North & Central America

Best Powder

Best power in California? Squaw Valley was hammered with 811 inches of snow last year. We tell you how to make the most of California skiing.

Best Spring Skiing

Taos, New Mexico, has the best spring skiing in the country. Get the inside scoop.

Best Terrain

Snowbird and Alta in Utah have some of the best ski terrain in the country. We give you the inside scoop on skiing these two resorts.

My Favorite 5: Mike Hattrup

Former U.S. Ski Team moguls skier and director of K2's Backcountry Ski division Mike Hattrup picks his favorite mountains

Rise to the Top

Avalanche air bags are gaining in popularity. And for good ­reason—they can increase survival rates by 98 percent. Here's how they work.

Custom Ski Boots

Skis may be sexier, but boots are more important: if they don’t fit properly, your technique will suffer.


The contra-Sandinista war ended more than 20 years ago. It's time to go see Nicaragua's beautiful future for yourself.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Central America's best travel destinations, from fishing in Panama to surfing in Costa Rica and scuba diving in Honduras.

Fishing in Panama

Redefine roughing it when you fish at Panama's Islas Secas.

Surfing in Costa Rica

Check out Surf Simply and get schooled on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica


Honduras has plenty of land-based offerings. But it's real draw is underwater.


Learn Spanish—and set up base camp—in Antigua, Guatemala.