F E A T U R E S
A SHORT WALK IN THE WAKHAN CORRIDOR
Ride along as three American adventurers (plus assorted opium-puffing horsemen and trail-hardened guides) travel the hard way through the wildest corner of Afghanistan, where ancient tribes, unclimbed peaks, and looming geopolitical intrigue add up to a classic Silk Road adventure—as long as you make it to the other end.
By Mark Jenkins
THE GREAT AND POWERFUL OZ
Everybody loves Australia—and why not, mate? It's a traveler's jackpot of fantastic terrain, sparkling surf, cool lodging, exotic wildlife, and charming, bush-toughened rogues. JANE SMILEY kicks off the show with a report on horseback-riding through Queensland, setting you up for our top ten do-it-now dream trips, from the outback to the Great Barrier Reef, from Sydney to the Never Never. PLUS: Our instant guide to Australia, locals' favorites, and more.
Trekkers on the cutting edge are buzzing about the majestic Aysé;n region of southern Chile, the last, best place in Patagonia—South America's legendary dreamscape of ice-blue glaciers, beckoning wildlands, and skyscraping peaks. Now a risk-loving Coloradan-turned-gaucho has carved out a new route through its scenic sweet spot. It's the ultimate trip to the rugged paradise at the bottom of the world.
By Elizabeth Hightower
D E P A R T M E N T S
» When the boys wouldn't let her play, KRISTI LESKINEN decided to start her own game: women's park-and-pipe skiing
» Skip the high-rise hotels for five of our favorite CLASSIC LODGES
» The best-decked SLOPESIDE BARS are perfect for revelers and hecklers
» Nordic novelty ANDREW NEWELL is a skinny-skiing freestyle badass
» With sprawling blues, 50-degree chutes, and a lift ticket also good at Big Sky, MOONLIGHT BASIN , Montana's newest resort, is a secret paradise
» REAL SKI PORN has nothing to do with face shots and meaty hucks. Or does it?
» Meet DANA FLAHR , Canada's next gravity-violating superstar
» Bean buzz: We suss the best ski-hill JAVA SHOPS
» The new, new thing in resort terrain parks: A TERRAIN-PARK RESORT
» Atypical SKI-TOWN JOBS , from chaplain to surgeon to brewmeister
» TIPS FROM BODE MILLER: The world's greatest alpine racer has an opinion on just about everything, including the best Rx for your turns
» Say it with us: "I've got a little place up in Aspen." We dish the TIME-SHARE 411 .
» Forget the tickets to Turin; the perfect place to WATCH THE OLYMPICS is a rough-edged Gem State watering hole
» STYLE: We hit the streets and peaks of Sun Valley, Idaho, mixing aprè;s and play in mountain-ready technical wear and town-tested casual threads
» REVIEW: The best new boards and skis, from Salomon, K2, Burton, Arbor, Ride, Atomic, and others
Why are low-impact athletes like cyclists and swimmers ending up with bones as brittle as a 70-year-old's? Turns out YOUR SKELETON NEEDS A GOOD POUNDING to build mass. We lay out a sound plan for strong bones. PLUS: What makes a good skier? In our newest column, we reveal what it takes to CARVE LIKE A CHAMP .
Can Laurie David, TV producer and wife of Seinfeld creator Larry David, harness the power of glitz to STOP GLOBAL WARMING? Hitting up Hollywood and D.C. stars, she's launched a campaign to rally a million virtual marchers for Earth Day 2006.
By Amanda Griscom Little