You can teach an old dog new tricks. At least that's what skier friends kept telling me. I hadn't skied in 20 years - and even back then I was no whiz kid. But pals insisted it's easier now. Shorter, fatter parabolic skis make a world of difference, they promised. Boots aren't the torture tools they used to be; today they're custom molded to fit your feet - and even can be equipped with battery powered heaters. Ski instruction is better too, they pledged: kinder, gentler and not taught exclusively by teenage daredevils. So I decided to go for it.

There are 11 ski resorts within an hour's drive of the Salt Lake City airport - and they get an average of 500 inches of snow annually. To read the full story, please click here.