Not surprisingly, people take ski vacations for different reasons-for a romantic getaway, to have quality time with the family, to ski all-out with buddies, to ski a little and maybe shop a lot. And what happens when a hotshot skier travels with a never-ever or beginner? The average ski resort's brochure indicates that their resort is all things to all skiers-this is definitely not the case. Ski America and Canada is as straightforward and honest a guide to North America's top resorts as you can buy. Our goal is to match you with the right vacation spot. Our staff includes experts and intermediates (including some who learned as adults), Generation Xers and Baby Boomers, skiers and snowboarders, eggs-and-bacon breakfast eaters and gourmet-coffee-and-bagel fans. Each skier and snowboarder has various likes and dislikes, and resorts have different personalities. We recognize this-that's why we include our opinions and personal observations. We detail the personality of each resort: where we found the best skiing and snowboarding, where we liked to eat and where we enjoyed the liveliest off-slope fun. And we give you the facts and current prices, plus hotel and restaurant descriptions, lift ticket and lesson prices, child care programs, nightlife hot spots, and where to call, fax, e-mail or write for more information.