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What's hot on the slopes

An informal skier's poll conducted by Skiing magazine provides a peek a what's happening on the slopes this season. Respondents ranged from lift attendants to resort owners and U.S. presidents. Their reports of what we can expect:

Quality skiing (Move over hot doggers _ skiing in control will be the way to go this season).

Natural earth-toned ski clothing (forget the glow-in-the-snow, neon outfit you bought cheap last year).

Longer skis (ising bigger, harder-to-control boards shows you're a master of the sport).

Specialty clinics and ski adventure classes.

Snowboards.

One-piece ski outfits.

Vermont ski tips

Everybody on the ski slopes wants the inside scoop. Where's the best natural snow? Where are the least-crowded trails? Those who know don't tell. After all, why should they divulge their hard-won ski secrets? But there is hope for sometime schussers. The Vermont Ski Areas Association has pried loose a few tips for Green Mountain State skiers. Stratton skiers will find the best natural snow on a trail called Upper Drifter. After a storm, snow drifts onto this upper mountain run and stays there, sheltered from the wind. For first tracks after a snowfall at Killington, head for the South Ridge area. Usually it is the last part of the mountain to come under the tread of grooming machines. On busy days at Killington, park and ski from the Sunrise Mountain area. Bromley skiers making tracks on the more challenging East Side during busy weekend days should take the Stargazer chairlift. The next-door, faster Blue Ribbon Quad provides access to the entire mountain.

_ Hartford Courant

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