North & Central America

Alaska for Greenhorns

Milky skies marked our February arrival in Alaska as we bounced along the tarmac in Anchorage. Soon we were winding south on the Seward Highway toward Girdwood and our palatial base camp, the...

Big-Time Bragging Rights

Iditasport 100 February 9 Sheep Mountain, Alaska THE RACE: "CAUTION: Weather can be extremely cold!" reads the race Web site. That's your first hint that...

Rocky Mountain Dry, Free At Last

Alta/SnowbirdALTA, UTAHOn an average fresh-powder morning at Little Cottonwood Canyon (and there are lots of them), the snow at Snowbird is tracked by noon. But it's no big...

Range of Light, Free At Last

Squaw Valley USATAHOE CITY, CALIFORNIARight from the start, 1949, Squaw Valley skiers were cliff jumpers, and Warren Miller was there to film them hopping off cornices...

Storm Warning, Free At Last

Crystal MountainCRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, WASHINGTONBefore marketing flacks ever used "freeskiing" to describe a supposedly new style of carving backcountry terrain, powder hogs...

Best Islands for Communing with Nature

Dominica Peaks shooting 4,000 feet from the surf, rare Sisserou parrots, 100-foot waterfalls, an undersea hot springs called Champagne—welcome to the Caribbean's most primeval...

Best Islands for a Multisport Vacation

Corsica, France Scraggly peaks and 620 miles of rugged coast draw Euro-masochists for canyoneering, sea kayaking, diving, climbing, mountain biking, and sailing, plus paragliding off...

Best Islands for Boardsailing

El Yaque, Margarita Island, Venezuela Fifteen- to 30-knot sideshore winds blow over water so shallow here that you can bail 400 yards out and still walk back to land. High-quality...

High (Desert) Rollin'

Q: Where's a good spot to go mountain biking near Albuquerque, New Mexico? Any suggestions for other types of outings in the area would also be appreciated. — ...

Desert Escapes

There are places on every map that are best visited on a whim, unfettered by careful planning. Southeastern Utah's maze of twisting canyons and sprawling mesatops is one of them. A friend and I...

Desert Escapes

The 1.6 million acres of southern California's Mojave National Preserve embrace jagged granite peaks of 8,000 feet, sparse creosote lowlands of 1,000 feet, and, best of all, desert solitude so...

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