Snow Sports

The World Heli Challenge

Some of the world's best skiers and snowboards hit Lake Wanaka for New Zealand's premier winter sport and lifestyle event, The World...

Avalanche Crash Testing's Fall Guy

Tell most people you survived an avalanche and they'll at least buy you a beer. Not Robb Larson. "I hear lots of war stories," says Larson, a professor of mechanical engineering at Montana State...

Gretchen Bleiler

It's hard to call an Olympic silver medal a defeat, but that's what Gretchen Bleiler's 2006 halfpipe loss to Vermont native Hannah Teter seemed like. Bleiler, the 28-year-old from Aspen,...

The New Rules: Avalanches Don’t Discriminate

The prevailing wisdom goes something like this: If you ski in the backcountry, you're on your own. You should be trained in avalanche safety and carrying all the essential gear. But if you're...

North America's 16 Best Ski Resorts

We picked the cream of the crop and consulted local experts for their advice on where to ski, what to drink, and everything in between....

Best Winter Adventures: Chamonix

The birthplace of mountain sports, Chamonix hosted the first Winter Olympics, in 1924, is home to the world's longest ski run, the Vallée Blanche, and is not only the nexus of five resorts with...

Get Out of Your Rut

Every year, it's the same dream. In the weeks before ski season, I spend my nights floating down infinite powder runs, accelerating effortlessly through arced turns until I'm flying off knolls...

Snowboard Review: Ride Slackcountry

Bring on the big gun. If you spend most of your time in soft snow (lucky you), this is your board. An unusually accentuated lift in the tip, as well as a healthy one in the tail, make it an...

Snowboard Review: Burton Guru

Big jumps, trees, groomers, sidecountry stashes—nothing on the mountain made the Guru squirm. Its versatility starts with the core. Burton's designers thinned out the wood between the...

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