Snow Sports

Downhill Suspects (Cont.)

So you overslept: The powder's been pummeled and the bumps are hard and shiny. Sounds like a perfect day for the terrain park and halfpipe—now that they've gone equal opportunity, with...

I Poached the White Elephant

FATE HAD ITS WAY WITH ME. I did not choose to write my name in the history books, would never have imagined joining the pantheon of great adventurers—Polo, Magellan, Lindbergh, Hillary,...

Downhill Suspects (Cont.)

Harvest the waist-deep powder of Alaska's Chugach or British Columbia's Lizard Range with smooth-flexing boards. Here, an even flex, wide platform, and deep sidecut will allow you to more...

Downhill Suspects (Cont.)

At ski areas like Colorado's Arapahoe Basin and Smugglers' Notch in Vermont, first tracks disappear after two runs. Here you're angling for last tracks—the scraps of powder left in...

Downhill Suspects

WHEN IT COMES TO the serious business of sliding downhill, the French don't trouble themselves with petty categories; to them, all alpine snow sports are summed up in the word glisse....

Downhill Suspects (Cont.)

Clothes that'll make 'em see red. with envy. Columbia waterproof Snowpark pant ($130); Völkl Supersport T50 5 Star Motion skis and bindings ($1,000); Smith Fuse Regulator goggles ($65)...

Downhill Suspects (Cont.)

Skiercross and boardercross competitions may be manic spectacles, but take note of this no-hype hardware: These quick and edgy boards and skis also handle speed, making them the perfect sticks...

The Best of the Rest

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK Moab, Utah / 76,519 acres Your best (and perhaps only) bet for solitude in this popular park: Get up at dawn and HIKE the six-mile Devil's Garden loop...

Thanks for the Lift

BEFORE THERE WERE MEGARESORTS, there were passionate ski pioneers erecting rope tows and gondolas on untamed mountains from Maine to California. Love 'em or hate 'em (or both at once), these...

Adventure Adviser

Q: What's the best spot in Hawaii for snorkeling? —Amanda Dumenigo, Santa Fe, New Mexico A: During the winter, when Hawaii's best-known beaches are...

Life's a Wild Trip

13. Master the Art of the F-Stop Cuba / Vision and Discover in Havana Here's your shot at playing globetrotting photojournalist. You'll spend six mornings discussing theory,...

Bipolar Resorts

WASHINGTON Crystal Mountain, WA 360-663-2265; www.skicrystal.com Diagnosis In the shadow of Mount...

Bipolar Resorts

UTAH Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, UT 800-453-3000; www.snowbird.com Diagnosis Snowbird and its...

Bipolar Resorts

When it comes to ski resorts, split personalities come in handy—especially when you're traveling with a significant other. At these 18 great North American playgrounds you can huck big air...

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