Resorts: For the Big Snows, Go West

Across the nation the first big crowds of skiers hit the slopes last week, and the new season was under way. Chances are good that wherever they went, skiers found new lifts, fresh trails, better lodges. But nowhere is the change more dramatic than in the West, where the mountains are higher, the snow deeper, and the enthusiasts are showing up each year in ever increasing numbers. Since last winter, new resorts have blossomed at Alpental, Wash., 55 miles east of Seattle in the Cascades, and at Bear Valley, Calif., a remote...

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