North & Central America

Go Like a Pro

PRICE: $572 1. Cross-Country Ski Snow Mountain Ranch, COLORADO THE DEAL: Kick and glide for a week along 60 miles of groomed nordic trails near Fraser, Colorado....

Go Like a Pro

PRICE: $694 4. Spring-Ski Whistler, BRITISH COLUMBIA THE DEAL: Crash for five nights in a cushy queen-size bed next to a glowing fireplace at the three-star...

Say When

11/03 NOV=HAWAII In the quiet weeks before the holidays, save 10 percent or more on airfare and lodging. Example: A one-bedroom oceanfront condo at Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation ...

The Trip Fantastic

RENT YOUR OWN TROPICAL ISLAND The Impossible Dream: Necker Island, British Virgin Islands Cost: $22,500-$36,000 per day, all-inclusive. You Get: a staff-to-guest...

The Best Little Backcountry Hut in Canada

The call came on Tuesday. A friend had to bail from a trip to the Bill Putnam Hut, a helicopter-accessed ski cabin of near-mythic fame in eastern British Columbia. The catch? I had to leave on...

Snow Much Fun

Alta Ski Area and Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Utah 801-742-3333, www.alta.com 800-232-9542,

Snow Much Fun

Jay Peak, Vermont 800-451-4449, www.jaypeakresort.com If you’re looking for powder east of the Mississippi, Jay...

Snow Much Fun

Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico 505-776-2291, www.skitaos.org Taos is a four-letter word for steep: More than half of the...

Snowshoeing: Stepping out in the Sawtooths

We stopped at a boulder below the saddle of 10,229-foot Heyburn Mountain as early-May sunshine broke past the ridge and washed over us: three backcountry skiers on a mission to schuss the wild...

Desert Hiking

Q: Now that fall is here we're thinking of taking a backpacking trip through the desert. Any hints on where we should go? What about day hikes? — Nicole Frisbee,...

Back in the Crosshairs

HANCE CLAYTON has his wolf traps ready. "Snares work best, but you can use spring traps, too," says Clayton, a 60-year-old fur trapper who has taken wolves in Alaska and catches bobcats, coyotes...

An Untimely End

ADVENTURE PHOTOGRAPHER Barry Tessman survived a lot during his ten-year career behind the lens—two years in Siberia; ventures in Tibet, India, and Pakistan; and Class V torrents from China...

End Run

THE INEXPLICABLE disappearance of Amy Wroe Bechtel, on July 24, 1997, near Lander, Wyoming, awakened the town's close-knit outdoor community to a frightening realization: that a disturbed...

Stranded

IN 1587, a group of 117 English colonists sailed to North America to establish a city on Chesapeake Bay but ended up on Roanoke, a small island near the Outer Banks of present-day North Carolina...

Chainsaw Massacre

THE QUEEN CHARLOTTE ISLANDS, a world biosphere reserve 60 miles off the coast of British Columbia, was home to the earth's last giant golden spruce—a single specimen of Picea sitchensis

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