After a challenging summer and fall, we're all wondering what the ski season has in store. Don't worry: resorts are working hard to open and ensure a safe experience for everyone, and there are plenty of other ways to delight in the white stuff. Here's the lowdown. 

Paddling across a lake where a river used to be

Both the world-weary and stoked-on-life congregate at these wild outposts—all seeking the same euphoric joy, communality, and escapism

Do-it-all technical denim to look good and ride better

Many backcountry huts are now available as private rentals, so you and your pod can have the entire place and be COVID safe. From Maine to Washington, here are a few of our favorites.

Work life got turned upside down this year, and many people are just thankful they have any job at all. But some companies have gone above and beyond to not just survive, but thrive.

A guide to key ballot measures and Senate and House races that will have huge impacts on the way we address climate change

With more than 350 miles of trails, 124 peaks, and 147 lakes, this must-see Colorado destination is a wilderness lover's paradise. It's our 62 Parks Traveler's 22nd stop on her journey to visit every U.S. national park.

What was promoted as an innovative new online event has come to a halt as employees and contractors allege missed payments

From Red Lady Films comes a story about Crested Butte, Colorado, a small mountain town that has always been defined by its people

We asked 13 major resorts what operational plans are in place for this winter. Their answers ranged from après-ski in a private dome to parking spots you need to reserve.

Explore the dwellings and terrain of the Ancestral Pueblo people at this western Colorado park. It's our 62 Parks Traveler's 20th stop on her journey to visit every U.S. national park.

The diverse landscape of Great Sand Dunes National Park features 700-foot-tall mounds of sand, grasslands, alpine peaks, and a creek to splash in. It's our 62 Parks Traveler's 19th stop on her journey to visit every U.S. national park.

Seven pieces that offer sun protection, breathability, and waterproofing—on and off the river

Scrambles, climbs, and spectacular scenery: it's our 62 Parks Traveler's 18th stop on her journey to visit every U.S. national park in a year

These affordable digs are within driving distance from major cities but feel like far-away escapes

We're always looking for that magic outfit that can be worn for days on the road before you need to clean it. Here are some tried-and-true picks.

With more than a hundred 11,000-foot peaks, five glaciers, and some 150 alpine lakes, Colorado's most popular park has served as an idyllic backdrop for some of our writer's bigger life moments: it's where he proposed to his wife, where his kids earned their first Junior Ranger badges, and where he said goodbye to someone special. While you'll be among 4.7 million visitors who visit every year, there's something personal to be found here.

Satya Yoga, the nation's first yoga teacher training program for people of color, is trying to change who's leading yoga classes—which will also affect who participates

The Colorado-based maker of bike racks and locks is a case study in the uncertainty that small outdoor businesses are navigating right now. With the right combination of luck and creative thinking, their future may not be all gloomy.

In praise of sand in your eyeballs, no cell service, and pooping in a box

Find the trail runners that work best off-trail and in mixed conditions

Get off-trail just a couple hours' drive from Denver and the Front Range

Years of underfunding and climate change are increasingly threatening the national park system. From the Everglades in Florida to Glacier in Montana, here are the ones we stand to lose.

I went out for a hike and forgot to put on you-know-what. When we crossed paths, was it really necessary to hit me with your self-righteous wrath?

When once crowded mountain communities like Breckenridge, Colorado, saw visitors vanish this spring, locals scrambled to mitigate the economic damage and plot a return, while keeping their towns' character intact

Zwift, track workouts, and more keep 47-year-old Jon Brown ready for next winter

The Leadville 100 is an iconic mountain-bike event that puts racers through a course covering 100 miles and 12,000 feet of elevation change

A quarantine against the world worked once for the Gunnison Valley. Can it again?

Some bucket-list adventures require securing a wilderness permit months or even years out. Here’s how to book the most coveted ones in the country.

Think vanlifers have a unique advantage during a pandemic? Think again.

Walking away from the adventure of a lifetime is hard, but it makes coming back to it especially rewarding. Here, five thru-hikers share their stories of failing and coming back for more.

My grandpa served in the Army's tough-as-nails Tenth Mountain Division during World War II. After the war, soldiers from the Tenth pioneered the rambling mountain lifestyle I live today. Every year, I ski to remember him.

With 43,000 feet of elevation gain, 91 miles above 10,000 feet, and 63 summits, the route is not to be taken lightly. Brendan Leonard recounts one of his favorite adventures from the past decade.

As it became clear that climbing walls could be an ideal host for the coronavirus, most gyms closed their doors this week

The Venture Out Project celebrates the LGBTQ community through backpacking trips throughout the U.S.

As more states hold—or decide to postpone—presidential primaries, a new poll of Mountain West voters shows that a clear majority support climate action, clean air and water, and public lands protection

There's more at stake now than skiing, but it's OK to be bummed out about it

Stop storing up days and start using them, whether it's for a microadventure, a staycation, or a road trip

Despite President Trump's budget proposal that calls for slashing funding for national parks and the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a bipartisan group of senators is moving forward with critical legislation for both

As the temperatures warm, heavier snow is likely to become the new normal

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