Snow Sports

Big Crowds Mean Empty Slopes

THE X GAMES, ASPEN, COLORADOWhile everyone is watching the Games, Highland Bowl—270 acres of 45-degree hike-to pitches and powder stashes—will be empty. Get a...

But Some Parties Should Not Be Missed

TELUS WORLD SKI AND SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL, WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIAWhat started 16 years ago as a competition between ski-school instructors has grown into a snowy...

The Revolution Will Be Digitized

This fall, Vail Resorts announced that five of its mountains would begin using embedded radio-frequency chips in lift tickets and season passes to feed location data to a free...

Some Runs Are Always Perfect

VAIL, COLORADO: RIVA RIDGE TO TOURIST TRAPAn incredibly wide, two-mile-long, north-facing groomer (think solid corduroy) that alternates between rolling flats and 45...

Deal or Snow Deal

Five strategies for saving this seasonBookmark Liftopia.com. The online clearinghouse...

5 Avalanche Safety Tips

Chabot is the director of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center. He's spent some 700 days in the backcountry studying the snowpack over the past 15 years.1. PREPARE:

How to Backcountry Ski

There's no substitute for a good avalanche course (check out avalanche.org/education for courses and locations), but here are some...

5 Ski Touring Tips

Ski mountaineer Hill, of Revelstoke, British Columbia, has an audacious goal: become the first person to ski two million vertical feet in one calendar year under his own power. As of press time,...

Rocker 101

For years, skis and snowboards simply had camber, a tip-to-tail arch that distributed weight for glide and helped drive you across the hill by returning energy to your edges. Camber worked great...

Après-Ski Party

ALL NIGHT LONGASPEN, COLORADOThink Hot Tub Time Machine, only without the time machine. No ski town has better dining, or gaudier parties. Après among...

Sarah Burke's Resort Skiing Tips

Professional skier Burke, 28, is a three-time X Games gold medalist in the superpipe. Look for her in the new women-only ski film Say My Name.1. NEVER RENT BOOTS:

The Best New Ski Terrain

GOLD RUSHTELLURIDE, COLORADOColorado's San Juans get some of the lightest powder on earth, but skiing the unstable backcountry requires serious avalanche skills. To...

The Best Weekend Ski Resort Escapes

THE QUICKEST FIXALTA/SNOWBIRD, UTAHWhen you see a storm headed for Salt Lake City, book the first flight to town arriving before 10 a.m. on a Friday—and go to the...

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