For 25 years, Shaun Palmer has dominated everything from the snowboard halfpipe to mountain-bike downhillsand earned his reputation as action sports' foul-mouthed bad boy. Now 40, he's cleaned up his act for a run at Olympic gold. Will he find redemption, or die trying?
Norway Basin Camp, Wallowa Mountains, Oregon
The Big Chill
Flagstaff Lake Hut, Carrabassett Valley, Maine
On the Waterfront
Nita Lake Lodge, Whistler, B.C.
Lumiere, Telluride, Colorado
Green and Gold
Tamarack Lodge and Resort, Mammoth, California
Chena Hot Springs Resort, Fairbanks, Alaska
B Bar Ranch, Absaroka Range, Montana
An X Gamer tries to make it in ski racing. But as a two-sport athlete, will Jon Olsson end up more Deion Sanders or Jeremy Bloom?
Freedom of the Hills
Black Diamond Factor Ski Boot
Ski and climbing guide Michael Silitch is the only American working for the Compagniedes Guides de Chamonix, the exclusive, secretive outfit that runs the show in France's most extreme winter-sports town. It's a good life, but like any outsider, he knows that no matter how hard he works, he may never make it all the way in.
Zero to Hero - Snowboard Halfpipe
Is stretching good for you? Maybe. But it sure feels good.