at the temple of Gore-Tex and improbably fat skis, then try the bar at Le Castillan Hotel in La Grave, France, southeast of Grenoble. La Grave has no groomed pistes, but its terrifyingly steep slopes and oh-my-god beauty draw expert skiers from all over the world. Le Castillan is where they go to toast each other, so you’d better have some unusual opening lines to grab their attention.”

Sean Newsom, founding editor of welove2ski.com

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