Snow Sports

Turn Tricks

U.S. Extreme Skiing champ Kent Kreitler has done hundreds of 360 Tail-Grabs in his 33 years on Earth. With few exceptions, he sticks them like a fly in honey. Warm up, find a steep slope and...

Turn Tricks

We're sitting in a packed bar at the Breckenridge Brewing Company on a recent afternoon watching ski porn over pints of Avalanche Ale. On the screen, top winter athletes carve pristine lines...

Ski Naked

I should definitely rent Jackass: The Movie, says Chuck, a cheerful 18-year-old with thick, shaggy hair. As he looks out a bus window at the prairie and cows whizzing by, he tells me...

XX Factor

HILAREE O'NEILL 30 Ski Mountaineer Telluride, Colorado...

You Know You Want It

[1] MARKER's twin-lens INFINITY goggle—the first eyewear effort from a company best known for ski bindings—fits seamlessly with a helmet and delivers huge...

XX Factor

LYN-Z ADAMS HAWKINS 14 Skateboarder Encinitas, California WHY SHE RULES: The first time Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins dropped into a vert ramp, she was a skinny ten-year-old who...

The Pulse

[Supersize Diet] Paul Rozin, a University of Pennsylvania psychology professor who specializes in why people choose the foods they eat, recently took a big step toward explaining why...

You Know You Want It

[1] Rigid boots are de rigueur on vertical ice but will practically hobble you on the walk in from the trailhead. MONTRAIL's I.C.E. 9 to the rescue! The soles offer flex for...

Where to Ski Right Now

Q: Can you tell me which ski areas open the earliest? Would it be worth making a trip to snag some early turns or am I better off waiting? — Heidi Hagemeier,

Japan: The Right Gear

SKIS: For years, petite women with a penchant for ripping big mountains on fat skis ended up floundering on boards that were too long and stiff for them. Enter the new K2 Phat Luv, a...

Portillo: Los Grandes Andes

ANOTHER BLUEBIRD MORNING in Portillo, Chile, and the five-seater Llama—a dragonfly of a helicopter, all tail—lifts off from the swank old Hotel Portillo. I gawk out its buggy eye as 22...

Niseko: Skiing Japanese

BORING A SKI POLE INTO two feet of powder, the crow's-feet of his crinkly grin peeking out the sides of his goggles, Yutaka Takanashi nods and says, "Niseko no bai wa, kore wa heikin desu yo

Chile: The Right Gear

SKIS: The Völkl Gotama is a tanker-wide twin-tipped board—130mm at each end—that'll hold an Andes-size turn, then stick a 540 in the terrain park. Like Portillo's...

Monterosa: Italia Extreme

"ABOVE ALL, DO NOT FALL. If you fall, you will die." With that bit of confidence-building advice, Jean-Marc Crampe, a ponytailed ski guide, leaped off a cornice and into a 60-degree...

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