North & Central America

High Road

When Larry Dolecki started guiding the Icefall Traverse last season, he billed it as the Canadian Haute Route, with one striking difference: it’s utterly...

The 9 Best Adventure Lodges of 2012

From Jay Peak in Vermont to the Alaska Range, we round up nine cozy winter lodges that put you slopeside for La Niña's best powder dumps....

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 Family Resorts

Best Terrain for Young Jibbers: Smugglers’ Notch, VermontThis season, the mountain teamed up with Burton Snowboards to develop Riglet Park. Specifically designed for...

Best Deals on the Mountain

Alyeska, AlaskaThe Ski Alaska package includes four nights of lodging, three days of lift tickets, and breakfast. $399 per person;

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...

Do It All Season

It's official: La Niña, with its cooler Pacific Ocean temperatures causing snowstorms in the Pacific Northwest and the northern Rockies, is back for a repeat of last winter. In early...

Best New Trails

Last season, Sugarloaf, like many New England resorts, received 22 inches during a Christmas blizzard. That's no guarantee, but if it gets anything close to that this year, you'll have an...

Best Dawn Patrol

The key to tackling 8,171 acres of powder is a good breakfast at the Roundhouse Lodge beneath Whistler Peak. An $18 trip up the village gondola at 7 A.M. covers your ­bacon and eggs plus an...

Best Hike-To Terrain

No resort gets a bigger La Niña bang for the dump than Crested Butte, which often has thin cover until February. But last year, 62 inches fell between December 16 and 23, allowing early...

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