There's no substitute for the natural world, but engineers are catching up. Ten years ago, an indoor climbing wall turned heads; now developers are mimicking mountains, rivers, and oceans. As urban centers swell, so do the latest man-made achievements.
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The Great Yank-Euro Ski-Off
Leaving the Olympic Circus for Alpine Powder Paradise
Getting the hell out of Dodge for a day's carving high in the Valle d'Aosta brings our man the powder fix he craves.
It's the Small Things that Matter in the Giant Slalom
Technical ski racing and perfect bluebird weather shine a light on winter-sports perfection, often lost amidst the five-ring circus that is the modern Olympics.
K2 T1 Snowboarding Boots
North American Ice Hockey Gets a Euro Grounding
Tense match-ups and stunning upsets on the ice enliven things in the Torino Esposizioni ice-hockey arena, while poor tickets sales continue to dog attendance at the Winter Olympics.
Hockey, Cinema, Culture, and Cuisine in Turin
Time in the Winter Olympics host city unveils a new side to organized Olympic chaos, from celluloid treasures at the Mole Antonelliana to the post-industrial rebirth of Fiat's former production test facility.
Mountain Drama Dissipates as Downtown Turin Events Gear Up
Lindsey Kildow's brave return to the San Sicario piste is second only to the career-capping gold for Austrian Michaela Dorfmeister.
Ted Ligety's Gold Brings Alpine Glow to U.S. Ski-Racing Team
Following favorite Bode Miller's dramatic disqualification, 21-year-old Ted Ligety steps up to win only the fourth U.S. Alpine skiing gold ever and the first for the American team in the 2006 Games.
U.S. Snowboarding Dominance Continues with a Ladies One-Two
Hannah Teter and Gretchen Bleiler ape the men's snowboarding team's success, while the hunt for (reasonably priced) tickets goes on in the melée that is Olimpico Torino.
Winter Olympics Showpiece Event Produces Rich Drama
A red, white, and blue daybut not for U.S. stars Daron Rahlves and Bode Milleras Frenchman Antoine Deneriaz storms to a stunning victory in the Men’s Downhill.