Modern Living: The World's Greatest Ski Areas

WHEN it comes to picking areas, some skiers opt for the challenging, while others choose the chic. Lovers of the exotic may insist that Morocco's Atlas Mountains, home of the ruggedly independent Berber tribes, offer the best schussing. Cross-country buffs are likely to feel that mushing through Norway's Jotunheim (Giant's Home) region is nearest to nirvana.

The U.S. has some of the world's best skiing. "Powder" snow, the best of all, is often hip-deep in Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Utah. The snow is more granular and less plentiful in the East, where the air...

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