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Moments of Truth

The Sundance Film Festival, January 20–30 in Park City, Utah, gets back to its indy roots this year with 40 of 115 features by rookie directors. Some of our favorite films of late—Riding...

The Man Who Saw Too Much

LOOKING BACK over his nearly 30 years as a highly decorated first responder in Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley, Michael Ferrara has trouble pinpointing the exact moment when his...

Cold Snaps

WESTERN MAINEAmerica's most luxurious hut-to-hut ski route is not in the Rockies. Or the Sierra. It's in ... Maine. Yeah, you read that correctly. The nonprofit Maine Huts...

Sun Sports

When I leave Santa Fe this winter after eight and a half years, I won't miss the phony feel-good spirituality, the Texans and their passion for driving slow in front of me, or being the only...

Lonesome Valley

There are two seasons in Yosemite. One is people season—82 percent of the park's 3.7 million visitors arrive between April and October, bearing maps and cameras. In November, that changes. Roads...

Chris Rutgers

AGE: 36HOMETOWN: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIAMISSION: TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF AT-RISK KIDS THROUGH ADVENTUREIN NOVEMBER 1992, at age 18, Rutgers left behind an abusive childhood in...

Erika Vohman

AGE: 45HOMETOWN: CRESTED BUTTE, COLORADOMISSION: EMPOWER WOMEN TO SAVE THE ENVIRONMENTVOHMAN SKIS 80 days a year, has kayaked the Grand Canyon six times, slings from a catalog...

And Cats are Right Behind

Can't afford a heli? Hop a snowcat. Powder Mountain's Snowcat Powder Safari, which has served up Warren Miller–like steeps for three years, expands this year, opening up an additional 1...

Bigger is Better

Our favorite ongoing trend at ski resorts: the opening of steep and challenging in-bounds terrain. Here's the best new stuff:THE CANYONS, UTAHIron Mountain, adjacent...

The Skies Are Clear

As they have for the past two seasons, budget-minded skiers will drive to local slopes instead of buying plane tickets to destination areas. Which means New England, Lake Tahoe, and Summit...

You Can Teach an Old Powderhound New Tricks

Three new programs that improve even the best skiers and riders:POWDER SCHOOL, WINTER PARK, COLORADOWinter Park's year-old, three-day Steep and Deep camp outfits...

Know the Ropes

The proliferation of fat skis has turned everyone into a powder fiend. So if you want first tracks on the choicest runs on the mountain, it's important to be in the right place at the right time...

Big Crowds Mean Empty Slopes

THE X GAMES, ASPEN, COLORADOWhile everyone is watching the Games, Highland Bowl—270 acres of 45-degree hike-to pitches and powder stashes—will be empty. Get a...

The Revolution Will Be Digitized

This fall, Vail Resorts announced that five of its mountains would begin using embedded radio-frequency chips in lift tickets and season passes to feed location data to a free...

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