Best Of: First Sign of the Apocalypse

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"We're in mourning, says Creighton Hart, of Alta. "This could mean the end of face shots at four. True, to Alta purists, replacing the Collins and Germania double chairs with a high-speed detachable quad is like eschewing communion wine in favor of a Big Gulp. But there's something about accessing Alta's 500 inches of annual powder eight minutes faster than before that makes some skiers question the handwringers. "Old-schoolers would just as soon have T-bars, says 10-year Alta vet Chris Pearson. "If they want the top one percent of the goods, they should go work for the resort.