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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...

Some Runs Are Always Perfect

VAIL, COLORADO: RIVA RIDGE TO TOURIST TRAPAn incredibly wide, two-mile-long, north-facing groomer (think solid corduroy) that alternates between rolling flats and 45...

Deal or Snow Deal

Five strategies for saving this seasonBookmark Liftopia.com. The online clearinghouse...

Après-Ski Party

ALL NIGHT LONGASPEN, COLORADOThink Hot Tub Time Machine, only without the time machine. No ski town has better dining, or gaudier parties. Apr├Ęs among...

The Best New Ski Terrain

GOLD RUSHTELLURIDE, COLORADOColorado's San Juans get some of the lightest powder on earth, but skiing the unstable backcountry requires serious avalanche skills. To...

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