Snow Sports

Bumming on the Powder Hound

THE DEVIL BEAT HIS WIFE FOR 20 MINUTES as we passed through sugar-beet fields a handful of highway miles east of Bliss, Idaho. That's bus parlance for a sun shower, frosted flakes of snow...

Fresh Tracks

WHITEWATER RODEO'S MECHANICAL BULL The explosion of WHITEWATER PLAYBOATING in the last five years has led to the construction of man-made rapids on rivers throughout the west....

Tricky Time

FOR JON "J.K." KLACZKIEWICZ, a 25-year-old producer for the extreme-skiing filmmaker Teton Gravity Research, the most menial part of his job is also the most critical: constructing the snow...

Fresh Tracks

ALPINE GOES ONLINE The American Alpine Club launches into 2004 with complete online access to its catalog of more than 18,000 books, journals, guides, and videos. At the click of a...

Float Trip

LAST WINTER, when freeskiing ace Shane McConkey started publicly testing the new set of powder skis he was developing, reactions varied from head scratching to guffaws. Among other oddities, the...

Learning Curves

I GLIDE THROUGH THE FOREST. As I sink into each turn, the powder rolls up my thighs. My skis carve crescents through the open firs, neither fast nor slow but with ease, like a looping stroke of...

Endless Witner

Mount Hutt, New Zealand A GIANT, GLACIATED BOWL at the foot of the Southern Alps on New Zealand's South Island, Mount Hutt is an above-treeline, alpine experience with New Zealand's...

Endless Winter

Copper Mountain Resort, Colorado DURING TWO OF THE LAST three years, World Cup organizers have moved November races to Copper from resorts nearby, because Copper has early...

Endless Winter

Killington, Vermont OK, SO THERE MIGHT BE only one or two trails open, and Vermont in October is better known for its radiant foliage than for skiing, but Killington...

Endless Winter

Thredbo, Australia Snow is always an iffy proposition in Australia, but 200 inches a year is nothing to sneeze at. On a typical day at Thredbo, in the Snowy Mountains of New South...

Endless Winter

Timberline on Mount Hood, Oregon THE TERRAIN IS SOMEWHAT limited during summer, and much of it is dedicated to racers in training, from ten-year-old dreamers to...

Endless Winter

Squaw Valley USA, California SQUAW IS THE LEGENDARY SHRINE of extreme skiing, populated by serious skiers and snowboarders tackling serious lines. It's the place where...

Endless Winter

Jackson Hole, Wyoming NO RESORT IN THE UNITED STATES can match Jackson's jumbled package of steep chutes, cliffs, and huge, open bowls, and that doesn't even include...

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