North & Central America

Endless Winter

Jackson Hole, Wyoming NO RESORT IN THE UNITED STATES can match Jackson's jumbled package of steep chutes, cliffs, and huge, open bowls, and that doesn't even include...

Endless Winter

Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont THE SNOW-PLASTERED, treeless summit of Stowe's Mount Mansfield is striated with cliff bands—impressive stuff, but not always inviting in the dead...

Endless Winter

Big Sky Resort, Montana COME THE FIRST WEEK of April, you can score a great package deal and stay in the slopeside Huntley Lodge for hundreds of dollars less than typical...

Endless Winter

Mount Bachelor, Oregon THE WHITE, VOLCANIC DOME of Mount Bachelor sits high above its warm, semi-arid surroundings like a scoop of ice cream on a plate of green-brown sage. The...

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Mammoth Mountain, California FOR SEVEN OF THE LAST TEN YEARS, skiing has continued here into June, even July. The mountain protrudes from the southeastern Sierra like a prehistoric...

Endless Winter

Killington, Vermont OK, SO THERE MIGHT BE only one or two trails open, and Vermont in October is better known for its radiant foliage than for skiing, but Killington...

Endless Winter

Copper Mountain Resort, Colorado DURING TWO OF THE LAST three years, World Cup organizers have moved November races to Copper from resorts nearby, because Copper has early...

Gettin' Jiggy

NIGHTTIME COMES IN THE FORM OF LIGHT rather than darkness when you're hanging around the waterfront in Seattle. Airplanes crisscrossing overhead turn into flashing pinpricks of green and red,...

Powder 101

Q: I'm getting older and I'd like to learn to ski better. Even if you've never been to my home state of Illinois, you probably know there aren't many ski slopes nearby. I'd like...

Queen of the Dammed

FIFTY MILES FROM JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE, Richard Ingebretsen and his colleague Jeri Ledbetter stand on a rented ski boat, looking at one of Glen CanyonÕs most famous landmarks: the Cathedral...

Unbroken Chain

BRYAN BORNHOLDT AND I WERE traversing the airy spine of the Bighorn Mountains, leaping block to block. We had ascended 1,500 feet before dawn began saturating the rock and the sky and the trout...

I Poached the White Elephant

FATE HAD ITS WAY WITH ME. I did not choose to write my name in the history books, would never have imagined joining the pantheon of great adventurers—Polo, Magellan, Lindbergh, Hillary,...

Basic Training

Q: I'm a bloated son-of-a-gun with a physique like a manatee who'd like to try scuba diving. I have no experience at all outside of watching Sea Hunt and a couple of...

These Pants Saved My Life

IF YOU ARE THE CARHARTT SALES REPRESENTATIVE IN ALASKA, you hear so many stories about how your durable, mud-brown work wear has saved people's flabby backsides from wolf fangs and grizzly-bear...

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