Skiing Back West

Nov 25, 2009
Outside Magazine
Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain    Photo: courtesy of Colorado Ski Country

Fly Like a Grommet
There's a reason those X Gamers make their aerials look effortless: They've got the world's best training facilities at their disposal. Oh, and talent. This winter, Woodward at Copper, a new action-sports training academy at Colorado's Copper Mountain, begins offering at least half that recipe with a three-story Snowflex center. Coaches like Olympic gymnast Phoebe Mills and X Gamer Jess Cumming will have you landing flips (in a foam pit) after the first lesson. Daylong courses, $199;

Trail Trailers
Mazama, Washington's year-old, steel-and-wood Rolling Huts take minimalist prefab architecture into the adventure realm. Set on 40 acres in the ponderosa-heavy Methow Valley, the six fireplace-and-WiFi-equipped huts, designed by architect Tom Kundig to resemble a souped-up trailer park, provide direct access to the Methow's 125-mile network of groomed nordic trails. Hut rentals, $110;