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Fear Factor
Last March I skied Kicking Horse, B.C., for the first time. I had heard about the resort’s legendary in-bounds hike-to terrain, the high-reward high-consequence lines off Terminator 1 peak and the strenuous climbs to the top of Terminator 2. To be ho
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California Cruisin’
When it comes to quirky, nostalgia-filled road trips that send you through the time machine, U.S. Route 395 through eastern California ranks pretty high up there. Bonus if the nostalgia-lovers are also powderhounds, as this nearly 500-mile drive from
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Pitch Perfect
“Looking great, now try it with your eyes closed!” my coach calls from a half-dozen turns farther down the deceptively steep groomer. The snow above me is littered with cuts and schmears of quick turns and hockey stops, all made in rapid succession t
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Jackson, Wyo.
I moved to Jackson for the skiing, but it was the town that kept me here. The bottomless powder and steep chutes at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort are great, but I need cultural stimulation to sustain me. Jackson, an old cowboy town that’s managed to m
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Colorado’s Wild West
Today Colorado is synonymous with world-renowned skiing, home to glitzy resort towns the likes of Vail and Aspen. But there’s another side to the Centennial State. Head further west and dip south towards the historic mining towns of Gunnison, Silvert
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Generation ‘Shred’
On March 2, toddlers will descend on the bunny slopes of Buck Hill in Burnsville, Minn. to test their two-wheeling abilities—on snow. The 2019 Strider Snow Cup, hosted by the leading developer of kids’ balance bikes credited with revolutionizing how
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Hostess With The Mostest
“I knew your butt would look great in those pants! There’s a reason those are my Aspen pants,” Kim Reichhelm says in a voice for all to hear as we unload Portillo’s La Laguna chairlift. The pants she’s referring to are a pair of tight neon-orange ski
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The Upside of Change
Saudan Couloir pitches off the crest of Blackcomb Mountain like a dare. No matter how much change comes to Whistler—and visitors will find much that’s new this season, after more than $90 million in combined village and mountain upgrades—this siren s
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Newbs In The Backcountry
At the very real expense of my reputation and self-esteem, I share this nugget from my first foray into the backcountry: At the base of the skin track, as our small group stopped to put our skins on their skis, I put mine on upside down. What’s worse
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Into the Wild
There are dozens of ski areas in Alaska, but Alyeska Resort (and the neighboring municipality of Girdwood) is the crown jewel. Any skier who loves adventure, appreciates luxury, and covets spectacular views should put this place high on their to-do l
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How to Bash Bumps
Skiing moguls is fundamentally different than skiing groomers because of the three-dimensional nature of bumps. On groomers we move in a one-dimensional environment, where grooming machines lay down a perfect carpet and we only have to manage turning
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Rigged
The whole RV ski trip thing was my big idea, and initially it seemed like a good one: Rent a motorhome—ideally an Airstream—and ramble around Western Canada on an extended ski safari with the husband. Bring the dog. I imagined us rolling through the
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Going Rogue
Last February, Chet Homer, the owner of Maine’s Shawnee Peak ski area, saw an ad posted on Craigslist advertising affordable ski lessons at his resort. The person was offering private instruction for a fraction of the price that Shawnee Peak charges
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Bumps And Bourbon
“Clunk, clunk, clunk,” go my boots as I shuffle through the base lodge on the Mary Jane side of Winter Park Resort. It’s only 8:45 a.m. and I am pleased with myself for being on time for day two of Bob’s Mogul Camp. I’m even more delighted that I’ve
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Cariboos Magic
As we buckle our boots and click into our skis, I can’t help but notice the west-facing slope below us does not look terribly difficult. It reminds me of Vail’s Back Bowls, if the Back Bowls were covered in three feet of virgin, stable, and creamy Ca
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THERE GOES the NEIGHBORHOOD
Let me be clear: Its acquisition by Vail Resorts is nothing but a rumor—albeit one that’s considered a done deal here in Northern Vermont. So while we await an official announcement, let me infect you with my enthusiasm for Smugglers’ Notch. Stop rea
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Between the Lines
FREEDOM FOUND: MY LIFE STORY Warren Miller The patriarch of ski filmmaking offers an autobiographical look at his life—the ups, downs, and many turns of his success story. Enjoy a rare look at the man behind the camera and his journey of bringing ski
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Powder Pilgrimage
The U.S. doesn’t have a Powder Highway, but if we could nominate one route to be this country’s equivalent of the B.C. version, it would be this one, meandering from Utah to Montana via Alta, Snowbird, Snowbasin, Jackson Hole, and Big Sky. With an av
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Home Away From Home
More and more these days it seems ski area parking lots are dominated by vans of various sizes, their bumpers littered with resort logos from around the country. Their tenants are a diverse bunch, brought together under one roof by the rig that acts
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The Anti Resort
TO MOST OF SKIDOM IN PRESENT DAY ’MERICA, THE WORD “RESORT” HAS COME TO MEAN $20 BURGERS, HEATED COBBLESTONES, ERSATZ BAVARIAN VILLAGES, AND, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS HOLY, ALPINE COASTERS. THIS MAKES ME WONDER—AS DOES OUR ANCESTORS’ EVOLUTION RIGH
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Binding Hybrids
When the Marker Duke landed—with a heavy thump—on the backcountry binding scene over a decade ago, skiers discovered they could finally explore the backcountry on foot without tech fittings, flimsy boots, or telemark equipment. Since then, brands hav
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The Old Man And The Moguls
I MUST SEEM LIKE A COCKY GUY OR SOMETHING, BECAUSE EVERY SO OFTEN THE EDITORS ASSIGN ME A STORY DESIGNED TO TAKE ME DOWN A NOTCH. One time I had to compete in the Stowe Derby. (I’m no nordie, and the Derby, a 1,000-mile race from the top of Mt. Mansf
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It’s All About Symmetry
Because skiing is the greatest sport there ever was, we don’t want you to miss a single day this season due to injury. So here’s a quick public service announcement: Your biggest risk of injury on the hill is linked to your overall fitness. Injuries
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Focus
Late season in British Columbia’s Coast Range can be unpredictable—you never know what type of conditions you might encounter on any given day. So when pro skier Dave Treadway and photographer Reuben Krabbe headed into the backcountry around Pemberto
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From One To Eleven
BY SAMANTHA BERMAN   |   PHOTOS BY ALEX FENLON “follow the yellow banana,” shouts my guide, Ben, in his thick French accent. He’s dressed in head-to-toe bright yellow and is virtually impossible to miss, but I still appreciate the sentiment. We’ve ju
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Coming Of Age In The Valkyr Range
BY KEVIN LUBY   |   PHOTOS BY KERI BASCETTA I see my mark, an innocuous little knuckle of snow hanging between two gnarled pine trees above a beautiful open powder field descending another 800 vertical feet below me. Under normal circumstances, say w
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A Joint Effort
For photographer Cam McLeod and contributing writer Gordy Megroz, there was nothing typical about their trip to Alaska’s Tordrillo Mountain Lodge last March. For one, photographers and writers typically travel solo, or with a couple of athletes in th
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Gear Of The Year 2019
BY SAMANTHA BERMAN, JON JAY & JENNY WIEGAND Salomon (and sister company Atomic) made a big splash this year with the launch of the SHIFT binding. With a 6-13 release range and adjustable setting to accommodate all boot soles, the 865-gram SHIFT funct
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