Snow Sports

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The geophysical details of Alaska are to powder hounds what the specs on the V-12, 525-horsepower, $250,000 Lamborghini Diablo are to your average car aficionado: numbers to die for. With 49...

Alaska for Greenhorns

Milky skies marked our February arrival in Alaska as we bounced along the tarmac in Anchorage. Soon we were winding south on the Seward Highway toward Girdwood and our palatial base camp, the...

Blitzing the Backcountry

THIRTEEN MILES into the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse, a 40-mile backcountry ski race that follows the historic mail route between Crested Butte and Aspen, my teammate and I come stumbling into...

Go Wise, Go Fast

No group of athletes knows more about preparing for frigid endurance racing than the masochistic veterans of Alaska's annual Iditasport events, of which there are now four held each February,...

What You Need to Go in the Snow

HYDRATION: CamelBaks ($30-$105; 800-767-8725; www.camelbak.com) and their kin are a must, and you can prevent the dreaded tube...

Big-Time Bragging Rights

Iditasport 100 February 9 Sheep Mountain, Alaska THE RACE: "CAUTION: Weather can be extremely cold!" reads the race Web site. That's your first hint that...

The Zest Part of Waking Up Is Green Tea in Your Cup

After autumn maliciously robs the warmth and daylight from your morning workouts, there's only one thing left to lure you out from under the down comforter: a steaming cup of high-octane java....

Treat Your Dogs to Something Plush

FORGET FOR A MOMENT the flimsy Dr. Scholl's Air Pillos your grandmother used to tame her golf-ball-size bunions: Corrective shoe inserts have evolved into serious equipment. Footwear...

Free At Last

BACK IN THE Age of Innocence—let's say winter 1974­'75—we used to exit the ski area all the time. During late season at Bear Valley in California's Sierra Nevada, the best sliding was often...

Rocky Mountain Dry, Free At Last

Alta/SnowbirdALTA, UTAHOn an average fresh-powder morning at Little Cottonwood Canyon (and there are lots of them), the snow at Snowbird is tracked by noon. But it's no big...

Range of Light, Free At Last

Squaw Valley USATAHOE CITY, CALIFORNIARight from the start, 1949, Squaw Valley skiers were cliff jumpers, and Warren Miller was there to film them hopping off cornices...

Storm Warning, Free At Last

Crystal MountainCRYSTAL MOUNTAIN, WASHINGTONBefore marketing flacks ever used "freeskiing" to describe a supposedly new style of carving backcountry terrain, powder hogs...

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