Snow Sports

The Soul of Pond Hockey Is in Minnesota

Forget stadiums and manicured ice—the humble roots of hockey belong to frozen backyard ponds. From beer leagues to ex-pros, hockey players from across the country head to the Midwest every year for the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships.

Madeleine LaPlante-Dube
Jan 25, 2020

Nordic Skiing Has an Addiction to Toxic Wax

Fluorinated glide wax is being banned from elite competitions, and big brands like Swix say they’re searching for environmentally friendly alternatives. But the seductively speedy—and noxious—compounds are unlikely to loosen their grip on the sport anytime soon.

Bill Donahue
Jan 24, 2020

Can a Mall in New Jersey Save Skiing?

More than two decades in the making, Big Snow is the first indoor ski area in North America. Now the question is: Can it attract enough skiers to survive?

Gordy Megroz
Jan 8, 2020

Celebrating 50 Years of Heli-Skiing

Mike Wiegele, founder of 50-year-old Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing, ventured to Blue River, British Columbia, to open a world-class resort

Jan 2, 2020