Snow Sports

The Zest Part of Waking Up Is Green Tea in Your Cup

After autumn maliciously robs the warmth and daylight from your morning workouts, there's only one thing left to lure you out from under the down comforter: a steaming cup of high-octane java....

Big-Time Bragging Rights

Iditasport 100 February 9 Sheep Mountain, Alaska THE RACE: "CAUTION: Weather can be extremely cold!" reads the race Web site. That's your first hint that...

What You Need to Go in the Snow

HYDRATION: CamelBaks ($30-$105; 800-767-8725; www.camelbak.com) and their kin are a must, and you can prevent the dreaded tube...

Go Wise, Go Fast

No group of athletes knows more about preparing for frigid endurance racing than the masochistic veterans of Alaska's annual Iditasport events, of which there are now four held each February,...

Blitzing the Backcountry

THIRTEEN MILES into the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse, a 40-mile backcountry ski race that follows the historic mail route between Crested Butte and Aspen, my teammate and I come stumbling into...

Range of Light, Free At Last

Squaw Valley USATAHOE CITY, CALIFORNIARight from the start, 1949, Squaw Valley skiers were cliff jumpers, and Warren Miller was there to film them hopping off cornices...

Rocky Mountain Dry, Free At Last

Alta/SnowbirdALTA, UTAHOn an average fresh-powder morning at Little Cottonwood Canyon (and there are lots of them), the snow at Snowbird is tracked by noon. But it's no big...

Storm Warning, Free At Last

Crystal MountainCRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, WASHINGTONBefore marketing flacks ever used "freeskiing" to describe a supposedly new style of carving backcountry terrain, powder hogs...

Fresh Tracks

Sick TricksIT ONLY TOOK ABOUT A DECADE for 4.3 million Americans to switch from skis to a snowboard. Now, youth-driven skater culture has upped the ante again. Enter the snowskate, a...

Steals

NICE PACKAGES EAST: Stave off weekend prices and save about $35 per day by skiing midweek with Vermont's Ski the Valley program. You get two ski areas in the deal: Sugarbush and...

Girth Matters

REMEMBER THOSE images from the late nineties of skiers leaning into lay-down turns without poles? Forget them. And while you're at it, forget everything you've ever heard about the radical...

Tactics

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