Thanks Mojoman. I suppose I should have given a bit more info in my intro. I'm originally from France but have been in the States for a long time. I'm heading into my 36th season of skiing this winter. I just wish I lived somewhere that weren't so flat. I should really do something about that :)
My home mountain prior to moving to Chicago was Seven Springs in PA. I also worked in a ski shop for nearly five years, but that seems so long ago.