Snow Sports

Winter's Wonderland Workout

You've seen the folks at the top of the ski resort: They're wearing snowshoes and a daypack, tromping away from the groomed runs and toward a scenic ridge. Or they're skinning uphill on telemark...

Winter's Wonderland Workout

Before you head out on a backcountry trek, you'll need some specialized equipment. Modern snowshoes and backcountry ski and snowboarding equipment (see "Tools of the Trade," below) are making...

Winter's Wonderland Workout

K2 SHUKSAN RANDONNÉE SKIS have a lightweight wood core that makes them easy on the legs when climbing, while the titanium-alloy wrap strengthens the skis to let you bomb rugged...

Winter's Wonderland Workout

Dial in winter safety skills at these premier backcountry-adventure schools: International Mountain Climbing School: Spend a day learning the skills necessary for ski...

Far Flung Fiestas

Dean Cummings H20 Heli Guides Anybody who's read Jack London knows that Alaska is for men. Mountain men. Dean Cummings knows this, too. That's why Dean's H20 Heli Guides runs...

Lanesboro, Minnesota

FIRST-TIME VISITORS might be forgiven for asking, This is Minnesota? Indeed, the topography seems a little misplaced—there are no lakes in all of Fillmore County. (The last round of...

Etna, California

THIS TIME-WARP RANCH TOWN in the Scott River watershed is one of the last untrammeled outposts of wild California—a well-situated launching point for backcountry rambles on foot or on...

Sandpoint, Idaho

IT'S EASY TO GET SEDUCED by Sandpoint: You cross the two-mile bridge over Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced Pon-der-AY) and drink in the spectacular Selkirks mountainscape looming over...

Salida, Colorado

"NOW THIS," BRAG THE SIGNS on highways "is Colorado." Refugees from Front Range cities like Denver and Boulder are drawn to this oasis at 7,038 feet in the Upper Arkansas Valley, near the center...

Brattleboro, Vermont

A FAIR NUMBER OF PLACES are described as "a college town without a college," but Brattleboro, in southeastern Vermont, fits the bill better than most. There's the requisite 19th-century backdrop...

Turn Tricks

Burton-team rider Jealouse switched from skiing to boarding in 1989, and has been mixing estrogen-adrenaline cocktails ever since. Having won both national and international competitions, she...

Turn Tricks

Travis Rice is casual, whether the 21-year-old rider for DC Shoes and Grenade Gloves is partying in Tokyo, freeriding Niseko, or tearing up the home turf in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It's an...

Gate Crasher

COMING INTO THE FIRST TURN, it's clear that Bode Miller is carrying way too much speed. He's on a tight, treacherous course, with a lot of chatter and no room for error. Blow this corner and...

Balanced Beings

Carl Swenson//33//Nordic Skier and Mountain Biker When last September's Mountain Biking World Championships ended in Lugano, Switzerland, five-time U.S. national-team member Swenson put his...

Adventure Never Felt So Good

6. Double Eagle Resort June Lake, California THE VIBE: Hero worshipers, take note: During last winter's American Snowboard Tour at June Mountain, you were more likely to spot...

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