Snow Sports

Go Like a Pro

PRICE: $572 1. Cross-Country Ski Snow Mountain Ranch, COLORADO THE DEAL: Kick and glide for a week along 60 miles of groomed nordic trails near Fraser, Colorado....

Go Like a Pro

PRICE: $694 4. Spring-Ski Whistler, BRITISH COLUMBIA THE DEAL: Crash for five nights in a cushy queen-size bed next to a glowing fireplace at the three-star...

The Trip Fantastic

RENT YOUR OWN TROPICAL ISLAND The Impossible Dream: Necker Island, British Virgin Islands Cost: $22,500-$36,000 per day, all-inclusive. You Get: a staff-to-guest...

The Universal Language of Pow

READY TO GRAB FRESH BIG AIR? We've got hemispheres of the white stuff—and timely beta on boosting your stamina, choosing the right equipment, and finding singular steeps close to home. Who...

Riksgränsen: Scandinavian Strut

"THAT'S RIGHT BABY! You know what I like! Kill me now!" the lead singer of Riksgränsen Hotell's employee band screams into the mike. A sweaty knot of drunken snowboarders slam-dance at his...

Sweden: The Right Gear

BOARD: The Burton T6 is the first plank built around the same aluminum-honeycomb material found inside helicopter rotors. That translates into a light, snappy board that initiates precise...

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

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...

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...

Italy: The Right Gear

SKIS: A titanium-reinforced core and a generous 108mm-wide shovel help the Atomic R:11 Betapuls-ti power through glacial crud, while a svelte 70mm waist snaps quick turns in pinched...

365 Days of Winter

NEW ZEALAND [Craigieburn] The official stats—three rope tows and 1,650 vertical feet—give the illusion that this is a pip-squeak of a ski area. Don't be misled. This best known...

119 Down, Five to Go

Certainly, overseas powder has its appeal. But Nick Palazzetti has found enough steep and deep stateside to keep him occupied every season since 1978. This winter, barring injury or untimely...

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