North & Central America

2011 Trips of the Year

Multisport AlaskaThe philosophy behind Alaska Wildland Adventures' new Ultimate Alaska trip is simple: guests try just about everything the 49th state has to offer. The...

The Gathering

Haleiwa Town, entry point for the North Shore of Oahu, is an easy 30-minute drive from the tropical urban sprawl of Honolulu. But drive through Haleiwa late in the year with an arsenal of boards...

Douglas Brinkley's Alaska

Mr. Brinkley does not suffer from writer's block. In 2009, the Rice University historian published a 900-plus-page biography of Teddy Roosevelt. Only 18 months later, he's back with another...

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...

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