Snow Sports

Tricky Time

FOR JON "J.K." KLACZKIEWICZ, a 25-year-old producer for the extreme-skiing filmmaker Teton Gravity Research, the most menial part of his job is also the most critical: constructing the snow...

Fresh Tracks

WHITEWATER RODEO'S MECHANICAL BULL The explosion of WHITEWATER PLAYBOATING in the last five years has led to the construction of man-made rapids on rivers throughout the west....

Tricky Time

CANADIAN ICE MONKEY Will Gadd, 35, used to climb the old-fashioned way—swinging one ice ax overhead and throwing the next ax right beside it—essentially swinging twice to move once....

Tricky Time

"SKATE-SKIING ALLOWS YOU to go 20 percent faster than traditional cross-country skiing," says Nina Kemppel, 32, a four-time U.S. Olympian. Skating trumps trad-style in other ways, too: Its...

Fresh Tracks

ALPINE GOES ONLINE The American Alpine Club launches into 2004 with complete online access to its catalog of more than 18,000 books, journals, guides, and videos. At the click of a...

Learning Curves

I GLIDE THROUGH THE FOREST. As I sink into each turn, the powder rolls up my thighs. My skis carve crescents through the open firs, neither fast nor slow but with ease, like a looping stroke of...

Float Trip

LAST WINTER, when freeskiing ace Shane McConkey started publicly testing the new set of powder skis he was developing, reactions varied from head scratching to guffaws. Among other oddities, the...

Endless Winter

Squaw Valley USA, California SQUAW IS THE LEGENDARY SHRINE of extreme skiing, populated by serious skiers and snowboarders tackling serious lines. It's the place where...

Endless Witner

Mount Hutt, New Zealand A GIANT, GLACIATED BOWL at the foot of the Southern Alps on New Zealand's South Island, Mount Hutt is an above-treeline, alpine experience with New Zealand's...

Endless Winter

JANUARY Alta Ski Area/Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Utah WITH ABOUT 500 INCHES of smoke-light Utah powder falling annually in Little Cottonwood Canyon, neighbors...

Endless Winter

Jackson Hole, Wyoming NO RESORT IN THE UNITED STATES can match Jackson's jumbled package of steep chutes, cliffs, and huge, open bowls, and that doesn't even include...

Endless Winter

Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont THE SNOW-PLASTERED, treeless summit of Stowe's Mount Mansfield is striated with cliff bands—impressive stuff, but not always inviting in the dead...

Endless Winter

Big Sky Resort, Montana COME THE FIRST WEEK of April, you can score a great package deal and stay in the slopeside Huntley Lodge for hundreds of dollars less than typical...

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