Snow Sports

The Soul of Skiing in the Great White North

Winter in Northern British Columbia is long and it is also deep, and the distances up here vast, and if you want to see any real bit of this country, you spend a lot of time staring through the...

Vail Is Not the Enemy

When it comes time to throw stones in the ski world, there’s no easier target than Vail. A $3 billion-plus publicly traded company, Vail...

Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a sea change in terms of people’s attitudes, perception, and behavior about recreating in avalanche-prone terrain, especially skiing in the...

Crossing the Line: The Dangers of In-Bounds Skiing

Since 1950, when we started keeping track of such things, 37 people have died in avalanches at ski areas, in terrain that was open for skiing. And fully 30 percent of those fatalities occurred...

Tickets to Ride: Buy Your Ski Pass Now

On March 18th, 2008, Vail Resorts debuted its Epic Pass. For $579, you got unlimited, no-restrictions skiing at six resorts&mdash...

The 5 Best Winter Jackets of 2015

The best winter jacket performs multiple element-shielding duties, regardless of whether you're biking to work in an early-morning chill or bracing against an arctic gale. These jackets keep the...

Vail Just Bought Park City: Now What?

It was an eventful week in the Utah Ski Universe. First, on Monday, Ski Utah, the marketing group that represents all of Utah’s 15 resorts,

An Enviable Life

Aaron Karitis was incapable of doing anything halfway. When the 31-year-old Bend, Oregon-native decided to do something, whether it was a golf game with friends, landscaping his...

The Olympics’ First Tropical Luger

Long before the Jamaican bobsled team’s recent resurgence in popularity, George Tucker, a 37-year-old doctoral student in physics, became the first Winter Olympian from the Caribbean....

Snowboarding Lives! (Long Live Snowboarding!)

Anyone notice the continuing trend in doomsday reporting about the imminent death of snowboarding? Yeah, hard to miss it: Last winter, it was the The New York Times (

Can Snowboarding Be Saved?

I was a state college kid the first and only time I rode a snowboard. This was in the 1980s and snowboarding was still illegal at New Hampshire's ski resorts. A classmate from New York City...

Making Cross-Country Skiing Relevant

If Kikkan Randall wins cross-country gold on February 11, as most pundits predict, it will be a first for the U.S. and the first Olympic medal won by an American in the sport since

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