North & Central America

In Your Face

WHEN OLYMPIC ORGANIZERS reintroduced the old-school sport of skeleton at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, after a 54-year hiatus, they had a hit. Skeleton, which sends competitors headfirst down...

Boarding House

If you were to die and go to snowboarder heaven, it might look a lot like the DC Mountain Lab, a 22-acre R&D facility and crash pad in Utah's Wasatch Range, operated by SoCal-based DC Shoes,...

The ANWR Debate

In the February 2005 issue of Outside, Senator John Kerry argues that oil development in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would bring irreparable harm to a uniquely American...

No Surrender

An ANWR defeat would deliver a major blow to the concept of wilderness protection – and environmental leaders know it. Backs against the wall, green lobbyists are planning to fight, and one...

Na Pali Reverie

Forget hiking the Kalalau Trail on Kauai's famed NA PALI COAST. You'll get a much better view of these fluted green cliffs by boat—and winter is prime time to see humpback whales that have...

Four More Desert Playgrounds

The last time I visited Anza-Borrego—a forbidding wilderness extending from the Salton Sea west to the Laguna Mountains and from the Mexican border north to Riverside County—a friend...

Four More Desert Playgrounds

This two-part park to the east and west of Tucson is made for winter hiking. Head to the 66,621-acre Rincon Mountain District, in Saguaro National Park's eastern section—15 miles east of...

Four More Desert Playgrounds

The most popular Big Bend attraction is floating the Rio Grande through some of the country's most remote canyons, in the immense Chihuahuan Desert. Santa Elena Canyon, with its 1,500-foot...

We Sing the Slopes Fantastic

KILLINGTON'S legendarily long season stretches from October through May (sometimes into June), and with seven mountains, the resort has more acreage than any place in the East. Lately, though,...

We Sing the Slopes Fantastic

EVERY GOOD SKI AREA has a split personality—part nurturer, part dominatrix. But no resort behaves more like Jekyll and Hyde than Moonlight Basin, the one-year-old resort 45 miles south of...

We Sing the Slopes Fantastic

STUCK IN INTERMEDIATEVILLE and dreaming of a transfer to the friendlier slopes of Advanced City? I sure was, so last winter I gambled on a four-day ski clinic in Utah's Wasatch Range. I was up...

We Sing the Slopes Fantastic

A GROOVY CONVERGENCE of Native American culture, ski-hard style, and the freest of spirits, Taos is the black diamond in New Mexico's high-desert crown, offering steep transcendence (and lots of...

We Sing the Slopes Fantastic

DUDE, IT'S LIKE MECCA. If you take sliding around on snow seriously, you'll eventually make a pilgrimage to the Hole. Hardcore types rightfully revere the sick Wyoming vertical, heavy powder...

We Sing the Slopes Fantastic

LIKE ST. MORITZ WITH MORMONS, Park City is not only a vast powdery playground; it's a true ski-in/ski-out town with big-city swank. After you've zonked your mortal coil dropping off cornices and...

We Sing the Slopes Fantastic

THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VIBE dominates Mammoth, reflecting surf culture at its most authentic. Witness the resort's massive superpipe and meticulously sculpted terrain parks, home turf of...

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