United States

Mountaineering

You Have: Climbed a fourteener.You Want: To get into technical mountaineering.The Trip: At 14,179 feet,

Rafting

You Have: Rowed your buddy’s raft on mellow rapids. You Want: To lead your first float trip.The Trip: To guide a multi-day...

Backcountry Skiing

You Can: Confidently ski the sidecountry.You Want: To break into the backcountry safely.The Trip: When first tackling 35-degree...

Wilderness Expedition

You Have: Done a few multi-day hikes.You Want: To trek through one of America’s most rugged wildernesses.The Trip: This 53...

Road Biking

You Have: Regularly ridden 30 miles three days a week, mostly on rolling terrain.You Want: To tackle some professional-grade climbs. The...

Detropia By the Numbers

The media fetishizes the Motor City’s decline with pictures of abandoned factories, dilapidated storefronts, and homes ablaze. It’s a creation that has led international tourists to...

Denali Dog Sled Expeditions

There may come a time, perhaps after your six brawny Alaskan sled dogs have left you face down in the snowy tundra, when a New Year’s Eve spent drinking champagne at an overpriced and...

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Head to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort where its 4,139 vertical feet of intimidating in-bound runs, like Corbet’s Couloir...

Best Backcountry School

Ski mountaineer Chris Davenport's Real Aspen Extreme camp teaches advanced skiers backcountry skills in a three-day progression: (1) ski the steeps at Aspen Highlands; (2) hike into the...

Best Heli-Skiing

"It's like skiing something in Alaska—big terrain, long and steep, and the guides are really good."—Ingrid Backstrom, who appears in this year's Attack of La Niñ...

Best Rest-Day Activities

"I hook up with Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures, a small, rowdy outfitter. You're still skiing pow, but it's springtime in the valley. During down days I go fishing and crabbing."...

Best Ski-Racing Camp

Former U.S. Olympians Erik Schlopy and Jake Zamansky, along with former U.S. Ski Team head coach Phil McNichol, teamed up to start PointZero1, a fantasy ski camp that re-creates the experience...

Best Comedy Festival

Telluride saves its best parties—Mountainfilm, the bluegrass festival, Blues and Brews—for the warmer months. The exception to this rule: the comedy festival, which takes place every...

Best Apr├Ęs-Ski Waterpark

When packing for Jay this season, bring your powder skis and a surfboard. The mountain received 96 inches of snow last March, and it's also got a new 50,000-square-foot indoor water park to keep...

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