Snow Sports

Distance Skating: Winter's Newest Edge

There’s something immensely appealing about lacing up a pair of skates with long, thin blades and soaring so fast on ice that your snot freezes. I’m not alone in my feelings;...

The Best Little Backcountry Hut in Canada

The call came on Tuesday. A friend had to bail from a trip to the Bill Putnam Hut, a helicopter-accessed ski cabin of near-mythic fame in eastern British Columbia. The catch? I had to leave on...

Snow Much Fun

Alta Ski Area and Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Utah 801-742-3333, www.alta.com 800-232-9542,

Snow Much Fun

Jay Peak, Vermont 800-451-4449, www.jaypeakresort.com If you’re looking for powder east of the Mississippi, Jay...

Snow Much Fun

Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico 505-776-2291, www.skitaos.org Taos is a four-letter word for steep: More than half of the...

Steals

Na Pali Wowie Kauai's Na Pali Coast, with its steep sea cliffs, waterfalls, and narrow green valleys, is backcountry Hawaii at its best. But if you crave a comfortable bed, check out...

Ultimate Downer

ALL MOUNT EVEREST HOPEFULS dream of topping out. But for 38-year-old Maegan Carney, a Seattle native now living in Chamonix, France, the trip back down should also provide excellent material for...

The Power to Move You

(SKATING) THE ELFSTEDENTOCHT // THE NETHERLANDS The Elfstedentocht (meaning "11 cities tour" and pronounced however you see fit) ice-skating race covers a stupefying 124 miles...

Nimmo Bay Resort

THERE'S THE ONLY ICE I know that you can ruin with a fine scotch, Craig Murray proclaims, pointing to our landing spot, a glacier-crowned peak rising from a fjord. Moments later, sudden fog...

Slave to the Quest

One winter night in 1995, in a crowded Jackson, Wyoming, bar, Stephen Koch ran into a friend who, like many of his friends, was also something of a rival—a fellow player in the rarefied,...

Good Hill Hunter

Noted ski mountaineer Andrew McLean, named one of the planet's finest athletes by Outside in December 2001, departed his home in Salt Lake City with an ambitious goal in his sites: to be...

Rush Redux

HIMILAYAS OF THE WEST SKIING MOUNT LOGAN By the numbers, Mount Logan can seem daunting. At 19,550 feet, it's Canada's highest peak. Sitting squarely in the St. Elias Mountains of...

A Thin White Line

"THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT about it—can I go, can I not go. It was a clean decision. The snow was superstrong, superpositive. Fantastic." ...

Tricky Time

CANADIAN ICE MONKEY Will Gadd, 35, used to climb the old-fashioned way—swinging one ice ax overhead and throwing the next ax right beside it—essentially swinging twice to move once....

Tricky Time

"SKATE-SKIING ALLOWS YOU to go 20 percent faster than traditional cross-country skiing," says Nina Kemppel, 32, a four-time U.S. Olympian. Skating trumps trad-style in other ways, too: Its...

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